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Rafael Vinoly Architects PC

Profile of the American architecture firm Rafael Vinoly Architects PC.

Profile of Rafael Vinoly Architects PC

Business Name
Rafael Vinoly Architects PC
United States
Architecture, Facilities Programming, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Master Planning, Urban Design


Rafael Vinoly (1944)


Founded in New York in 1983, Rafael Vinoly Architects PC now has affiliate offices in both London and Los Angeles. Internationally known for architectural projects around the globe, the firm has designed a number of landmark cultural and civic complexes as well as laboratories and master plans. Over the past quarter century, the practice has continually demonstrated its ability to reinvent institutional typologies and integrate the public realm into civic buildings.

The unusually diverse work the firm has completed includes award-winning courthouses, museums, performing arts centers, convention centers, athletic facilities, banks, hotels, laboratories, recreational venues, residential commissions, and commercial, industrial and educational facilities. Projects range in scale from lab casework to urban design and master planning. The firm has also completed several projects involving the restoration and expansion of large-scale buildings of significant historical and architectural value.

The practice's atelier design intelligence coupled with the capabilities of a large, multi-disciplinary firm produces appropriate, creative responses to program requirements. Intensive research and informed evaluation lead to a variety of design and technical alternatives that the firm proposes to the client who may not be aware of other possibilities. These innovations and refinements often result in buildings that function measurably beyond client expectations.

Committed to civic enhancement on a human level as well, Rafael Vinoly Architects' tuition-free Architectural Training and Research Fellowship Programs augment learning for young architects charting their own paths, proffering research opportunities not typically provided in the standard life of a project. The firm's staff of over 250 includes architects, structural engineers, interior designers, computer visualization specialists, model makers, artists, and fabricators, has the capacity, structure, and experience to assume complex projects of any scale.


Rafael Vinoly Architects provides services in these fields: Architecture, Facilities Programming, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Master Planning and Urban Design


  • Founded: 1983
  • Offices: 3
  • Design team: 250

Key projects

  • Tokyo International Forum, cultural/performing arts center, Tokyo, Japan, 1996
  • The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, cultural/performing arts center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001
  • David L. Lawrence Convention Center, civic/convention center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2003
  • University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, educational/colleges and universities, Chicago, Illinois, 2004
  • Mahler 4 Office Tower, commercial/office buildings, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2005
  • Bronx County Hall of Justice, government/courthouse, Bronx, New York, 2006
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus, laboratories/medical research and residential, Ashburn, Virginia, 2006
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum, cultural/museums and galleries, Brooklyn, New York, 2008
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Phase 1), cultural/museums and galleries, Cleveland, Ohio, 2008
  • Curve (theatre), cultural/performing arts center, Leicester, England, 2008

Key publications

  • Rafael Vinoly. Rafael Vinoly. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002.
  • Lewis, Hilary, and Roman Vinoly. THINK NEW YORK: A Ground Zero Diary. Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia: The Images Publishing Group, 2006.

Key awards

  • Design Honor, Salvadori Center, 2007
  • International Fellow, The Royal Institute of British Architects, 2006
  • National Design Award Finalist, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, 2004
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Maryland, 1997
  • Medal of Honor, American Institute of Architects, New York City Chapter, 1995
  • National Academician, The National Academy, 1994

The above are Rafael Vinoly's personal awards

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