Stephen Rustow is the principal of SRA Consultancy, a multidisciplinary firm providing planning and design services to museums and other arts institutions. An architect and planner with twenty-five years of experience, much of his work has been focused on museums. He joined Kohn Pedersen Fox in 1999 to direct the firm's work on the renovation and expansion of the Museum of Modern Art in New York with Taniguchi Associates, Tokyo. The project was completed in 2006.
Prior to joining KPF, 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 Museum. Working on the project from its inception in 1983, Mr. Rustow became Director of the Paris Office of PCF&P in 1990 and was in charge of the second phase of the 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 returning to N.Y. in 1995, Mr. Rustow was the lead designer for PCF&P on the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and on competitions for the Samsung Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul and for the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Mr. Rustow was also the designer in charge of major office developments in Paris and in Louisville, KY.
A lecturer and studio critic for six years in Columbia University's Paris Studio program, Mr. Rustow 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 is currently Visiting Professor of Architecture at Cooper Union and chairs the Feltman Seminar on Light. 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.
Mr. Rustow received Master's degrees in Architecture and City Planning from M.I.T. where he was also a Fellow of the National Science Foundation.