Selldorf, Annabelle M.

Annabelle M. Selldorf

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  • B. Arch., Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  • M. Arch., Syracuse University, Florence, Italy

Years of practice

1985– (estimated)


  • Selldorf Architects LLC

Professional organizations

  • Became AIA fellow in 2009


New York, New York City, institutional, interiors, residential


Early life and education

The daughter of an architect, Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, was born and raised in Cologne, and grew up in the Bauhaus tradition. She moved to the United States and attended architecture school, receiving her Bachelor’s in Architecture from Pratt Institute in New York City, and her Master’s in Architecture from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy.

Career in Architecture

Selldorf is the founder and principal of Selldorf Architects. Selldorf’s process, approach, and sensibility are products of her American education and German heritage.  She briefly worked at FXFOWLE and Richard Gluckman Architects prior to opening her own firm in 1988, which currently has 35 architects, designers and support staff.  The firm has won numerous awards for its work, which includes cultural arts, institutional, commercial and high-end retail and residential projects.

Selldorf is proud of her commitment to making education and mentoring a priority both within and outside of the office. For many years, she has served on year-end juries at architecture schools at Yale, Syracuse, and other universities, and has lectured in both the United States and abroad, notably at Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover, Germany. She is also actively involved with numerous industry-related organizations.

Selldorf was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2009. In 2006, she was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. She is a Vice President of the Board of Directors of The Architectural League of New York, a member of the board of the Design Trust for Public Space, as well as co-chair of its Design Council, and a member of the board of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.

Major Buildings and Projects

  • 10 Bond Street, New York, New York (2015)
  • Brown University, John Hay Library, Providence, Rhode Island (2014)
  • Sunset Park Material Recover Facility, Brooklyn, New York (2014)
  • 200 Eleventh Avenue (a.k.a. Sky Garage), New York, New York (2012)

Press and Awards

  • Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 2009
  • Selldorf Architects, monograph, Monacelli Press, 2009 (forthcoming)
  • Interior Design Hall of Fame, 2006
  • Board of Directors, The Architectural League of New York
  • Board of Directors, Design Trust for Public Space
  • 2007 McGraw-Hill Construction’s New York Construction, Best Interior Fit-Out
  • Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
  • 2006 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, Interior Design Award, Finalist
  • 2006 McGraw-Hill Construction’s New York Construction, Best Residential
  • The Urban Glass House
  • 2004 American Federation of Arts, Visionary Award
  • Neue Galerie New York: Museum for German and Austrian Art
  • 2002 Renaissance Awards, New York City
  • Neue Galerie New York: Museum for German and Austrian Art
  • 2001 The New York Landmarks Conservancy, Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award
  • Neue Galerie New York: Museum for German and Austrian Art

Selected publications

  • 2009 Selldorf Architects monograph, Monacelli press, September 2009
  • 2009 Architectural Digest (German Edition), “Manhattan Transfer,” March
  • 2009 Architectural Digest, “At Home in the Trees,” January
  • 2008 Elle Decor, “Women in Design,” November
  • 2008 Town & Country, “A Natural Fit,” August
  • 2008 Elle Decor, “In Control,” July/August
  • 2008 Pin-Up, “Annabelle Selldorf,” Summer
  • 2007 Architectural Digest, “AD 100,” January
  • 2006 Interior Design, “Hall of Fame,” December
  • 2006 Architectural Digest (German Edition), “Simply the Best,” May
  • 2006 Interior Design, “Hot Property,” April
  • 2005 The New York Times Style Magazine, “Spin City,” Fall
  • 2005 Wallpaper, “Collector’s Call,” October
  • 2005 Architectural Digest (German), “Haus der Unbegrenzten Möglichkeiten,” June
  • 2005 Vogue, “Going Vertical,” May
  • 2005 Architectural Digest, “The Right Proportions,” May
  • 2005 Casabella, “La Storia Femminista dell’Architettura,” April
  • 2005 Architectural Digest, “The Non-Conformists,” April
  • 2004 The New York Times Style Magazine, “The Originals,” Fall
  • 2004 Architectural Digest, “AD 100,” January
  • 2004 House & Garden, “Domestic Bliss,” January
  • 2004 Interior Design, “Steps Ahead,” January
  • 2003 Architectural Digest (German Edition), “Komfort für die Kunst,” October
  • 2003 Interior Design, “The Raw and the Cooked,” April

Institutional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Institute of Architects; Board of Directors
  • Board member, Architectural League of New York
  • Board member, Design Trust for Public Space
  • Board member, Chinati Foundation (Marfa, Texas)