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Wiederspahn, Peter

Peter Wiederspahn is an associate professor at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. His research and pedagogical focus is architectural design, building technologies, and design research entrepreneurship. He was the Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs for the Northeastern College of Arts, Media and Design, and intermittently the Interim Director of the School of Architecture. Additionally, he was the inaugural Director of the School of Architecture Berlin Semester Abroad. He has also held teaching positions at Harvard University, Dartmouth College, and the Pennsylvania State University. Professor Wiederspahn earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and his Master of Architecture from the Harvard University.

Professor Wiederspahn conducts scholarly, technical and design research. In general, he focuses on architectural design, production, performance, and systems. In particular, he has conducted research on the following topics: future-use architecture; wood construction and its cultural impact at the detail, architectural and urban scales; wood-frame building envelope performance; mutable domestic space; high-performance, rapid-assembly structural/thermal component construction system; and flat-pack, rapid-deployment, long-term-use emergency shelter system; furniture design.

Professor Wiederspahn is a co-PI for the 2017 FAIA Latrobe Prize, he has been awarded a Graham Foundation grant for his research entitled, “Wood Frame Multi-Family Housing in Boston, 1865-1900,” and has received a design research grant from the Boston Society of Architect for “Smart Growth Planning Prototypes.” Through his research and pedagogy, he has collaborated with the Northeastern College of Engineering and the College of Business Administration on student capstone projects for designing and producing business plans for prefabricated component construction systems.

Professor Wiederspahn is also the principal of Wiederspahn Architecture, LLC. His architectural practice has produced residential, multi-family, commercial and interior projects in Boston, New York and Chicago, and has received numerous design excellence awards.