De Peter YiLecturer in Architecture
De Peter Yi is an educator, designer, and architect. His work finds design agency at the intersection of formal and social forces, from the scale of the detail to the scale of the urban environment and beyond. Yi has explored these ideas through a long term research framework on housing and its relationship to urban and environmental systems, building technologies, and design representation. He is the author of Building Subjects, a book that questions the dominant Western narrative on modern housing through the lens of collectively-adapted living structures in China. Currently, he is cultivating a research project called Moving Rooms, a study of the evolving relationship between the private room and urban space through marginalized housing typologies. Along with Laura Peterson, Yi is also the co-founder of the research and design practice 1+1+. The practice seeks new scales of architectural intervention - scaling down to address overlooked spaces, typologies, and audiences, and scaling up to take on the systemic forces shaping our built environment through urban and landscape design. Recent works include an award-winning proposal for the LA Low Rise design challenge for missing middle housing, a curated exhibition of “living” structures for the 2021 Detroit Month of Design, and several small-scale renovation and adaptive reuse projects creating new housing and social spaces in Detroit. Yi was the 2018-2019 Walter B. Sanders Research Fellow at Taubman College, and is the recipient of a 2016 Graham Foundation Publication Grant for Individuals. He has previously practiced with Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, WW Architecture in Houston, and 1100 Architect in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, where he received the Wallenberg Prize, and a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University, where he received the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and the William D. Darden Thesis Award.