Faculty: Peter Tagiuri


Peter Tagiuri is a practicing architect and professor. As an architect he works in collaboration with AOI in London, Kilo in Paris and Casablanca; and Wangshu and Haoru Chen in Hangzhou, Rutz Architects in Zurich and Gauche Concepts in Tokyo. He has building and urban projects ongoing in the China, England, France, Japan, North Africa and the US. He has taught at RISD since 1987 (Department Head 2002-2006) and is Visiting Professor at the CAA in Hangzhou and External Examiner at Edinburgh University and CUHK. He has been a guest professor at the architecture schools in Frankfurt, Stuttgart and the ETH, Zurich and has been Visiting Lecturer in Beijing, Hong Kong, Lima, London, Osaka, Paris and Seoul….. He has degrees from Dartmouth and Harvard, and he attended the Belle Arte in Rome and Carrara.

Peter Tagiuri is on sabbatical for the 2013–14 academic year.

Academic Research/Areas of Interest

In teaching (as in practice) I enjoy the critical discourse that emerges out of an architecture focused on culture and difference, on idea and physicality.  There are revelations possible in: the latent potential of site, the economy of local materials and the common sense of building methods, in the study of weather and the way plants grow. We find a common ground in the interconnectedness of environmental issues, the residue of words and history, the approximation of perfection. We go abroad to understand who we are, where we are from and to expand our experience of the sensible world. There are discoveries to be made in mistakes, in bodily experience, in the difficulties arising from translation and misunderstanding, in ingesting culture in culinary delight, in getting lost and found. For students and teachers too, it is our difference that makes interaction remarkable. There is much to be learned in awkwardness and misalignment and in the complex and changing accord of city and country, in water. Our profession allows us the means to enter other cultures (including nature) intensely and responsibly, to use design to create dialogue and construction to hold meaning, to use the resistance of drawing and model to make discoveries, to use program to take a stance and material and method to make manifest. Discontinuities are our opportunities for expression, mediation makes visible, Architecture brings us into the world.

Peter Tagiuri

Peter Tagiuri


  • BA, Dartmouth College
  • MARCH, Harvard University