Ronnette Riley FAIA is principal of her eponymous firm established in 1987. After graduating from UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Design she spent eight years at the office of Phillip Johnson and John Burgee Architects. Ronnette is grounded in a tradition of design excellence. She served as Project Architect for the iconic Lipstick Building in Manhattan. Other projects included the Bank of America Center in Houston, 33 Maiden Lane in Manhattan and projects at Johnson’s Glass House estate.
Under Ronnette’s leadership the firm’s success is built on translating client’s goals into elegant and effective design solutions. Project types have encompassed institutional, corporate, hospitality, retail and residential. Most recently the firm was recognized for master planning efforts associated with the rebuilding and restoration of coastal communities in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Completed projects include 120,000 SF Port Authority of NYNJ offices in New Jersey, the 62,000 SF of new classroom facilities for New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan and several stores for Farrow & Ball.
Ronnette is an active and influential member of the professional design community. She is a member and former Chair of the AIA National Committee on Design and is also an Advisory Board member and current chair of the AIA’s National Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community. She serves on several Boards and committees for charitable organizations, has taught at the School of Visual Arts and is currently an adjunct professor at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.