HO 581

Peter Wiederspahn

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Wiederspahn’s 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. 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.

Through his research and pedagogy, Professor Wiederspahn 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. He has been awarded a Graham Foundation grant for his research entitled, “Wood Frame Multi-Family Housing in Boston, 1865-1900,” and a design research grant from the Boston Society of Architect for “Smart Growth Planning Prototypes.”

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. His practice has received numerous design excellence awards.

Area of Research

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: wood construction and it cultural impact at the detail, architectural and urban scales; future-use architecture; mutable domestic space; wood-frame building envelope performance; high-performance structural-thermal component construction system for manual assembly; flat-pack, rapid-deployment, long-term-use emergency shelter system; furniture design.

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







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