Professor Peter David Land, 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 2 at his home surrounded by his beloved wife of 46 years, Marietta, son Peter Maxwell and family. Dearest only son of the late Victor and Lucy Land, Peter is survived by sisters-in-law Isela Bain, Elsa A. Morris, Carmen Aguilar and Barbara Shaw, brother in-law Enrique Aguilar, as well as nephew and niece in-law Bill Bain and Angie Bain.
Born in the U.K., Peter held degrees from the Architectural Association School of Architecture and Royal Academy Schools, both in London. He was an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects and was licensed by the UK Architects Registration Board (ARB). He completed his graduate studies in the USA at Yale University - a Master in City and Regional Planning - and in Architecture at the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture.
Professor Land worked as a practicing architect in the United States and internationally. He is widely recognized for his work with Yale University as Field Director of a four year inter-American graduate program in urban and regional planning at the national University of Engineering in Lima, Peru and as the Director of the United Nations Experimental Housing Project (PREVI). For these contributions he was awarded the ‘Order of the Sun’, the highest civil decoration issued by the Peruvian Government.
He taught at distinguished institutions, amongst others Harvard University and was a full tenured professor at the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago for 42 years. In 1977 and 2015 he was the recipient of the IIT Excellence in Teaching Award. His contributions to the field of architecture as both a practicing architect and an educator are innumerable and he will be immensely missed by his students and family.
Visitation will be on Saturday, August 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Michael Coletta Sons Funeral Home: 544 W. 31st St. Chicago, 60616 a memorial service will be at 2:00 pm. More information please call: 312- 225-8500.
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