Peter Cobb

Peter Cobb
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
To be held virtually via Zoom
Meeting ID: 996 9819 2161
Methods of Engagement: Architecture and the Humanities
Fall 2020 Discussion Series
Investigating Together the Material Spaces of the Past
Peter Cobb


Archaeology examines past societies through the material record that includes buildings, cities, and landscapes. Architecture and Archaeology have a long-entwined past as academic disciplines. Many collaborative efforts have focused on the documentation, analysis, and understanding of the production and use of past human spaces. These partnerships have spanned multiple evolutions in the methods and theories we use to examine the archaeological record. Today, we use a variety of digital humanities techniques to interact with the architecture of the past – including 3d scanning and modeling, aerial imagery/drones, augmented reality, and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). This talk explores where the interdisciplinary efforts of Architecture and Archaeology have been and where we are going together in the future of our humanities research.

About the Speaker

Dr. Peter J. Cobb is a field archaeologist, a ceramics specialist, and a digital humanist. He directs the Ararat Plain Southeast Archaeological Project (APSAP) in Armenia, where he also teaches the HKU experimental learning course BBED6796. His main archaeological research focuses on the production and use of ceramics and landscapes of the past. Dr. Cobb’s digital humanities research engages with the recording and analysis of multi-modal data about the past, including 3D spatial and morphological modeling.

Methods of Engagement: Architecture and the Humanities
Fall 2020 Discussion Series

This discussion series tackles questions related to the role of interdisciplinarity in contemporary architectural design and scholarship. It brings humanities-oriented researchers, artists, and writers from outside the discipline of architecture to the Faculty of Architecture to share their scholarly approaches to questions that are shaping debates both within and ancillary to architecture and the humanities.

Through this series, we hope to begin conversations and introduce new approaches and ways of thinking that might influence how we research, study, and practice. Are there ways in which interdisciplinary approaches can help address chronic imbalances and deficiencies in the ways architecture has been historically conceived, produced, and studied? Does interdisciplinarity risk eroding the specific methods of inquiry that make architecture unique?

The Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities Initiative (AUHI) comprises a group of designers, theorists, and historians at the University of Hong Kong. Collectively, we work to understand how buildings and cities shape our relationship to each other and to the world at large. One of the objectives of the AUHI is to address the complexities at work in architecture and urbanization through a range of sources; this lecture series is part of that attempt to open architecture to a broader cultural debate.