Fred Clarke co-founded the firm in New Haven with Cesar Pelli in 1977 while Cesar was Dean of the Architecture School at Yale University. They met in 1969 when Fred was still at the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduating in 1970, he joined Gruen Associates in Los Angeles where Cesar was Partner for Design.
Since the establishment of the firm, Fred has seen the office grow from three employees to almost 200 globally. With Cesar, they developed an architecture that is not governed by a particular style. Rather, their work together reflects the thoughtful collaborations they establish with each client and the deep connection they feel to the place and project’s environmental, economic, and social contexts. As Senior Design Principal, Fred has directed all the projects in the New Haven and Asian studios. The firm has designed and built over 100 million square feet of landmark towers that define skylines, as well as cultural institutions treasured by the citizens of their communities, from San Francisco to Abu Dhabi and Tokyo to Miami.
A career-long teacher and writer, Fred has been a faculty member of Yale University, Rice University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. He has published on many subjects, including urban regeneration, sustainability, public art and architecture and tall building design. Fred has also chaired many design juries and panels for professional organizations worldwide, including the AIA and CTBUH.
Fred believes strongly that architects have a social responsibility, particularly as projects grow larger, more vertical, and more complex, to consider how society will be impacted. New buildings should behave like “good citizens” of their community, taking cues from their surroundings and enhancing the urban fabric.