Annabelle Selldorf

Design Critic in Architecture

Annabelle Selldorf 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.  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. This approach has produced a diverse portfolio ranging from the largest recycling facility in the country to museums, libraries, and galleries, and individual residential and large multi-family buildings.

Award winning projects include Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, a recycling facility and education center on the Brooklyn waterfront, the 30,000 sf LEED Gold gallery for David Zwirner in New York City and the conversion of a former rail depot to LUMA Arles, a new contemporary art center in Arles, France. Selldorf Architects is currently designing a major new expansion and enhancement of the Frick Collection in New York City and its expansion for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will begin construction in fall of this year.

Born and raised in Germany, Ms. Selldorf 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. Ms. Selldorf is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2014 was the recipient of their prestigious Award in Architecture, and in 2016 received the AIA New York Medal of Honor.