Studio

P.R.O. is an AIA award winning architecture and design studio founded in 2011 by Miriam Peterson and Nathan Rich.  

 

We believe architecture and design cannot be separated from their impacts. No matter what the scale or program, architecture provides opportunities to not only create new responses to an existing context, but also to instigate new conversations about how we will live in the future.

 

Our backgrounds are in art and economics, and we approach architecture as an intersection of these disciplines. We actively research the cultural and economic context of each project in an effort to create meaningful organizing principles for the work. Because this approach often involves breaking set formulas or standards, this has led us to become more entrepreneurial in our practice, generating self-initiated research projects alongside client commissions.

 

P.R.O. has been recognized for our work at multiple scales, from awards by Architizer and the American Institute of Architects, to feature articles in the New York Times.

 

Miriam Peterson

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 P.R.O. 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 has taught at Yale School of Architecture, Wesleyan University, and is currently a Visiting Professor at New York Institute of Technology. She has been an guest critic at the Harvard GSD, Columbia GSAPP, Cornell University, Syracuse University, Pratt Institute, and The Cooper Union.

 

Nathan Rich

Nathan brings a breadth of experience with global reach. He received his BA from Wesleyan University and his Masters in Architecture from Yale University where he was awarded the James Gamble Rogers Memorial Fellowship. 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 recently published on the topic as a contributor for the Routledge publication Architecture and Capitalism.

Nathan has worked for SHoP architects, and Steven Holl Architects where he developed expertise managing and executing complex projects with multiple stakeholders. For Steven Holl Architects he was project architect on the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, a 150,000 square foot world class performing arts facility that meets the highest standards for sustainability and will be a new gateway to the Princeton campus.

He is currently adjunct faculty at the New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture. He has been a guest critic at Wesleyan University, Yale, Columbia GSAPP, Cornell, Syracuse, Pratt Institute, and New York Institute of Technology.

 

The P.R.O. team is an ever evolving group of friends, collaborators, employees, and experts, including but not limited to:

Miriam Peterson, Nathan Rich, Pete DePasquale, Sarah Kasper, Noel Turgeon, Jahaan Scipio, Dillon Wilson, Wade Cotton, Ben Hochberg, Alex Warr, Piktone Fung, Lauren Johnson, Annika Bowker, and Hen.

Contact

37A 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

mail@pro-arch.com
212 390 1504

 

Site designed by WAX Studios.

Selected Recognition

2017/10/25 — Wellness Spaces in Architects Newspaper

Our work with the New York City Public Schools and Mental Health by Design featured in the Architects Newspaper

2017/09/17 — New Tenement

Our new building for the Lower East Side is featured on YIMBY

2017/03/14 — Architects Newspaper

2016/04/28 — Public Practice Exhibition in the Architects Newspaper

2016/02/18 — 5x5 Exhibition Opens

2016/02/07 — Gallery Talk

On Feb 7 at 3pm Nathan Rich is hosting a gallery talk with the Korean minimalist sculptor Jong Oh at the Marc Straus Gallery, 299 Grand St.

2015/11/18 — Wired Magazine

Wired publishes "7 Smart Ways to Design housing That's Actually Affordable" featuring P.R.O. and Sagi Golan

2015/10/01 — Exhibition - Designing Affordability

P.R.O. is included in the exhibition Designing Affordability, curated by Marc Norman and designed by Bernheimer Architecture and Once-Future Office opens at at the Center for Architecture on October 1

2015/06/25 — The Architect's Newspaper

The Architect's Newspaper covers  P.R.O. at the Pratt symposium 'An Inventory of What's Possible'

2015/04/29 — Dwell

P.R.O. is in Dwell!

2015/04/14 — Architizer Award

P.R.O. received an Architizer A+ Award  in the Gallery category for the Telfair Studio

2015/03/10 — AIA Award

PRO and Sagi Golan receieved a design award  form the American Institute of Architects  for their project 9x18

2014/11/17 — Municipal Art Society

Our presentation at the Municipal Art Society Jane Jacobs Forum is on youtube.

2014/10/30 — Wesleyan Magazine

The Wesleyan Magazine posts an article  on Nathan Rich and P.R.O.

2014/10/03 — The Architect's Newspaper

The Architect's Newspaper publishes about P.R.O. and the Telfair Studio: "An Artful Debut"

2014/09/17 — Municipal Art Society

Nathan Rich, Miriam Peterson, and Sagi Golan to present 9x18 at the Municipal Art Society Jane Jacobs Forum  on October 23.

2014/09/15 — Curbed

Some nice 9x18 coverage on Curbed

2014/09/14 — New York Times

Michael Kimmelman writes about 9x18 in the NYTimes.

2014/08/14 — Fast Company

Fast Company writes on our affordable housing project "9x18"

2014/07/28 — Architizer

Architizer  writes on our affordable housing project "9x18"

2014/07/26 — Domus

Total Reset Exhibition featured on Domus.

2014/05/20 — Architectural Record

News/Press

2017/11/17Instagram inverted

Galerie Perrotin construction covered today in @archdigest! Link in bio. @galerieperrotin #petersonrichoffice #pro #architecturaldigest #gallery
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2017/11/09Instagram inverted

Inspiring and productive day at the @bkaccelerator for the New Local/Manufacturing symposium organized by Miriam and @benjamincadena with the AIA New Practices Committee. The event was the last in a three part series, New Local: Finding Ground in Global Uncertainty dealing with Living, Public Space, and Manufacturing in the city. @newpracticesnewyork @centerforarch @weshoulddoitall @bklynnavyyard @prattinstitute @tobymoskovits @shinola @jonathanbowles @urbanmfg @nina_rappaport #petersonrichoffice #centerforanurbanfuture #nycdcp #newlocal #manufacturing #urbanmanufacturingalliance
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2017/11/07Instagram inverted

The new Galerie Perrotin bookstore is open for business. #petersonrichoffice #pro #perrotin #bookstore
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2017/10/25 — Wellness Spaces in Architects Newspaper

Our work with the New York City Public Schools and Mental Health by Design featured in the Architects Newspaper

2017/10/25Instagram inverted

Today the First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray @nycfirstlady inaugurated the mental health spaces we designed for NYC public schools. Thrilled to be part of this project via @karenkubey . Link in bio to coverage by @archpaper. . . . We had $10,000 total budget to transform these unused classrooms into mindfulness spaces. Tremendous work by project lead @s_kasp securing donations from @filzfelt @knollinc @laneoffice @florsquares @benjaminmoore @janovic_nyc
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2017/10/15Instagram inverted

mansplaining our work at Galerie Perrotin today for Open House New York #ohny @openhousenewyork
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2017/09/21Instagram inverted

Aestimamus Omnia Publica, Our contribution to the 'Souvenirs: New New York Icons' exhibition @storefrontnyc, designed by @mmmosarchitects #petersonrichoffice #pro #souvenirs #newnewyorkicons #modelshow #storefrontforartandarchitecture
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2017/09/17Instagram inverted

ZOOM IN AND STUDY. Devastating photos by David Schalliol at the Chicago Architecture Biennial documenting the demolition of Chicago's midcentury social housing developments. HUD and the Chicago Housing Authority started this scorched earth approach back in 2000.... We can't let this happen in New York. NYCHA is a critical part of New York City infrastructure. NYCHA is sitting on tremendous value if only they could unlock it. These buildings can be made beautiful again! #9x18 #roofbyroof @metroblossom #karakuseviccarsonarchitects @eraarchitects @glnsg @j.g.moore
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2017/09/17 — New Tenement

Our new building for the Lower East Side is featured on YIMBY

2017/09/13Instagram inverted

Model delivered... see you at the opening of #souvenirs #newnewyorkicons exhibition this Saturday @storefrontnyc #pro #petersonrichoffice #modelshow #architecturemodel
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