Rafael Viñoly FAIA, JIA, SCA, IntFRIBA
Principal, Lead Designer
Rafael Viñoly’s forty-five years of architectural practice in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East have been consistently driven by the belief that the essential responsibility of architecture is to elevate the public realm. As in his much-publicized proposal for the World Trade Center site, his greatest interest has been in maximizing the opportunity for civic investment generated by every construction project.
Viñoly was born in Uruguay in 1944, and, by the age of twenty, he was a founding partner of Estudio de Arquitectura, which became one of the largest design studios in Latin America. His celebrated early work transformed the landscape of Argentina, where this practice was based. In 1978, Viñoly moved to the United States. After briefly serving as a guest lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, he settled in New York in 1979.
In 1983, Viñoly founded Rafael Viñoly Architects, a New York-based firm that has grown to encompass offices in London and Los Angeles. Through the highly efficient and detailed design process developed in his office, Viñoly has completed many critically acclaimed civic projects as well as private and institutional commissions. His first major New York project was the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which was completed in 1988. In 1989, he won an open international competition to design the Tokyo International Forum, the largest and most important cultural complex in Japan. Completed in 1996, this design secured Viñoly’s reputation as an architect of great imagination and immense professional rigor with a proven capacity to create beloved civic and cultural spaces. The opening of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia in 2001 marked a similar success in the United States. The building prompted other seminal commissions including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, all of which resulted in iconic civic gathering spaces in their respective cities.
Viñoly’s work is marked by a sustained structural originality that transcends the passing fads of architectural movements. At home with both large- and small-scale projects, his recent work ranges from the Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay to university buildings such as the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture for the City College of New York. He has built leading-edge biomedical and nanosystems research facilities such as the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, MI; the University of California, Los Angeles, California NanoSystems Institute; the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus in Virginia; and the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building at the University of California San Francisco. His work also encompasses courthouses, private residences, athletic facilities, and additional performing arts venues such as Curve, a theater and performing arts center in Leicester, England. Viñoly’s museum projects include an expansion for the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, along with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Viñoly has also completed numerous important master plans. These include the Battersea Power Station in London; Lincoln West Development Plan in New York; New York University Abu Dhabi; Columbia University Medical Center in New York, and the University of Oxford, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter in Oxford.
In addition to his professional dedication and his many successes in competitions—including the Battersea Power Station Master Plan in London, England—Viñoly’s work has been recognized in the world’s leading design publications and by numerous awards of excellence. Viñoly became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1993 and is a member of the Japan Institute of Architects. In 2006, he was named an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He lectures widely in the United States and abroad.
Jay Bargmann, AIA, NCARB
Jay Bargmann, Vice President of Rafael Viñoly Architects, has held a leadership position with Rafael Viñoly since the firm’s founding in 1983. Prior to that, Mr. Bargmann had his own practice and, before becoming an architect, he worked in concrete bridge construction.
Under his administration, the firm has expanded from its single location in New York City to include an affiliate office in London, as well as various project offices throughout the United States and in Abu Dhabi. During this period of growth the firm added specialists in façade design, building waterproofing, laboratory design, performing arts planning, structural engineering, interior design, component prototyping, and computer visualization. In its current configuration, the firm has the size and expertise to undertake projects of considerable complexity and breadth. In addition to managing the growth of the firm, he is responsible for project staffing, office standards, and capital acquisitions. He has negotiated fees, assembled consultant teams, and administered the contract for every building commission undertaken in the firm’s history.
Mr. Bargmann’s area of expertise is the management of large-scale projects, which are designed and procured through a fast-track or multiple bid package methodology. He developed and implemented a unique project delivery system which seamlessly weds the construction process to design and documentation: engineers and builders are integrated into the core architectural team, facilitating the development of innovative designs within the context of realizable building technologies and the pre-established budget. Utilizing this methodology, the office has delivered complex projects in 40 percent less time than traditional procurement methods. Team members maintain continuity with building systems through all phases of design and construction, ensuring continuity of design intent, focused and responsive decision-making, and the avoidance of conflict between design and submittal review.
Included in Mr. Bargmann’s large-scale project experience are several master plans and work for multiple academic clients in which he played a major role and personally directed all aspects of the design process, as in the campus plan for the William Paterson College of New Jersey and most recently the design of New York University’s new Abu Dhabi campus a 4,971,000 gross square-foot project. Under his careful guidance, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus and the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine became fast-track construction projects with a significant master-plan component, which evolved in conjunction with the building design.
Mr. Bargmann has extensive experience with corporate clients, including projects for MGM and Mubadala in Abu Dhabi, and Samsung in Seoul.
Other standout projects in which he has been significantly involved include large structures for the Van Andel Institute, a medical research institute built in multiple phases in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the Bronx County Hall of Justice, on a sensitive New York City site between a commercial and a residential district in the Bronx; and the MGM Grand Complex in Abu Dhabi, a residential and commercial complex.
Charles Blomberg, AIA, NCARB
With more than two decades of experience in design, construction documents, and construction administration for institutional, commercial, and residential work, Charles Blomberg provides extensive technical knowledge and skill to Rafael Viñoly Architects. As Director of Technology, he is involved with the incorporation of structural innovations and oversees all core- and shell-related issues in new construction, including curtain walls, roofing, precast, and structural development and coordination. Additionally, in his role as quality assurance manager, he oversees project specifications, manages project information, and ensures consistent implementation of the firm’s project execution plan. The breadth of his experience has been enriched by his years of working abroad both at Rafael Viñoly Architects and earlier in his career.
His experience encompasses a full range of building types, including offices, museums, libraries, academic buildings, laboratories, hotels, and residences. Several of the projects that he has worked on have received awards, including the prestigious DuPont Benedictus Award, bestowed on the Samsung Jong-ro Tower and the Tokyo International Forum.
When he joined the firm in 1990, Mr. Blomberg was assigned the role of project manager with responsibility for all exteriors and the Glass Hall of the Tokyo International Forum. To accomplish this, he moved to Tokyo for four years, where he coordinated the designs with local architects and managed transactions which were mostly in Japanese.
While working on the Samsung Jong-ro Tower, he traveled to Seoul, South Korea, for extended stays to work on the on the core and shell’s design, construction documents, and construction administration of this 24-story, mixed-use office tower. He also coordinated the design of the retail component.
Mr. Blomberg has also led design development and fabrication of the exterior of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts which was completed in 2002. Similarly, he consulted design teams for the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh and the Bronx County Hall of Justice for the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. He served as project manager for the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, for which he was also involved with programming and planning. For the Carl Icahn Laboratory, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, he played a major role in the design and development of the cable walls, louvers, and exterior enclosure systems.
James Herr, AIA, NCARB
With over nineteen years of experience, Jim Herr has designed and managed institutional, commercial, interior, and residential projects. Since joining Rafael Viñoly Architects in 1990, he has demonstrated his expertise in coordinating design and construction through all phases of design and construction. He is currently the project director for the firm’s two projects with the University of Pennsylvania Health System: the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the first major phase in its expansion, the Translational Research Building.
Prior to his work with the University of Pennsylvania, he served as project director during the design stages of the Brooklyn College West Quad Building, the Dynamite Youth Center in Brooklyn, and the multi-phase Cleveland Museum of Art expansion and renovation, coordinating all aspects of design with the consultant teams and the client.
Early in his tenure at Rafael Viñoly Architects, Mr. Herr assisted in the design and construction of the Tokyo International Forum for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. As project administrator, his tasks included the coordination of all document submission packages, managing communications between the New York and Tokyo offices, and the organizational development and scheduling of a project staff of 110 during the twelve-month construction document phase of the project.
As the project manager for the first phase of the Snug Harbor Music Hall renovation in Staten Island, Mr. Herr was involved with all aspects of the nine-month design phase, making presentations to New York City agencies such as Landmarks, Art Commission, City Planning, and Department of Parks and Recreation. As project manager and coordinator for the Piano House, a 2,500-square-foot, private piano recital studio located in Watermill, New York, his tasks included all responsibilities required during the design and construction administration phases, including interior and audio-visual coordination, contract negotiation, and payment requisitions.
Mr. Herr has managed a diverse array of projects: the Queens Museum of Art Renovation, the office of Rafael Viñoly Architects at 50 Vandam Street, the Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Vandoren Fine Art Gallery on Fifth Avenue, the Lot 61 bar and lounge, and several private residences, including lofts and townhouses. His tasks for these projects included all responsibilities required during the construction administration phase, such as shop drawing review, field reports and clarifications, and the preparation of contract furniture specifications.
Andrea Lamberti, AIA, NCARB
During her 12-year career with Rafael Viñoly Architects, Andrea Lamberti has developed a great deal of expertise in both master plans and building projects for academic, civic, research, and cultural clients. Most recently as project director she led the master plan for New York University Abu Dhabi, a 4.7-million square foot campus on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She was also Project Director for the expansion of the Van Andel Institute for Medical Education and Research in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a 240,000-square foot, $100-million biomedical research facility that opened in December 2009.
Andrea’s master plan experience includes preparation of a master plan for an open site at the Columbia University Medical Center; the plan, at 1.5-million square feet, includes space for research, ambulatory care and education as well as a hotel, conference center and underground garage. She led the programming and feasibility study for the new Computing and Information Science building at Cornell University, and oversaw the preparation of the firm’s winning competition entry for the master plan of the Battersea Power Station Redevelopment in London. As project architect, she developed the Cairo Stock Exchange and Financial Center, a 4-million square foot master plan which features a new trading floor at the heart of a grand, shaded public plaza, along with a hotel, retail and office space, a movie theater complex and a health club.
In her leadership of the firm’s building projects, Ms. Lamberti typically oversees development from the initial concept through construction. She oversaw the design competition for the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center at the National Institutes of Health, a $252-million research facility, and continued on to serve as manager and director for the first phase of construction, a 267,000 gross-square-foot building, relocating with her team to NIH in order to manage design completion and construction administration in accordance with the fast-track schedule. She served as project architect and project manager for Phase I of the Van Andel Institute for Education and Medical Research, contributing to the conceptual development of the project as well as the construction documents and construction administration phases of work. She has also contributed on other academic and research projects in the office such as the Carl Icahn Laboratory, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, New Jersey and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.
Ms. Lamberti has directed civic and cultural projects for the firm, including the University of Arizona Science Center, a 160,000-square-foot interpretive learning and exhibition center housed in a 1,000-foot-long arch bridge structure in downtown Tucson, Arizona.
Prior to joining Rafael Viñoly Architects, Andrea Lamberti worked for two years as an architectural designer on residential and cultural projects at Norihiko Dan and Associates in Tokyo, Japan, where she conducted business in Japanese on a daily basis.
Chan-li Lin, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
With over two decades of professional experience, Chan-li Lin brings to Rafael Viñoly Architects design and management skills cultivated from wide-ranging project experiences, which include university laboratories, convention centers, performing arts facilities, and a university stadium. He is currently the project director of the New Stanford Hospital, a 1.1 million-square-foot healthcare facility for Stanford University in California. He is also overseeing construction administration of the Vdara Condo Hotel, a part of the MGM Mirage CityCenter development in Las Vegas; and the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Center for the University of California, San Francisco.
Since joining the firm in 1990, he has collaborated closely with Rafael Viñoly and Jay Bargmann on the design and execution of projects for universities and municipal clients in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Nevada, California, the Netherlands, and Japan. He has also led the design teams for major competitions, including the World Trade Center Competition and the Pittsburgh Convention Center Competition, which resulted in a commission that was completed in 2003.
He travels regularly and has relocated in order to ensure the design quality of services in distantly located projects. In 1990 he moved to Japan for a year to work at the project office of the Tokyo International Forum, a 1.5 million-square-foot, $1.6 billion conference center and performing arts facility. He continued making frequent trips to Tokyo with Rafael Viñoly for the subsequent four years until the project was completed, using his knowledge of the Japanese language to coordinate with the construction team. His many responsibilities during this time included designing the Glass Hall roof and wall structures, for which close communication was required with the Japanese structural engineers to achieve the optimal combination of the architectural vision and logic, the structure, and construction techniques.
Using the experience and knowledge he gained from the Tokyo International Forum, he later led the design team for the Princeton University Stadium, a 27,800-seat, $38 million football stadium and track and field complex, which was successfully completed in 1998.
Between 1999 and 2002, he relocated to Boston to establish and manage the site office for the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. During this time he led a joint-venture team of up to forty architects, overseeing the design and the production of construction documents for this complex and vast facility, ensuring that the final project met the firm’s high design standards.
David Rolland, AIA, LEED AP, JIA, NCARB
Since joining Rafael Viñoly Architects in 1999, David Rolland has been an integral member of our team, for which he has primarily managed the firm’s civic, cultural, and academic projects. His experience has included project management of the 1,450,000-square-foot, $294-million David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, remarkable for its integration of structure and architecture as well as its success in reexamining the convention-center typology and the changing needs of exhibition facilities. The building astutely addresses issues of urban design and civic revitalization, primarily through the incorporation of numerous sustainable design technologies, and is the first LEED Gold convention center in the United States.
His experience in delivering this large and complex LEED Gold building enables him to advise on sustainability issues for a wide range of projects. For example, he served as project director for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in New York City, slated to be the city’s first “green,” LEED-certified museum, where he employed renewable/recyclable building materials and incorporated high-performance, sustainable, and cost-saving features such as a geothermal heating and cooling system, a photovoltaic system, and energy-saving sensors. He also directed the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The designs of both museums address the evolving nature of their respective institutions in terms of iconography, circulation, education, conservation, public space, and fundraising.
Mr. Rolland’s recent academic and research facility project is the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation at Bard College; Phase II is currently under construction. Additionally, he directed the 185,000-square-foot, $45-million School of Information Sciences and Technology, a research laboratory and academic building at the Pennsylvania State University, and he is currently directing the new Materials and Life Sciences II Building on the same campus.
Mr. Rolland also leads two of the firm’s South American projects, the Carrasco International Airport and Edificio Acqua, where he is working with alternate building technologies and project delivery systems to foster the advancement of design and construction through local construction methodologies.
While working at Kenzo Tange Associates in Tokyo from 1987 to 1998, his projects included large-scale urban design and city and regional planning projects, as well as public, institutional, academic, cultural, and commercial developments in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, France, Italy, and Saudi Arabia. While at Mitchell Giurgola and Thorp from 1982 through 1983, he worked on the design development stage of the Australian Parliament House.