Born in Uruguay in 1944, Rafael Viñoly was the founding partners of Estudio de Arquitectura at the age of twenty.
In 1978 he moved to the United States and after briefly serving as a guest lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, he settled in New York in 1979.
He soon founded Rafael Viñoly Architects, a firm that has grown to encompass offices in London and Los Angeles. The architect has completed many critically acclaimed civic projects as well as private and institutional commissions.
His firt major New York project was the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which was completed in 1988. In 1989, he won an open international competition to design the Tokyo International Forum, which gained him international success.
His recent work ranges from university buildings to leading-edge biomedical and nanosystems research facilities, courthouses, private residences, athletic facilities, museum and additional performing arts center.