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John Peterson / Public Architecture

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
October 1, 2014 - 5:30pm

John Peterson, AIA, will present the lecture "Social Impact Versus Design Agenda" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1. The lecture is free and open to the public. Peterson is Founder and President of Public Architecture, a national non-profit organization that brings design services to people and places that traditionally do not have access to high-quality environments. Peterson is Public Architecture’s design director, chief spokesperson and strategist. He is also the principal of Peterson Architects. Peterson is the recipient of numerous design and social innovation awards and writes and speaks internationally about the role that the design of the built environment has in improving underserved communities. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Peterson serves on the board of Urban Solutions and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts.

Public Architecture’s 1% program has institutionalized pro bono service within the architecture and design profession for the first time in its history and has leveraged the resources of firms through pro bono service grants, generating nearly $50 million in design services each year. The 1% currently has over 1000 architecture and design firms offering assistance to the 700+ nonprofits through our online matching service. The organization also creates intellectual resources to help support these activities and undertakes select public-interest design projects with innovative environmental and social justice opportunities.