Bruder, Peter

Peter Bruder fenced on the US Olympic Team in 1932 and 1936, and on the 1934 US International Team.

 Peter W Bruder Bio

By Scott Peter Hansen, Great Nephew


            Peter William Bruder was born on March 14, 1908 to Joseph and Katherine Bruder and was the eldest of four children, his siblings being Johanna, George and Frederick. Peter studied civil engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn where he recieved his B.S.C.E. He became a licensed professional engineer and opened his own consulting practice in February 20, 1946, which he successfully headed for 3 decades. He joined the faculty of The Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture in 1948, becoming an adjunct professor of architecture and was the head of the Department of Environmental Technology during 1970-71. He also held the patent for a new toothless automobile battery post clamp which he invented.


            During his professional career, Peter collaborated on a wide variety of projects including housing, office buildings and educational institutions in the U.S., South America and the Middle East, sewage treatment plants, factories, warehouses, banks, museums, and recreational and medical facilities. Highlights of his exceptional career include hi work on the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, the U.S. Pavillionat the Brussels World’s Fair, the World’s Fair Pylon at the New York World’s Fair, and the Cooper Union Foundation Building renovation, which he considered his capstone achievement.


            Peter Bruder died on May 14, 1976, just weeks before his planned retirement. After his passing, he was posthumously conferred the title of Professor Emeritus of Architecture.



Peter and Edna Bruder


Below: Peter and family, 1965

Peter and family


Peter Bruder, pre-Olympics