ForeverMissed
This memorial website is in memory of Peter KJÆR, director of the NC State European Center in Prague from 2014-2018,  by his former NC State colleagues. Please share your tribute and notes for his family.

We are saddened by the loss of Peter Kjaer, who served as director from 2014-2018. He passed away in March 2021 in his home country Denmark surrounded by his family.

Peter was a visionary with charisma and great enthusiasm. He emphasized the need for architecture and design students to become sensitive to social issues. In his four years leading NC State European Center, he introduced new courses such as Sociology, Astronomy, Curatorship, Set Design, and User Experience Design, expanding the course catalog.

Peter truly believed in interdisciplinarity. He created a space where students could learn from each other's disciplines. Students were not the only ones to be inspired by Peter Kjaer. As English Instructor Blanka Maderova shared, Peter would "foster their inner personal development and growth" and "create a pleasant and friendly working environment," adds Irena Bujarkova, drawing and etching instructor. 

An energetic man with a creative mind, Peter thrived in social gatherings and in meetings with students. Before coming to the Prague Institute, Peter Kjær was a well-known Danish architect with international experience in developing and managing architectural education. He had also served as the rector for the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark and the founding rector of the Umea School of Architecture in Sweden.

In 2017, the Prague Institute became a  unit of the Office of Global Engagement and was renamed the NC State European Center in Prague. Kjær was instrumental in that transition, and we owe him credit for moving the location of the school to the center of the city off the Old Town Square. The NC State Prague building offers incoming students an exceptional place in Prague and a fabulous space to study.


Posted by David Hill on June 2, 2021
I am deeply saddened to hear of Peter's passing. He was a talented and kind man who helped us establish a wonderful program in Prague for the College of Design and NC State University. Our faculty and students are indebted to him for creating a welcoming home abroad for our students. Peter helped them all the world and gain a greater appreciation of the world of design. The School of Architecture and I wish to express our gratitude and love.
Posted by Anna Tlamichova on June 1, 2021
I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Peter passing. I had the opportunity to work for him for nearly a year and I so enjoyed working in such a friendly environment that Peter created. Peter also had a massive impact on my life. His enthusiastic view of the world was contagious and he knew how to live life to the fullest. He was an exceptional man and I will remember him forever.
It was a pleasure knowing you, Peter.
Anna
Posted by Petr Kabele on May 28, 2021
Although we had, regrettably, only a few occasions to meet, Peter has deeply impressed me by his charisma, visionary, enthusiasm, and friendliness. I feel very sad about Peter passing away.
Posted by Vit Havranek on May 27, 2021
Peter was smart, sparkling mind, human and he loved to share fun but also critique. He created a like-minded circle around him. I / we will miss him and remember him. 
Posted by Hana Bennetts on May 27, 2021
I pay tribute to an extraordinary boss and human being, Peter.
He has left footprints in many hearts and lives and will be missed greatly.
His young and infectious spirit, wisdom, joy for life, kindness, generosity, and sense of humor made everybody feel inspired, energized, comfortable and equal while being around him.
I feel devastated but grateful and lucky to have worked for him, and got to known him.
To me, he was a role model and true inspiration how to live life to the fullest. A life that touches others goes on forever. Peter, you and your legacy will never be forgotten. Hana
Posted by Irena Bujárková on May 27, 2021
I am very sorry that a man who was incredibly inspiring, vital and charismatic left. With his vision and natural authority, he created a pleasant and friendly working environment for me.
I am grateful that I had the opportunity to collaborate with Peter.
In this way, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the whole family.
Irena Bujárková
Posted by Ewa Grigar on May 27, 2021
Peter was an exceptional leader, mentor, and colleague whose creative mind and progressive ideas inspired others to push their own boundaries. Thanks to Peter, the NC State European Center in Prague is no longer a small educational institute, but an interdisciplinary school of thought and creativity where students and teachers will continue to enjoy an intellectually and socially stimulating environment.
Posted by Art Rice on May 26, 2021
Peter Kjaer was a good friend and a great teacher who cared about students and made a lasting impact on all of us. He elevated the Prague Institute to the place where it could become a university center. He found the Institute a new home and created a resources that will continue to have a profound impact on students for many years. 

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Posted by David Hill on June 2, 2021
I am deeply saddened to hear of Peter's passing. He was a talented and kind man who helped us establish a wonderful program in Prague for the College of Design and NC State University. Our faculty and students are indebted to him for creating a welcoming home abroad for our students. Peter helped them all the world and gain a greater appreciation of the world of design. The School of Architecture and I wish to express our gratitude and love.
Posted by Anna Tlamichova on June 1, 2021
I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Peter passing. I had the opportunity to work for him for nearly a year and I so enjoyed working in such a friendly environment that Peter created. Peter also had a massive impact on my life. His enthusiastic view of the world was contagious and he knew how to live life to the fullest. He was an exceptional man and I will remember him forever.
It was a pleasure knowing you, Peter.
Anna
Posted by Petr Kabele on May 28, 2021
Although we had, regrettably, only a few occasions to meet, Peter has deeply impressed me by his charisma, visionary, enthusiasm, and friendliness. I feel very sad about Peter passing away.
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