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Professor Peter Salter

Professor Peter Salter

Professor of Architectural Design

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DRU, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB




  • Salter, P. 2019. Walmer Yard. United Kingdom: Circa Press.









  • Salter, P. 2005. Economy of means. In: Bates, S. and Sergison, J. eds. Brick-work: Thinking and Making Sergison Bates Architects. Zürich: GTA Verlag, pp. 7-10.
  • Salter, P. 2005. Working for the Smithsons: strategy and design. In: Johnston, P., Ainley, R. and Barrett, C. eds. Architecture is Not Made With the Brain: The Labour of Alison and Peter Smithson. London: Architectural Association, pp. 40-50.


Teaching profile

Peter Salter set up an architectural practice in 1982 after gaining experience in various Local Authority Architects Departments and a number of private firms, including the office of Alison and Peter Smithson, (leading theorists and practitioners of early post war Britain) Salter’s architectural work has focused on cultural, residential and leisure projects, and included two commissions for International Expositions in Japan in the 1990s.

His teaching career began in the 1980s when he joined the Architectural Association School of Architecture as a technical tutor in the diploma school. He went on to teach units throughout the school, both at Intermediate level and Diploma School, developing innovative design programmes exploring the nature of materials .This pedagogy was published widely and led to invitations to convene workshops both nationally and internationally. In 1995 he was appointed successor to Ron Herron as Head of School and Professor of Architecture at the University of East London. His focus there was to develop a school with a specialism in exploring architecture through construction, with an emphasis on materials as a way of engaging with issues of sustainability and low energy construction. As a result, three new masters programmes were established during his tenure. In 2006, he was appointed Professor of Architectural Design at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff.

He has over twenty years experience as a visiting critic and lecturer to UK schools of architecture, and as a guest speaker at architectural institutions in America, Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and South Africa. A widely published author, he has contributed essays to several AA publications and contributed to many national architectural journals.

Current projects include four houses in Notting Hill for Baylight Properties, which is now on-site.

In 2011 he was awarded Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects for his contribution to teaching and writing. He is also the recipient of the Annie Spink Award for teaching excellence (2004) and the AJ/Boris Royal Academy Main Award for an Architectural Project for his Thai Fish Restaurant, Tokyo (1991).