Selldorf Architects, located at Manhattan’s Union Square, has acquired an international reputation for work that is sensitive to context and program, thoughtful in execution, and timeless. Established by Annabelle Selldorf in 1988, the firm has worked on public and private projects that range from museums and libraries to a recycling facility; and at scales from the construction of new buildings to the restoration of historic interiors and furniture design. Their design approach engages a critical process that eliminates the unnecessary and proposes clear, succinct solutions in which all elements—from broad concept to fine detail—coexist in a carefully considered balance. The firm has particular expertise in the specific demands of cultural and art-related projects, with significant experience in gallery, exhibition, and studio spaces; as well as museums, art foundations, and collectors’ homes. Selldorf Architects is certified by New York City and New Jersey as a women-owned business enterprise (WBE).
The team is composed by…
Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects. Born and raised in Germany, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute, and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. She established her own firm in 1988. Ms. Selldorf is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an Academician of the National Academy Museum, and serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York and the Chinati Foundation. She is a licensed architect in New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Rhode Island, Texas, and Utah.
Sara Lopergolo is a Partner at Selldorf Architects, and has been with the firm for 14 years. Her professional background includes urban planning at Koetter Kim & Associates in England, as well as extensive experience in all aspects of commercial and residential projects. Ms. Lopergolo holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University, and has studied and worked in Italy, Japan, and England. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a licensed architect in New York.
Lisa Green joined Selldorf Architects as a Partner in 2010. She brings over 20 years experience in the architecture and museum field to the firm, most recently serving as Assistant Director of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA where she managed the planning and design phase of a multi-phased, $160 million expansion for the Clark working with architects Tadao Ando, Selldorf Architects, Gensler, WORK AC, and landscape architect Reed Hilderbrand. Previously she worked as Director of Communications and Archives for Richard Meier & Partners Architects, where she curated several exhibitions of Meier’s work and edited many publications and monographs on the firm. Ms. Green holds a BA in Art History from Connecticut College and is a graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute.
Bill Bigelow joined Selldorf Architects as Chief Operating Officer in 2008 and became Managing Partner in 2012. After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, he worked at LPA Architecture and Planning, eventually becoming Partner in Charge of Design, as well as President of their Los Angeles office, which merged with NBBJ in 1991. His professional experience also includes roles as Principal and Director of Operations at Rockwell Group and as Director of Design for The Mills Corporation. He has been a licensed architect in California, Nevada, and New York as well as 12 other states.
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