Donald M. Rattner received a B.A. in art history cum laude from Columbia in 1979 and an M.Arch. from Princeton in 1985. Three years later he joined Ferguson Murray Architects as an intern, and eventually rose to partnership there before founding Studio for Civil Architecture with Andrew Friedman in 2002. The firm opened an art studio in 2009 and now operates as Studio for A.R.T. and Architecture.
Studio’s architectural practice comprises a range of services and building types. For private clients it has built custom single-family residences and refurbished existing homes in urban, rural and suburban settings. For resort developers it has designed amenity buildings, planned neighborhoods, produced residential prototypes, created architectural pattern books, formulated design guidelines, generated renderings and authored copy for marketing purposes.
In addition to advancing his practice, Rattner has shared his knowledge and experience with the profession and public through teaching, writing and lecturing at such institutional venues as New York University SCE, New York Academy of Art, University of Illinois at Chicago and Parsons School of Design SCE. He has also participated in numerous panels and workshops for groups across the country.
Published writings on architectural topics have appeared in Architectural Record; The International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture; Design Professionals and the Built Environment; and Residential Architect. His professional and academic activities have been featured on CNN and in The New York Times, Town & Country, House & Garden, Robb Report, Residential Architect, Builder, Progressive Architecture and other media.
Studio’s architectural work has been recognized by over a dozen awards for design excellence from peer professionals.
Rattner became intrigued by modularity after a 2001 architectural commission to design a cluster of prefab modular structures at an historic spa resort. Since then he has explored the theory and practice of modular art, architecture and design in his own work as well as that of other creatives.
In 2009 Studio designed its first porfolio of modular art using laser cutting technology. The following year it exhibited this work in a month-long popup gallery in Brooklyn. That same year the firm's modular conception for an artist's book won a prize in a competition conducted by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and was displayed at the city's Philagrafika art festival.
To pursue these interests further, Rattner founded MODULE R in 2010 as a central marketplace for the dissemination of reconfigurable, interactive and modular art and design from around the globe.
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