Trendsetter: Architect David Peterson

For David Peterson, architecture is about much more than just making something pretty or functional. As a Professional Architect, OAA and Member of The Black Architects and Interior Design Association (BAIDA), he launched David Peterson Architecture in 2006 with the goal to create spaces that bring solutions to environmental and social issues in simple yet expressive ways. Design problems such as the restrictions of a flood plain or ravine bylaws have been the impetus for discovering a new approach to a home’s design with solutions that are expressive and uniquely styled. When asked what advice he would give homeowners, David says that it’s important to remember that your home is not a real estate feature listing. When designing a home you will live in, there are immeasurable benefits to spaces illuminated by natural light and creating a seamless connection between the interior rooms and the outdoor landscape. When designing a home, these lasting values should be at the top of your mind. Many of David’s projects have been featured in magazines and journals around the world and today, David is hard at work on a historic project renovating a building built in 1847 which will become a medical office where the new and old come together as an exciting new whole.

– If you could have lunch with any one person in the world, who would you pick?

DAVID PETERSON – Barack Obama. His approach and experience navigating complex issues has been inspiring.

CHT – What advice would you give your younger self?

DP – Take more time to notice and enjoy life’s small things.

CHT – What is your favorite room in your house?

DP – Our living/dining space has an outdoor room with views of a forest ravine that looks different from moment to moment as the light shifts through the trees. Each season offers dramatic changes to our living experience, full of every shade of green in summer to bright yellows and reds in autumn. On special winter nights, the moonlight reflects off the snow covered forest floor and enters our living/dining space, creating soft shadows throughout the room.

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