PETER SPERA III, AIA Principal + Co-Founder

Born and raised in New Orleans, Peter has been a licensed architect practicing in the city since 2012. In 2016, Peter co-founded GOATstudio, bringing with him extensive experience in commercial hospitality, restaurant & retail design, and large project management. In addition to acting as GOAT’s voice of reason, Peter is the Chairman of the Gretna Historic District Commission, Treasurer of the New Orleans Chapter of the AIA, and serves as a Mardi Gras Float Lieutenant in the Krewe of Thoth. In his severely limited free-time, Peter also dabbles in photography, home renovation, and tailgating.


COLIN VANWINGEN Principal + Co-Founder

Colin graduated from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in 2008 and immediately moved to New Orleans. While attending graduate school at the Tulane University School of Architecture, Colin developed the concept for a practice that would eventually grow into GOAT. After completing his Master’s Degree, Colin worked on projects ranging from affordable prototype housing in the 9th Ward to massive scale entertainment & hospitality complexes around the country. In 2016, Colin co-founded GOAT as the firm’s intransigent idealist. Outside of the office, Colin is a part-time chef and a full-time dad.