Peter Wong

Associate Professor, Architecture
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Faculty Research Connections Profile

Peter Wong is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he has taught architectural design, history, and theory since 1988. His scholarly efforts include a translation of Vittorio Gregotti’s treatise, Inside Architecture (w/ Francesca Zaccheo, MIT, 1996) and a study of Shanghai shikumen housing in the article “Chinese Puzzle” published in Diversity and Design (Routledge, 2015). These written projects draw from research exploring urban housing, 1950s and 60s building culture, and the experience and meaning of contemporary architectural space. His current research investigates spatial perception in domestic interior realms, utilizing eye-tracking hardware and software to reveal areas of visual attention in housing environments. This work is performed as an interdisciplinary project with colleagues from the Department of Computer Science at UNC Charlotte.

Peter received his degrees from the University of Washington (BA 1981) and the University of Pennsylvania (MArch 1985), and is a licensed architect in the states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He has received design awards from the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and the Charlotte Chapter of the AIA. Currently he directs the School’s undergraduate third year design core and offers advanced social housing studios at the masters level. He has taught and led numerous study abroad programs in Italy, Spain, and China.

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As Director of the Graduate Program for the School of Architecture, Wong has been selected to receive the 2020-2021 Thomas L. Reynolds Leadership Award for his contributions to student success above and beyond his teaching role.

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Design Gaze: Spatial Attractors Using Eye Tracking Technology: The Research project conducted by Wong extends a multi-disciplinary design study begun in 2016. It constitutes the continuation of a SoA Faculty Interdisciplinary Research grant awarded in 2018, Vague Space: Tracing Eyes, Edges, and the Indeterminate Limits of the Architectural Interior. This second part of the study builds on the findings of the first by actively using design determinants derived from a survey using eye-tracking hardware and software.

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Spatial Stories - 3 printed study of the space of Adolf Loos’s Haberfeld House. Wong's publication is a collection of essays and models interrogating the meaning and use of contemporary architectural space. The collection is the result of student work from an advanced seminar coursework in Spring 2013. The premise of this class was to investigate the significance of the three-dimensional tradition of architectural form, taking into account its unique role in shaping sapce.