"The pendulum swing between architects seeing themselves as artists or as technicians exacts a high price on the profession. Architects do architecture, which is a very complex thing in itself." - Rafael Viñoly
"My design philosophy is rooted in the development of architectural ideas that are powerful, distinctive, and relevant to the specifics of both program and context." - Rafael Viñoly
"Architecture is a dialogue with the forces of life. In every project, I seek to maximize the opportunity for civic investment with a goal of forming iconic works that fulfill the needs of the client." - Rafael Viñoly
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Jay Bargmann, Vice President of Rafael Viñoly Architects PC, has held a leadership position with Rafael Viñoly since the firm’s founding in 1983. Prior to that, Mr. Bargmann had his own practice and, before becoming an architect, worked in concrete bridge construction.
Under his administration, Rafael Viñoly Architects PC has grown from an office of ten to its current 220+ employees. At the same time, the firm has expanded from its single location in New York City to include affiliate offices in London and Los Angeles, as well as various project offices throughout the United States. During this period of growth the firm added specialists in façade design, building waterproofing, laboratory design, performing arts planning, structural engineering, interior design, component prototyping, and computer visualization. In its current configuration, the firm has the size and expertise to undertake projects of considerable complexity and breadth. In addition to managing the growth of the firm, he is responsible for project staffing, office standards, and capital acquisitions. He has negotiated fees, assembled consultant teams,
and administered the contract for every building commission undertaken in the firm’s history.
Mr. Bargmann’s area of expertise is the management of large-scale projects, which are designed and procured through a fast-track or multiple bid package methodology. He developed and implemented a unique project delivery system which seamlessly weds the construction process to design and documentation: engineers and builders are integrated into the core architectural team, facilitating the development of innovative designs within the context of realizable building technologies and the pre-established budget. Utilizing this methodology, the office has delivered complex projects in 40 percent less time than traditional procurement methods. Team members maintain continuity with building systems through all phases of design and construction, ensuring continuity of design intent, focused and responsive decision-making, and the avoidance of conflict between design and submittal review.
Included in Mr. Bargmann’s large-scale project experience are several master plans in which he played a major role and personally directed all aspects of the design process, as in the campus plan for the William Paterson College of New Jersey. Under his careful guidance, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus and the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine became fast-track construction projects with a significant master-plan component, which evolved in conjunction with the building design.
Other standout projects in which he was significantly involved include large structures for the Van Andel Institute, a medical research institute built in multiple phases in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the Bronx County Hall of Justice, on a sensitive New York City site between a commercial and a residential district in the Bronx; and the University of Chicago Medical Center, New Hospital Pavilion, which includes a master-plan component to guide the future growth of the medical center.
University of Pennsylvania, Master of Architecture, 1975
University of Iowa, Bachelor of Architecture, 1970
Stanford University, 1966-1969
American Institute of Architects
Society of College and University Planning
New York AIA Finance Committee
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Registered in Architect 19 states and the District of Columbia; New York (1982)
Honors and Awards
US Patent Holder, Van Andel Laboratory Bench
General Service Administration, Design Excellence Peer Review
AIA Design Jury, Houston, Texas
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