Principal, Architecture Research Office (ARO)
Adam Yarinsky, FAIA is principal, with Stephen Cassell and Kim Yao, of Architecture Research Office (ARO), a 25-person firm based in New York City. ARO has completed more than seventy-five projects nationwide for a client list that includes Goldman Sachs, Princeton University, Prada, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, among many others. The firm’s diverse project portfolio—spanning strategic planning, architecture and urban design—solves seemingly intractable problems with apparent ease, always with an effort to have the greatest aesthetic impact using the fewest natural and financial resources.
Current projects by ARO include a museum dedicated to the life and work of the American sculptor Donald Judd; new headquarters offices and galleries for The Vilcek Foundation; a pair of buildings at Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and Tulane University’s newest dormitory, an 81,000-sf building to house 250 students. The American Academy of Arts and Letters honored Adam with its 2010 Academy Award for Architecture. In 2011, ARO received the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture.
Adam holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. He has taught at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Syracuse, University of Michigan, Parsons/The New School, and Washington University in St. Louis. His writings have appeared in A+U, 306090, Dimensions, and Places Journal. Adam is also co-author of On the Water: Palisade Bay, which documents the 2007-2009 AIA Latrobe Prize fellowship. This research became the basis for Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront, The Museum of Modern Art’s inaugural exhibition for its Issues in Contemporary Architecture series. A catalog from the exhibition, edited by Barry Bergdoll, is now available from MoMA Publications.