Inside SCI-Arc


02.13.09 | W. M. Keck Lecture Hall l 1pm
Peter Macapia: The Smell of Geometry

Peter Macapia is an architectural designer and theorist. He is the founder, director, and principal designer of the Design Office for Research and Architecture (labDORA) in New York. Peter has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University, and Columbia University. He started DORA in 2002 as an office investigating problems of geometry, design, computation, and matter after receiving his PhD from Columbia where he was the recipient of the Presidential Fellowships.

In 1999 Peter started teaching at Columbia’s GSAPP on architecture and ontology and has since taught internationally at SCI-Arc, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, the Ecole Special d’Architecture, Malaquais and other schools.

His work and writings have been published internationally and his designs have won distinction in international competitions. In 2007 Peter won the Seroussi Pavilion design competition and in 2008 his project Dirty Geometry 1 and Dirty Geometry 2 were acquired by the FRAC Centre in France for their permanent collection. Currently he is working on his first major urban project, Dirty Geometry Pavilion 1, for Performa, the international biennial of performance art in New York City. His interests involve the problem of geometry in the age of computation, the geometry and topology of matter/energy relations, and the possibility of an elastic density in the contemporary metropolis. Peter was been awarded grants from Columbia University and Pratt Institute to research sustainability, architecture, and urbanism focusing on density, hybrid architecture and infrastructure, and advanced computation.

His upcoming lecture at SCI-Arc titled “The Smell of Geometry” is an investigation of geometry and models of meaning in the age of algorithm and computation.