Having joined the practice as a young designer in 1981, Ian Bader became a partner in 1999 as part of the firm’s second generation of design leadership, affirming and advancing the aspirations of the first generation. Mr. Bader’s built works embrace a wide variety of building types and settings, joining an imaginative response to program and site with a passionate commitment to architecture as an art of building, giving meaning and value to the human condition as it gives shape to the physical world.

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.

His designs have extended and enriched the typology of a range of building types. These include academic buildings, such as Choate Rosemary Hall Science Center in Wallingford, Connecticut (1989), campuses for the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai (1999 and 2004), and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Buildings at the University of California (2008); courthouses, such as United States Courthouse in Hammond, Indiana (2002) and the Westchester County Courthouse in New York (2004); and healthcare facilities, such as Bellevue Hospital Ambulatory Care Pavilion (2004) and Milstein Family Heart Center in New York (2010). He has also been responsible for a number of corporate headquarters, including the First International Bank of Israel in Tel Aviv (2009).

His current work ranges in scale from the intimate detail of the dental operatory at Columbia Medical School College of Dental Medicine to complex urban developments such as the historic Carmel Winery in Rishon Lezion, Israel, and mixed-use projects at the center of Jerusalem involving multiple buildings with courtyards and gardens. Many of his designs are characterized by an exceptionally rich programmatic overlay, such as the cultural, educational, hospitality and commercial uses incorporated into the new edge building currently under way at the historic Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.

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. He was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa.


University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
MArch 1981
BArch 1977

Professional Experience

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Partner 1999–

Christelis & Victor, Johannesburg