Peter Tagiuri is a practicing architect and professor. As an architect he collaborates with AOI in London; Kilo in Paris and Casablanca; Amateur Architects and Citiarc in Hangzhou and Rutz Architects in Zurich. He has building and urban projects in China, England, France, North Africa and the US. He has taught at RISD since 1987 (and was department head from 2002–06) and is visiting professor at the CAA in Hangzhou, chair professor at Ren Min University in Beijing, a faculty member at Ewha University in Seoul and an 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, Cambridge, Hong Kong, Lima, London, Osaka, Paris and Seoul. He has degrees from Dartmouth and Harvard and certificates from Belle Arte in Rome/Carrara and Leith's in London.
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In teaching (as in practice), Tagiuri enjoys the critical discourse that emerges out of design focused on culture and difference, on idea and physicality. There are revelations in the latent potential of site, the economy of local materials, the common sense of building methods and the effects of weather. There are discoveries to be made in mistakes, in awkwardness and misalignment, in bodily experience, in mistranslation, in pleasures at the table, drink and dinner, getting lost. Our profession allows us the means to enter other cultures intensely and responsibly; it is our difference that makes human interaction remarkable.