Annabelle Selldorf

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Annabelle Selldorf is a German-born architect and founding principal of Selldorf Architects, a New York City-based architecture practice. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). Her projects include the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, Neue Galerie New York, renovation of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and two high-rise residential buildings along New York's High Line. She is currently designing an expansion of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and several buildings for the LUMA Foundation's new contemporary center in Arles, France.


Selldorf was born in the early 1960s in Cologne, Germany.[1] She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute in New York and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy.

Selldorf designed gallery and exhibition spaces for Hauser & Wirth, Gladstone Gallery, Michael Werner, David Zwirner, Acquavella Galleries and Frieze Art Fair's Frieze Masters. She has also designed studio spaces for Jeff Koons, David Salle and Not Vital. Selldorf routinely collaborates with the Gagosian Gallery on exhibition designs.[2][3]

Her approach to design has been described in the Wall Street Journal as "...about restrained and understated elegance. From reinvented Beaux-Arts galleries to handsome residential towers, the Selldorf statement goes against the grain."[4] Her work has also been praised by Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic for The New Yorker as "...a kind of gentle modernism of utter precision, with perfect proportions."[5]

In 2010, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored Selldorf’s firm with a Public Design Commission Award for the design of the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility.[6] The Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility is also a winning site of Built by Women New York City, a competition launched by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation during the fall of 2014 to identify outstanding and diverse sites and spaces designed, engineered and built by women.[7] Selldorf has also been named by Architectural Digest as one of the top 100 designers in the world. In 2009, she was interviewed on the Charlie Rose Show.[8]

She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, an Academician of the National Academy Museum and School, and a Board Member of the Architectural League of New York and the Chinati Foundation. In 2012 Selldorf was elected to become a member of the National Academy of Design.

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Selldorf Architects [1]