Famed architect Rafael Viñoly dead at 78 – Robert Khodadadian

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Rafael Viñoly with 432 Park Avenue and 125 Greenwich in New York and One River Point in Miami (RVAPC)

Rafael Viñoly, the Uruguayan architect who shaped skylines from New York to Seoul, died Friday at age 78. 

Viñoly died in New York City, his friend, Argentine politician Elisa Carrió, confirmed to the El País Uruguay, which reported that the cause of death was an aneurysm.

Some of Viñoly’s best-known designs include 20 Fenchurch Street, a London office tower nicknamed the “Walkie-Talkie” building; the supertall Manhattan condo tower 432 Park Avenue and the Tokyo International Forum. His work brought both acclaim and criticism. 

20 Fenchurch Street (Getty)

Viñoly was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on June 1, 1944. He studied at the University of Buenos Aires, where he received a master’s degree in architecture in 1969. By then Viñoly had already established himself in Argentina, co-founding a studio with a half-dozen partners in 1964.

He moved to the U.S. in 1978 and started Rafael Viñoly Architects. His first big project in New York was at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

He would go on to design the Bronx County Hall of Justice, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Later in life he began designing luxury condos, including 432 Park Avenue, a boxy 1,396-foot-tall tower developed by CIM Group and Harry Macklowe. Viñoly also designed 125 Greenwich, a luxury condo tower in Downtown Manhattan that recently restarted construction after years of delays caused by financing issues.

Viñoly won numerous awards for his work, including a Medal of Honor from the American Institute of ArchitectsNew York chapter in 1995. Outside of architecture, Viñoly enjoyed playing classical piano. 

He is survived by his wife, Diana, and their three children, Roman, Lucas, and Nicolás.

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 Rafael Viñoly, the Uruguayan architect who shaped skylines from New York to Seoul, died Friday at age 78.  Viñoly died in New York City, his friend, Argentine politician Elisa Carrió, confirmed to the El País Uruguay, which reported that the cause of death was an aneurysm. Some of Viñoly’s best-known designs include 20 Fenchurch Street,
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