B.A., Princeton University; M.F.A. in Architecture, Princeton University
Background: Peter Waldman is rumored
to have quarried mica ever since his early childhood explorations of the
wilderness of New York City more than half a century ago. He studied architecture
from 1961-69, first at Princeton University, and later as a Peace Corps
volunteer in Arequipa, Peru. He served his apprenticeship in the studios
of Richard Meier briefly and more substantially with Michael Graves. Since
the 1970s, he has been an architect and educator teaching first at Princeton,
then at Rice University and currently at the University of Virginia, where
he is now firmly grounded in the Piedmont condition. His extensive residential
practice has been concerned with the Climatic House constructed according
to Specifications for Construction executed by Nomads, Surveyors and Lunatics.
His fables of the Gardener and the Engineer manifest his profound respect
for the spirit and resources of the renewable American urban condition.
Published internationally in Global Architecture, Area, Architecture and
recently the Yale Perspecta, Waldman is winner of several Progressive
Architecture design citations, Urban Design Competitions, and New Jersey
AIA Design Awards. The climatic condition has been the subject of his
built projects such as the Parasol and Hurricane Houses in Houston, an
Oasis for the Stegosaurus and the Trojan Horse in Galveston, and Parcel
X, a Satyric campsite in North Garden, Virginia. He is currently working
on projects of Work and Play: compounds for double-crossing generations
in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; Out Houses for North Garden; and an
inevitable Earthquake Shelter for Arequipa, Peru. He has recently completed
construction on a pleasure garden for medievalists-in-exile in Washington,
His teaching has always benchmarked the Beginning and the End, and views
Architecture as a Covenant with the World. He is currently re-focused
on the Lessons of the Lawn as a Teaching Technology Initiative serving
the larger University grounding architectural literacy in an ethical condition.
Waldman received the ACSA Distinguished Professor Award in 1996. While
serving recently as an Architecture Fellow at the American Academy, his
work focused on the Villa Aurelia as Construction Site, where it is still
rumored that he has discovered mirrors for the moon in the mica mines
of this ancient oasis some call Rome. In the spring of 2001, he received
the William R. Kenan, Jr. Endowed Professorship in Architecture. In the
spring of 2002, he received an All-University Outstanding Teaching Award.
Peter Waldman is among five faculty members asked to develop incremental
additions to Campbell Hall.