Annabelle Selldorf: Current Projects
Glanzer-Curtis Family Lecture Series
Annabelle Selldorf is the principal of Selldorf Architects, a 70-person architectural design practice that she founded in New York City in 1988. The firm creates public and private spaces that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact. Since its inception, the firm's guiding principles have been deeply rooted in humanism. At every scale and for every condition, Selldorf Architects designs for the individual experience. As a result, its work is brought to life — and made complete — by those who use it.
Clients include cultural institutions and universities such as Brown University, New York University, the Clark Art Institute, Neue Galerie New York, and Luma Arles, a new contemporary art center in Arles, France. Selldorf Architects is currently designing a major new expansion and enhancement of the Frick Collection in New York City and has broken ground on an expansion project for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. In addition, the firm has created numerous galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser and Wirth, and Gladstone Gallery among others, and designed exhibitions for the Whitney, Frieze Masters, Gagosian Gallery, and the Venice Biennale of Art. The firm has designed the largest recycling facility and education center in the U.S. — the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, which is located on the Brooklyn waterfront.
Born and raised in Germany, Selldorf received a bachelor of architecture from Pratt Institute and a master of architecture from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York, the World Monuments Fund, the Chinati Foundation, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and has taught at Harvard GSD. Additionally, Selldorf is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the recipient of their prestigious Award in Architecture in 2014; and, in 2016, received the AIA New York Medal of Honor.