Rafael Pelli


“Creating architecture is much like an orchestra or a piece of theatre — it requires input from many people with specific expertise, which then must be orchestrated to give direction and purpose to it. But you need every single piece and perspective to create great work.”

Under Rafael Pelli’s leadership, Pelli Clarke & Partners inspires and connects people around the world through sustainable environments for living, working, and learning. Rafael’s groundbreaking research and development in sustainable architecture continues to advance New York’s building industry and serve as important case studies. His residential architecture in Battery Park City earned the distinction of the first green multifamily residences in the United States. Rafael is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He leads the firm’s New York City studio.