Peter M. Wolf is a nationally recognized author, land use expert and retired investment advisor.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Metairie Park Country Day School, Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale University (BA), Tulane University (MA), New York University (Ph.D)

Air National Guard

Father's family (Godchaux, Weis, Wolf): first descendents came to New Orleans from Alsace in 1830s.
Mother's family (Einstein, Friedenberg, New): first descendents came to Savannah from Bavaria arriving 1840s.

Married: Alice Elizabeth (Betsy) Davidson
Married: Alessandra Cantey, writer, garden designer, educator (deceased).
Children: Phelan Godchaux Wolf, lawyer and real estate broker; Alexis Ambler Wolf medical policy specialist and yoga studio owner.
Grandchildren: Austin and India Nykamp; Emory and Elias Wolf.

A Yale, Tulane and New York University graduate, after earning a Ph.D., Wolf was elected Chairman of the Board of Fellows of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, and appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture at Cooper Union. Over the years he has earned a Fulbright Fellowship, received honors, awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and twice been selected a Visiting Artist/Scholar at the American Academy in Rome.

Wolf's philanthropic activities began immediately after college when he served as a trustee of the New Orleans Public Library and the fledgling New Orleans educational television station. More recent commitments include Founder and first Chairman of the Thomas Moran Trust, and trustee in New York City of One to World, and in East Hampton of Guild Hall and the Village Preservation Society. He is a past Chairman of the Van Alen Institute and served as an advisory board member of the National Academy of Design.

His hobbies, avocations and digressions include playing tennis, making watercolors, traveling to remote places, biking, canoeing, and kayaking.


The Sugar King: Leon Godchaux : A New Orleans Legend, His Creole Slave, and His Jewish Roots, 2022.

My New Orleans, Gone Away, A Memoir of Loss and Renewal, 2013,
A book published by Delphinium Books, Inc.

Land Use and Abuse in America: A Call to Action, 2010.
A book published by Xlibris Corporation.

Hot Towns: The Future of the Fastest Growing Communities in America, 1999.
A book published by Rutgers University Press.

Land In America: Its Value, Use and Control, 1981
A book published by Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc., and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation.

On Streets, 1979
A book of essays published by the MIT Press for the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. Essays contributed:"Rethinking the Urban Street: Its Economic Context;" and, "Toward an Evaluation of Transportation Potential for the Urban Street."

The Future of the City: New Directions in Urban Planning, 1974.
A book published by the Whitney Library of Design, an imprint of Watson Guptill Publications, for the American Federation of Arts, made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

The Evolving City: Urban Design Proposals by Ulrich Franzen and Paul Rudolph, 1974.
A book published by the American Federation of Arts, made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

Another Chance for Cities, 1970
A companion volume to an exhibition produced by Robert A.M. Stern and John S. Hagmann at the Whitney Museum of American Art focused on some approaches to architecture, technology, and town planning: the current program of the New York State Urban Development Corporation.

Eugene Henard and the Beginning of Urbanism in France 1900-1914, 1969
A book published by the International Federation of Housing and Planning and Centre de Recherche de Urbanisme.


American Academy in Rome, Visiting Scholar/Artist;
Fulbright Fellow, Paris, France;
National Endowment for the Arts, Accomplished Professional Fellowship in Design;
Ford Foundation, Grantee;
American Federation of Arts, Grantee;
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Fellowship;
Institute for International Research, Conference Moderator and Speaker;
National Research and Education Trust Fund, Charles B.Shattuck Award;
New York State Council on the Arts, Architecture and Environmental Art Panel;
Architectural League of New York, Executive Committee;
New York Cultural Council, Member Visual Arts Committee;
Institute of Fine Arts (NYU), Selected Presenter, Frick Museum Symposium;


Cooper Union (Adjunct Professor), School of Architecture
Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies
Pratt Institute, School of Architecture
New York University


Owner, Peter Wolf Associates, Inc., (Investment Management - New York)
Chairman, Board of Fellows, Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, (New York)
Wilbur Smith & Associates, (Planning and Transportation Consultants - New York)
Wolf & Co., (Cotton Brokers - New Orleans)


Museum of Modern Art, New York,
"Eugene Henard and Urban Anticipations."
(produced, provided and wrote original material for a solo exhibit of work focused on the avant guard ideas and plans of Eugene Henard, architect of the city of Paris 1900-1914).

Museum of Modern Art, New York,
"Another Chance for Housing, Low Rise Alternatives."
(participant protype design development for low rise housing alternatives, Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York. A project of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies on behalf of the New York State Urban Development Corporation).

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York,
"Another Chance for Cities."
(text of the companion volume to an exhibition of the same name focused on the program of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, produced in conjunction with Robert A.M. Stern and John S. Hagmann).

Albany Institute of Art, Albany, New York,
"Recapturing Wisdom's Valley"
(produced original material and wrote catalogue to preserve the first Shaker Settlement in America).


Tulane University, School of Architecture, Advisory Board
Louisiana Landmarks Society, New Orleans, Trustee
Thomas Moran Trust, Inc., Founder and Chairman
Van Alen Institute, Chairman, Trustee (New York)
National Academy of Design, Advisory Board (New York)
Guild Hall, Trustee (East Hampton)
The Village Preservation Society, Trustee (East Hampton)
Godchaux-Reserve Plantation Fund, Founder and President (New Orleans)
Franklin Realty Company, Director (New Orleans)
Institute for Private Investors, Member (New York)
Museum of Modern Art, Member Contemporary Arts Council (New York)
Whitney Museum of American Art, Library Fellow (New York)


· "Michelangelo's Laurenziana and Inconspicuous Traditions,
     Marsyas, Studies of the History of Art, 1964-1965;
· "Space, Time and Urbanism," Art in America, 1966;
· "The First Modern Urbanist," The Architectural Forum, 1967;
· "The Urbanization of the Skyscraper," Art in America, 1967;
· "The Structure of Motion in the City," Art in America, 1969;
· "Blue Hill: A New Concept in Office Park Development,
     Traffic Engineering, 1969 (with Edward M. Whitlock);
· "The Urban Street," Art in America, 1970;
· "Urban Redevelopment 19th Century Style: Older, Bolder
     Ideas for Today," Design Quarterly 85, Walker Art Center, 1970;
· "Land Investment Management Study," for Sugarland
     Industries, Inc., 1970;
· "The Impact of Metroflight on Urban Centers and Regional
     Development in the Northeast Corridor, for
     Pan American World Airways, Inc.1971;
· "City Structuring and Social Sense in 19th. and 20th. Century
     Urbanism, Perspecta 13/14, The Yale
     Architectural Journal
, 1972;
· "Land Management Study Watervliet-Shaker Historic and
     Recreation District," for the Town of Colonie,
     New York, 1973;
· "Preservation, Country-Style: Land Management Comes First,"
     for New York State Council on Architecture, 1974;
· "Shaker Heritage Historic District: South Family Property
     Design and Implementation Program," for National
     Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on
     the Arts, Shaker Central Trust Fund, Historical
     Society of the Town of Colonie, New York, 1977;
· "Historic, Cultural and Recreation Resources: Planning
     and Implementation Program, Springs, East Hampton,
     New York," for Town of East Hampton Planning
     Board, 1977;
· "Forever Farmland: A Proposal for Preserving the Nation's
     Most Productive Soils," The Amicus Journal, 1982;
· "Probing Mysteries of Rural Land," review of The Market for
     Rural Land, APA Planning Journal, 1982;
· "East Hampton Village Zoning Study," for the Trustees of East
     Hampton Village, East Hampton, New York, 1987;
· "East Hampton Village Center: Options and Opportunities,"
     for the Trustees of East Hampton Village,
     East Hampton, New York, 1991;
· "Town of East Hampton: Comprehensive Plan," one of three
     Chief Planning Advisors, for the East Hampton Town
     Board, East Hampton, New York, 2002.

Wilbur Smith and Associates, New York 1968-1970

· "Transportation Center Feasibility and Planning,
     Tarrytown, New York," for the Metropolitan
     Transportation Authority;
· Land Planning for the Interstate 84 Corridor,
     Hartford, Connecticut, for the Baltimore Urban
     Design Team, Baltimore;
· Transportation and Pedestrian Planning for:
     Niagara Falls Central Business District;
     Roosevelt Raceway, New York; Morningside
     Heights, Manhattan; Douglas Circle, Manhattan;
     University of Pittsburg; United Nations
     Development Corporation.

Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1970-1980

· "Lower Midtown Manhattan Study, Phase I" for
     Manhattan Community Board 5;
· "Union Square Park Redevelopment Project" for
     Manhattan Borough President;
· "Union Square Park Redevelopment Project, Project
     Development, Phase 3" for Manhattan Community
     Board 5;
· "Historic and Commercial Land Management Report,
     Springs, East Hampton New York," for the
     East Hampton Town Planning Board;
· "The Street as a Component of the Urban Environment;"
· "The Design of Alternative Low-Rise High-Density
· "Economic Analysis and Transportation Research to
     Determine New Forms of the Urban Street," for
     U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development;
· "Street Redevelopment Study, Binghamton, New York"
     for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Land Investment Management Studies for Private Clients 1970-1980

· Sugarland, Fort Bend County, Texas,
     7,300 acres development strategy plan;
· Houston, Texas, new community in conjunction with
     Investment Research Corporation, Dallas, Texas;
· Bucks County, Pennsylvania, golf centered
     1,200 acre community;
· Aspen, Colorado, 1,500 acre management and
     feasibility study.


Playing tennis
Making watercolors
Traveling to remote places
Biking, canoeing, kayaking
Trustee non-profit arts and preservation organizations