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 taught required courses such as: Environment Studio I: Form and Context, Senior Design Agility: Speak Lab, Basic Interaction, Interaction Design Seminar II, and Graduate Design Studio II. He 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 (with Judy Brooks and Arnold Wasserman).

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.