Peggy Deamer is Professor Emerita of Yale University’s School of Architecture where she taught studio/design and contemporary theory seminars. She got her BA from Oberlin College (philosophy), her BArch from The Cooper Union, and her PhD from Princeton University. She has also taught at Princeton School of Architecture, Columbia GSAPP, Barnard College, Parsons School of Design, and been a visiting professor at Unitec, Auckland University, and Victoria University in New Zealand.
She is principal in the firm of Deamer, Studio, and formerly, a partner in Deamer + Phillips. Her design work has appeared in HOME, Home and Garden, Progressive Architecture, Vogue and the New York Times amongst other journals. She is the co-editor with Robert AM Stern and Alan Plattus of (Re)Reading Perspecta, and co-editor with Phillip Bernstein of Building (in) the Future (Princeton Architectural Press) and BIM in Academia (Yale School of Architecture).
She is the editor of Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present (Routledge) and The Architect as Worker: Immaterial Labor, the Creative Class, and the Politics of Design (Bloomsbury) and the author of Architecture and Labor (Routledge). Articles by her have appeared in Log, Avery Review, e-Flux, and Harvard Design Magazine amongst other journals. She was one of keynote speakers at the 2019 Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) spring Pittsburg National Convention.
Her theory work explores the relationship between subjectivity, design, and labor in the current economy. She is the founding member of the Architecture Lobby, a group advocating for the value of architectural design and labor, and for that work, she received the Architectural Record 2018 Women in Architecture Activist Award.
She is the recipient of the 2021 CUAA John Q. Hejduk Award.