Rafael Viñoly

The founder of Rafael Viñoly Architects discusses recent projects for this Current Work event.

February 18, 2010
7:00 p.m.

Rafael Viñoly Architects | Carrasco International Airport New Terminal, Montevideo. Credit: Daniela Mac Adden

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

Rafael Viñoly, founding principal and design leader of Rafael Viñoly Architects, will discuss the New York-, London-, and Los Angeles-based firm’s diverse projects and design approach. The office combines an atelier design practice with the capabilities of a large, multidisciplinary international firm.

Recent and current projects include the Battersea Power Station Masterplan, London; the residential conversion of the Domino Sugar Refinery complex in Brooklyn; Carrasco International Airport New Terminal, Montevideo; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia; Curve Theatre, Leicester, UK; the Bronx County Hall of Justice; and The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York.

Born in Uruguay and raised in Argentina, Rafael Viñoly has been practicing architecture for over 45 years. Additional projects include the Tokyo International Forum, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, and the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently at work on a major master plan for the Abu Dhabi Campus for New York University in the United Arab Emirates and several mixed-use initiatives in the Middle East.

Viñoly received the AIA NY Chapters’s Medal of Honor in 1995, was a National Design Award Finalist in 2004, and was given a Design Honor in 2007 from the Salvadori Center. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a member of the Japan Institute of Architects. Viñoly received his diploma in architecture and MArch from the University of Buenos Aires School of Architecture and Urbanism, and has served as a guest lecturer and studio critic at a number of institutions.

Moderated by Calvin Tsao. Tsao is the current president of The Architectural League and is a founding partner of Tsao & McKown.


This lecture is cosponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.



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