Kirk E. Peterson is an American academic and practitioner. He studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design from where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1974 and his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1975. In 1988 he was awarded the Master of Architecture degree by U.C. Berkeley. Kirk E. Peterson is a member of a number of organisations, including the Association for Preservation Technology, the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association and the National Trust for Historical Preservation.
Kirk E. Peterson set up his own practice Kirk E. Peterson & Associates Architects in 1981. Among his clients are public agencies, not-for-profit organisations, developers, home and business owners. The firm has enjoyed the challenge of taking on projects that vary widely in scale, building type, site characteristics and stylistic expressions.
Kirk E. Peterson has been interested in issues of sustainability for decades and has been a preservation activist of both historic and natural resources since the foundation of its firm. He chose deliberately to locate his architecture practice in the historic core of an urban area rather than in California’s ubiquitous urban sprawl. He has been involved in a number of projects involving restoration and adaptive re-use of historic buildings for contemporary uses.
Over the last two decades, Peterson’s work has been widely publicised and awarded. In 1997, he received the Downtown Berkeley Association, Excellence in Design Award and the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Commercial Renovation. In 2008 he was honoured with the Oakland Heritage Alliance “Partners in Preservation” award.