Peter Wiederspahn

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Wiederspahn’s academic focus is on the study of building technology, its cultural significance, and design research entrepreneurship. He was awarded a Graham Foundation grant for his research entitled, “Wood Frame Multi-Family Housing in Boston, 1865-1900.” He has collaborated with the College of Engineering and the College of Business Administration on student capstone projects for designing and producing business plans for prefabricated component construction systems. Additionally, he was also the inaugural Director of the School of Architecture Berlin Semester Abroad. He has also taught at Harvard University, Dartmouth College, and the Pennsylvania State University.

Professor Wiederspahn is also the principal of Wiederspahn Architecture, LLC. His architectural practice has produced residential, multi-family, and commercial projects in Boston, New York and Chicago, and has received numerous design excellence awards. He received a design research grant from the Boston Society of Architect for “Smart Growth Planning Prototypes.” Professor Wiederspahn earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and his Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Area of Research

Professor Wiederspahn’s research is focused on building performance and the interrelationship of architectural site, configuration, systems, and energy-harvesting strategies. Additionally, he has developed two types of prefabricated construction systems: a high-performance structural-thermal component construction system; and a flat pack, rapid deployment, long-term-use emergency shelter system.

Courses Taught 

ARCH2240:  Tectonics: The Art of Building
ARCH3170:  Architecture, Urbanism & the City
ARCH3155:  Berlin Design Studio
ARCH3362:  Berlin Seminar on Sustainable Design
ARCH5110:  Housing and Aggregation Studio
ARCH5120:  Comprehensive Design Studio: Future Use Architecture
ARCH5220:  Integrated Building Systems