To select an architect for the GSB's new integrated campus, the school embarked on an exhaustive yearlong search. Dean Robert S. Hamada chaired a committee representing constituents of the GSB and the university.

Members included university and GSB faculty, administrators, and alumni, as well as an M.B.A. student.The committee convened several times between spring 1999 and December 1999, when the final selection was made. They began by considering architects worldwide, eventually narrowing them down to a group of 35 firms. There was high interest in the new campus within the architectural community, largely because the building posed an architectural challenge. The complex will be built directly across the street from Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark Robie House on the site currently occupied by Woodward Court residence hall.

After studying the firms, the committee narrowed the field to 10 participants, who later presented proposals on the project. Based on these presentations, the committee selected six finalists spanning a range of architectural styles. They were Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates P.C., New York; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners L.L.P., New York; Perkins & Will, Chicago; Porphyrios Associates, London; Rafael Moneo Arquitecto, Madrid; and Rafael Viñoly, New York.

Over a long weekend, the principals from these firms gathered in Chicago to make presentations to the committee. Viñoly was chosen by an overwhelming majority.

“In addition to creating high-quality designs, Rafael Viñoly is well known for using an interactive design process, openly sharing information and responsibility, and building consensus,” said Dean Robert S. Hamada, speaking for the committee. “He is also known for his responsiveness to the surrounding environment while refusing to imitate a particular architectural style.”
Born in Uruguay and educated at the University of Buenos Aires, Rafael Viñoly developed one of the largest architectural offices in South America. In 1979 he immigrated to the United States, where he began teaching at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In 1982, he opened a professional office in New York City.

Premier Projects
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
* Philadelphia Regional Performing Arts Center
* Princeton University Stadium
* Tokyo International Forum, a $1.5 billion exhibition
hall and conference center

* Excellence in Design Award by the New York State
Association of Architects
* Bard Award from the City Club of New York
* First prize awards in many international design
competitions, including the Tokyo Forum

* New York City
* Buenos Aires
* Tokyo

Fellow, American Institute of Architects
* Japan Institute of Architects
* Sociedad Central Arquitectos, Argentina
The committee that selected Rafael Viñoly was composed of representatives from the GSB and the university community:

Robert S. Hamada, Dean, committee chair

Andrew Alper, ’81, Trustee (and GSB Capital Campaign co-chair)

Blair Archambeau, ’90, Director of Capital Program Development
and Gleacher Center in the GSB

Rob Danielson, M.B.A. student

Gary Eppen, Deputy Dean for Part-Time M.B.A. Programs

Robert Gertner, Professor of Economics and Strategy in the GSB

Eric Gleacher, ’67, Trustee

Curt Heuring, University Architect

Dennis Keller, ’68, Trustee (and GSB Capital Campaign co-chair)

Andrew Rosenfield, J.D. ’78, University Trustee (and chair of the trustees’ campus planning and neighborhood committee)

Richard Saller, Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service
Professor and Dean of the Division of Social Sciences

Geoffrey Stone,

Katherine Taylor, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and the College (teaches architecture classes and chairs the university’s faculty campus planning committee)

Hank Webber, Vice President for Community Affairs

Patricia Woodworth, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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