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Nathan Rich, Miriam Peterson, Sagi Golan. PETERSON RICH OFFICE y SAGI GOLÁN

Peterson Rich Office (P.R.O.) is an interdisciplinary architecture and design studio founded in 2011 by Miriam Peterson and Nathan Rich.

Nathan Rich 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. In 2004-2005 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 contributing author for the Routledge publication Architecture and Capitalism. Nathan worked at Steven Holl Architects for five years before leaving in early 2014 to join Peterson Rich Office.

Miriam Peterson received her BA in Italian Literature and Economics from Cornell University in 2004 and a Masters of Architecture from Yale School of Architecture in 2010.

Her graduate work at Yale University School of Architecture and her professional research has focused on the interface between the built environment and its surrounding physical and economic context. Gaining her masters degree in 2009, Miriam was awarded the William Edward Parsons Memorial Medal for the student who shows the most promise in the field of Urban Design. She worked for Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Tod Williams Billie Tsien over the course of 8 years before leaving the firm in February of 2012 to start Peterson Rich Office.

During her time at TWBTA, a practice with a focus on materiality and constructability, she polished her detailing skills and gained invaluable experience in the field. She played key leadership roles on notable projects including the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia (completed in 2012), and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, a state of the art nanotechnology facility to be completed in 2015.

Sagi Golan is an architect and urban designer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tel Aviv University (2011) and an M.S. in architecture and urban design from Columbia University (2013). He has participated academically in collaborative workshops in the field of architecture and urban design in Tokyo, Berlin, and Jerusalem. At Columbia Sagi was awarded the GSAPP award for excellence in the Urban Design Program and the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize (2013). He gained teaching experience working as an instructor at the School of Continuing Education and as a teaching assistant for the urban design studio at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP).

Sagi gained research experience working at the Earth Institute’s Urban Design Lab. He currently holds a teaching position at Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP) as well as an Urban Designer position at the Office of the Chief Urban Designer at the New York Department of City Planning where he is involved in conducting complex research investigations and studies, urban design plans, and participating in the city’s efforts in achieving its affordable housing goals.




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