In David Rolland’s 17 years at Viñoly, projects under his direction establish new paradigms for their respective building typologies with integrated structural, building engineering, and sustainable design technologies. His experience includes project management of the first LEED Gold–now recertified LEED Platinum–convention center in the United States, the first LEED-certified museum in New York City, and most of the firm’s projects in South America.

A major focus of Mr. Rolland’s projects has been to redefine typological spaces through intelligent planning, technological advances, and increasing flexibility. Under his direction, the LEED Gold (now LEED Platinum) David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA became a project remarkable for its integration of structure and architecture and its success in reexamining the convention center typology and the changing needs of exhibition facilities. The building astutely addresses issues of urban design and civic revitalization, primarily through its numerous sustainable design technologies.

He has also applied this philosophy to several museum projects, including the Cleveland Museum of Art renovation and expansion, which revitalized the Ohio, USA museum as a center of cultural life; the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, which redefines learning opportunities with a completely digital exhibition and education space, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in New York, USA, the city’s first to be LEED (Silver) rated.

Mr. Rolland’s education and research facilities, including an innovative office and research building for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, explore systems and strategies for flexibility and expansion to serve evolving, cross-disciplinary research. He has also headed some of the firm’s international projects using local construction methodologies, including the multi-award-winning Carrasco International Airport in South America.


Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Master of Architecture, 1987

Tufts University, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, 1982

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects

Japan Institute of Architects

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

U.S. Green Building Council

Registered Architect in: New York and CO, FL, MA, NJ, OH, PA

Speaking Engagements

MAAM Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, “The Transformation Process: Bringing Together the Old and the New,” March 2015

AIA New York Chapter / Center for Architecture, New York, New York, USA, “Geothermal Design at NYC’s first Green Museum,” February 2013

AIA New York Chapter / Center for Architecture Design Awards Symposium, New York, New York, USA, “Carrasco Airport,” June 2010

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, “Design Evolution,” October 2006

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA, “The Architecture of Structure,” May 2004

University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom, “Creative Space,” April 2004

National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom, “Patronage in Art and Architecture,” September 2003