Scholar of the Month | Kent State University

Scholar of the Month

Scholar Builds Students’ Knowledge of 3D Printing

Scholar of the Month
Brian Peters
Assistant Professor  
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
2013-present

Brian Peters is an assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. His research and teaching focuses on digital technologies in architectural design, including digital fabrication, parametric design and 3D printing.

Peters founded the Robotic Fabrication Lab at Kent State which features a six-axis robotic arm and several 3D printers, with the intention of developing a research cluster for faculty, students and external partners.

Peters has multiple peer-reviewed publications on additive architecture, and he has presented papers and exhibited projects throughout the world. His “Building Bytes” line of 3D printed ceramic bricks was selected for a Fast Company 2015 Innovation by Design Award, and he also won an Architect Magazine R + D Award in 2014.  The project has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design and in Barcelona, Spain, and Athens, Greece, in 2015.

Peters recently received a “30 For the Future” Award from the Greater Akron Chamber, an honor given to young professionals who live or work in the Greater Akron area and make an impact on the region through dynamic leadership and community service.

Prior to joining Kent State, he worked as an architect and project manager in Chicago, Illinois, and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Peters received a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois, a Master of Advanced Architecture from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Spain, and a Bachelor of Arts in studio art from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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About Kent State’s Scholar of the Month

Kent State’s Scholar of the Month recognizes faculty researchers and scholars whose recent work has had an important impact on their professional fields and has brought exposure to the university. Each month, a different college will have the opportunity to nominate a researcher/scholar for this recognition. There is also a month when a faculty member from the Regional Campuses will be featured.

The selection process is in the hands of the dean and his or her colleagues and faculty. Hence, this is recognition by the person’s college colleagues that is then taken up by the university. The deans communicate the person’s name to the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs for recognition as Scholar of the Month.