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Rafael Pelli FAIA, LEED AP

Senior Principal

Rafael Pelli is the partner directing the Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects New York office, established in 2000. Since that time, he has directed the design for several of the firm’s New York projects. These include Bloomberg Tower, a mixed-​use high-​rise in Midtown that contains the new headquarters for Bloomberg L.P. and the residential condominiums One Beacon Court. Mr. Pelli was the designer of the reconstruction of the World Financial Center, and the lead designer for the Theodore Roosevelt U.S. Courthouse in Brooklyn. He was also the designer for three high-​rise apartment buildings in Battery Park City: the Solaire, the Verdesian and the Visionaire.

Mr. Pelli has focused on incorporating sustainable design into his work and has made significant achievements in this field. In 2004, the Solaire achieved LEED Gold certification and became the first green high-​rise residential building in the United States. The Verdesian, completed in 2005, is the first LEED Platinum building in New York City and the first LEED Platinum high-​rise residential building in the United States. The Visionaire achieved LEED Platinum certification and received top honors in the 2008 Green Building Competition for New York City.

Beyond New York City, Mr. Pelli has overseen the completion of academic buildings including the Business Instructional Facility at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, which was awarded LEED Platinum certification, and the Simons Center for Systems Biology at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He also worked on the Daniel L. Malone Engineering Center at Yale University and projects for the University of Chicago and Rice University.

Mr. Pelli has served on the New York Green Codes Task Force Climate Adaptation Committee and Turner Construction’s Green Advisory Board, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Salvadori Center, a nonprofit organization that provides educators the tools and resources needed to teach their students about the built environment.

Mr. Pelli has lectured widely on the firm’s commitment to sustainable building design and was featured in an episode of the PBS documentary series “Design e2.” He received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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