Rafael Viñoly Beceiro was an Uruguayan-born architect based in New York. He was the principal of Rafael Viñoly Architects, which he founded in 1983. The firm has offices in New York City, Palo Alto, London, Manchester, Abu Dhabi, and Buenos Aires. Viñoly designed landmark buildings internationally.
Viñoly rose to international prominence with his Tokyo International Forum. Reviewing the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition of models and drawings for the building while it was still under construction, the then New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp hailed Viñoly’s design as “a monument to the idea of openness” that “revives faith in architecture as an instrument of intellectual clarity”.