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Peter Testa

The College of Architecture, in conjunction with this year's lecture series titled METADESIGN: After the Digital, is excited to welcome Peter Testa to lecture to our community on Thursday, March 28 at 5:00pm in College of Architecture Gallery.

PETER TESTA is Principal at TESTA/WEISER and founding director of the MIT Emergent Design Group (EDG). At TESTA/WEISER he leads a wide range of projects including the Carbon Tower and PSA Factory, recognized for pioneering applications of advanced composite materials and robotics in architecture. Previously he collaborated with Pritzker Prize winner Álvaro Siza, and was Principal-in-Charge of several important museums, university campuses, and large-scale urban projects in Europe and the United States.

His work is exhibited at leading museums and galleries worldwide including recent shows in Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo, and Beijing. He is the author of two books and more than 30 research papers on architecture, design, computation and robotics. Testa holds several patents for building technologies, advanced composite materials and robotics with MIT and Herman Miller INC. His work and writings are regularly published in international art, architecture, design, engineering, and scientific journals as well as major newspapers including the New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, Financial Times, and London Times.

Between 1997-2002 Testa was Associate Professor of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has also taught at Columbia University GSAPP and was Visiting Critic at Harvard University GSD. In 2008 he was appointed Esherick Professor of Architecture at the University of California. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) Graduate and Post-Graduate Design Faculty teaching XLAB advanced design studios and seminars. In 2010 he initiated the SCI-Arc Robot House sponsored by Stäubli Robotics. Testa holds an S.M.Arch.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a Registered Architect in California (NCARB Certificate). Honors include the Design Arts Award of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Municipal Art Society of New York Design Award, three Graham Foundation Awards, and the MIT Innovation in Teaching Award. The BBC and London Times recently profiled Testa as a global design innovation leader, redefining architecture in the 21st century.


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