Peter DeMaria

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Peter DeMaria
Born (1960-10-24) 24 October 1960 (age 59)
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
Kean University
AwardsAmerican Institute of Architects
Design Excellence/Innovation (2007)
PracticeDeMaria Design Associates

Peter DeMaria (born October 24, 1960 in Madison, New Jersey) is an American architect and artist known for his non-conventional use of materials and construction/fabrication methodologies.

Early life and education[edit]

DeMaria was born in Madison, New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Kean University in 1982 and a Master of Architecture degree in 1986 from the University of Texas at Austin.[1]

Architectural style[edit]

DeMaria's container based work is seen "mainly as an "experiment" at this time", said Bill Gati, a member of the American Institute of Architects Custom Residential Design Committee. "It's cutting-edge, and Architects who design with containers are considered mavericks and trail blazers,".[2] DeMaria dedicated five years to taking the messengers of consumerism (shipping containers) and converting them into role models for an environmental and economical housing solution."[3] He compares his creations to Andy Warhol's prints, McDonald's hamburgers, and the textile block houses of Frank Lloyd Wright. "We are reinterpreting and re-presenting the best of these processes in a different medium... a new process by which future construction projects will be delivered".[4] His work follows no distinct style but he fuses prefabrication, principles that were professed by Buckminster Fuller and an experimental attitude regarding materials and systems. Like Fuller, he visualizes architecture fulfilling a critical force on the planet, "I’ve come to reject the limitations of sustainability. Sustainability isn’t enough. Our buildings must be more than simply contributors to a more environmentally conscious society—they must become functioning icons that spearhead new advances." [5] Dwell Magazine profiled his ideas on the Future of Prefab in which he stated,

"Some people assume that yet-to-be-invented high-tech materials and systems will be the saviors of our construction industry. New technology can be great, but some of the answers to our building challenges are right in front of us. We need to look more closely at existing materials and systems from commercial construction and other industries and ask how they might be adapted, adjusted, or recycled to meet our domestic architecture needs. It’s less glamorous than creating renderings of new home designs, but we need to look at how to design efficient processes that leverage the economies of scale inherent in existing industrial components and systems." [6]

DeMaria designed the Redondo Beach House departing from the historical and traditional sense of what constitutes "architecture" and professed “...this project is the torch bearer for a new, more affordable method of design and construction — Architecture as a Product”.[7] The AIA has lauded his work, but his ideas have faced opposition from the professional and academic world of architecture - his blending of product, industrial and architectural design into a new hybrid, challenges the norm by which architecture is practiced.

Career and recognition[edit]

He worked for Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall briefly in 1990, prior to starting his own practice in Los Angeles, California in 1992. DeMaria received the RAND Corporation's First Prize Award in their 1997 Design Competition. In 2006, DeMaria designed the Redondo Beach House, the first two story shipping container home in the U.S.[8] With an approved structural system under the strict guidelines of the nationally recognized Uniform Building Code, the Redondo Beach House is composed of eight recycled ISO Cargo Containers. DeMaria's design received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor in Excellence Award for Innovation in 2007.,".[9] It is a hybrid home that has received awards, has been published internationally and is recognized as the first two story cargo container based project in the United States that legally complies with the Uniform Building Code.[10] DeMaria was the recipient of the Bank of Manhattan Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year Award in recognition of his progressive and committed business development focused on alternative building methodologies and systems.[11] In 2008, DeMaria created Logical Homes LLC, a company that provides prefabricated homes that utilize the shipping container as the core structural elements.[12] In 2009, his interdisciplinary ideas and work became the focus of a Lexus advertising campaign for hybrid electric vehicles in the automotive industry.[13]. His design for the East Los Angeles/Boyle Heights Four Square Church Parsonage received a 2009 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Award.[14] In 2011, his design for RED BULL USA FMX-Data Center and Lounge received an AIA Design Award Citation.[15] DeMaria has taught architecture since 1995 and is a part-time faculty member in the Design Dept. at California State University at Long Beach.[16] DeMaria also teaches Design Studio as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture. [17]



  1. ^ Interview with Peter DeMaria by GLIVING
  2. ^ USA Today by Katherine Lackey
  3. ^ Archinect by Martina Dolejsova
  4. ^ Container House by Architecture Week
  5. ^ Environmental Magazine Jan.'10 issue
  6. ^ Dwell Magazine Feb.'09 issue
  7. ^ House & Home Magazine Nov.'07 issue
  8. ^ International Business Times by Brian Pagnotta[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ AIA Long Beach/South Bay Newsletter by Dan P. Whelan "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-08-23. Retrieved 2009-08-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Affordable Housing Institute
  11. ^ Bank of Manhattan
  12. ^
  13. ^ Lexus Hybrids Reuse movement
  14. ^ AIA Long Beach/South Bay
  15. ^ AIA Long Beach/South Bay
  16. ^ CSULB Design Faculty page
  17. ^ UTSOA Faculty page

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