Stephen Rustow


Mr. Rustow is a principal of Museoplan, which he founded in 2006. An architect and planner with over thirty years of experience, much of Mr. Rustow’s work has focused on museums. He was a Sr. Associate Principal with Kohn Pedersen Fox and directed that firm’s work on the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in New York with Taniguchi

Associates. Among his responsibilities were the detailing of the museum’s galleries, the renovation of its original building and celebrated sculpture garden, and the re-programming and design of MoMA’s Education Wing. He led the construction supervision team for the entire project over its seven-year duration. Until 1998, Mr. Rustow was an Associate Partner in charge of design with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, and was a senior designer on several of that firm’s museum projects, most notably the additions to and renovation of the Louvre. Mr. Rustow became Director of the Paris Office of PCF&P in 1990 and was in charge of the second phase of the Louvre expansion, the Richelieu Wing, for which he designed the galleries of Oriental Antiquities, Islamic Art and the French and Northern Schools of Painting. Mr. Rustow also designed the Tuileries Terrace and was the supervising designer of the Carrousel Gardens, including the installation of the State collection of Maillol bronzes. Upon his return to New York, Mr. Rustow led the design efforts on three other museum projects for Pei Cobb Freed.

Mr. Rustow is a Professor of Architecture at Cooper Union where he also chaired the Feltman Seminar on Light in 2006 and 2007. He was a lecturer and studio critic for six years in Columbia University’s Paris Studio program, and has served as an invited juror in design studios and as a lecturer at Columbia, Cornell, Princeton and UP 3 and 8 in Paris. He has written and lectured on a variety of topics related to the design of museums including lighting, exhibition design and the role of the museum in urban development.

After completing an undergraduate degree with high honors in Anthropology at the University of Rochester, Mr. Rustow received Masters degrees in Architecture and in Urban Planning from M.I.T. in 1979, where he was also awarded an Institute Fellowship. He was an invited participant in the inaugural semester of ILAUD in Urbino, Italy in 1976. From 1974 to 1977, concurrently with his graduate studies, he was a Fellow of the National Science Foundation.

Mr. Rustow is a registered architect in the state of New York and holds certification from National Council of Architectural Registration Boards; he is a past member of the Ordre des Architectes in France. He is also an urban planner, a past member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a member of the American Planning Association.

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