Claus Peder Pedersen holds the position of Professor MSO of Research through Design at the Aarhus School of Architecture.
He is currently serving as the head of the PhD School at Aarhus School of Architecture (AAA) and Design School Kolding.
In this role, his responsibilities involve organising the PhD education programme, with a specific focus on design-driven research.
Claus is an architect who completed his education at the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture (RDAA) in 1992. He joined AAA to pursue one of the first research-through-design PhD programmes in Denmark, successfully completing it in 1998. Since then, he has been involved in teaching architectural design studios in various capacities, ranging from teaching assistant to assistant and associate professor at both AAA and RDAA. In 2011, he assumed the position of head of research and became part of the management team at Aarhus School of Architecture. Subsequently, in 2017, he took over as the head of the PhD School. Throughout his academic career, Claus has also maintained an active architectural practice, exploring innovative approaches. Notably, he cofounded TRANSFORM, an architecture and planning office, from 1997 to 2003. The office received accolades in numerous architectural
competitions and gained widespread recognition through publications and exhibitions.
Claus's interests revolve around architectural design and ideation processes in architectural education, as well as practice-led, designdriven, and artistic research. He has extensively contributed to these areas through publications and exhibitions, actively promoting and establishing design-driven and practice-embedded research on an international scale.