Peter Gorer is based in the
Boston area and is a licensed architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and
the United Kingdom. He has over thirty years’ of professional experience,
working for architectural design practices and more recently, with an owner’s
representative project management firm.
Educated in England, Peter’s architectural project experience includes a wide
variety of building types in many different countries, including affordable
housing in the United Kingdom, museum restoration in France, very large,
high-rise public housing estates and institutional construction projects in Hong
Kong, high-end commercial/ residential mixed use development in China, as well
as healthcare, higher education and bio-medical research projects in the United
Peter’s architectural specialty is in project management, extending from early
stage site selection, master planning and programming, through the design,
contract document preparation and permit approvals processes, contractor
procurement processes and throughout construction to project close-out.
In this capacity, he has extensive experience with Owner-Architect and
Owner-Contractor agreements, and he has hands-on knowledge of actions needed to
avoid design errors and omissions, maintain schedule, identify and make good
defective construction, and resolve architect-contractor problems that occur
during construction. He has also assisted the Owner in the development of
construction budgets and project schedules, reviewing cost estimates and bids,
and provided advice to decision-makers on the merits of change orders, delay
claims and associated damages.
In his role as an owner’s representative, Peter built on his architectural
expertise to assist Owners in their decision-making and project management.
Working in a team that included cost estimators and construction management
experts, Peter focused primarily on the project planning, budget development and
validation, and design stages of projects, Activities included requests for
qualifications or proposal preparations, coordination of bid and contract
documentation, and the preparation of bid reports facilitating final selection.
Peter has also assisted attorneys and others in analyzing project documentation
and he has provided expert witness testimony on construction liability matters.
Peter formed his own company in 2005 concentrating on providing Green Building
advisory services to clients in the United States and Hong Kong.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Part 1 Examination. Thames
Polytechnic, London, UK. 1971.
RIBA Part 2 Examination. Architectural Association School of Architecture,
London UK. 1974.
RIBA Part 3, Professional Practice Examination. Polytechnic of Central London
Continuing Education in architectural practice, ADR and green building. Ongoing.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Workshops, Hong Kong, 1982 – 1984.
Dispute Resolution Board Foundation Northeast Regional Conference and Training
Trained Mediator – Completed forty hours of mediation training in accordance
with M.G.L. ch.233 § 23C with Mediation Works Incorporated (MWI), Boston, MA.
Since then, has observed and co-mediated cases with MWI in the District and
Municipal Court Departments of the Massachusetts Trial Court System.
LICENSES AND ACCREDITATIONS
Registered Architect in the United Kingdom Registration (No. 045806). 1979.
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (USA) (Certification No.
Registered Architect in Massachusetts (No. 8528). 1991.
US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional. 2002.
Completed requirements to serve as a mediator in Massachusetts in accordance
with MGL Chapter 233, § 23C. 2009.
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Boston Society of Architects (BSA)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London UK (Member)
US Green Building Council, Massachusetts Chapter (Founding Leadership Council
American Society of Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Society of College and University Planners (SCUP)
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
Building Commissioning – An Architect’s Perspective for the Asia Pacific
Conference on Building Commissioning, Hong Kong, 2008.
‘Green’ House or Greenhouse? Climate Change and the Building Stock of Hong Kong
and Macau – with Andrew Lawson and Christine Loh, (Civic Exchange). 2008.
Public/ Private Collaboration in Support of Biotechnology Development: The
Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Park, Worcester, MA – A Case Study for the
Massachusetts Centers of Excellence Corporation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
Challenges for the Offshore AIA Chapters – AIArchitect, 1998.
Sha Tau Kok Redevelopment – A Case Study (Privately published), Hong Kong, 1992.
Peter Gorer has given presentations on environmental performance topics
including at GreenBuild Asia; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology;
AIA Hong Kong; Asia Pacific Conference on Building Commissioning; Pacific
Crossings – (AIA Committee on Design and AIA Hong Kong Joint Conference);
American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong; and the Society of College & University
Planners National Convention, Chicago.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND INTERESTS
Peter Gorer mediates cases with MWI in the District and Municipal Court
Departments of the Massachusetts Trial Court System.
He is also actively involved on the formation committee aimed to create the US
Green Building Council – Massachusetts Chapter, and was recently a committee
member of the Massachusetts Sustainable Design Roundtable charged with
developing “Leading by Example: An Action Plan for Green Buildings in
Massachusetts State Construction Projects”.
Peter was also a participant in drafting the Chapter formation documents
required to create AIA Hong Kong, an overseas Chapter of the American Institute
Other activities included being a volunteer group leader grading historic
buildings for the Antiquities and Monuments Office, a Hong Kong government
agency; as well as serving as a docent at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.
Peter is especially interested in people and places; how they can express their
interests; identify and evaluate options and negotiate creative solutions,
particularly within the context of the built environment.