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Peter Zuspan



Bureau V creates innovative architecture that challenges cultural norms and creates vital new destinations. Founded in 2007 and led by Peter Zuspan, AIA, Bureau V’s expertise lies in understanding the roles that space and design play in both the creation and exhibition of arts and culture

Trained as both an architect and an opera singer, Zuspan’s work has spanned from performance, sculpture, and installation to the architecture that houses and supports them.

The studio and its projects have won numerous design awards, including the AR Cultural Award Commended, Architect’s Newspaper’s Best Adaptive Reuse, an AIA Honor Award, Curbed Groundbreakers, Architectural Digest Innovators, and a Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Nomination. The studio’s work has been exhibited or performed at international institutions including the Gwangju Biennale, Foundation d’Enterprise Galeries Lafayette, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, MoMA PS1, the Venice Biennale of Art, and Performa.

The studio’s recent clients range from nonprofit organizations, such as National Sawdust, Creative Time, and the Brooklyn Public Library, to governmental institutions such as Miami-Dade Arts in Public Places, to artists, such as Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Jason Moran, and Tyler Coburn.

Current projects include the masterplan and architectural design of a 14-acre, 600,000 sq. ft. arts-focused, mixed-use cultural campus in Atlanta; a 25,000 sq. ft. cultural center renovation and masterplan in Brooklyn; a large-scale public art commission in Miami; and the design of a new nonprofit theater in Brooklyn.

Bureau V is an LGBTQ-owned company located in New York City. Peter Zuspan, AIA, founding principal of Bureau V, is also a writer and educator. He has taught architecture at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, and the University of Kentucky’s College of Design. Peter holds a Bachelors of Arts and Master of Architecture from Columbia University. He is licensed to practice architecture in New York and Georgia. He is also the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit National Sawdust.