Fred W. Clarke | FAIA, RIBA, JIA
Fred Clarke co-founded the firm in New Haven with Cesar Pelli in 1977while Cesar was Dean of the Architecture School at Yale University. They met in 1969 when Fred was still at the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduating in 1970, he joined Gruen Associates in Los Angeles where Cesar was Partner for Design.
Since the establishment of the firm, Fred has seen the office grow from three employees to almost 200 globally. With Cesar, they developed an architecture that is not governed by a particular style. Rather, their work together reflect the thoughtful collaborations they establish with each client and the deep connection they feel to the place and to the project’s environmental, economic and social contexts. As Senior Design Principal, Fred directs all the projects in the New Haven and Asian studios. Under his leadership, the firm has designed and built over 100 million square feet of area, from landmark towers that define the skyline to cultural institutions treasured by residents and visitors, from San Francisco to Dubai, and Tokyo to Miami.
A career-long teacher and writer, Fred has been a faculty member of Yale University, Rice University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. He has published on many subjects, including urban regeneration, sustainability, public art and architecture and tall building design. Fred has also chaired many design juries and panels for professional organizations worldwide.
Fred believes strongly that architects have a social responsibility, particularly as projects grow larger, more vertical, and more complex, to consider how the environment will be impacted. New buildings should behave like “good citizens” of their community, taking cues from its surroundings and enhancing the urban fabric.