Born in Malawi in 1942, Peter Buchanan studied architecture at the University of Cape Town, graduating in 1968. He then worked with two leading Cape Town architects: Gabriel Fagan (1969-1970) and Revel Fox (1970-1971). He moved to London in 1972 and worked until 1976 for Halpern+Partners on commercial and planning projects. From 1976 to 1979 he worked for Sidell Gibson Partnership in the masterplanning of the extension of the Iranian city of Arak.
In 1979 he joined the architectural press as an editor in The Architects’ Journal and The Architectural Review, becoming deputy editor of the latter in 1982. Since 1992 he has freelanced as a writer, an exhibition curator, and a consultant in environmental design and planning. He curated two exhibitions for The Architectural League of New York: Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Selected Projects in 1992 and Ten Shades of Green in 2000.
Buchanan has lectured and taught master classes in many countries and his articles have been published in the world’s leading specialized journals. He has been on the editorial boards of publications like Architecture+Urbanism (Japan), Daidolos (Germany) and Harvard Design Magazine (USA). His books include the five volumes of Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Complete Works (Phaidon Press) and Ten Shades of Green (W. W. Norton). Finally, he has taken part in BBC radio programs on James Stirling, Iannis Xenakis and Le Corbusier, as well as in television specials on Santiago Calatrava (BBC) and Kansai International Airport (Discovery Channel).