John Peterson, AIA, Founder & President, conceived of and established Public Architecture in 2002. John served as Chair of the board of directors until October 2008, when he became a fulltime member of the Public Architecture staff. John serves as the chief spokesperson and strategist for Public Architecture as well as design director and a member of the board of directors.

John maintains a small private architectural practice, Peterson Architects, which for over 15 years has dedicated an extraordinary amount of time to pro bono work, serving arts institutions, city agencies, community development corporations, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies. John has been appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom to both the San Francisco Green Vision Council and Open Space Task Force. He is also an elected member of the South of Market Business Association board of directors as well as past chair and a current member of the Urban Solutions board of directors.

John is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nice Modernist award from Dwell magazine, the Jefferson Award for Public Service, numerous citations from all levels of the AIA, as well as the 2009 Designer of the Year award jointly with Executive Director John Cary. John earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. During the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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