Piscuskas is a principal of the architecture firm 1100 Architect, a medium-sized studio that designs homes for the exceedingly rich.
The son of a schoolteacher and a librarian, Piscuskas attended Brown, taking classes on the side at nearby RISD. He then headed west to earn his master's in architecture from UCLA, and founded the firm 1100 with his German-born partner, Juergen Riehm, in 1983. Since then, the duo has undertaken major residential projects for a long list of tony clients. These days, Piscuskas manages the New York office, while Riehm divides his time between New York and Frankfurt, where he tends to the firm's European clients.
Piscuskas and Riehm have a long list of notable clients. Over the years, they've done work for Willem Dafoe, Harrison Ford, Kitty Hawks, Len Riggio, Jasper Johns, Harry Macklowe, Liam Neeson, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Brooke Hayward, David Salle, Ross Bleckner, Brooke Haywood and Peter Duchin, Dan Loeb, and Christy Turlington and Ed Burns. One particularly large project in recent years was the drastic makeover performed by Piscuskas and Tony Ingrao on financier Richard Perry's Sutton Place apartment in 2002—they transformed it from a fusty dowager of a residence into a Pop Art bonanza. (Perry later hired him to design his office, too.) The 1100 team also gutted and redesigned venture capitalist Fred Wilson's 55-foot-wide Greek Revival row house in the Village, which paid off nicely for Wilson: He purchased the townhouse for $7 million before the 2002 refurbishment, and sold it in 2006 for $33.15 million.
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1100 takes on non-residential projects as well. They've done work for various companies (such as Scott Rudin's production company and Ron Perelman's Revlon) and have worked on several schools such as the Elizabeth Irwin School, Dalton, and Brooklyn Friends. The duo also designed the MoMA Design Store and the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City. Perhaps his most fulfilling project: Piscuskas designed Memorial Park, an area on 30th and First Avenue just outside the offices of Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch, where families of the victims of Sept. 11 gathered to identify their loved ones.
Piscuskas and Riehm published their first book in 2006, 1100 Architect: 1998-2006.
Piscuskas has two sons, Cooper and Jake. He lives in the Village and has a weekend home in Massachusetts.