Professor Peter Land: A Living Legend

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.

Majed Abdulsamad

College of Architecture

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois

Born: Homs, Syria

2 Comments Add yours

  1. gpdoyle says:

    October 2013

    Peter Land, Illinois Institute of Technology presented a few of the wide range of interesting new possibilities and ideas for high-rise solutions emphasizing innovative structures, energy systems or both at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. As global concern and competition intensifies over diminishing fossil fuel reserves, the need grows to conserve energy, develop renewable resources and more efficient ways to build. In a rapidly urbanizing world these objectives must be considered a top priority. Therefore, an experimental approach to the design development of high-rise structures, forms and energy systems should be promoted in the search for ways forward in the planning and design of the future built environment.

  2. He is without any doubts the best on both personal and professional levels. A humble person, a great educator and a professional architect. Thanks prof. Land for every moment you spent in teaching us.. Words are not enough to express our gratitude to you.

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