Rafael Vinoly Architect USA, NYC architecture practice, Uruguay office, NY design studio

Rafael Vinoly Architect Practice Info

Uruguayan Architect in USA

post updated May 30, 2021

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, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East have been consistently driven by his dedication to deliver designs of cultural and social meaning.

Rafael Vinoly Architect, NYC

Rafael Vinoly Architecture Studio Information

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 fi rm that has grown to encompass offices in London, Los Angeles and the Middle East. 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, which was completed in 1988. In 1989, Viñoly 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 opening of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia in 2001 marked a similar success in the United States. The building prompted other seminal commissions for Viñoly including Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York), the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (Pittsburgh), and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, all of which resulted in iconic civic gathering spaces in their respective cities.

Work by Viñoly is marked by a sustained structural originality that transcends the passing fads of architectural movements. At home with both large- and small-scale projects, recent work by Rafael Viñoly ranges from university buildings such as the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, to leading-edge biomedical and nanosystems research facilities such as the University of California, Los Angeles, California NanoSystems Institute; the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus in Virginia; and the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Work by Viñoly also encompasses courthouses, private residences, athletic facilities, and additional performing arts venues such as Curve, a theater and performing arts center in Leicester, England.

In addition to his professional dedication and his many successes in competitions, work by Viñoly has been recognized in the world’s leading design publications and by numerous awards. Viñoly became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1993 and is a member of the Japan Institute of Architects. In 2006, Viñoly was named an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Rafael Viñoly lectures widely.

Rafael Viñoly : mainpage with project links + images

Rafael Vinoly – Education
University of Buenos Aires School of Architecture and Urbanism,
Master of Architecture, 1969
University of Buenos Aires,
Diploma in Architecture, 1968

Rafael Vinoly – Professional Affiliations
American Institute of Architects
Japan Institute of Architects
The National Academy
The Royal Institute of British Architects
Sociedad Central de Arquitectos, Argentina
Registered in: Argentina, Japan, New York

Rafael Vinoly – 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

Rafael Vinoly- Honors and 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

Rafael Vinoly Practice
Estudio de Arquitectura
formed by Vinoly in 1964

Rafael Viñoly Architects – Location
Based in New York City
Founded in 1983

Rafael Viñoly Offices also in London (UK) and L.A. (USA)

Rafael Vinoly Book
Rafael Viñoly
Princeton Architectural Press

“Think New York A Ground Zero Diary” by Hillary Lewis and Roman Viñoly
The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd, Australia

Rafael Vinoly Project – Architecture Competition
World Trade Center design competition: one of two finalists
won by Daniel Libeskind Architects

Rafael Viñoly Positions
Fellow of the American Institute of Architects – AIA
International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA
Member of the Japan Institute of Architects
Member of the Sociedad Central de Arquitectos
National Academician, The National Academy, 1994

Previous Rafael Vinoly Education Position
guest lecturer : Harvard Graduate School of Design

More Rafael Vinoly Architects’ buildings online soon

Feb 3, 2012

New Book by Rafael Vinoly Architects’ Research Program

“Pressures and Distortions, City Dwellers as Builders and Critics”

The book marks the culmination of Rafael Viñoly Architects’ third round of research awards

Rafael Vinoly Architects Book

Location: New York City, NY, USA / Montevideo, Uruguay

Rafael Vinoly Architect – Key Buildings

Designs, alphabetical:

20 Fenchurch St, City of London, England, UK
20 Fenchurch St London building by Rafael Vinoly Architect
photo © Adrian Welch
Walkie Talkie building

277 Fifth Avenue, NoMad, NYC, USA
Architects: Rafael Viñoly
277 Fifth Avenue Luxury Condos NoMad New York City
rendering : THREE MARKS
277 Fifth Avenue Building

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Bard College New York by Rafael Vinoly Architect
photo © Brad Feinknopf
Bard College : New York building

Battersea Power Station, London, UK
Battersea Power Station by Rafael Vinoly Architect
picture from architects
Battersea Power Station Redevelopment

Curve: Leicester Theatre & Performing Arts Centre, England
Curve Leicester by Rafael Vinoly Architect
picture from architects
Curve Leicester

Edificio Acqua, Uruguay
Edificio Acqua
image © Roman Viñoly
Edificio Acqua

The Vdara Condo Hotel, City Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Vdara Condo Hotel
picture from architects
Vdara Hotel

Architecture Walking Tours

New York Architect

Manhattan Architectural Designs

New York Architecture Designs – chronological list

New York City Architecture Designs – architectural selection below:

20 Times Square Skyscraper Building, corner of Seventh Avenue & West 47th Street, Manhattan, NYC
Design: PBDW
20 Times Square Skyscraper Building

550 Madison
Architects: Snøhetta
550 Madison NYC
photo © Snøhetta and MOARE
550 Madison in New York City

Architecture Studios

Buildings / photos for the Rafael Vinoly Architects Manhattan page welcome

Website: Rafael Viñoly Architects