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Rafael Viñoly Beceiro (1 June 1944 – 2 March 2023) was an Uruguayan-born architect based in New York. He was the principal of Rafael Viñoly Architects, which he founded in 1983. The firm has offices in New York City, Palo Alto, London, Manchester, Abu Dhabi, and Buenos Aires. Viñoly designed landmark buildings internationally. Viñoly rose to international prominence with his Tokyo International Forum. Reviewing the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition of models and drawings for the building while it was still under construction, the then New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp hailed Viñoly's design as "a monument to the idea of openness" that "revives faith in architecture as an instrument of intellectual clarity". At the same time, some of his works have been widely panned, including one of his high-profile designs, the so-called "Walkie-Talkie," which detractors dubbed the "Walkie Scorchy." It was named this after it focused light from the sun to a point and melted peoples' cars on August 30, 2013.
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Viñoly was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 1 June 1944. His family moved to Buenos Aires when he was five years old. Viñoly attended the University of Buenos Aires, receiving a Diploma in Architecture (1968) and a Master of Architecture (1969) from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism. In 1978, Viñoly moved to the United States, where he served as a guest lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, then In 1983, he founded the firm Rafael Viñoly Architects PC. His firm was responsible for major commercial and cultural buildings in nearly a dozen countries.
Uruguayan, American, Argentine, South American
Artist, Architect, Musician
Rafael Viñoly
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  • Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980 Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 320 pages

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