Peter Pearson is a historian, conservationist and noted artist with a lifelong commitment to the protection and enhancement of Ireland’s architectural heritage. As an artist, he has had solo exhibitions in Venice, Rome, London and Dublin. His love of older buildings led to his first book, Dun Laoghaire: Kingstown (1981), and later to his activism as a member of An Taisce and the
Irish Georgian Society where he fought to save many historic buildings in Dublin and beyond. He initiated the Drimnagh Castle Restoration Project in 1985 and a survey and plan to save the Temple Bar area. He was a founder member of the Dublin Civic Trust, a member of the Heritage Council and is an honorary life member of the Dún Laoghaire Historical Society.
Born in 1955, Peter was educated at Newpark School and Trinity College Dublin. His bestselling book Between the Mountains and the Sea, Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown County (1998) details the architectural heritage of the county; The Heart of Dublin (2000) charts the origins and planning
of Dublin’s streetscapes from early times to the present day. Peter Pearson's Decorative Dublin (2002) explores the craftsmanship of Dublin, while Of Sea and Stone (Gandon, 2014), records his work as a painter. Peter
lives with his wife, Phil, in Shankill.