Last month, President Mark B. Rosenberg and Provost Kenneth G. Furton recognized and celebrated 36 faculty members at the annual FIU Top Scholar Award Reception. This recognition is awarded to faculty members who have made significant achievements and contributions in research and teaching over the past year. The award reception was held at the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential House.
One of these outstanding faculty members was Professor Eric Peterson. Peterson is a Senior Instructor for the Department of Architecture and teaches undergraduate and graduate architectural design courses both locally and abroad in Genoa, Italy. He has been teaching at FIU for over 14 years and has contributed greatly to the development of the department’s fabrication lab and the growth of the department’s study abroad programs.
Peterson holds degrees from Middlebury College and University of Florida’s School of Architecture. He served an apprenticeship in traditional English joinery and worked as a journeyman carpenter and construction supervisor for ten years. He completed his architectural internship at local design firms in Miami working as a designer and computer modeler. Equally at home with traditional carpenters’ tools and advanced software for controlling CNC machines he makes no distinction between various modalities of fabrication. Recent projects include the Solar Decathlon – interior team leader; Palletcraft – a retrospective exhibition of furniture made from recycled materials; and Miami 2100 – an exhibition on the impact of sea level rise on the city of Miami. He currently is pursing a Ph.D at Università Degli Studi Di Genova (UNIGE) while teaching full-time at FIU.
The College of Communication, Architecture +The Arts commends Professor Peterson on this great achievement!