School of Architecture, CUHK
ROWE, Peter

Prof. ROWE, Peter

Honorary Professor

DArch (honoris causa) (Melbourne)
AM (honoris causa) (Harvard)
MArch (Rice)
BArch (Melbourne)
Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design
Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor


Prof. Peter Rowe served as Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard from 1992 to 2004, and was Chairman of the Urban Planning and Design Department from 1988 until 1992, and Director of the Urban Design Programs from 1985 until 1990. Prior to Harvard, Rowe served as the Director of the School of Architecture at Rice University from 1981 to 1985 and also directed many multi-disciplinary research projects through the Rice Center, where he was Vice President from 1978 onwards, and at the Southwest Center for Urban Research.

Rowe’s research and consulting are extensive, diverse and international in scope, including subjects dealing with cultural interpretation and design, as well as the relationship of urban form to economic development, historic conservation, housing provision and resource sustainability. He has served as a principal investigator on projects sponsored by a range of U.S. government agencies, and an advisor to a number of cities on matters of urban design and planning in China, South Korea and Spain. He was also a board member of prominent cultural and academic institutions, such as the Center for Canadian Architecture and the Cities Programme of the London School of Economics, as well as several companies involved in low-cost housing provision and the use of environmentally sustainable technologies.

A recognized critic and lecturer in the field of architecture and urban design, in addition to numerous articles, Rowe is the author, co-author, or editor of fifteen books, including Design Thinking (1987) and East Asia Modern: Shaping the Contemporary City (2005).

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Rowe, Peter G.; Ann Forsyth and Har Ye Kan. China’s Urban Communities: Concepts, Contexts and Well-Being. Basel: Birkhauser, 2016, 200 pages

Rowe, Peter G. and Har Ye Kan. Urban Intensities: Contemporary Housing Types and Territories. Basel: Birkhauser, 2014,
233 pages.

Oscar Riera Ojeda, George Renalli, and Peter Rowe (eds.) Clear Light: The Architecture of LaurettaVinciarelli. Shenzhen: Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishing, 2014, 292 pages. (Distributed by Thames and Hudson).

Rowe, Peter G., Kristen Hunter, Sanghoon Jung et al. Methodological Notes on the Spatial Analysis of Urban Formation. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2012, 117 pages.
Rowe, Peter G. Emergent Architectural Territories in East Asian Cities. Basel: Birkhauser, 2011, 208 pages.

Rowe, Peter G. (ed.) A City and Its Stream: The Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project. Seoul: Seoul Development Institute, 2011, 265 pages. (English and Korean).

Rowe, Peter G. Building Barcelona: A Second Renaixena. Barcelona: Actar, 2006, 207 pages. (Spanishand Catalan translations, 2007).

Rowe, Peter G. East-Asia Modern: Shaping the Contemporary City. London: Reaktion Press, 2005, 224 pages. (Korean translation, 2006).

Kuan, Seng and Peter G. Rowe (eds.) Shanghai: Architecture and Urbanism for Modern China. Munich:Prestel-Verlag, 2004, 185 pages.

Rowe, Peter G., and Seng Kuan. Architectural Encounters with Essence and Form in Modern China.Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2002, 287 pages (Chinese translation, 2004; Italian translation, 2005).

Lü Junhua, Peter G. Rowe and Zhang Jie (eds.) Modern Urban Housing in China: 1840-2000. Munich:Prestel-Verlag, 2001, 303 pages. (Chinese translation, 2005).

Rowe, Peter G. L’Asia e ilModerno. Ancona: Transeuropa, 1998, 91 pages.

Rowe, Peter G. and Hashim Sarkis (eds.) Projecting Beirut: Episodes in the Construction and Reconstruction of a Modern City. Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 1998, 302 pages.

Rowe, Peter G. Civic Realism. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1997, 255 pages. (Paperback edition 1999 and Chinese translation, 2015).

Rowe, Peter G. Modernity and Housing. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1993, 408 pages. (Paperback edition 1995).

Rowe, Peter G. Making a Middle Landscape. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press,1991, 354 pages. (Paperback edition 1992).

Rowe, Peter G. Design Thinking. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1987, 228 pages. (Japanese translation 1988; paperback edition1991; Chinese translation 1999; simplified Chinese translation 2008).

Bedient, Philip B. and Rowe, Peter G. (eds.) Urban Watershed Management: Flooding and Water Quality. Rice University Studies, Vol. 65, No. 1, Rice University, Houston, Texas, Winter 1979, 205 pages.

Rowe, P.G., Mixon, J., Smith, B.A., Blackburn, J.B., Jr., Callaway, G.L. and Gevirtz, J.L. Principles for Local Environmental
Management. Cambridge, Mass.: Ballinger Publishing Company, 1978, 272 pages.

Research Projects

Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University – Harvard University School of Public Health. Project titled, “HAPI: Health and Places Initiative.” (2014-)

Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University – Eugene Corporation, Seoul, South Korea. Project titled, “Korean and East Asian Urban Research Program.” (2011-15)

Co-investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University – Harvard Center for Population Studies and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Project titled, “Assessing the Determinants of Heat-related Mortality in Two New York Neighborhoods.” (2011-12)

Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University – Seoul Development Institute, Seoul, South Korea. Project titled, “Evaluation of the Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Project and its Environs, Seoul, South Korea.”(2009-10)

Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University—East West Cultural Development Center, Singapore. Project titled, “China Urban Research Fund.” (2007-10)

Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University – David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Project titled, “Urban Design Issues and Proposals in San José, Costa Rica.” (2007-08)

Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University–Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, Project titled,“The Middle Landscape in Bogotá, Colombia and Caracas, Venezuela.” (2005-06)

Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University–Regional Government of Emilia Romagna and the University of Bologna, Italy. Project titled, “Territorialization in the Region of Romagna, Italy.” (2002-04)

Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Project titled, “The Tokyo Inner-City Project.” (2001-06)

Co-Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Project titled, “The Joint Project for the Study of Greater Beirut.” (1998-99)

Co-Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design Harvard University–Al-Hariri Foundation, Lebanon. Project titled, “Saida RegionalPlan.” (1999)

Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University–Hanssem Corporation, Seoul, Korea. Project titled,”Urbanizationin China and the North-East Asian Region.” (1996-99)

Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Asiaworld Internationale, Taipei, Taiwan. Project titled,”Assessment of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone in the Philippines.” (1996-98)

Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Project titled, “An Urban Design Program for Metropolitana University, in Caracas, Venezuela.” (1995-96)

Principal Investigator, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Project titled, “A Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture for the University of Nuevo Leon, in Monterey, Mexico.” (1995)

Honorary Appointments

Qiushi Chair Professor, Zhejiang University, 2016-2019.

High-Level Foreign Expert, Tsinghua University, 2016-2019.

Visiting Fellow, Center for Livable Cities, Singapore, 2015-2017

Honorary International Chair Professor, National Taipei University of Technology, 2014-2017

Honorary (Guest) Professor, Tsinghua University, 2013-

Honorary Professor, Tongji University, 2003

Honorary Member, AccademiadeiBenigni, Italy, 2002-

Honorary Professor, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, 1999-

Honorary Member, Boston Society of Architects, 1986-

Member, American Planning Association, 1981-2004, 2011-

Professional Consultancy Work

Consultant, UrbanDATA, Shanghai, China, Yuxi Central Area Development. (2013)

Consultant, Calxon Group, Shanghai, China, Townization in China. (2013-15)

Peer Reviewer, Msheireb Properties, Qatar, Gulf Encyclopedia for Sustainable Urbanism: Analysis of the Past. (2012)

Consultant, China Sustainable Energy Program, The Energy Foundation, Chenggong Urban District Development. (2011-12)

Consultant, UrbanDATA, Shanghai, China, Kunming Building Height and Zoning. (2010)

Advisor, Mayors Office, Incheon, South Korea. (2009)

Consultant, UrbanDATA, Shanghai, China. Kunming Urban Design Guidelines. (2008)

Consultant, Octave, Chengdu, Suzhou, Qingdao, China and New York. (2007-)

Consultant, Teo A. Khing Design, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (2006)

Advisor, Deputy Mayors Office, Chuo-ku, Japan. (2006)

Advisor, Advisory Board on Urban Issues, Governor’s Office, Puerto Rico. (2005-06)

Advisor, Planning Bureau, Municipality of Wuhan, China. (2003)

Advisor, Pudong New Area Planning Office, Shanghai, China. (2003)

Advisor, Planning Bureau, City of Chengdu, China.
2001-04 Advisor and Consultant, City of Barcelona, Spain. New Strategic Projects. (2003)

Urban Design Advisor, Mayor of Wenzhou, China. (2000)

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