"A modern renaissance man and an old-fashioned gentleman" - His Wife
| September 28, 1948 – December 21, 1988
United States of America
Described by his wife as "A modern renaissance man and an old-fashioned gentleman," Peter Peirce was returning with the Syracuse University group after a semester of study with SU in Florence, Italy. Peter was one of only 11 students in the program, which is part of the university's architecture curriculum. He was seeking a master's II degree so that he could teach his craft. Returning to Perrysburg, Ohio for the holiday break in his two-semester program, Peter had linked up with the other SU students for the trip from London to New York. Besides his wife and business partner, Cherry Peirce, he leaves three stepdaughters, Joellen Birkenkamp, Tori Kwiatkowski, and Danielle Kwiatkowski, his mother Mrs. Elizabeth Peirce, a brother and two sisters.
Peter was the founder of the Peirce Design Group and PDG Architects in Ohio. His architectural construction and design work is recognized throughout the states of Ohio and Florida for its outstanding beauty and function. Peter was a 1971 graduate of Ohio State University where he earned a BS in Industrial Design and Psychology. He then did graduate studies in Business Administration and Finance at the University of Toledo and San Francisco Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies. In 1983, he went to Poland to study at Warsaw Technical University on a scientific exchange program. His architectural academic pursuit started at the University of Detroit from which he graduated cum laude in 1983 with a degree in architecture. This diverse and intensive study of architectural design prepared Peter for completing his academic training at the SU Florence Center.
Peter viewed the business of architecture as a very demanding profession in terms of personal commitment to creativity, time and financial management as well as human relations. Since work allowed little time for independent study into the advanced theory and practice of architecture he sought to develop and mature in the profession through a program of study.
Remembrance Scholars Representing Peter R. Peirce
School of Architecture