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’s degree in engineering, with studies in mathematics and philosophy, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. He worked and studied with Peter Eisenman in New York City and Zaha Hadid in London before joining the New York office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill Architects, where he worked on numerous large-scale projects, and has over 35 years of experience in architecture and the building industry. Working with Murphy Burnham and Buttrick Architects, he was the lead architect and project manager for the restoration and expansion of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City - a $200 million project completed in 2016. The project included a 240-ton deep well standing column geothermal mechanical plant. Rolando, with Studio Kraeher Architects, continues his work with the Archdiocese of New York and the Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on various ongoing projects for the Cathedral as well as other properties within the Archdiocese.
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.