Chad Oppenheim founded Oppenheim Architecture in 1999 to design a new kind of sensory, site-specific architecture. Working across scale, typology, and geography, every Oppenheim project is a sensitive contextual response guided by the philosophy that design follows life and form follows feeling.
A graduate of Cornell University and a Fellow of the AIA, Oppenheim has served as lead designer for countless place-making assignments around the world. Working closely with clients to realize and amplify their vision, he is backed by strong technical and project teams in Miami and Basel who execute large and complex projects on any continent.
A traveler and cultural nomad from a young age, Oppenheim uncovers the power of a place to optimize how people live, play, or work in that particular environment. His monumental, timeless architecture enhances lives, realizes a site’s full potential, and protects and celebrates the natural environment. He shapes buildings and places to achieve the optimal balance between creativity and pragmatism, function and experience, construction and aesthetics.
Oppenheim has lectured widely and taught at various architecture schools, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and, most recently, Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. He has published two books – Spirit of Place (2019), a monograph about the practice featuring seven award-winning projects, and Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains (2019), an academic investigation into the cultural associations of modernist design with villainy in cinema.
Industrial, Product, and Graphics Studies, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Registered Architect (Florida, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Colorado), American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow, National Council of Architectural Registration Board, U.S. Green Building Council (LEED AP).
YPO International Organization (Member), YPO Miami (Member), YPO Aspen (Member), FIU Foundation (Advisory Board Member), Cornell University School of Architecture (Advisory Board & Admissions Interviewer), The Wolfsonian-FIU (Board Member).