A third-generation architect, Ian Bader has dedicated his professional life to the art of social and cultural engagement through the design of buildings. This commitment has manifested itself in a significant body of thoughtfully resolved projects of international significance and broad social reach. Consistently striving for the highest practical and aesthetic ideals, his work has made a significant contribution to the lives of people in a great diversity of settings.

Nationally recognized institutional projects to which Mr. Bader has made substantive design contributions include the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, the modernization of the Louvre in Paris, UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston, and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Among the diverse range of projects in Mr. Bader’s portfolio are buildings and compounds on historically sensitive sites located in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa; in Jerusalem, Copenhagen, Paris, Johannesburg, Singapore and Shanghai. These include campus buildings, such as China Europe International Business School, Shanghai (1999, 2004); Interdisciplinary Humanities Buildings at the University of California (2008); courthouses, such as United States Courthouse, Hammond, Indiana (2002); Westchester County Courthouse, New York (2004); and Queens Family Courthouse, New York (2003); and healthcare facilities, such as Guggenheim Pavilion, Mount Sinai Hospital (1992); Bellevue Hospital, Ambulatory Care Pavilion (2004); Jacobi Medical Center Ambulatory Care Pavilion (2008); and Milstein Family Heart Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York (2010).

Mr. Bader’s work for major public institutions has sought to satisfy specific project interests in conjunction with broad public benefit. The Milstein Heart Center greatly enhances access to advanced cardiac care for all New Yorkers and at the same time, is a memorable iconic presence along Manhattan’s Riverside Drive. The headquarters for the International Bank of Israel, has been quoted locally as an exemplar of contextual deference and formal excitement. The campus for the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai is a thorough integration of built and natural environments. One of Mr. Bader’s recently completed projects, Tivoli Hj?rnet is a substantial and publicly visible interface between the famous Tivoli Gardens and the historic core of Copenhagen.

His current work ranges in scale from intimate detail to complex large-scale urban and suburban developments such as the historic Carmel Winery in Rishon Lezion on the outskirts of Tel Aviv and a new city center for Lakewood, New Jersey. A number of projects will have substantial consequence for the future of the center of Jerusalem, involving multiple buildings with courtyards and gardens, with residential, hospitality, retail and commercial uses. Exemplary of a rich programmatic overlay are the ongoing projects of cultural, educational, hospitality and commercial uses in Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Garden.

Mr. Bader’s work has been recognized by numerous academic and professional awards. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In addition to his professional practice, he has taught, contributed to exhibitions, and written about architecture.


University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
MArch 1981
BArch 1977

Professional Experience

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Partner 1999–
Professional staff 1979–99

Christelis & Victor, Johannesburg