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I am a design writer whose research focuses on critical visualisation and mapping as a design process. I joined the College from Griffith University Queensland College of Art where I was the program director of the Design and Design Futures program.
I teach design history and methods and have written and lectured widely on mapping as a metaphor for a spatial approach to design criticism and history, including a TEDx appearance, lectures and seminars at Parsons The New School and a video in RMIT's Design Futures 10 x 10 symposium. My current research includes his involvement in the visualisation work package of the European TREsPASS project, where he is looking into the genealogy and limitations of dominant visualisation tropes such as tree diagrams and the potentials of participatory mapping.
Before moving to Griffith, Peter was senior lecturer in design at the University of Texas at Austin where he taught design theory, history, and mapping as a research method. He also taught at Yale University School of Art and worked at the University of Minnesota Design Institute, where he wrote and co-edited with Janet Abrams the book Else/Where: Mapping - New Cartographies of Networks and Territories. He is one of the founders and a board member of DesignInquiry, a non-profit educational organisation devoted to researching design issues at intensive team-based gatherings, based in Maine, USA. He has been a contributing writer for Metropolis magazine and has written widely about design in its various forms for publications including Design and Culture, Design Philosophy Papers, Print, I.D. Magazine, The New York Times, and The Guardian.