"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
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With over nineteen years of experience, Jim Herr has designed and managed institutional, commercial, interior, and residential projects. Since joining Rafael Viñoly Architects in 1990, he has demonstrated his expertise in coordinating design and construction through all phases of design and construction. He is currently the project director for the firm’s two projects with the University of Pennsylvania Health System: the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the first major phase in its expansion, the Translational Research Building.
Prior to his work with the University of Pennsylvania, he served as project director during the design stages of the Brooklyn College West Quad Building, the Dynamite Youth Center in Brooklyn, and the multi-phase Cleveland Museum of Art expansion and renovation, coordinating all aspects of design with the consultant teams and the client.
Early in his tenure at Rafael Viñoly Architects, Mr. Herr assisted in the design and construction of the Tokyo International Forum for the Tokyo
Metropolitan Government. As project administrator, his tasks included the coordination of all document submission packages, managing communications between the New York and Tokyo offices, and the organizational development and scheduling of a project staff of 110 during the twelve-month construction document phase of the project.
As the project manager for the first phase of the Snug Harbor Music Hall renovation in Staten Island, Mr. Herr was involved with all aspects of the nine-month design phase, making presentations to New York City agencies such as Landmarks, Art Commission, City Planning, and Department of Parks and Recreation. As project manager and coordinator for the Piano House, a 2,500-square-foot, private piano recital studio located in Watermill, New York, his tasks included all responsibilities required during the design and construction administration phases, including interior and audio-visual coordination, contract negotiation, and payment requisitions.
Mr. Herr has managed a diverse array of projects:
the Queens Museum of Art Renovation, the office of Rafael Viñoly Architects at 50 Vandam Street, the Lawrence Rubin Greenberg Vandoren Fine Art Gallery on Fifth Avenue, the Lot 61 bar and lounge, and several private residences, including lofts and townhouses. His tasks for these projects included all responsibilities required during the construction administration phase, such as shop drawing review, field reports and clarifications, and the preparation of contract furniture specifications.
Pratt Institute, School of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture, 1985
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National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
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