Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

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Pelli Clarke Pelli Studio
Cesar Pelli`s Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects was founded in 1977 between Cesar Pelli, Fred Clarke and Rafael Pelli.

They have designed a variety of buildings from condominiums to research centers and work for private clients, businesses, institutions and government agencies.

The firm has won many awards for their work and is recognized across the globe for their sustainable features and their dramatic designs.[1]

One of the most famous buildings done by the firm is the Patronas Towers, which were the tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004. [2]



Cesar Pelli was awarded his Diploma in Architecture from the University of Tucuman. He designed for many firms before founding Pelli Clarke Pelli in 1977. In that same year, Pelli became Dean of the Yale University of Architecture. He also has written on architectural issues and has had nine books published.

Fred Clarke met Pelli in 1969. Upon graduation from University of Texas in 1970, he joined Pelli at Gruen Associates. Clarke has been teaching throughout his entire architectural career. He has also written on many subjects including urban regeneration, sustainability, and tall building design.

Rafael Pelli received a Bachelors in art from Yale University and a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He brought the idea of sustainability to the firm, and because of him many of the projects have been LEED certified. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Salvadori Center, which is a nonprofit organization providing educators with the tools they need to teach their students about the built environment.

Representative Buildings by Pelli Clarke Pelli

Sustainability has always been the heart of Pelli Clark Pelli Designs. 30 Hudson Street in Jersey City, was one of the first 50 buildings to receive LEED certification. In addition, in Battery Park City, the Solaire, the Verdesian and the Visionaire have all received LEED certification and were among the first residential high-rises to do so.[3]

Visionaire, 70 Little West Street, New York City, NY


Visionaire is apart of the planned community: Battery Park City. The building was the first condominium in Manhattan to receive Platinum LEED certification. All paints, sealants, and adhesives, are environmentally friendly to improve the indoor air quality and reduce the off-gassing of volatile organic chemicals. The wood flooring is approved by the Forest Stewardship Council standards. All appliances in the kitchens are Energy Star products and the cabinetry is made from bamboo sources.

Museum Tower, 15 West 53rd Street, New York City, NY

Museum Tower

Museum Tower was built in 1985 as an expansion to the Museum of Modern Art. It is composed of 52 floors and 240 units. Among the museum portion of the building, the addition doubled the gallery space, added an auditorium, restaurants, and a bookstore. A unique aesthetic feature to Museum Tower is the exterior is composed of multicolored glass and patterned mullions.


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