School of Architecture, CUHK

Prof. FERRETTO, Peter W.

Associate Professor

DipArch (Cantab)
BA (Hons) (Lpool)

Rm. 405, AIT Building, CUHK

3943 6560


Peter W. Ferretto was born in Manchester in 1972. He graduated from both Cambridge and Liverpool Universities. He worked as a registered Architect (ARB) for several international architectural practices, including Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, before establishing his own firm, PWFERRETTO in 2009 (Seoul).

Peter started his academic career as a Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London where he also directed the Seoul Visiting School. In 2009, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Architecture at Seoul National University in Korea, until he joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an Associate Professor of Design and Practice since 2014.

Peter’s main research focus is the relationship between architectural design and the city. He has written many essays on architecture and the city, and is also the author of several books such as Place/Seoul (2015) and Architectural Notes (2014). In 2016, he was awarded the General Research Fund (GRF) by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, for his project titled “Urban Pauses: Reclaiming Hong Kong’s Residual Urban Spaces”. At CUHK, Peter is currently serving as the Director of the Master of Architecture (MArch) programme.

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Research Interests

Relationship between Architectural Design and the City
Urban Residual Spaces
Architectural Design Methodology
Rural Village Regeneration
Adaptive Re-use
Urban Conditions
Architectural Critical Theory


Ferretto, P. W. “A Taxonomy of the Real: Seoul” (Architecture and Culture Journal, Vol. 4, 2016)

Ferretto, P. W. “Residual Landscapes: Reclaiming Hong Kong’s Lost Urban Spaces” (Adaptive Reuse, Docomomo 14th International Conference Proceedings, 2016).

Ferretto, P. W. “Here and Now Seoul – Ten Memos for Our Present Millennium” (The FAR Game- Catalogue to the Korean Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architectural Biennale)

Ferretto, P. W. “Collaborative Feedback on Architecture Presentations” (English across the Curriculum, International Conference at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2015)

Ferretto, P. W. “Cast Space: Subverting the Spatial Paradigm” (5th Interdisciplinary Time, Space, Body Conference Proceedings, Oxford University, 2015)

Ferretto, P. W. “Place/Seoul” (Seoul: Propaganda, 2015)

Ferretto, P. W. “Converging Fragments: Seoul” (Docomomo Journal, Vol.50, 2014)

Ferretto, P. W. “Architect’s Notes” (Seoul: G-Colon, 2014)

Ferretto, P. W. “Cast Space” (Seoul: Spacetime, 2014)

Ferretto, P. W. “Goheung Pottery Museum” (Concept Journal, Vol.182, 2014)

Ferretto, P. W. “Subjective / Objective Space” (Seoul: Space – Journal, No.552, 2012)

Ferretto, P. W. “Vertical Museum” (Seoul: Spacetime, 2012)

Ferretto, P. W. “The Mundane Architecture of Rooms” (Seoul: Space – Journal, No.534, 2012)

Ferretto, P. W. “Vertical Urbanism” (Seoul: Spacetime, 2011)

Ferretto, P. W. “Interpreting Fragments” (Seoul: Space – Journal, No.523, 2011)

Ferretto, P. W. “Seoul Paradigms” (Seoul: Space – Journal, No.515, 2009)

Research Projects

General Research Fund (GRF) by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong
“Urban Pauses: Reclaiming Hong Kong’s Residual Urban Spaces”. (2016)

Direct Grant funded by the Chinese University of Hong Kong
“Reactivating the Social Spaces of Chinese Ethnic Minority Villages: The Hunan Dong Minority Village”. (2016)

Grant funded by the Faculty of Social Science, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
“Urban Pause: A Pilot Project into the Residual Spaces of Hong Kong”. (2015).

Grants funded by Seoul National University.
“Seoul-Time: Urban Cinematic Space of Seoul” (2012)
“Seoul-Scape: The Urban Typologies of Seoul” (2010)

Advised Theses

CHAN Cho Man, Terrence, “Regeneration of an Informal Settlement, Guryong Village, Seoul,” 2016-17

IP Man Lung, Jackey, “Furniture Foundation, Itaewon, Seoul,” 2016-17

LUN Ka Hei, Ruth, “Architectural School, Sewon Sanga, Seoul,” 2016-17

CHEE King Hei, Thomas, “Crafts Vault: The V&A Academy of Artisanal Crafts,” 2015-16 (RIBA President’s Silver Medal)

KAN, Tommy, “Polarized Society: Bridging The Gap // Culture And Play,” 2015-16

LEUNG Shuk Wa, Shirley, “Residual Community, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong,” 2015-16

Honours and Recognitions

3rd Prize – Suncheon International UIA Architectural Competition (2016)

2nd Prize – Design Student Teaching Award, National Board of Architectural Accreditation, China. (2016)

3rd Prize – International Architectural Competition: Seun City Walk (2015)

3rd Prize – MTR Public Sculpture Competition, Hong Kong (2014)

2nd Prize – National Architectural Competition: Memorial Park for the Korean Martyrs (2014)

1st Prize – Goheung Pottery Museum (2012)

1st Prize – Busan Opera House International Competition (2011)

Honorary Appointments

Vice Commissioner of the Korean Pavilion, 13th Architectural Venice Biennale (2012)

Director of the Architectural Association Visiting School (2008-10)

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