Over 30 years of practice, Peter Clewes has developed a body of work that is shaped by the clarity and functionality of modernism, and which expresses a deep commitment to urbanism and city-building.
His academic work includes the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex at Brock University, the Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto, the Kaiser Computer Science and Engineering Building at the University of British Columbia, and the Pond Road Residence at York University – the first green student housing designed for the climate of central Canada.
The first three of these projects involved collaborations with other design practices, in Stuttgart, Boston and Vancouver, respectively. As an architect and a practice leader Peter pursues relationships with compatible firms, believing in the strength and unexpected power of design ideas discovered through collaboration.
He also pursues a multi-unit housing practice that is remarkable for the manner in which it squares the demands of design excellence with the contingencies of the development process, from planning and economics to construction. He sees architecture sponsored by the private sector as the most direct solution to the urgent need of cities to grow sustainably.
Peter is a strong proponent of residential, academic and mixed-use intensification as a means of ensuring the vitality of the urban core. He served for five years on the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel, and speaks extensively to professional, academic and civic groups across Canada and the US on topics related to design, density and urban renewal.