Peter Buchanan

Architect, Architectural Critique

Master Faculty | Visiting & Regular Faculty

Writer, critic, consultant and curator, Peter Buchanan worked as an architect and urban designer/planner before joining the Architect’s Journal and The Architectural Review in 1979, becoming Deputy Editor of the latter in 1982. A freelance since 1992, he curated the travelling exhibitions Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Selected Projects and Ten Shades of Green for The Architectural League of New York and published copiously in journals from many countries. His many books include the five volumes of Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Complete Works (Phaidon Press) and Ten Shades of Green (WW Norton).

At the end of 2011, The Architectural Review launched “The Big Rethink”, a year-long campaign of essays and events with at its core a series of monthly essays by Peter Buchanan. The essays are intended to involve architects in the challenges posed by the global economic and environmental crises. Architects are encouraged to re-evaluate the role of their profession, and to change architecture and design practice in order to meet the challenges posed by the crises while improving the “life”. Buchanan has lectured and taught summer schools and master classes and lectured in a wide range of places including universities, and has published in journals of many countries.