Peter Moruzzi


Peter Moruzzi is a long-time historian and preservationist with expertise in the architecture of the Modern Movement. He was Chair of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Modern Committee from 1992 to 1997, and a member of the Conservancy’s board of directors. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee. For his efforts at preserving Modernist architecture in Palm Springs, Moruzzi received the presidential citation for public service from the American Institute of Architects’ California Council in 2002, the President’s Award from the California Preservation Foundation in 2012, and the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Award in 2016.

He wrote and produced “Desert Holiday”, a documentary chronicling the history of the Coachella Valley as seen through vintage postcards. Moruzzi is also the author of Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground, Palm Springs Holiday, Classic Dining: Discovering America’s Finest Mid-Century Restaurants, and Greetings from Los Angeles.
Moruzzi served as President of PS ModCom from its founding until 2011, and currently serves as Treasurer and Advocacy Committee Chair.