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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, 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.

Moshe Safdie has been the recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees, and civil honors, including the Companion of the Order of Canada, the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, and the Wolf Prize in Architecture. Most recently, CTBUH honored him with the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award, for extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and urban environments.

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.

Current work in design and construction includes an expansion of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; a residential tower in Quito, Ecuador; medical education and research facilities in São Paulo, Brazil; a hospital in Cartagena, Colombia; and mixed-use developments in China and Singapore.

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

2020: 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.

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Raffles City Chongqing : Completion Q3 2020

Following eight years of design, development, and construction, Safdie Architects is nearing completion on its latest project in China. Raffles City Chongqing is a vibrant complex which combines office, residential, hotel, retail, and recreational facilities across a 22.7 acre site, embedded within the densely developed Yuzhong district, situated at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers.


Raffles City Chongqing | Singapore | Construction Photography by ARCH-EXIST

A phased opening of the project commenced in September 2019 with the unveiling of a 220,000 sq.m., five-story retail galleria. It continues into early 2020, culminating with the opening of The Crystal, a 300m-long horizontal skyscraper – set to be the highest skybridge in the world – perched at 250m and stretching across four of the development’s eight towers.


Raffles City Chongqing | Singapore | Construction Photography by ARCH-EXIST