Peterson Rich Office is a full-service, 12-person architecture firm working on cultural projects with social impact. Principals Miriam Peterson and Nathan Rich founded the office in 2012 and currently employ a diverse team comprising 6 countries and 5 languages. Over the past ten years, our practice has grown to oversee $80 million of ongoing and realized projects for leading clients in the cultural, residential, retail, and public sectors. This includes 55,000 SF of gallery space, four artist studio buildings, and numerous exhibitions. Through an ongoing 8-year partnership with NYCHA (NYC Housing Authority) we have created and conducted inclusive community design exercises that provide critical insights and recommendations aimed at helping to improve country’s largest public housing program. Peterson Rich Office is currently working on cultural, residential, and commercial projects in New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Washington, California, and London.
PRO is a certified Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) that is recognized as one of the nation’s top emerging architecture firms.
Recent awards include the ‘New Practice New York’ prize by the AIA, 2018 ‘Design Vanguard’ by Architectural Record, and 2020 Emerging Voices by The Architectural League.
Miriam majored in Economics at Cornell University. Her advanced undergraduate research focused on issues related to urban economics and more specifically the factors leading to the development of depressed areas within the urban cores that were left behind after white flight and urban renewal. As an M.Arch at Yale University School of Architecture, her design and seminar work focused on investigating how public investments in infrastructure can facilitate the creation of public spaces and environmentally responsible development. Upon graduation she was awarded the William Edward Parsons Memorial Medal for the student showing the most promise in urban design.
Before co-founding PRO in 2012, Miriam spent five years working for Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects on major institutional projects including The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA and The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University
Miriam is currently a Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture.
Nathan brings a breadth of experience with global reach. He received his BA from Wesleyan University and his Masters in Architecture from Yale University. Nathan was a Henry Luce Scholar in Beijing where he taught at Tsinghua University and researched the impact of rapid growth in Asian cities on the built environment. He published on the topic as a contributor for the Routledge publication 'Architecture and Capitalism'.
Before co-founding PRO Nathan worked for SHoP architects, Woods Bagot, and Steven Holl Architects where he developed expertise managing and executing complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
Thepast and present PRO team includes:
Miriam Peterson, Nathan Rich, Alek Tomich, Amber Farrow, Martin Carillo, Sixuan Chen, Kip Langat, Alex Bodkin, Varoon Kelekar, Peik Bennett Shelton, Laylee Salek, Charles Beckendorf, Sarah Kasper, Ben Hochberg, Levi Shaw-Faber, Janice Kim, Lawrence St. John, Bryson Wood, Ezra Wu, Pete DePasquale, Noel Turgeon, Jahaan Scipio, Dillon Wilson, Wade Cotton, Alex Warr, Piktone Fung, Lauren Johnson, Annika Bowker, and Hen.