Dipl. Arch. ETH, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
M.A., Princeton University
Ph.D., Princeton University
Mr. Petit is an architect, writer, and teacher. He is editor of Philip Johnson: The Constancy of Change (Yale, 2009), which was published with the support of the Graham Foundation and which received an Independent Publisher Award, and he is the editor of Schlepping through Ambivalence: Writings on an American Architectural Condition (Yale, 2011), a book of Stanley Tigerman’s collected essays. Mr. Petit is the author of the forthcoming book Irony, or, The Self-Critical Opacity of Postmodern Architecture, for which he received a grant from the Graham Foundation. His essays have appeared in JSAH, Log (ANY Corporation), Thesis (Bauhaus), Trans (ETH), Thresholds (MIT), Perspecta, and Constructs (Yale), as well as in a number of exhibition catalogues. Recently published texts include "The Architecture of Irony" in the Victoria & Albert Museum’s catalogue for the exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970 to 1990; "The Architect’s Satirical Alter Ego: Caricature as ‘Embodied Critique’ of Architecture in the 20th Century" in Howard Burns and Guido Beltramini’s book L’architetto: ruolo, volto, mito (Marsilio, 2009); “Incubation and Decay: Arata Isozaki’s Architectural Poetics: Metabolism’s Dialogical Other” in Perspecta 41; and “On the Entrails of Architecture’s Organism” in Perspecta 43. He is curator of the traveling exhibition Ceci n’est pas une reverie: The Architecture of Stanley Tigerman (New Haven and Chicago), and he curated the 2010–11 exhibition An Architect’s Legacy: James Stirling’s Students at Yale, 1959–83, and co-curated Peter Eisenman’s exhibition Barefoot on White-Hot Walls at the Museum for Applied Art in Vienna in 2004. Mr. Petit is partner in the architecture firm Jean Petit Architectes in Luxembourg City.