Peter Yeadon Prix de Rome project records

Peter Yeadon Prix de Rome project records

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  • Peter Yeadon (archive creator)
  • Peter Yeadon (architect)


Peter Yeadon Prix de Rome project records

Dates of creation



  • archives

Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 20 drawings
  • 4 sketchbooks
  • 0.02 l.m. of textual documentation

Scope and Content

The project records consist of sketchbooks, drawings, and project documentation created by architect Peter Yeadon for the Prix de Rome in Architecture, which he received in 1999. The designs were inspired by his trip to Rome and depict the life of a fictional character, Karl, who immigrates to Rome from Canada. While in Rome, this character records, designs, and builds new Roman monuments. The complete works were entitled “Karl: An Architectural Narrative."

Reference Number



Material in this fonds has been arrange into one series:

S1. Karel: An Architectural Narrative.

Biographical notes

Peter Yeadon was born in 1965 in Truro, Nova Scotia. He studied engineering (1987) at Dalhousie University, as well as environmental design (BEDS, 1987) and architecture (M.ARCH, 1989) at the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS), now part of Dalhousie.

Yeadon’s work has focused on advanced materials research and how those materials can drive innovation. These include studies in smart materials, nanomaterials and other programmable substances.[1] In 2008, Yeadon founded the practice Decker Yeadon with Martina Decker in New York City. The practice experimented with nanotechnologies and their potential application in architecture, including a new type of building brise-soleil that moved like a muscle using nanotubes to control solar heat gain.[2] The practice has since dissolved.

Peter Yeadon is currently a professor of industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he has worked since 2002. He previously taught at Cornell University and the University of Toronto.[3] He currently lives and works in New York City, where he runs a practice called Yeadon Space Agency.

Yeadon was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1999 and has received numerous other awards throughout his career.

[1] “Peter Yeadon,” Rhode Island School of Design, accessed February 23, 2024, https://www.risd.edu/academics/industrial-design/faculty/peter-yeadon

[2] Peter Yeadon, “Materializations of Nanotechnology in Architecture,” in Material Design : Informing Architecture by Materiality, by Thomas Schröpfer (Basel: Birkhäuser, 2011) 140-141.

[3] Rhode Island School of Design, “Peter Yeadon.”

Conditions governing access

  • Access by appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction

  • For copyright information or permission to reproduce material from the fonds, please contact the CCA(reproductions@cca.qc.ca).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

  • Gift of Peter Yeadon in 2001

Custodial history

Materials were kept in the home of Peter Yeadon until their transfer to the CCA.

Archivist's note

  • The Peter Yeadon fonds was processed and described by Martin Lessard in 2001 and revised by Adria Seccareccia in 2017. An addition of four sketchbooks were described by Jennifer Préfontaine in 2018. Anna Haywood updated the biographical note in 2024.

Credit line

When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation:
Peter Yeadon Prix de Rome project records,
Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line

Language of material

English, Italian

Related units of description

  • The documents of Peter Yeadon's original submission to the Canada Council for the Prix de Rome are available from the CCA Library (NA44.Y37.A35 1999). Entitled "Prix de Rome folio of selected works", the documents consist of a custom-made box containing materials in support of the candidature of Peter Yeadon, and include a presentation portfolio and 4 publications (3 periodicals and 1 book), each of which has an article or chapter on the architect's work.

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