Rafael Viñoly Beceiro (born 1944) is an Uruguayan architect. He is
the principal of
Rafael Viñoly Architects, which he founded in 1983
and has offices in New York City, Palo Alto, London, Manchester, Abu
Dhabi and Buenos Aires.
1 Life and career
2 Honors and awards
4.1 Carbuncle Cup
4.2 Sun Glare
6 External links
Life and career
Viñoly was born in Montevideo,
Román Viñoly Barreto
Román Viñoly Barreto (a
film and theater director) and Maria Beceiro (a mathematics teacher).
He attended the University of Buenos Aires, receiving a
Architecture in 1968 and a Master of Architecture from the School of
Architecture and Urbanism in 1969.
In 1964, he formed the "Estudio de Arquitectura
architectural firm with six associates. This practice would eventually
become one of the largest architectural practices in South America,
completing many significant commissions in a very short time.
In 1978, Viñoly and his family relocated to the United States. For a
brief period he served as a guest lecturer at the Harvard Graduate
School of Design, settling permanently in
New York City
New York City in 1979. He
founded the firm
Rafael Viñoly Architects PC in 1983. His first major
project in New York was the John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
which was completed in 1988. In 1989, he won an international
competition to design the Tokyo International Forum. Completed in
1996, many people consider this building to be the most important
cultural complex in Japan. His firm's design was one
of the finalists in the World Trade Center design competition.
During the course of his forty-plus year career, Viñoly has practiced
in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the
Viñoly is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an
International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and
a member of the
Japan Institute of Architects
Japan Institute of Architects as well as the Sociedad
Central de Arquitectos.
Honors and awards
Design Honor, Salvadori Center, 2007
International Fellow, The Royal Institute of British Architects, 2006
National Design Award Finalist, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum,
Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence: In recognition for his
contributions to the Environmental Design Profession and in honor of
Modernist architect Richard Neutra, 2000.
Honorary Doctorate, University of Maryland, 1997
Medal of Honor, American Institute of Architects, New York City
National Academician, The National Academy, 1994
Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 1993 
Main article: List of works by Rafael Viñoly
Major works by Viñoly include 432 Park Avenue, 20 Fenchurch Street
and the Curve Theatre.
20 Fenchurch Street
20 Fenchurch Street in
London won the 2015 Carbuncle Cup
for its ugliness.
The Sky Garden, at 20 Fenchurch Street
Two of the skyscrapers designed by Viñoly, the
Vdara in Las Vegas and
20 Fenchurch Street
20 Fenchurch Street in London, have experienced unusual sun
reflectivity problems due to their concave curved glass exteriors
acting as respectively cylindrical and spherical reflectors for
sunlight. In 2010, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported that sunlight
reflected off the Vdara's south-facing tower could make swimmers in
the hotel pool uncomfortably warm, as well as melting plastic cups and
shopping bags; employees of the hotel referred to the phenomenon as
Vdara death ray". In
London during the summer of 2013,
sunlight reflecting off
20 Fenchurch Street
20 Fenchurch Street melted parts on a parked
automobile as well as scorching the carpet of a nearby barber
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^ BBC News: London's Walkie Talkie judged UK's worst building
Vdara visitor: 'Death ray' scorched hair".
^ "'Death Ray II'?
London Building Reportedly Roasts Cars".
Hilary Lewis and Roman Viñoly, THINK NEW YORK A Ground Zero Diary
Rafael Viñoly, The Making of Public Space: 1997 John Dinkeloo
Memorial Lecture ISBN 1-891197-00-2
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