Peggy Deamer is an architect, architectural educator, and currently Assistant Dean and Professor of Architecture at Yale University. Her research explores the nature of creative work, stretching from a psychoanalytic interpretation of art production and reception – initiated in the dissertation on Adrian Stokes, who was analyzed by Melanie Klein – to neo-Marxist examinations of creative labor.
Peggy (ne: Margaret) Deamer (February 15, 1950 – present) is a principal in the firm of Deamer, Architects and formerly, Deamer + Phillips, Architects. She received a B.Arch. from Cooper Union and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her dissertation was on the British art critic, Adrian Stokes. She has taught at Princeton University, Barnard College, Columbia University, Ohio State University, University of Kentucky amongst others. In New Zealand, where she was the Head of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland in 2007, she has also taught at Unitec and Victoria University. She has been a board member of Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and is currently on the board of Perspecta: The Yale Journal of Architecture and a member of ArchiteXX. She is the founding member of the advocacy group, the Architecture Lobby.
Recent articles include “Office Management,” in OfficeUS’s Agenda, “Work” in Perspecta 47, “The Changing Nature of Architectural Work,” in Design Practices Now Vol II, The Harvard Design Magazine no. 33; “Detail Deliberation,” in Building (in) the Future: Recasting Labor in Architecture; and “Practicing Practice,” in Perspecta 44. Her writing on architecture, design and psychoanalysis include “Adrian Stokes: Surface Suicide” in Architecture Post Mortem: The Diastolic Architecture of Decline, Dystopia, and Death (Ashgate, Donald Kunze, Editor), “Adrian Stokes: The Architecture of Phantasy and the Phantasy of Architecture, Architecture and Psychoanalysis: The Annuals of Psychoanalysis, and “Subject/Object/Text” in Drawing/Building/Text, (Princeton Architectural Press, Andrea Kahn, ed.) amongst others.
Editor, The Architect as Worker: Immaterial labor, the Creative Class, and the Politics of Design. 2015. Bloomsburg Press. ISBN 9781472570499
Editor, Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present. 2014. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415534888
Editor with Phillip Bernstein, BIM in Academia. 2011. Yale School of Architecture. ISBN 9780982638583
Editor with Phillip Bernstein, Building in the Future: Recasting Architectural Labor. 2010. Princeton Architecture Press. ISBN 978-1568988061
With Robert A.M. Stern, and Alan Plattus, Re-Reading Perspecta: The First Fifty Years of the Yale Architectural Journal. 2005. ISBN 0-262-19506-2
With Nina Rappaport and Peggy Deamer Studio,The Millennium House. 2004. Monacelli Press. ISBN 978-1580931236
- Median, Samuel. "Meet the Architecture Lobby". Metropolis Magazine. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- Deamer, Peggy (Fall 2010). "The Changing Nature of Architectural Work". The Harvard Design Magazine II (33). Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- Deamer, Peggy. "Detail Deliberation". Perspecta. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- Deamer, Peggy (2013). Adrian Stokes: Surface Suicide. Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-6221-7. Retrieved 2 March 2015.