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Daniel López-Pérez, PhD

Associate Professor, Architecture

Daniel López-Pérez is an Associate Professor of Architectural Design and a founding faculty member of the Architecture Program at the University of San Diego. López-Pérez received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University, a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (with Honors) from Columbia University, and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association.


PhD, Princeton University, History and Theory, Department of Architecture

MS, Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, in Advanced Architectural Design (with Honors)

AA Diploma, Architectural Association, London

Scholarly and Creative Work

López-Pérez’s scholarship specializes in architectural design approaches and the historiography of modern architecture. López-Pérez has lectured and written extensively about architectural design and the many legacies of modern architecture upon contemporary practice. His Ph.D. dissertation at Princeton studies the subject of “skyscraperology” – a composite discourse that examines the tall building by tracing the simultaneous innovations that took place in its practice, history, theory and criticism.

Made possible in part by a Barr Ferree Foundation Fund awarded by the Department of Art and Archeology at Princeton University, López-Pérez edited R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man, a study of Fuller’s never-before-published inaugural Kassler lecture delivered at Princeton University’s School of Architecture in 1966. Reflecting on the severe challenges facing the global ecology, Fuller delivered an impassioned rallying cry to architects to shape their universe by responding to its underlying principles – a cry that World Man argues to be as relevant today as it was in the visionary designer’s own time.

As the result of a two year research seminar with the students of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and in collaboration with Actar in Barcelona, López-Pérez co-edited The Function of Form with Farshid Moussavi, an essential graphic manual on structural systems and their capacity to produce a variety of forms. The Function of Form aims to move architectural experiments away from 'mechanistic' notions of systems for re-producing forms, to 'machinic' notions of systems that determine how parts of an architectural problem interrelate and multiply.

From a Graham Foundation Grant, and as part of the Media and Modernity Program at Princeton University, López-Pérez was one of the co-designers and curators of the exhibition Clip / Stamp / Fold, The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines from 196x to 197x. Clip / Stamp / Fold opened at the Storefront Gallery in New York and has since been exhibited at the Canadian Center for Architecture, in Montreal and the Architectural Association in London, among other international venues.

In professional practice, López-Pérez has been project architect in a number of large scale commissions and international competitions for David Chipperfield Architects in London, some of which were awarded first prizes such as the extension to the San Michele Cemetery in Venice. In New York, López-Pérez was project architect for Foreign Office Architects, within the United Architects Team; whose submission was a finalist in the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s World Trade Center Ideas Competition. Currently, López-Pérez is building a number of residential and commercial projects along the coast of Baja California.

The projects and writings of López-Pérez have been published in a number of journals including El Croquis, Arch+, Bauforum, Wettbewerbe Architektur, and Iranian Architect.

Teaching Interests

López-Pérez’s instruction is primarily in architectural design studios, which explore a more synthetic relationship between architectural form and its many functions. The work in the design studios combines digital processes with material methods of fabrication in search of concepts that are informative both for pedagogical and practical innovation. Speculative research focuses on issues of materiality in the broader sense, such as typology, systems, structure, program, also focusing on larger scale questions surrounding infrastructure and the urban environment.

López-Pérez has taught design studios at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Princeton University, and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.