PETER HENDEE BROWN, AIA, AICP, PHD
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.