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John Peterson

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Founder & Pres
Public Architecture
John Peterson is the founder and president of Public Architecture, a national nonprofit organization mobilizing designers to use their skills and expertise to drive social change. The 1%, a program of Public Architecture, has built a network of over 15,000 design professionals providing $38 million of pro bono services annually across the country. He is also the principal of Peterson Architects in San Francisco. John is the recipient of numerous design and social innovation awards. He writes and speaks internationally about the role that the design of the built environment has in improving underserved communities. John has degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


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