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George Ranalli

George J. Ranalli, FAIA, is an Italian American architect based in New York City.

Background

  • George Ranalli was born in New York City, and he grew up in the Bronx. He was inspired to pursue a career in architecture during visits to places such as the New York Public Library, Bronx Botanical Gardens, and Guggenheim Museum. Also a professional jazz musician, Mr. Ranalli studied architecture at Pratt Institute, and Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Since 1977, Mr. Ranalli has led the award-winning firm of George Ranalli Architect, based in New York City, and since 1985, George Ranalli DESIGNS.

  • Education

    • Bronx, New York

    Career

    • George J. Ranalli is an American architect based in New York City. Since 1977, the firm of George Ranalli Architect has created award-winning architecture and design for residential, commercial, public, and cultural projects of every scope and scale attuned to history and setting. A graduate of Pratt Institute (B.Arch '72) and Harvard University Graduate School of Design (M.Arch '74), Mr. Ranalli is a member of the American Institute of Architect's College of Fellows. In 1985, he founded George Ranalli DESIGNS, creating a portfolio of custom furniture and industrial design objects for commercial distribution. In 1996, Yale University awarded him an honorary Master of Arts degree. During his productive career, George Ranalli has been recognized for advancing both the innovations and traditions of the profession of architecture.

    Major achievements

    • achievement2269950 George Ranalli has received recognition for outstanding contributions to the practice of the art of architecture from the following organizations:

      2015: Fellowship of The American Institute of Architects

      2012: SARA/ NY Design Award of Excellence for Saratoga Avenue Community Center, Brooklyn, NY.

      2010: New York Society of Architects Sidney L. Strauss Award.

      2005: SAUDLA Inaugural Renaissance Award.

      1994: AIA NYC Chapter Architecture Award Citation

      1995: AIA NYC Chapter Architecture Award Citation

      1994: AIA NYC Chapter Architecture Award for Fashion Center Building.

      1997: AIA NYC Chapter Architecture Projects Award for Stonington Historical Library/Archive Building, Stonington, CT.

      1988: New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Architecture.

      1984: Pratt Institute Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Loyalty, Support, and Contributions to the School of Architecture

      1983: Architectural League of New York, Emerging Voices: A New Generation of Architects In America.

      1980: 27th P/A Annual Awards Citation, Frehley House, Stratford, CT.

      1976: American Institute of Architect, NYC Chapter, James Stewardson Travel Fellowship.

      1974: Architecture League of New York, Birch Burdette Long Memorial Competition, Honorable Mention.

      1973: Reynolds Metal Co.,Reynolds Aluminum Prize, Best Original Design For Creative Use of Aluminum.

      1972: New York Society of Architects Matthew W. Del Guadia Distinguished Graduate Award for Total Design.

      1972: Pratt Institute School of Architecture Medal for Excellence in Design Planning and Construction.

    • achievement2269951 FEATURED PROJECTS: Saratoga Avenue Community Center

      2012 Institute for Classical Architecture and Art, Standford White Award of Excellence

      2012 Society of American Registered Architects, N.Y. Council,Design Award of Excellence

      2011 Society of American Registered Architects, Penn. Council, Design Award of Honor

      2010 American Institute of Architects, Brooklyn, Award of Excellence,
    • achievement2269952 Fashion Center Building Restoration/ Renovation, 525 Seventh Avenue, New York City.

      1994 AIA New York Chapter, Design Award in Architecture
    • achievement2269953 'C' Residential Pool & Pool House, Amagansett, New York

      1995 AIA New York Chapter, Design Award Citation

    • achievement2269954 Residential Interior Pool and Recreational Building in Cornwall, Connecticut

      American Institute of Architects N.Y. Chapter 1996 Project Citation
    • achievement2269955 Stonington Connecticut Historical Society Library/ Archive Building

      1997 AIA New York Chapter, Design Award Projects Citation
    • achievement2269956 In 1997, New York architect George Ranalli created a three-dimensional hypothetical study model of Frank Lloyd Wright's thesis for a sustainable city for travel exhibition, "Frank Lloyd Wright And The Living City," in collaboration with chief curator David G. De Long, Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, Bruce Brookes Pfieffer, and model-makers Price Harrison and Fran Leadon. The Living City model of birch plywood; basswood, plexi-glass, foam, and wood veneer measures 244 cm x 244 cm x 54.6 cm. The exhibition sponsored by Vitra Design Museum, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Exhibitions International included Mr. Ranalli's interpretation of Frank Lloyd Wright's thesis for organic architecture, and the show visited museums worldwide, including the following locales: Antiguo Convento de Santa Maria de los Reyes, Sevilla, 06.10.2003 - 11.30.2003; Centro de Exposiciones de Benalmadena, Benalmádena, 05.27.2003 - 06.29.2003; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Monterrey, 11.21. 2002 - 09.03.2003; MARCO, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, 06.27.2002 - 09.15. 2002; Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, 07.02.2002 - 07.04.2002; Vitra Design Museum, Berlin, 07.13. 2001- 10.14.2001; Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, 07.02.2001 - 15.04.2001; Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Conde de Fenosa, La Coruña, 10.19.2000 - 07.01.2001; Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain, 07.20.2000 - 09.24.2000; Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund, 01.28.2000 - 30.04.30.2000; Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, 19.06.1999 - 11.09.1999; Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 19.02.1998 - 11.04.1998; Grassi Museum, Leipzig, 11.11.1998 - 17.01.1998, and Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, 10.06.1998 - 11.10.1998.

    • achievement2269957 George Ranalli was commissioned to research and fabricate a three-dimensional hypothetical model of Frank Lloyd Wright's unrealized Living City for the travel exhibition, "Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century" at the Milwaukee Art Museum (02.12.2011 – 05.15.11), and Phoenix Art Museum, Steele Gallery, (12.18.2012 – 04.29, 2012) was sponsored in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The show explored the work of America’s most celebrated architect from the contemporary perspective of “green building." Milwaukee Art Museum chief curator Brady Roberts noted the exhibition was first occasion when Frank Lloyd Wright’s scale model for Broadacre City was exhibited together with The Living City hypothetical model, contributed by New York architect George Ranalli.





    • achievement2269958 Project Architect : Griffiss Air Force Base Hospital

      New York State American Institute of Architects 1974 Design Awards, Honorable Mention

    Works

    • ArchNewsNow
      2009
    • For the past decade, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has been on a community center building binge.

    Politics

    Politics has been called the "art of the possible," a realm akin to Art insofar as, like Art, it occupies a creatively mediating position between spirit and life. - Thomas Mann, U. S. Library of Congress, May 29, 1945

    Party affiliation: Human

    Religion

    Sacred space exists alongside intention.

    Denomination: Humanist

    Views

    Life is a beautiful masterpiece.

    Quotations: "We create our buildings and then they create us. Likewise, we construct our circle of friends, and our communities, and then they construct us." - Frank Lloyd Wright.

    Membership

    George Ranalli holds a professional license to practice Architecture in the states of New York and Connecticut.
    • AIA College of Fellows , United States
      2015

      The American Institute of Architects promotes the advancement of the profession of architecture.

    • Mt. St. Michael Academy Alumni Association , United States
      1964

      Founded in 1926 by the Marist Brothers, Mount Saint Michael Academy is a preparatory school for young men grades 6-12 located in the northern Bronx.

    • Whitney Museum of American Art , United States
      1990

      The Whitney Museum of American Art is a preeminent institution devoted to US art, presenting the works by 20th century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on living artists.

    • Yale Club of New York , New York
      1976

      The Yale Club was founded in 1897, and over more than 115-year, it has grown to become an 11,000 member organization of today. It is a community in the best sense.

    • The New York Landmarks Conservancy , New York
      2010

      At the front lines of advocacy, from sacred spaces to brownstones, the Conservancy works for New York’s architectural heritage, sponsoring hands-on assistance, technical, financial, education, cultural programming, and advisement, for successful preservation, and the economic, and aesthetic revitalization of the City’s neighborhoods, on behalf of it's beloved older buildings.

    • American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter , Manhattan
      1980

      Founded in 1857, the AIA New York Chapter is the oldest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The chapter's 5,000 members, including architects, allied professionals, students, and general interest affiliates, are dedicated to design excellence, public engagement, and professionalism.

    Personality

    Energetic, responsible, and dependable. Well-developed powers of concentration. Quiet and reserved, interested in art, and how and why things work.

    Physical Characteristics: A Roman nose beneath an expansive forehead, so I've been told.

    Quotes from others about the person

    NY Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp wrote George Ranalli's architectural restoration/ renovation of New York City's Fashion Center Building, "... glows with a keen sensitivity to form, material and detail that has made this New York 'atchitect's architect' an esteemed figure in his profession.

    Award-winning architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable wrote George Ranalli's public architecture project for client NYCHA in Brooklyn, New York, "... deserves to have its presence shouted from the rooftops as a seriously fine demonstration of the art of architecture."

    Paul Goldberger wrote about Mr. Ranalli's adaptation of a historic Rhode Island schoolhouse to a community of residential condominiums: "For all its modernity, this project is an architectural experience worthy of Newport, and it connects us again to the architectural traditions of this unusual city."

    Joseph Giovannini called George Ranalli a "a rock of modernism."

    In 2004, the Architects Newspaper asked the deans of fifteen schools of architecture in the north-eastern United States about the state of architectural education, and stated, "... Only George Ranalli of New York said the curriculum must reflect social needs."

    Interests

    Philosophers & Thinkers : Stephen Hawking, Barton Gellman, Jane Jacobs, Jack Newfield, Spike Lee

    Politicians: Gandhi, Sojourner Truth, Al Gore

    Writers: Ada Louise Huxtable, Phyllis Lambert, Paul Goldberger, Joseph Giovannini, Rebecca Miller, Mary Morris, David McCullough, Adrianna Trigiani, Malcolm Gladwell

    Artists: Frank Stella, Lauretta Vinciarelli, Nancy Goldring, Victor Stabin, David Hockney, Richard Haas,

    Sport & Clubs: Soccer, Yale Club of New York

    Athletes: Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987), America's greatest, most athletic jazz drummer and bandleader.

    theater, soccer

    Music & Bands: American Jazz,

    Connections

    • George Ranalli lives in New York with his wife and collaborator and their two children.
    • Best Date Ever: Anne Valentino - psychologist
      Spouse, collaborator, and friend.
    • Archiitect: Jose Ouberie - Professor of Architecture
      Jose Oubrerie is a professor of architecture at the Ohio State University. He served as chair of the Knowlton School of Architecture. He previously served as dean at the University of Kentucky. He has also taught at Columbia University, Cooper Union, Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and the Politecnico di Milano. He is a member of the Ordre des Architectes in France and associate member of the American Institute of Architects. His work includes the French Cultural Center in Damascus, the Miller House (now the Foundation for Advanced Architecture) in Lexington, and several projects with Le Corbusier. His work has been published in the New York Times, Herald Tribune, Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Assemblage, and GA Houses Special Edition and Models: Architecture and the Miniature. Praised by esteemed architects for a completion of Saint-Pierre at Firminy, Ouberie's publication "Architecture With and Without Le Corbusier" published by Oscar Riera Ojeda, introductory essay by George Ranalli, accompanied an exhibition curated by George Ranalli in Manhattan, New York.
    • colleague: Lauretta Vinciarelli - Italian - architect, painter, teacher
      Lauretta Vinciarelli (1943–2011) was an architect, teacher, and artist. She studied architecture at Sapienza University of Rome, where she then practiced architecture, before emigrating to the U.S. in 1968. During the 1980s, Ms. Vinciarelli collaborated with Minimalist artist Donald Judd in New York City and the American Southwest. From the early 1980s until the end of her life, Ms. Vinciarelli created evanescent watercolor-and-ink studies of hypothetical architectural spaces. Ms. Vinciarelli's work is held in the collections of the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, Columbia University's Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Art Institute of Chicago. Archives of Ms. Vinciarelli's work are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and MAXXI, the National Museum for the Twentieth Century Arts in Rome. The publication "Clear Light: The Architecture of Lauretta Vinciarelli" (1943 - 2011), a catalog of Ms. Vincirelli's extraordinary watercolor paintings, accompanied it's namesake exhibited curated in 2012 by George Ranalli.
    • Collegaue: Gaetano Pesce
      Gaetano Pesce (born 1939) is an Italian architect and leading contemporary industrial designer.
    • Collegaue: Cesar Pelli
      César Pelli (1926-) is an architect known for designing major urban landmarks. In 1991, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) included Mr. Pelli among the 10 most influential living American architects. Mr. Pelli received the AIA Gold Medal (1995) in recognition of a body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of the art of architecture. From 1977 to 1984, George Ranalli was privileged to serve as member of the faculty of Yale School of Architecture, during Cesar Pelli deanship.
    • John Quentin Hejduk (1929 – 2000) was an American architect, artist, and educator of Czech origin. Mr. Hejduk studied architecture at the Cooper Union, New York City; University of Cincinnati; and Harvard Graduate School of Design (M.Arch '53). Mr. Hejduk opened a private practice in 1965. From 1975 - 2000, Mr. Hejduk presided over the School of Architecture at Cooper Union, and from 1984 to 1987, Dean Hejduk appointed George Ranalli to the position of visiting professor of architectural design.
    • Stanley Tigerman (1930-) is American architect, theorist and designer based in in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Tigerman's architectural achievements include The Five Polytechnic Institutes in Bangladesh, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, the Illinois Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Chicago, and The POWERHOUSE Energy Museum in Zion, Illinois. Mr. Tigerman has designed mixed-use high-rise and low-rise housing throughout the United States, Germany and Japan, and also exhibition installations for museums in the U.S., Portugal, and Puerto Rico. In 1994, Mr. Tigerman co-founded Archeworks, a nonprofit organization in Chicago, with designer Eva L. Maddox. Mr. Tigerman is the former director of the School of Architecture at University of Illinois, Chicago, and former chaired professor at the Yale School of Architecture. In 1980, Mr. Tigerman appointed George Ranalli visiting professor of architectural design at University of Illinois, Chicago, Circle Campus.
    • colleague: Helmut Jahn
      Helmut Jahn (1940-) is an American architect, and founding principal of a global architectural practice of outstanding achievements, including design of the Sony Center, Berlin; Messeturm, Frankfurt; One Liberty Place, Philadelphia, and Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand. After attending Technical University of Munich, from 1960 to 1965, after which he emigrated to the U.S. in 1968. George Ranalli was privileged to curate an exhibition, and edit it's namesake catalog, on the work of Helmut Jahn at Yale University School of Architecture, Art and Architecture Gallery.
    • colleague: Michael A. Webb
      Michael Webb is one of six founding members of Archigram Group. Since the 1960s, he has challenge accepted notions of the concept of architecture, through innovations in structure, material, color, and form.
    • Friend and colleague: Nancy Deborah Goldring
      American artist Nancy Goldring (born 1945) creates art by combining graphic, photographic, and hand-drawings into non-narrative images, using a technique she refers to as "foto-projection." She lives and works in New York City, and teaches at Montclair State University.
    • Stanley Abercrombie began his career as a draftsman at Marcel Breuer & Associates and designer at John Carl Warnecke. While practicing architecture, he began writing reviews of architecture books and exhibitions for the Wall Street Journal, and in1953, he became a Senior Editor at Architecture Plus. Later he was a Senior Editor of Architecture, the AIA Journal, and then Editor-in-Chief of Interiors, Abitare in America, and Interior Design. He has written a dozen books and more than 1,500 articles, published in 46 different magazines and newspapers.
    • Colleague and friend: Joseph Vincent Scelsa
      Joseph Vincent Scelsa is an American sociologist, educator, and licensed mental health counselor and certified school counselor in New York.
    • colleague: Hamid Shirvani
      Hamid Augustine Shirvani was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up in London, England. He was educated in the United Kingdom and attended graduate schools in the United States. He holds a B.Arch from the Polytechnic of Central London, an M.Arch from Pratt Institute, an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.L.A. from Harvard University and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. His academic career began as assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University, and in 2016, he was named the 10th President of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. His honors include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of World Academy of Art and Science, Special Commendation by the American Institute of Architects (2003) for contributions to architecture and urban design, Recipient of Seikyo Culture Award of Japan (1999) and is listed in the Who’s Who in the World. He is a grantee of the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, United States Department of Education, DeWitt Wallace – Reader's Digest Fund and Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation. Soka University (Japan) bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2003, and in 2007 and 2009, the statewide student government body of the 23-campus California State University recognized Hamid Shirvani as President of the Year.

    References

    • George Ranalli : Buildings And Projects
      1988
    • George Ranalli : Buildings And Projects" (1988), by author and architect George Ranalli; published by Princeton Architectural Press. The 107-page monograph presents early projects from 1975 - 1988. Contributors Anthony Vidler and Michael Sorkin lay groundwork for critical exploration of Ranalli's enduring interests in modern architecture, the environment, history, and culture.

    • Saratoga : George Ranalli
      2009
    • Acclaimed critic Paul Goldberger listed New York architect George Ranalli's project for Saratoga Avenue Community Center among the "Ten Most Positive Architectural Events of 2009." Sponsored by New York City Housing Authority, Ranalli designed a renovation of the base of a residential housing tower, new landscape, and a beautiful Community Center building.

    • Ranalli, G. “History, Craft, Invention,” pp. 39-151
      1999
    • Carlo Scarpa, Architect: Intervening with History is a cataloge published by Canadian Centre for Architecture and The Monacelli Press for an exhibition by the same name. An often cited essay by New York architect George Ranalli discusses the dynamics and the history of place and traditional design and construction applications to Scarpa's architectural innovations.

    • Clear Light: The Architecture of Lauretta Vinciarelli
      2014
    • "Clear Light: The Architecture of Lauretta Vinciarelli" (1943 - 2011) is a publication of the watercolor paintings of a distinguished Italian architect-professor-artist of extraordinary conceptual and technical abilities. The publication accompanied an exhibited curated by George Ranalli, and it features an in-depth overview of the artist's uniquely poetic and evocative paintings.

    • Guide To Contemporary New York City Architecture by John Hill, First Edition.
      2011
    • This comprehensive survey of 21st century architecture in New York features 400 full-color photographs and 22 maps documenting 200+ projects. New York architect George Ranalli's unique Saratoga Avenue Community Center is one of two neo-traditional buildings -- and innovative blend of contemporary and traditional design elements.

    George Ranalli
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    Born 1946
    (age 71)
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    • 1960 - 1964
      Mount Saint Michael Academy
    • 1966 - 1976
      Musician: percussion and back up vocals; Etta James; Wayne Cochran; Richie Havens, CBS Studios
      New York
    • 1968 - 1972
      Pratt Institute
      Brooklyn, New York, United States
    • 1968 - 1970
      Bronx Community Board Member, CB 5
      New York, United States
    • 1972 - 1974
      Harvard University
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1973 - 1976
      Project Architect, Max O. Urbahn and Associates
      New York
    • 1976 - 1999
      Professor of Architecture, Yale University School of Architecture
      New Haven, Connecticut, United States
    • 1977 - present
      Founder & Principal, George Ranalli, Architect
      New York
    • 1977 - present
      Curation & Exhibition Design, George Ranalli Architect
      New York
    • 1978 - present
      Professional Expert, Public Speaker, George Ranalli Archtect
      New York
    • 1988 - 1989
      Artists Fellowship in Architecture, New York Foundation for the Arts
      New York, United States
    • 1990 - present
      Founder, George Ranalli Designs
      1361 Amsterdam Avenue, Suite 340, New York N.Y. 10027
    • 1999 - 2017
      Dean, Arch Dept, CCNY/ CUNY
      New York
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