Assistant Professor, Architecture
Daniel López-Pérez is an Assistant Professor in Architecture whose practice moves across academic and professional research in search of ways to expand the discipline of architecture in unprecedented ways.
PhD, Princeton University, Candidate of 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
As a Ph.D. Candidate of History and Theory in the Department of Architecture at Princeton University, López-Pérez is interested in historiography, focusing particularly on the theme of the skyscraper as an artifact that triggers the writing and rewriting of many histories. During the 1970s, this discourse, “skyscraperology”, appeared in a period of unprecedented transformation of the skyscraper in professional practice. The dissertation traces the theoretical and historiographical writings on the skyscraper, as well as its technical and aesthetic innovations, speculating that both are structurally linked.
As part of the Media and Modernity program in Princeton, López-Pérez was one of the co-designers and curators of the exhibition "Clip, Stamp, Fold, the Architecture of Little Magazines from 196x to 197x." From a Graham Foundation Grant, "Clip Stamp Fold" opened at the Storefront Gallery in New York and since has been on show 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, for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s World Trade Center Ideas Competition. Currently, López-Pérez is building a number of residential projects along the coast of Baja California.
The projects and writings of López-Pérez have been published in a number of journals including Bauforum, Wettbewerbe Architektur, El Croquis, and Arch+. The forthcoming text “SKYSCRAPEROLOGY in the 1970s; pluralism and invention in theory and practice” will be included in Supertall, edited By Rafi Segal and Forth Bagley, published by Metropolis in New York.
López-Pérez is co-editor of the book The Function of Form with Farshid Moussavi, resulting from a two-year research seminar with the students of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Actar in Barcelona.
López-Pérez’s instruction is primarily in architectural design studios, which explore a more synthetic relationship between form and its material performance. 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, use, affect also focusing on larger scale questions surrounding infrastructure and the urban environment.
López-Pérez has taught design studios at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Princeton University, and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.