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BA, Art History and History; MA, History (Emory); AM, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)

Peter came to the University of Edinburgh in 2018, having previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Florida International University, the University of Tennessee, University of Pennsylvania, and Eastern Kentucky University, and curated exhibitions and academic programmes at The Wolfsonian–FIU in Miami Beach. He completed undergraduate degrees in Art History and History at Emory University in Atlanta (USA), and his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where, as a Benjamin Franklin Fellow, he specialised in the architecture of France and international expositions between 1850 and 1950, with an emphasis on the polemical development of national and regional identities in concert with the growth of global tensions before the First World War. This research forms the basis of his first monograph, Building a Regional Modernism: Art Nouveau Architecture in Nancy, 1898–1914, which he is currently completing.

Peter’s work explores the deep relationship between architecture and the related disciplines of interior design and the decorative arts and their combined efforts at the beginning of the twentieth century to create a ‘total environment’ that helped to fix and control political and social attitudes, as well as the ways in which architecture and urbanism function as both repositories of ideas and effective responses to traumatic events. He is deeply interested in the ways in which the focus on place as a generator of identity at the beginning of the twentieth century in Europe and North America continues to shape the concerns of global politics and sustainability in the present day, particularly the formation of new, blended identities and cultures. His work on France focuses on the ways that architecture serves to both reinforce and counter the centralising cultural, political, economic, and social forces at work during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, ultimately helping to break the empirical hegemony imposed on the French provinces by Paris beginning with the era of Louis XIV.

Peter is the recipient of a Fulbright Advanced Student Research Grant to France (200506), and his work has appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of the Decorative and Propaganda Arts, Architectural History, Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide, and the Journal of Modern Craft, among other publications. He has organised or chaired numerous academic conferences and symposia and currently serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians  and Architectural Theory Review. as well as the Buildings of the United States series currently being published by the Society of Architectural Historians.


Peter teaches in all areas of the MA Architectural History & Heritage programme at Edinburgh, lecturing in Years 1 and 2 on topics ranging from the Arts & Crafts and Frank Lloyd Wright to the development of postwar urbanism in the United States. He also offers specialist Honours-level (years 3 and 4) subjects in the history of French architecture and the development of modernism around 1900 in Europe, North America, and in tandem with global colonialism, and supervises undergraduate dissertations in ESALA. Peter also directs the flagship MSc Architectural History and Theory programme, offering expertise in  the historiography of architecture and the development of architectural history as a separate discipline from the history of art and other fields during the mid-twentieth century, particularly in Continental Europe, the UK, and North America.


PhD Students:

Peter has served as a secondary supervisor or as dissertation viva examiners for the following students.

  • Alborz Dianat, Britain’s Modernist Man of Letters: The Architectural Writings of P. Morton Shand
  • Sam Grinsell, Urbanism, Environment and the Building of the Anglo-Egyptian Nile Valley, 1880s–1920s
  • Erin Hammond, Forms of Feeling: Architecture and Emotion in the Victorian Gothic Revival, c. 1840–1875
  • Kirk Irwin
  • Mohona Tahsin Reza, Bengali Nationalism within the Modern Architectural Inception of Bangladesh, 1947–1971
  • Katherine Vyhmeister, Public Architecture in the Nation-Building of Chile 1818–1925
  • Tommaso Zerbi, The Tricolour, Shield, and Cross of Savoy: 'Sabaudian Medievalism', the Risorgimento, and Neo-Medieval Architecture in Italy, c.1814–1864


Peter’s research focuses on the architecture, decorative arts, design and urbanism in France and francophone countries and North America between 1800 and the present, with particular interest in Art Nouveau and the development of modernism in tandem with the rebirth of regional identities away from Paris in the first half of the twentieth century. He is currently finishing the manuscript for his monograph Building a Regional Modernism: Art Nouveau Architecture in Nancy, 1898–1914, which focuses on the cultural intersection between architecture, the decorative arts, economics, and political concerns in Lorraine and Alsace in the latter half of the belle époque, along with the political spectre of world’s fairs. He is also completing a major study of Le Corbusier and the postwar reconstruction of the 1940s and 1950s which re-evaluates the speed with which modernism was welcomed in France and the reliance on tradition during the first half of the Trente Années Glorieuses (1945–75). Additionally, he is working on a long-term project on the rise to global prominence of the Great Mosques of Djenné in southwestern Mali and the development of a regional architectural identity in West Africa as magnified through the lens of international expositions between the 1890s and 1960. Other long-term projects seek to re-examine the development of Art Nouveau in Italy and in the Hungarian and Czech lands as emblems of national identity and technological prowess in the waning years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Peter’s other research interests include the development of the Arts and Crafts movement and the intersection with advanced technology in the USA at the dawn of the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on the architecture of leisure and Appalachia, as well as the genesis of the sports stadium as a building type with the ascendancy of baseball as an organised national pastime in the United States during the first decades of the twentieth century in tandem with the early growth of American environmentalism and the City Beautiful Movement. Further research interests include the postwar architecture of the United States and the emphasis on creating affordable housing for an expanding American middle class, with an emphasis on the changing role of the architect as demonstrated through the Case Study House Program in southern California; and the depictions of architecture of the paintings of American Edward Hopper as entwined with a sense of nostalgia. He has curated exhibitions on world’s fairs and international expositions; Art Déco and the development of interwar Miami; the emergence of cinema architecture in southern California; the series of prints entitled The Hundred Views of Tokyo by Koizumi Kishio from the 1930s; and the rise of information graphics and modern data display, in concert with new technologies of data compilation and industrial design in the first half of the twentieth century.

PhD Supervision Topics

Accepting applications
  • European architecture after 1800
  • American architecture
  • Modern design and the decorative arts
  • Modern urbanism

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