Peter Brown brings a multi-disciplinary approach to his professional work in city building and to his    academic career, combining experience in architecture, planning, city government administration, and real estate development.


Peter grew up in Rochester, New York, and moved to Philadelphia after college, in 1986. There he

practiced architecture for ten years before serving as a project director in the city of Philadelphia’s

Capital Program Office, leading a team of eighteen staff who were responsible for managing over $200

million in municipal projects. In 2002 he served as the president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the

American Institute of Architects.


After living in Philadelphia for 17 years, Peter moved to the Twin Cities in 2004, where he worked in real

estate development as a senior project manager on several large condominium projects. He served the North Loop Neighborhood Association as board chair and he also served on Mayor R.T. Rybak’s Riverfront Blue Ribbon Task Force, whose recommendations led to the creation of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership in 2008. Peter is an independent development consultant to private, public, and nonprofit clients. Since 2010 he has consulted to the city of Minneapolis on the Peavey Plaza  revitalization project, the new Vikings Stadium,  the redesign and reconstruction of Nicollet Mall, and the design of the Downtown East Commons.


Peter earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and his Master of Governmental Administration and Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored articles, chapters, book reviews, and two books on the subject of urban development: America’s Waterfront

                                                                                                            Revival: Port Authorities and Urban

                                                                                                            Redevelopment (Penn Press, 2009), and

                                                                                                            How Real Estate Developers Think:

                                                                                                            Design, Profits, and Community.

                                                                                                            Peter currently teaches private sector real

                                                                                                            estate development at the University of

                                                                                                            Minnesota and he has also taught urban

                                                                                                            design and site planning.