Selldorf Architects is a 70-person architectural design practice founded by Annabelle Selldorf in New York City in 1988. The firm creates public and private spaces that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact. By giving form to the needs and desires of clients and communities alike, the architectural solutions that emerge are equal parts purpose and poetry. Since its inception the firm’s guiding principles have been deeply rooted in humanism. At every scale and for every condition, Selldorf Architects designs for the individual experience. As a result, its work is brought to life–and made complete–by those who use it.
The firm offers services in architectural design, interior design, exhibition design, master planning, landscape concepts and strategic planning.
Clients include cultural institutions and universities such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Frick Collection, The Clark Art Institute, Neue Galerie New York, and Brown University. The recently completed Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility on the Brooklyn waterfront is the largest facility of its kind in the United States. In addition, the firm has created numerous galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Gladstone Gallery among others, and designed exhibitions for Frieze Masters and the Venice Art Biennale. Residential architecture, both at the scale of private homes and multi-family dwelling continues to be an important part of the firm’s portfolio.
Selldorf Architects’ new monograph on the practice, “Selldorf Architects: Portfolio and Projects,” was published by Phaidon in the spring of 2016.
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 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. In 2017, Ms. Selldorf was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three years after receiving the organization’s prestigious Award in Architecture. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architecture New York Chapter.
Sara Lopergolo is a Partner at Selldorf Architects with over 25 years of experience who first joined the firm in 1994. Her professional background includes urban planning at Koetter Kim & Associates in England, as well as extensive experience in all aspects of cultural, 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. Ms. Lopergolo serves on the board of Open House New York.
Lisa Green joined Selldorf Architects as a Partner in 2010. She brings over 25 years of experience in the architecture and museum field to the firm, most recently serving as Assistant Director of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA where she managed the planning and design phase of a multi-phased, $145 million expansion for the Clark working with architects Tadao Ando, Selldorf Architects, Gensler, and landscape architect Reed Hilderbrand. Previously she worked at 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 Director of Design for The Mills Corporation. He has been a licensed architect in New York and California amongst other states.
Julie Hausch-Fen is a Partner who has been with Selldorf Architects since 2004. She has over 20 years of experience and prior to joining Selldorf, worked in Chicago at Perkins & Will and a smaller boutique firm. Ms. Hausch-Fen has worked on cultural, residential and commercial projects for Selldorf as well as the design of many exhibitions. She received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University, Ohio and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. While in school she worked in Austria and England and studied in Italy and France.