Rolando Kraeher is an innovative thinker who merges his deep understanding of construction and engineering with his passion for light, color and materials to create beautiful and enriching spaces. An accomplished photographer and avid traveler, Rolando is in constant search for the relation between space, materials and their surroundings that ground his work in site specific solutions. He works diligently to translate his clients’ desires and aspirations into real and tangible architectural spaces.
Rolando received a bachelor degree in engineering, with studies in mathematics and philosophy, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. He worked and studied with Peter Eisenman and Zaha Hadid before joining the New York office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill Architects and has over 25 years experience in architecture and the building industry. Working with Murphy Burnham and Buttrick Architects, he has been the lead architect and project manager for the restoration and expansion of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City - a $177 million project currently underway. The project includes a 240-ton deep well standing column geothermal mechanical plant.
As an architect, Rolando has worked on projects of all scales, from interior renovations to high end residential projects as well as large commercial and institutional projects. He is an NCARB certified architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is a Certified Passive House Designer and Consultant and embraces sustainable design practices and green technologies. Rolando has taught architectural design and theory at Texas A&M University, the Boston Architectural College and has served as adjunct professor of architecture at the Cooper Union in New York City.