PETER JAY ZWEIG (PJZA) has a diversified practice as an architect, interior designer, educator, exhibition designer and author.  He has maintained a practice in Texas for over 30 years in architecture, planning and industrial design.  The award winning firm has won recognition for twenty-six national, three international, and 16 regional  architectural awards. In addition PJZA has received eighty domestic and international patents for architectural and building system innovations. PJZA’s architectural services range from prototype designs, manufacturing fabrication, and architectural design feasibility through construction.


In addition to an architectural practice, he has been the Director of International Exhibitions and the Hospitality Innovation Lab at the University of Houston. He has taught in various capacities at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Rome, Texas A&M University, and the University of Malaysia.  He is an author, has initiated thirty nine academic and professional workshops, received fifteen grants and scholarships for his work on innovative materials, received one of the highest recognitions in the profession as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture, was selected by the Gwangju Biennale in Korea to represent the US, exhibited at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale,  lectured at forty-six universities and conferences and has exhibited in major museums throughout the US.


LICENSES: National Council of Architectural Registration Board: Registered Architect



FAIA, NCARB, New Mexico, Texas, Illinois, California, Maryland, New York




     Syracuse University: Bachelor of Arts,  Bachelor of Architecture,  Master of Architecture



AWARDS: Partial List

American Institute of Architecture: FAIA

American Plywood Association

Austin City Hall Competition

Texas Society of Architects

AIA: Solar Energy Design

Progressive Architecture

Pershing Square Competition

Futurist Magazine

ACSA:  Design and Energy

Houston Chapter: AIA



New York Times

Architectural Design



Architectural Record



Garden Design Journal

Washington Post



Arts Houston

Art News

Texas Architect

Architecture Magazine

Metropolitan Homes

Interior Magazine

Atlantic Monthly

Parade Magazine



Village Voice

Houston Chronicle

Jouer au Jardin


BOOKS: Excerpts + references

City of Refugees: A real Utopia 2020

Genetic City: ACTAR 2017

KM3 MVRDV: (Los Angeles Residence) 2006. 

Transmaterial (Patent Projects): 2007.

Gwangju Bienniale: Light into Life: (SOS project: BPZ: Bill Price + Peter Zweig) 2005.

James Surls: Splendora Years (interview) 2005.

Philip Johnson and Texas: Frank Welch 2000.

Philip Johnson: Life and Work: Schutze (reference) 1994.

International Showroom: (Grace Designs Showroom) 1994. Sottsass Associati: 1988.

Home Sweet Home, Made in America: (Exhibition) 1983.     Chicago:  (excerpt) 1982.


EXHIBITIONS: Curator + Participant

2020 Hong Kong Art Center: Art Basel Hong Kong exhibition: City of Refugees: A real utopia.

2017 AEDES, Berlin: The Genetic City exhibition, publication, symposium. U of H, co-curator.

2014 Venice Biennale, Argentina Biennale + Netherlands Biennale: U of H, COA curator.

What Could Have Been: Architecture of the 1980’s”: Cooper Hewitt, New York City. Oakland Museum, California. Musee Des Arts, Montreal. High Museum, Atlanta. Art Institute of Chicago. Curator + participant.

Sunday Houses + Townsquares”. LA Institute of Contemporary Arts. Curator,participant.

The Village Goes West”. UT Austin. World Trade Center, Dallas. Co-Curator Charles Moore.

“Gwangju Bienniale: (SOS project: BPZ: Bill Price + Peter Zweig) 2005. Seol, Korea.

Chaumont Garden Festival”: Translucent and Transboyant Concrete. BPZ: Lyons, France.

Patent Pending”. University of Houston, COA Gallery. BPZ: Bill Price + Peter Zweig .

Permanent Exhibition of the façade of Grace Designs”. Memphis Brooks Museum.

Chicago World’s Fair”. Octagon, A.I.A., Washington, D.C. Co-curator Charles Moore.

American Domestic Architecture: Cabin, Temple, Trailer”. Laguna Art Museum, California. Co-curator Charles Moore.

Visions and Revisions”. Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Group WRJA.

Chicago Architectural Foundation. Group juried exhibition.




Patents: Spray concrete building system. 80 worldwide utility patents and trademarks. A business was formed with PJZA being a founder. 2000.


Patent: Disaster Relief Panel. Provisional patent. BPZ UPCYCLING, LLC. 2010.


Conrad N. Hilton College of Restaurant and Management. Research grant: Hospitality Innovation Lab for Hotel Rooms of the Future. 2010


FDIP. A grant to develop a Hospitality Innovation Lab with the Conrad N. Hilton Hotel Restaurant and Management College. Sustainable spaces for the comfort zone. 2010

Gerald Hines COA U of H. A prototype SHINTO (Shower, sINk, Toilet) was built for an off the grid, sustainable bathroom for affordable housing in developing countries. 2009


UHGBC. A grant exploring the concept of the upcycling of Disaster Relief Pallets. BPZ: Bill Price + Peter Zweig. 2009


Sarah Vaughan Foundation, CHINATI FOUNDATION, Gerald Hines COA U of H. Documentation, exhibition and publication: 100 Aluminum Milled Boxes and 15 Concrete Structures of Donald Judd, Marfa, Texas. 2009


University of Houston: Hilton College. Investigation of Mass Customization as a viable prototype for the hospitality industry. University of Houston. Co-principal, Bill Price. 2006


Activities Funding Board (AFB). University of Houston SOG for funding an exhibition, publication and building a housing prototype. 2006


French Consulate Research grant for the construction of a housing prototype in Lyons, France. Co-principal, Bill Price. 2005


FDIP GRANT. Faculty Development Initiative Program: Material and Technology Innovation. Co-Principal: Bill Price. 2002, 2005.


Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs: Enhancement of a Learning Grant.  University of Houston. 1998


NASA: Coordinator for Modeling and Design Research.  Virtual Environments Research Institute.  University of Houston. 1998


University of Houston:  Grant: Energy Laboratory research on a "Pattern Book" and documentation of the "Sunday House", Fredericksburg,Texas.


Texas A&M University.  Design and development of catenary, antiprismatic, and minimal surface Structures using polyvinyl plastics.