Peter Zellner

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Peter Zellner is a Los Angeles based designer, teacher, author, and artist. 

Zellner’s award-winning work ranges from large scale city planning projects to commercial and residential designs. His built projects include the Matthew Marks Gallery in West Hollywood and the Casa Anaya in Tijuana, Mexico and numerous art galleries in New York, Manhattan, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. 

In the fall of 2016, Zellner founded the Free School of Architecture (FSA) a tuition and salary free, not-for-profit organization.  He currently teaches at the USC School of Architecture.

About the Free School of Architecture

The Free School of Architecture (FSA) a tuition and salary free, not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding the boundaries of architectural education and discourse.

Founded by Peter Zellner in 2016, FSA has since engaged over 150 participants from over 20 countries and has spun off stand-alone pods in Paris, France, and Lima, Peru.  

In 2019 FSA will reappear as a shorter series of workshops in different international cities in order to distribute and continue to socialize its mission and method with new audiences.

What’s Next

After stepping out of FSA as the founder, allowing the organization to become fully participant led, Peter Zellner has been developing a broader educational platform aimed at promoting new ways for academic and professional design groups, communities, and private organizations to learn from each other. 

His next initiative, OpenArchitecture.School (OAS, to be launched in September of 2020) will be focused on knowledge sharing both in schools and in the workplace while working alongside underserved communities across LA.

OAS will bring fresh design thinking on cities, architecture and the environment to primary and secondary school students as well as providing ongoing educational opportunities for established design professionals.

OAS will partner with existing schools and teachers as well as professional firms across North America, bracketing the architectural academy and the profession to reach underrepresented audiences and reignite established, retired and semi-retired architectural professionals, allowing them to pass on their knowledge and skills to the next generation.


Christine Joo