Peter Kjaer is a Danish architect with a strong international experience in developing and managing architectural education. He has since 1999 worked as Rector and Director in various places as rector for Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark (1998-2005), Umea School of Architecture in Sweden (founding rector 2008 – 2013) and now since January 2013 Director and Professor at the NC State, Prague Institute, The Czech Republic.
He has been international evaluator in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, England, Romania and USA. He was chairing a Tempus project evaluation involving MARCHI, Moscow, KTH, Stockholm and Karlsruhe Technical University.
He has been international representative in the board of Oslo School of Architecture, Norway and he is currently a member of a Board of a Danish Architecture Company. Previously a member of and chairman of Aarhus Academy of Art.
Peter Kjaer has worked experimentally with architecture since 1988 and participated in competitions, exhibitions and published a manifesto at the Venice Biennale 1996, a project that was awarded in Denmark, as a reflective practice project. He does not believe in the separation between theory and practice and education and practice. He has been working intensively on a concept of education as practice.
In education, he has built up new concepts of pedagogical approach for integrated design processes as the basic of the School of Architecture in Umea, Sweden.
His practice in architecture has been from Interior Design to planning. In his practice during the period from 2005 – 2008 he was focusing on new planning processes based on user participation. He developed new methods for strategic planning in that period.
Peter Kjaer has been member of the European Commissions advisory board regarding the directive for Architects, been a member of the working party between the European Organization for architects (ACE) and the EAAE (European Association for Architectural Education) 2003 – 2005. He was president of the Nordic Academy of Architecture from 2009-2013.