Florida’s landscape and subtropical climate challenge any architect who strives to maintain its building traditions— or to create new ones. Guy Peterson has spent his career developing a rich architectural vision informed, but not constrained, by the context of his home state. The monograph Naked shows Peterson’s work through design-by-removal, by which he has produced some of America’s greatest coastal architecture.
Peterson has recaptured and redirected efforts toward an authentic Florida architecture through his unique approach that begins with the basics of climate, program, volume, and proportion. By emphasizing the conceptual foundations of architecture, Peterson creates buildings of simplicity and power illustrated by the use of basic materials as showcased in Naked, materials carefully employed to accommodate function and sculpt space, while capturing light.