An architect, author and critic, Peter Wilson has spent almost 20 years working in the field of timber innovation, first as director of the Wood Studio research centre within Edinburgh Napier University’s Institute for Sustainable Construction and, more recently, as Managing Director of Timber Design Initiatives Ltd. Whilst at Edinburgh Napier University, Peter was principal inspector for the Wood Products Innovation Gateway, a major project supported by the European Regional Develop Fund and aimed at delivering a range of value-added advanced timber products and systems manufactured from Scottish-grown timber. This work, together with that carried out by three associated timber research centres within the institution, contributed to the University being awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2014-16 for "innovations in UK timber construction, reducing the carbon footprint and for international advancements in wood science.”
Peter established Timber Design Initiatives Ltd in 2015 with three key objectives: to deliver structured continuing professional education (CPE) in the use of timber to construction professionals; to identify and support timber innovation and form the link between the private sector and academia in order to research, develop and test ideas with potential to be mainstreamed commercially; and to act as a catalyst for the inception and construction of projects demonstrating best practice in the design and utilisation of new, innovative timber products and systems. Peter was recently appointed as one of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s ‘Innovation Champions’ and, separately, maintains an advisory role with the Scottish Government on the ‘Scottish Scenic Routes’, a project intended to enhance the country’s tourism infrastructure through the construction of competition-winning designs by recently-qualified architects and landscape architects. The resulting structures have two other, inter-related, aims: to demonstrate and/or prototype new construction products and systems developed in Scotland, particularly from locally-grown timber; and to improve the sustainability and economy of rural communities.
Regularly invited to speak at international conferences on new developments in timber design and technology, Peter also writes extensively on architecture, construction, design and timber matters for a wide range of professional journals, specialist magazines and newspapers. His books, New Timber Architecture in Scotland and The Modern Timber House in the UK - new paradigms and technologies have received widespread critical acclaim. Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier University, Peter led the Edinburgh office of Benson + Forsyth Architects and was resident architect on the practice’s multi- award-winning Museum of Scotland (completed 1998).