Peter Olshavsky

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Peter Olshavsky

Associate Professor of Architecture

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Ph.D., McGill University, History and Theory of Architecture
M.Arch. II, McGill University, History and Theory of Architecture
B.Arch., The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Architecture
Sede di Roma, The Pennsylvania State University, Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

Dr. Peter Olshavsky is a tenured Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Arch. II in history and theory from McGill University and B.Arch. from The Pennsylvania State University. Besides UNL, he taught at McGill and Temple University and practiced professionally in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Olshavsky received a Canada-US Fulbright Fellowship, Fulbright Eco-Leadership Award and Fulbright Mobility Grant as well as funding through the National Endowment for the Arts and UNL’s Layman Award and Grant-in-Aid.

With a focus in history, theory and design, his current research explores contemporary phenomenology and hermeneutics to reappraise history and theory in relation to innovation, media, chatter. These concerns are central to grasping what it means for an architect to be a reliable guide to the future. Examined in the context of Late-Modern American architecture (Steven Holl, Daniel Libeskind and Alberto Pérez-Gómez) and Euro-American Modernism (Eileen Gray and Paul Nelson), his scholarly and design work have been recognized and published internationally. This includes a recent essay for Holl’s travelling exhibition Steven Holl: Making Architecture and an interview with Holl for the Journal of Architectural Education. He is currently working on a manuscript about Libeskind’s pedagogy at Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1978-85.

Publications (selected):

“Allure of Water: An Interview with Steven Holl,” Journal of Architectural Education, 74:1 (2020).

“Steven Holl: Reconfiguring Architectural Agency” in Steven Holl: Making Architecture (New York: SUNY, forthcoming).

“The Untimely Thinking of Alberto Pérez-Gómez,” in Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Timely Meditations: Select Essays on Architecture (Montreal: RightAngle International, 2016).

“Hidden Multitude: Libeskind’s Three Lessons in Architecture,” Dialectics IV, (Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah, 2016).

“Buildings of Nebraska,” SAH-Archipedia.org. Society of Architectural Historians and The University of Virginia Press, http://sah-archipedia.org/essays/NE-01 (2016).

“An Ubuist: Eileen Gray’s Embodied Practice,” KTISMAjournal 5, (2015).

“La Maison Suspendue: Imaginary Solutions for an Everyday Domestic Machine” in Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media, ed. Anca I. Lasc, Georgina Downey, and Mark Taylor (New York: Bloomsbury, 2015).

“Building Upon Love in the Age of Innovation,” in Architecture’s Appeal: How Theory Informs Architectural Praxis, ed. Marc J. Neveu and Negin Djavaherian (New York: Routledge, 2015).

“Situating ’Pataphysical Machines: A History of Architectural Machinations” in Chora: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture, vol.6 (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011).

Teaching (selected):

DSGN 140: History of Design
ARCH 210: Representation
ARCH 211: Ideation
ARCH 240: Architecture History and Theory I
ARCH 311: Situate
ARCH 497: Paris: Stories in History and Theory of Design (summer education abroad)
ARCH 497/597: London Program (spring education abroad)
ARCH 613/614: Graduate Design Thesis (fall/spring)