Monday, January 30, 2006

Introduction to Rafael Vinoly

Viñoly was born in Uruguay in 1944, by the age of 20 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 with his family and, after serving briefly as a guest lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, he permanently settled in New York City in 1979.
- 1983, Viñoly founded Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, a New York City-based firm with offices in Lower Manhattan and London that employs over 170 people.
- His first major New York project was the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which was completed in 1988. In 1989, he won an open international competition to design the largest and most important cultural complex in Japan, the Tokyo International Forum.
- The opening of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia in 2001 marked a similar success in the United States. The building, home to the Philadelphia Orchestra, one the country’s oldest and most cherished cultural institutions.
- Recent work ranges from university buildings to courthouses, private residences, athletic facilities, and performing arts venues.
Projects of interest (so many to choose from)
Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo Japan 1996
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh PA 2003 (my home town)
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston MA 2004
Mahler 4 Office Tower, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2005
Samsung Jung-ro Tower, Seoul South Korea 1999
MGM Mirage City Center Project, Las Vegas NV (In design)
Master Planning/Residence:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn VA (Under Construction)
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa FL (In design)
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH 2011
Performing Arts:
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia PA 2001
Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY 2004
Highway House, East Hampton, NY 1995
Princeton University Stadium

Viñoly’s work has been recognized in the world’s leading design publications and by numerous design excellence awards. Viñoly became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1993 and is a member of the Japan Institute of Architects. He lectures widely in the United States and abroad. Viñoly’s work is marked by a sustained structural originality, which transcends the passing fads of architectural movements.

"You don't simply accept the client's program at face value, as if your job is to be some kind of short-order cook. What you really want to do is figure out the underlying needs, which the client may never have fully understood. Then you work to define the program. You are not going to get a pre-cooked meal but something especially prepared." Los Angeles Times 02/25/03'rafael%20vinoly'
Schulman, Richard, “Portraits of the New Archiecture;” New York, NY : Assouline, c2004
Vinoly, Rafael, “Rafael Vinoly;” New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2002.


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