Welcome Professors Ishida and Peterson

We welcome two new faculty members to the School of Architecture. They begin their UH Mānoa teaching careers at the start of the 2023-24 academic year.

Yasushi Ishida, Assistant Professor in Architecture Advanced Design and Building Systems

Eric Peterson, Assistant Professor in Architecture Beginning and/or Intermediate Design

Professor Ishida received his MArch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 2004. He has over 15 years of professional experience, working for firms such as Atelier Hitoshi Abe, Gensler, Morphosis, and Michael Maltzan Architecture, serving a significant role in projects such as The Broad Museum (Los Angeles), Emerson College (Los Angeles) and Phare Tower (Paris, France). Ishida has been a visiting assistant professor at Woodbury School of Architecture from 2015 to 2018 and has taught at Cal Poly Pomona from 2018 to 2023. He opens his Fall 2023 semester teaching ARCH 415 Concentration Design Studio and ARCH 490 Special Topic: Transposed Materiality, Animated Artifacts.

Professor Peterson arrives with twenty years of teaching in design studios, fabrication labs, and study abroad programs. With a lifetime of experience as a carpenter, builder, welder, and mechanic, he is an expert fabricator. He has developed and taught workshops and courses on 3D modeling, CNC programming, robotics, furniture design, fabrication, and prototyping. Dr. Peterson has participated in grant-funded fabrication and interdisciplinary research projects supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His research on both robotic additive manufacturing and immersive learning environments has been presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Among the courses he will be teaching include, ARCH 201/202 Beginning Design 1 and 2 and ARCH 490 Special Topic: Speculative Fabrication.

E komo mai i Hawai’i!
(Welcome to Hawai’i!)