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Overview 

Designers of the World’s Most Recognizable Buildings

Founded in 1977, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has designed some of the world’s most recognizable buildings. Our award-winning portfolio includes the World Financial Center in New York, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, and Salesforce Tower and Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco. Our work for public and private clients includes office buildings, hotels, residences, performing arts centers, museums, academic buildings, libraries, research centers, and master plans.

Our firm’s broad portfolio demonstrates our dedication to the responsiveness to site, building character, materials, and technology. As design architects, we play the central role in interpreting the varied requirements of clients and user groups, as well as assimilating and interpreting the expertise of large teams of specialized consultants. Each constituency contributes to the process as we understand constraints, recognize and encourage innovation, and interpret requirements to solve complex architectural challenges in an urban setting.

We have been a leader in environmentally sustainable design for over a decade. Our designs included sustainable strategies even before the U.S. Green Building Council established its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Our vision of sustainability extends beyond the technical concerns of reducing a building’s energy consumption. To be truly sustainable, a design must address the economic and cultural factors that make a project successful long into the future.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects structures its practice to realize the highest standard of design and service. We carefully limit the number of commissions we accept, allowing design principals to be fully engaged in every project. Further, we organize the firm into small studios, assuring that a consistent team of architects is dedicated to a project from planning through construction.

Our firm has been honored with critical acclaim and hundreds of design awards, including the American Institute of Architects’ most prestigious honor for an architectural practice, the Firm Award. In 1995, the American Institute of Architects awarded Cesar Pelli the Gold Medal, its highest honor for an individual. In 2004, the firm was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Petronas Towers.