Robert A. Peck

CFA Service: 1990–1994

Robert A. Peck, AIA (Hon.), ASLA (Hon.), is an attorney whose career in public service and in the private sector has been focused on the built environment.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and a law degree at Yale University in 1972.  He worked at the Office of Management and Budget and the National Endowment for the Arts in its Federal Design Program before his work in Congress, first as assistant counsel to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and eventually as chief of staff to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.  Leaving the Senate staff in 1986, he worked as a real estate investment executive and as a land use attorney for several Washington, D.C., law firms; he also served as vice president for public affairs at the American Institute of Architects.  He was appointed commissioner of the Public Buildings Service of the General Services Administration in 1995, where he served until 2001 and again from 2009 to 2012; he was instrumental in establishing the Design Excellence, First Impressions, and Good Neighbor/urban design programs.  From 2001 to 2005, he was president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and a consultant at two national real estate brokerage firms.  In 2012 he became regional director of workplace consulting at the architecture firm Gensler.  Peck served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Special Forces officer.  In his volunteer work, Peck has been president of the D.C. Preservation League and a board member of the American Architectural Foundation and the National Building Museum.  He has been a visiting lecturer at Yale University, a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a resource panelist for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design.  He was a 2012 recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture of the American Institute of Architects.