MArch, Yale University; BA in Literature and International Relations, University of Virginia
Peter MacKeith directed the international Masters program in architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology from 1994-1999 and previously taught design and architectural theory at Yale University and the University of Virginia. In 1998, he was Visiting Professor at the faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. MacKeith has worked in practices in both the United States and Finland and has written and lectured extensively in the United States, Finland, and across the Nordic countries on the work of Alvar Aalto, and on contemporary Finnish and Nordic architecture in general. A past editor of Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal (New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1988), he is also the author and/or editor of The Finland Pavilions: Finland at the Universal Expositions 1900-1992 (Helsinki: City Publishers, 1992), Encounters: Architectural Essays, a selection of essays by Juhani Pallasmaa (Helsinki: Rakennustieto, Building Information, Ltd., 2005), The Dissolving Corporation: Contemporary Architecture and Corporate Identity in Finland (Helsinki: The Finnish Institute for Business and Policy Studies (EVA), 2005), and Archipelago, Essays of Architecture (Helsinki: Rakennustieto, Building Information, Ltd., 2006). His analytical drawings of Aalto's buildings were included in the 1998 MoMA Aalto retrospective. MacKeith is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and research grants from The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, and is active in both the ACSA and the EAAE. In 2008, he received a Creative Achievement in Design Education Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).
I trace my understanding of architecture to a fascination with language – with the acts of speaking, writing, and reading as keys to enhanced experience of the world and engagement with others. My work, balanced between teaching, administration, research, publication, and service, emphasizes the particularities of the place where the architecture is conceived and made – the specifics of landscape and history, the character and energies. Much of this work has been accomplished within the Finnish and Nordic context of architectural history, practice, and culture. This has been my close focus since my first hours in architectural education.
MacKeith talks about Eero Saarinen's work on "Living St. Louis"