Peter Yeadon

Peter Yeadon worked in a diverse assortment of cities before immigrating to the USA, including Berlin, London, Montreal, Rome and Toronto. Prior to his arrival at RISD, he taught advanced design studios and thesis students at Cornell University and the University of Toronto.

He is committed to maintaining a balance between teaching, research and practice. At RISD, he teaches courses that exploit advanced technologies to spur design innovation. He is known for his pursuit of new applications for novel materials, particularly smart materials and nanotechnology. He has received numerous awards for his work, and has lectured and written on the topic of emergent materials extensively.

Yeadon is a licensed professional architect in the State of New York, and is the founder of Yeadon Space Agency in New York City. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Academic research/areas of interest

Yeadon's research focuses on how new materials with novel properties can produce innovative solutions to a variety of problems, including: water quality and conservation, energy generation and conservation, health and safety, and security. The scope of his work represents a penchant for interdisciplinary work that extends the conventional boundaries of scholarship and practice.

He is chiefly recognized for his pioneering research into new applications for nanotechnology, particularly in architecture and design. He investigates the properties of nanoscale materials and devices, discovers their capabilities, devises applications for them, and fabricates prototypes that demonstrate their potential. This comprehensive approach to the investigation of novel materials illustrates his conviction that the design of matter should matter to designers.

In his current quest to develop a nanotube-enabled artificial muscle for architecture and design, Yeadon is exploring the electrical and mechanical properties of single-walled carbon nanotube electrodes.

Fall 2017 Courses

  • IDISC-9300-01 *Seoul: Musings
  • IDISC-9200-01 *Seoul: Urban Microfutures

Spring 2018 Courses

  • ID-24ST-08 Advanced Design: Studio
  • NMSE-8965-06 Collaborative Study


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles