Rafael Pelli, FAIA, LEED AP

Senior Principals

Rafael Pelli is the
Partner directing the Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects New York office, established in 2000. Mr. Pelli has focused on incorporating sustainable design into his work and has made significant achievements in this rapidly developing field. 

Mr. Pelli has overseen the completion of several 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 has also worked on other academic projects for Yale University, the University of Chicago, Rice University and other well-known schools.

He was also the designer for three high-rise apartment buildings in Battery Park City: The Solaire, The Verdesian, and The Visionaire, all of which achieved significant milestones in sustainable design. 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; and the Visionaire achieved LEED Platinum certification and received top honors in the 2008 Green Building Competition for New York City.

Beyond the studio’s residential buildings, Mr. Pelli has directed the design for several of the firm’s New York commercial and civic projects. These include Bloomberg Tower, a 1.4 million-square-foot, mixed-use high-rise in Midtown that contains the headquarters for Bloomberg L.P. and the residential condominiums One Beacon Court. Mr. Pelli is the designer of the reconfiguration of the World Financial Center, and was the lead designer for a U.S. Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn.

Mr. Pelli has served on the NYC Green Codes Task Force and Turner Construction’s Green Advisory Board, and currently serves as a board member of Urban Green, the New York chapter of the USGBC. He has worked with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (formerly Cesar Pelli & Associates) since 1989, becoming a Senior Principal of the firm in 1995. Mr. Pelli received a Bachelor of Arts in 1978 from Yale University and a Master of Architecture in 1985 from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.