Rafael Viñoly

Rafael Viñoly, FAIA, JIA, SCA, Int FRIBA Principal / Lead Designer Rafael Viñoly Architects PC

Rafael Viñoly’s forty-five years of architectural practice in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia have been consistently driven by the belief that the essential responsibility of architecture is to elevate the public realm. As in his muchpublicized proposal for the World Trade Center site, his deepest focus has been on maximizing the opportunity for civic investment generated by every construction project.

Viñoly was born in Uruguay in 1944, and, by the age of twenty, he was a founding partner of Estudio de Arquitectura, which would become one of the largest design studios in Latin America. His celebrated early work transformed the landscape of Argentina, where this practice was based. In 1978, Viñoly moved to the United States. After briefly serving as a guest lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, he settled in New York in 1979.

In 1983, Viñoly founded Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, a New York-based firm with affi liate offi ces in London and Los Angeles. Through this highly developed entity, Viñoly has completed many critically acclaimed civic projects as well as private and institutional commissions. His first major New York project was the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, completed in 1988. In 1989, he won an open international competition to design the Tokyo International Forum, the largest and most important cultural complex in Japan. Completed in 1996, this design secured Viñoly’s reputation as an architect of great imagination and immense professional rigor with a proven capacity to create beloved civic and cultural spaces. The 2001 opening of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia marked a similar success in the United States. The building prompted other seminal commissions including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, iconic civic gathering spaces in their respective cities.

Viñoly’s work is marked by a sustained structural originality that transcends the passing fads of architectural movements. At home with both large- and small-scale projects, his work ranges from university buildings such as the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University in Rhode Island, to leading-edge biomedical and nanosystems research facilities such as the University of California Los Angeles California NanoSystems Institute, Court of Sciences Building; the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus in Virginia; and the National Institutes of Health John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center in Maryland. He has also produced courthouses, private residences, athletic facilities, and additional performing arts venues such as the Leicester Theatre and Performing Arts Centre in England. Viñoly’s museum projects include an expansion for the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, along with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in New York, and the Nasher Museum at Duke University in North Carolina.

In addition to his many successes in competitions -including the University of Oxford’s master plan, completed in 2006- Viñoly’s work has been recognized in the world’s leading design publications and by numerous awards of excellence. Viñoly became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1993 and is a member of the Japan Institute of Architects. In 2006, he was named an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Additional Selected Projects:

Princeton University Stadium, Princeton, New Jersey
The Pennsylvania State University, School of Information Sciences and Technology, University Park, Pennsylvania
Wageningen University and Research Centre, Atlas Building, Droevendaalsesteeg Wageningen, The Netherlands

Civic and Commercial
20 Fenchurch, London, U.K.
Bronx County Hall of Justice, New York, New York
Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan

firstsite:newsite Visual Arts Facility, Colchester, England
Museum of Modern Arab Art, Doha, Qatar
University of Arizona Science Center, Tucson, Arizona
Research and Health Sciences
Columbia University, International Research Institute for Climate Prediction, Palisades, New York
University of Pennsylvania Health System, Center for Advanced Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Van Andel Institute, Education and Medical Research Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Raffles City Bahrain, Manama City, Kingdom of Bahrain
Edificio Acqua, Punta del Este, Uruguay

University of Buenos Aires School of Architecture and Urbanism, Master of Architecture, 1969
University of Buenos Aires, Diploma in Architecture, 1968

Professional Affiliations
American Academy of Design
American Institute of Architects
Japan Institute of Architects
Sociedad Central Arquitectos, Argentina
International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects
Registered in: Argentina, Japan, New York

Guest Lecturer/Studio Critic
Columbia University
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rhode Island School of Design
Southern California Institute of Architecture
University of Buenos Aires
University of Pennsylvania
Washington University
Yale University
and many other institutions worldwide

Honors and Awards
Design Honor, Salvadori Center, 2007
International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Architects, 2006
Honorary Doctorate, University of Maryland, 1997
Medal of Honor, American Institute of Architects, New York City Chapter, 1995
National Design Award Finalist, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, 2004

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