District Office is a design practice based in Brooklyn. With a background in architecture, I do design, consulting and survey work for a variety of designer / builders, interior designers, home and business owners, developers and contractors.
Renovation of a 2,700 sf house. New pedestrian entryway, hurricane windows and patio door, new kitchen and bathrooms, and new finishes.
- Kitchen and bathroom design
- Hurricane roof, doors and windows
"I needed plans for a house we were renovating in El Portal.
New bathrooms, open concept layout for kitchen and living room, windows and doors, a few structural elements … the works!
My major issue for the project was time.
Peter took on the project and responded well to all of the building department needs, including complicated hurricane requirements for new rooftop equipment.
Peter worked efficiently and coordinated directly with the building department for resubmissions, and the permits came through on time.
We got the job done and I look forward to working with Peter again on future projects."
James Miranda, Owner, Cielo Development
Renovation of an historic house from a single family to a multifamily dwelling.
51st Street Event Space
A conversion project - from office to event space - on Manhattan's west side.
50th Street Ballroom and Event Space
Renovation of a large night club into a multifunction space: nightclub, corporate events, banquet and ballroom.
"Our large nightclub on the Hudson River needed a makeover. We realized we could increase revenues significantly if we continued to run the club on weekend nights and add weddings and other events during the the times we were quiet. We had our permits in place and were doing the construction but needed someone to help to visualize the new uses to prospective clients.
We contacted Peter's office who produced design, renderings and marketing materials for all of the new uses: nightclub, special events, concert, wedding, auditorium. The renderings showed off our space brilliantly. We put them online right away and started booking new clients. Peter was easy to work with, was a clear communicator and got us what we needed in time for the holiday rush. We hope to work with him again."
- Anthony Love and Michael Geniton
Owners, Freq Nightclub and Eden On The Hudson, New York City
Eudaimonia Souk for Za'atari Refugee Camp
Competition run by IDeA - International Development in Action 2017
Finalist - placed in the top 26 of 342 entrants. View the results here.
Team: Peter Rudd, Caroline Spigelski, Michael Adams, Yaman Amr, Janet Fishlock, Alfred Nicayenzi, Renata van Niekerk, Warren van Niekerk, Howard Won, Andrea T. F. Ng
Refugees of the Syrian war at Za'atari Camp in Jordan suffer from a multitude of social, physical and economic hardships. For the vulnerable of the camp (women, poor, young, old), these hardships are compounded. The ancient Greeks believed in the philosophy of eudaimonia or “thriving” as a standard for good living. We propose a thriving market or Eudaimonia Souk based on the principles of interdependence of food production and consumption, knowledge acquisition, and economic sustainability. The souk, as a manifestation of these key principles, will transform individual lives and the camp culture in both the immediate and long term.
View along the central Passage
Central souk bird's eye view
View to entrance
The main courtyard
The permaculture courtyard
One Heart Children's Eco Village
Competition run by One Heart Foundation and architects Clarke Hopkins Clarke, Australia / Kenya, 2016
One Heart Children's Eco Village is a new eight acre home, school and farm community in rural western Kenya near the large city of Eldoret. The village is a place for living, learning and growing for 400 day students, 112 full time student residents, their guardian dorm parents, and a vital faculty. The local area has a high poverty rate and many children do not attend school. One Heart Village is built to meet these local needs. The homes, schools, community meeting hall, training center and farm provide a place of nurture and education so that dozens of children can find a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
Bird's eye view from road
Bird's eye view of the farm
View of elementary school
View of school courtyard
Aerial view of the elementary school
Hive is 250 repurposed shipping containers stacked into a self supporting vault and set on three barges on the Hudson River. The barges provide flotation and serve as docks for small vessels. A row of vertical containers lift the vault off the barge floor and allow light and air into a large interior market hall - a grand space that soars eight stories. The vault itself houses Hive’s private program spaces which look into the public space below. Each container space is 8’x8’x20’. Two would make a micro apartment, while clusters are suitable for office use. The assemblage is structurally integral and designed to withstand storm surges: barges and containers - which are effectively beams - are welded into a composite lightweight whole; when the river rises so does the hive.
With the construction of the BQE along the Brooklyn waterfront, thousands of Brooklynites for more than a generation have been cut off from their waterfront. Now a major park is being constructed along the waterfront from the Brooklyn Bridge south to Atlantic Avenue and New Yorkers are flooding to enjoy it.
But, access from the neighborhoods - Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Garden - is still difficult. One has to walk miles to get from the promenade down to the park.
This project, Brooklyn Steps, proposes a way for people to walk directly from their riverside neighborhoods to the waterfront: broad stone steps span from the Brooklyn Promenade edge, over the BQE and down to the river park.
The Steps are flanked by program spaces - for the flea, small shops, community events, skate and kayak rentals. Neighbors are reconnected with their park and river for the first time in generations.
Spanish Steps, Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti, in Rome
View from the river
View looking north. From left: river, park, BQE, promenade, Brooklyn Heights
Many New Yorkers who live in the boroughs use elevated stations on their daily commutes. The Els are rickety Victorian era constructions of trusswork and bolts that make their way along avenues throughout the city. They're workaday, designed to meet a low bar of function and not much else. New York city's subway stations aren't much better - they're glorified holes in the street that lead to the train you need to catch to get home.
We could expand our vision of what our local stations could be: pleasant neighborhood centers with markets, gardens, daycares, meeting halls and outdoor gathering spaces. They could be multi modal and connect to car and bike sharing, city bus routes, and taxi stands.
Here is an idea to make - with not much effort - the typical city El station into a district center like a parish yard or a piazza. The key elements are a very large cascading stair that connects the street level to the station like the Spanish Steps in Rome, and an adjacent street that has been shut off to traffic to make a generous plaza.
TPG Architecture, 2015-16
New corporate headquarters on two floors, 200,000 s.f. in the West Village in Manhattan.
ABM / UNFCU
TPG Architecture, 2015-16
New corporate headquarters for ABM in Manhattan.
New bank for the UN Federal Credit Union at the UN campus in Manhattan.
Issac and Stern Architects, 2011-13
Developer led multi family residential projects for Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Pre design and design services including feasibility, zoning analysis and programming for NYC quality housing projects.
Perkins + Will / Michael Fieldman, 2008-2009
Facade design including precast, metal panel, clay tile, curtainwall and rainscreen roof. Dining hall and gymnasium design.
Amgen Helix Campus Expansion
Kling Stubbins (now Jacobs), 2006-2007
Facade system design including zinc, clay tile rainscreen, curved curtainwall, and unitizing strategies.
Villa designed around a courtyard for a Bangalore suburb, with marble floors, teak windows, and stucco skin.
Lavelle Road Retail
ONArch, Bangalore, 2007
Our client was accumulating space on the bottom two floors of an eight story residential tower on a boutique street in downtown Bangalore. We proposed a glass and steel screen that simplifies the awkward geometries of the existing tower and presents a new, bright retail face to the busy and well heeled shopping street. We animated the base with colored glass display windows and the screen above with a pattern of sun screens to relieve glare and heat gain.
River pavillion and swimming barge
American cities are coming out of a deep sleep and developing their riverfronts. Rivers in most large and old American cities were originally the nearly exclusive domain of commerce and transport: docks, ships, eventually freeways. They were dirty and smelled and the sensible and well off moved away often to parks situated nowhere near water. But this is slowly changing. People like being near rivers for the fresh air and views and large American cities are pouring ideas and money into lining them with urban parks and buildings. This proposal is for a swimming barge and pavilion on the banks of the now developing Schuylkill river. Theoretically, it is one event in what could be a bustling greenway of runners, boaters, eaters, swimmers, walkers and city river lovers.
US Federal Courthouse and Post Office
MGA Partners Architects, 2005-2006
Our client - a joint venture between the US Postal Service and Keating Partners - developed this project for the Federal Courts and the local Post Office. We gutted and renovated an existing schoolhouse, added a five story addition and made a small retail post office all on a steeply sloping site in historic downtown Lynchburg VA. The facility needed to, with grace, facilitate the complex interrelationship between multiple offices that work together to make a Federal Court work: the US Marshal Service, the FBI, the jury selection office, a Bankruptcy Court, and a Criminal Court with their associated courtrooms and chambers.
Orchard Street & Delancy Plaza
Pilot Projects 2014
Street improvements on Orchard and Delancey Streets in the lower east side of Manhattan for the Lower East Side Business Improvement District and the Department of Transportation.
Bowie State Masterplan
Green & Tonic
Bower Lewis Thrower 2005
Keating Development and Construction.
200+ key condo with retail and new canopies at the historic ground floor.
Hunter Elementary School
Agoos Lovera, 2000
Two courtyards - one each on the east and west - become the focal point for the classroom, special use and administrative spaces in this 100k sf new elementary school.
American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter, Design Award 2004
Penn Wynne Elementary School
Agoos Lovera 2001
A compact addition of 12 new classrooms and a multipurpose dining and auditorium space, is knit to the existing handsome school - built in 1932 - with a simple, soaring, light filled atrium. The atrium is the schools new entry, acts as an informal gathering and event space, and is where the children come and go from recess and wait for parents during bad weather.
We were tasked with cooling the old gallery and administrative spaces from a new mechanical plant directly below the coy pond in the center of the historic entrance courtyard. That narrow brief was expanded to include excavating the whole garden to flank the central mechanical plant with new underground labs lit with skylights around the perimeter of the plaza garden.
Victory house addition
Faculty / Co-Director International Design Studio, Mumbai, India, D. Y. Patil School of Architecture, Navi Mumbai, India and School of Architecture, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, 2008
Research and design studio with 16 Temple students, 16 students from the Dr. D.Y. Patil School of Architecture in Navi Mumbai, and six American interns. Our client for the work was Mumbai Mobile Creches who for over 40 years have been providing free education for the children of Bombay's itinerant, and poor, construction workers. The deliverable is a manual that the MMC will use to help educators and contractors make everything from bricks and mortar to toys to curriculum.
Faculty Senior Design & Thesis Studios, School of Architecture, Philadelphia University, 1998 to 2007
Fifth Year Undergraduate Design Studio. These fall and winter term studios are the two final phases in the students' design education. Students work in teams on buildings with complex building systems and programs.
(picture credits: New Media: 1-3 D. Leeson, H. McKinley, L. Zhongshi; 4-6 P. Bahn, G. Folino, B. Giroux)