My studio professor during the 2014-15 academic year at IIT is Professor Peter Land. For those who might wonder who is Peter Land, he is – without a doubt – one of the most famous and brightest architects of our time.
With a master degree in Urban Planning from Yale University, 1958, and a masters of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, 1957 along side a diploma in Civic Design from the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1956 and a diploma in Architectural Association from the School of Architecture. London,1955. Professor Peter Land is a living legend.
He was previously a professor at Harvard, head of architects for the UN in South America and has been a professor of architecture at Chicago’s best architecture school, IIT, for 39 years.
All of the previous introduction should give you a very good idea of important and touching it was for me to hear from my professor that he has been to my hometown, Homs, in Syria even before I was born. And that he is very fond and holds in the highest regard my country and the Syrian people.
I was more touched when answering his questions about the situation in Syria and seeing tears come to his eyes from what he heard from me.
It will be a long time before I will forget the look on his face and his smile as he told his stories from when he visited Syria.
At the end of our short conversation, Professor Land wished me not to lose hope and to be optimistic and keep up the good work because we, and our generation, my generation, are the hope that he sees in the future.
I was touched and honored.
College of Architecture
Illinois Institute of Technology
Born: Homs, Syria