FIFTH ARCH is a design collaborative started by Peter Suen that is interested in the digital and analog seam. Despite this surface distinction, it is a seamless layer of information that underlies all things artificial/biological, manufactured/crafted or computed/intuited. Different information, however, require distinct tools and processes. It is the intersection between these methods that drives our work and interest.
Peter Suen received a Masters of Architecture from U.C. Berkeley where he was an Eisner Prize and Henry Adams AIA Medal recipient. In his research, Peter has been particularly interested in the role of the architect as a designer of information and how that can have a direct impact on how we live. He has focused on different systems of intelligence, from analog computation to living mold, and sought to understand how these systems can process information differently from human designers.
Before architecture, Peter worked both as an intellectual property attorney and as a software developer. He received a JD from Stanford Law School in 2002 and a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. In architecture, he has previously worked as a designer at Sagan Piechota Architecture and Jensen Architects.