Annabelle Selldorf

Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, is the Principal of Selldorf Architects, a 70-person architectural design practice that she founded in New York City in 1988. The firm creates public and private spaces that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact. Selldorf Architects 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 exhibition design.

The firm’s clients include cultural institutions and universities such as The Frick Collection, The National Gallery in London, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Hispanic Society Museum & Library, Luma Arles, Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, the Clark Art Institute, and Neue Galerie New York. In addition, the firm has created numerous galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Gladstone Gallery among others, and designed exhibitions for the Jewish Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, Frieze Masters, Gagosian, and the Venice Art Biennale.

Born and raised in Cologne, Germany, Ms. Selldorf received a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York, the World Monuments Fund, the Chinati Foundation, and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Syracuse University. Additionally, Ms. Selldorf is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was the recipient of their prestigious Award in Architecture in 2014. In 2016, she received the AIA New York Medal of Honor.

Photo credit: Stephen Kent Johnson courtesy of Selldorf Architects