Peter Scupelli

Peter Scupelli

Associate Professor, Chair Environments Track, and Director of Learning Environments Lab

Peter Scupelli is an Associate Professor in Design, Chair of the Environments track, and Director of the Learning Environments Lab. Peter’s current research focus is on learning environments.

Peter teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses. He currently teaches required courses such as: Environments Studio I: Form and Context, Graduate Design Studio II, and Dexign Futures. He has taught the following required courses: Senior Design Agility: Speak Lab, Basic Interaction, and Interaction Design Seminar II.

Peter developed and taught the following elective courses: Design Ethos and Action, Introduction to Dexign the Future, Dexign the Future (with Arnold Wasserman), and Dexign Futures Seminar (with Judy Brooks and Arnold Wasserman).

Peter's teaching and research focus on two fundamental topics necessary to bring aspects of Transition Design to the widespread design practice: aligning short term and long term time horizons to design practice, and embedding values into design processes. In Dexign Futures students learn to combine Design Thinking with Futures Thinking to align short and long term time horizons. In Design Ethos and Action he teaches how to embed values such as gender equality and sustainability into everyday live, organizations, and redirective design practice. 

Peter's training and career path link architecture, interaction design, and human-computer interaction research. He completed his Ph.D. at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. His dissertation focused on how the architecture of the built environment around large schedule displays and nursing control desks support coordination services in surgical suites.

Peter has a master’s degree in interaction design from the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. His thesis essay explored the effect of affordances in communities of practice. His thesis project entailed making process work visible to design teams throughout a project in time-shared project rooms.

His architecture degree is from the Universitá di Genova in Italy. His thesis “Strangers in the residual spaces of the contemporary city” focused on the role of obsolete parts of the city as community resources.

While in Italy, he worked in architecture studios in Milan and was part of the A12 architecture collective. His interest in physical environments and information technology emerged while collaborating with new media artists on installations in museums and art galleries.

He collaborated with A12 and Udo Noll on Parole, an online architecture glossary. Parole was in the VII Architecture Biennial of Venice, PS1 MOMA, New York, the São Paulo Contemporary Art Biennial, and other places. Other collaborations include: Urban Epidemics a city wide installation deployed in Turin, Italy for the Biennial of Young Artists from the Mediterranean; Mirrors, a few reflections on identity, an urban installation in Reggio Emilia, Italy; HUMBOT, at the ZKM museum of Karlsruhe, Germany; A description of the Equator and Øtherlands, at Galerie Schenk in Cologne, Germany, etc.