Stephen Rustow


Stephen Rustow joined the faculty of the Irwin Chanin School of Architecture in 2004. He has taught Third Year Studio and Thesis and has developed new seminars on Urban History and on the Architectural Typology of the Museum; he was the first architecture professor to hold the Ellen and Sidney Feltman Chair.  Professor Rustow was previously a lecturer and studio critic for six years in Columbia University’s Paris Studio program, and has served as an invited juror at Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Paris Belleville. He is a columnist for the Architectural League’s Urban Omnibus and has published in the Avery Review, Brooklyn Rail, Praxis, Casabella and the JSAH, among other publications; he has lectured widely on subjects related to the design of museums, exhibition design and the role of the museum in urban development.

Professor Rustow is the founder and principal of Museoplan, a consulting practice that works with arts institutions and design professionals to plan, program and design the installation of cultural collections.  Recent projects include the design of two museums of contemporary art in Hong Kong and Beijing, the Museum of Urbanism in Hangzhou, consulting on the Culture Shed in N.Y. and the Yuan Museum in Beijing, and gallery design for the National Museum Center in Sofia, on which construction was completed in 2014.

From 1999 – 2006, Professor Rustow directed the American team on the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in New York for Kohn Pedersen Fox, with Taniguchi Associates. He was responsible for the detailing of the museum‘s galleries, the renovation of its original building and celebrated sculpture garden, and the reprogramming and design of its new Education Wing.  He led the construction supervision team for the entire project over its seven-year duration. Until 1998, Professor Rustow was an Associate Partner in charge of Design with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, and was senior designer on several of that firm’s museum projects, most notably the renovation and expansion of the Louvre.  A member of the original design team for the pyramid and the Cour Napoléon, Professor Rustow became Director of the Paris Office of PCF&P in 1990 with responsibility for the Tuileries Terrace, the supervision of the Carrousel Gardens and the completion of the Richelieu Wing, including gallery design for the collections of Oriental Antiquities, Islamic Art and the French and Northern Schools of Painting. 

Professor Rustow completed an undergraduate degree with high honors in Anthropology and Studio Arts at the University of Rochester and received Masters degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from M.I.T., where he was awarded an Institute Fellowship. He was an invited participant in the inaugural semester of Giancarlo de Carlo’s ILAUD, and, concurrently with his graduate studies, a Fellow of the National Science Foundation.  Professor 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 received certification as an urban planner, and is a past member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association.

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