Peter Scriver

Associate Professor


Peter Scriver is a founding member of the Centre for Asian and Middle-Eastern Architecture (CAMEA) at the University of Adelaide, where he has taught Modern Architectural History, Theory and Design and directed postgraduate research since 1996.

Peter Scriver has played a leading role in the teaching of Architectural History, Theory and Architectural Design, and the development of postgraduate research across the Built Environment disciplines at the University of Adelaide since 1996. His research engages cultural and cognitive approaches to the study of architecture and the broader built environment, with a particular focus on colonial architectures and urbanism, and the professional networks and institutional frameworks in which the design disciplines operate. Scriver’s original doctoral research, completed in the Netherlands (TUDelft) in 1994, examined the interface between theory and practice in the propagation and institutionalisation of modern architectural and engineering knowledge in colonial India through the agency of the Public Works Department of British Indian, and he has continued to focus on cross-cultural thresholds in the building of colonial and contemporary South and Southeast Asia in subsequent work. Scriver’s books include After the Masters: Contemporary Indian Architecture (1990), Colonial Modernities: Building, Dwelling and Architecture in British India and Ceylon(Routledge, 2007), and India: Modern Architectures in History (Reaktion 2015, with Amit Srivastava), a critical history of modern India through the lens of architecture.