Guy W. Peterson, FAIA
Principal Architect

Principal Architect - Guy Peterson | Office for Architecture
Guy W. Peterson, FAIA is a lifetime Florida resident.  He received his Bachelor of Design Degree in Architecture with Honors from the University of Florida in 1976.  He went on to earn his Master of Arts in Architecture Degree with high honors from the University of Florida Graduate Design Program in 1978.

As President and Principal Architect of Guy Peterson | Office for Architecture, Inc., he directs a wide range of activities for the firm including overall responsibility for project design.

A modernist in his approach, the language of his architecture is honesty and simplicity.  His work is poetic, human, evokes emotion, and comes from the heart.  Through his use of color, indigenous materials, light and shadow, he has derived an aesthetic that results in a clean, sustainable and delightful architecture.  

To date, Mr. Peterson has received over 60 design awards and special recognitions for his work since the inception of his practice in 1980.  In 1998, he became one of the youngest architects in Florida to win the Medal of Honor for Design from the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects. This award is given in recognition for the high quality and originality of his work over an extended period of time, for advancing the cause and public value of architecture in the State of Florida and for the leadership and inspiration he provides to his colleagues.
In 2000, he received the Distinguished Architecture Alumnus Award from the University of Florida School of Architecture.  In 2003, he became the only architect from Florida to be elected into the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.  He was elevated to fellowship because of his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture.  In 2006, the American Jewish Committee honored Mr. Peterson with their prestigious Civic Achievement Award and in 2007 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sarasota Architectural Foundation.  In the Fall of 2008, Mr. Peterson became an Ivan H. Smith Eminent visiting professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Florida and in 2009 he joined the faculty as the Ivan H. Smith Eminent Professor in residence.

Mr. Peterson belongs to a number of professional and community organizations.  He is an active member of the University of Florida School of Architecture Professional Advisory Committee, a member of the AIA Florida Regional Fellows Committee representing the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the AIA and is a past Trustee for the Florida Foundation for Architecture.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, a local organization whose focus is preserving the work of the Sarasota School of Architecture and beyond.  Additionally, he is a member of the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club and Enzyme, a Sarasota business group.