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Rafael Pelli elevated to Fellowship of the AIA

Rafael Pelli elevated to Fellowship of the AIA

Rafael Pelli elevated to Fellowship of the AIA

NEW YORK, NY (June 19, 2014) — The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently elevated Rafael Pelli to the College of Fellows.

Fellows are a select group of AIA members recognized for their contributions to the profession and to society. Only 3,100 out of 83,000 AIA members become fellows or honorary fellows. To be considered, members must have at least 10 years of membership and be nominated for their leadership or advancement of architecture. A distinguished jury selects new fellows each year. The 2014 group was honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2014 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago in June.

Mr. Pelli, director of the firm’s New York office, was nominated and subsequently elevated for his advancement of sustainable design. Calling him “an innovator and pioneer in the field,” the AIA noted that “his integrated design approach has led to important precedents in high-rise residential, public university and commercial buildings.”

He is the designer of three high-rise residential buildings in New York’s Battery Park City—the Solaire, the Verdesian and the Visionaire—that have contributed substantially to the possibilities for sustainable design. 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. Mr. Pelli is also the designer of the Business Instructional Facility at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, which achieved LEED Platinum certification, and the soon to be completed Camargo Corporate Towers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, also achieving LEED Platinum pre-certification.

From left to right: William Stanley, FAIA, 52nd Chancellor of AIA College of Fellows; Rafael Pelli, FAIA; Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, 2014 President

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