Paul Pettigrew received his Architecture BS from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and his MArch from MIT in1988. He has worked for Perkins & Will, Crate & Barrel and in private practice.
Paul Pettigrew is a licensed architect in the states of Illinois, Indiana & Michigan & a member of NCARB.
In 1999 he joined the faculty of the first-year architecture studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He currently co-directs the first-year studio.
Paul Pettigrew has been designing and fabricating architecturally specific furniture for over 20 years. Custom furniture and architecture incorporating Pettigrew’s furniture can be found in businesses and residences throughout the Chicagoland area, nationally and occasionally abroad. His private practice work and student projects have been described in numerous publications.
Since Spring 2006 he has shared his interest in architecturally specific furniture design and fabrication with IIT Architecture students enrolled in his Architecture & Furniture course. Architecture & Furniture offers students the opportunity to experience the traditional sequence of master plan, schematic design, design development, fabrication drawings, fabrication, installation and use in a single semester.
Recent research into potential uses of “Urban Wood” led to a project for Crate & Barrel. The “Living Tree” project recycles urban forest wood into functionally beautiful objects without felling a single tree. The “Living Tree” project explores modern design with an emphasis on process. Using only Chicago-area trees harvested seasonally due to the effects of wind, damage and age, “Living Tree” tables not only reduce the demand on our nation’s forests, they are fabricated within the Chicago metro area minimizing the carbon footprint between tree source, mill and production.