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 an 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 has taught at McGill, Temple and Philadelphia University and has practiced professionally in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Olshavsky was a recipient of a Canada-US Fulbright Fellowship and has received funding through the National Endowment for the Arts and UNL’s Layman Award. His scholarly and design work have been recognized and published internationally. With a focus in history, theory and design, his current research explores the role of performance in architecture through three interrelated topics. These are architectural machines, theater and hermeneutics. These topics have been examined in the context of Euro-American Modernism (e.g., Eileen Gray and Paul Nelson) and Late-Modern American architecture (e.g., Daniel Libeskind, Michael Speaks, Alberto Pérez-Gómez and Steven Holl).

Publications (selected):

“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,” Society of Architectural Historians and The University of Virginia Press, (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).