Peter Davidson is a Melbourne-based artist and architect, best known for designing Melbourne’s Federation Square as founder and co-director of LAB architecture studio.
Davidson graduated in 1980 from the NSW Institute of Technology in Sydney (now UTS), after which he moved to London and ran his own practice while simultaneously teaching at various institutions. Davidson has taught and lectured extensively, including at the AA, London; Bartlett School of Architecture, London; as Adjunct Professor at UTS in Sydney; and as Visiting Professor at Cooper Union, New York and MIT, Boston. In 1994 Davidson co-founded LAB architecture studio and won the competition to design Federation Square in 1997, at which time he moved from London to Melbourne.
After suffering a major stroke in 2010, which resulted in the loss of most of his language, Davidson stopped practicing as an architect and devoted himself full-time to his artistic practice. Davidson’s drawings are meticulous and intricate; tracing a multitude of patterns and forms through the strict constraint of black lines on paper. In recent drawings Davidson takes his relentless desire to explore the architectural line to a different dimension of artistic expression.
Recent exhibitions of his work include Untitled, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre (2017); Peter Davidson, Daine Singer (2016, 2015 & 2013), A Fine Line, Daine Singer (2012) and Draw the Line, National Gallery of Victoria (2009).
In 2018 VERSION published Words, Lines, a limited edition book of Davidson's poems and drawings. The book will be launched at the Melbourne Art Book Fair at the NGV in March 2018.