About Safdie Architects


Somerville, MA (Boston)


Marjanne Pearson
Katherine Bajor

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Safdie Architects is an architecture and urban design studio, imbued with a spirit of idealism and innovation. The practice is research-oriented and forward-thinking, drawing upon a depth of experience to solve contemporary building challenges in imaginative and unexpected ways.

Safdie Architects is active in a wide variety of project types, scales and sectors, designing museums, cultural centers, libraries, housing, mixed-use developments, transportation centers, and master plans in geographically and culturally diverse locales. The studio’s projects around the world have become beloved resources and symbols of their communities as well as regional and national landmarks.

Beyond its headquarters in Boston, Safdie Architects has a global presence, with offices in Jerusalem, Toronto, Shanghai, and Singapore that are responsible for overseeing the execution of projects.

Read more about Safdie Architects’ First Principles, How We Work, and Our People.

Safdie Architects Studio | Somerville MA

Moshe Safdie was the 2015 Gold Medal Recipient of the American Institute of Architects. In 2016, he was honored with a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2019, he received the Wolf Prize in Architecture for a career motivated by the social concerns of architecture.

Safdie Architects: Practice

Safdie Architects is a robust, international practice with a strong leadership framework, including a core group of Principals, many of whom have been working together for decades.

With Moshe’s intense personal involvement in each project, working alongside a core group of Principals, the practice operates in the model of a design studio environment — yet with the resources, intelligence, and nimble organization to deliver some of the world’s largest and most complex commissions.

Though their projects are diverse, the Principals and design teams do not specialize in any one building type or scale. The firm’s open structure allows great flexibility and capacity to undertake a wide variety of projects of varying complexity. Smaller project teams are directed by a single Principal, while more complex projects can be led by a small team of Principals and larger group of architects and designers.

Safdie Architects has recently announced plans for the new Surbana Jurong Campus in Singapore, and the firm was selected to design the New Library and Civic Center in Boise, Idaho. Projects on the boards include the Albert Einstein Education and Research Center in São Paulo, Brazil, and the National Medal of Honor Museum in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Recently completed projects include Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Please visit the firm’s website for more information regarding projects, news, and events.

2019: A Landmark Year

Safdie Architects has major projects opening around the globe. Each project is the realization of years of collaboration, focus, and inspired artistry. While diverse, they are all illustrative of the humanist values synonymous with the firm — values that have consistently driven the design of buildings which have become beloved resources, symbols of communities, and regional and national landmarks.

Information, photographs, and graphics courtesy of Safdie Architects.

Raffles City Chongqing : Completion Q4 2019

Located on an historically prominent site, at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, the Raffles City mixed-use development draws inspiration from the city’s rich history. Although vertically organized into a series of towers, Raffles City strives to connect to the city’s existing network of densely developed existing city streets and systems.


Raffles City Chongqing | Construction Photography by ARCH-EXIST

A sky conservatory, set to be the highest skybridge in the world at the time of completion and 300 meters in length, will bridge between four towers, drawing the active public life high up into the project.


Raffles City Chongqing | Construction Photography by ARCH-EXIST