— Hide menu


Peter Macapia (cv): native of Vashon Island in the Pacific Northwest, currently lives and works in New York City. Represented by Gallery Priveekollektie


Peter Macapia is an artist, architect, and philosopher.  He is the founder of the artist’s studio practice Peter Macapia Studio and labDORA, an internationally recognized architectural research and design studio and, both of which he started after he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University where he was awarded the Columbia University Presidential Fellowships. Macapia studied under Rosalind Krauss, John Rajchman, Gayatri Spivak, and Akeel Bilgrami.  Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Macapia moved to the Northeast to study art and philosophy at RISD and Brown for his Bachelor’s, American history at Harvard University for his Masters, and finally Columbia University for his PhD in Theory and Criticism.  Macapia’s art, architecture, teaching and writing explore politics and space.  He has collaborated with such artists as Vito Acconci, curated exhibitions with a variety of international artists, and engaged research with interns and students on social, spatial, and political problems.

Macapia’s recent exhibition Borroworrob at the HDLU in Zagreb focused on the relation between the origin of money, realism in sculpture, and the politics of subjectivity, law, and the city-state in Ancient Greece.  Since then, he has been working on a series of essays on the history of force, a book on space and power, and a series of sculptures based on problems of ethics in Antiquity.  As Macapia pursues these projects in art, he simultaneously develops through labDORA annual research internships that examine urban and spatial conflicts such as homeless families’ crises in New York City, immigration and space, and building technology for informal high density settlements in developing nations.

International exhibitions include Art and Design Basel and Miami, New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Marseille, Orléans, and Beijing, with several solo exhibitions in Los Angeles (Skullcracker), New York (Swarm and Birth of Physics), London (Ship of Theseus), and Zagreb (Borroworrob), where he held his first large-scale institutional exhibition on architecture, space, currency, and activism at the HDLU, for which he was supported by a grant from FACE/Croatia.  In 2007, Macapia won the prestigious Seroussi Pavilion competition in Paris, which continues to be exhibited throughout Europe.  In 2008 his work Dirty Geometry was collected by the FRAC Centre, Orléans, as part of their permanent collection and which they published in their seminal in Architectures experimentales, 1950-2010. In 2012 he was commissioned by the internationally recognized curator Hervé Mikaeloff to make a sculpture for Christian Dior.

LabDORA focuses on architecture and research in computation, urban space, and geopolitics, with more than 70 interns over the past seven years from France, Turkey, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Uruguay, Lebanon, Norway, and the US. Macapia’s architecture and research has received numerous grants and distinction in international competitions and he has collaborated with engineers from Ove Arup and Buro Happold and Altair Engineering Corp. His work and writings have been published internationally in AD, Log, Domus, A+U, Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Interior Design, Pin-Up, Monitor, and others including important interviews with Toyo Ito, Bernard Tschumi, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, and Bernard Cache.

Macapia began teaching design studios and seminars at Columbia University at the GSAPP in 2001 and has since taught at Sci-Arc, Pratt Institute, SVA, and the New School for Social Research with workshops at the École Spéciale d’Architecture, L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais, Technical University Delft, and elsewhere.  International lectures include Yale Graduate School of Architecture, Princeton Graduate School of Architecture, Kent State, Tokyo University of Science, The School of Art and Design in Talin Estonia, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and elsewhere.  He currently teaches graduate architecture at Pratt Institute GAUD and political philosophy at Parsons/The New School for Social Research.

He is represented by Gallery Priveekollektie