Marc Kushner is an American architect, entrepreneur and author. He is a partner at the New York City based architecture firm HWKN and co-founding CEO of Architizer.
The son of Lee Kushner and real estate developer Murray Kushner, Marc Kushner was raised Modern Orthodox Jewish in Livingston, New Jersey. Kushner graduated from The Frisch School before attending the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and Contemporary Vernacular Architecture as Cultural Artifact. Kushner then attended Harvard Graduate School of Design and received a Master of Architecture.
After working for multiple architecture firms including Steven Holl, Jürgen Mayer H. and Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis, Kushner formed the architecture firm HWKN (Hollwich Kushner) in 2007 with Matthias Hollwich whom he had met in Jürgen Mayer’s Berlin kitchen five years prior. In 2012 Marc Kushner and Matthias Hollwich won MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program with their project WENDY. Following the success of Wendy, Kushner and Hollwich received multiple commissions including the Fire Island Pines Pavilion (2013), New Jersey’s largest residential tower Journal Squared (due 2016), Yotel Williamsburg (due 2016) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Innovation Center titled The Pennovation Center (due 2016). Marc is regularly invited to speak on the state of architecture at events such as TED and PSFK.
During the 2008 Global Financial Crisis Marc Kushner and his business partner Matthias Hollwich created a digital platform to help architects promote their firms work. Architizer rapidly grew to become the largest platform for architecture online. To increase visibility of global architecture Kushner incepted the A+ Awards in 2013. They have grown to become the largest global architecture awards program.