Prior to forming PELLE, Oliver Pelle was an Associate at Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City. During his seven years at the firm, he was the Project Architect for large-scale institutional and academic projects, such as the Harvard Law School in Cambridge and the Lebow College of Business in Philadelphia. He was also lead designer for several large mixed-use developments and urban master plans, both in the US and abroad. Oliver has an extensive architecture background and has worked at the offices of Mario Botta in Switzerland, John Ronan Architects in Chicago, Richardson Sadeki and Andrew Pollock Architects in New York City.
Born in Germany, Oliver came to the US to study architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He received his B.Arch in 2000 and was awarded the Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, a recognition given to the top-ranking graduating student. During his time at IIT, he spent an exchange year in London at The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. In 2004, he received his Masters in Architecture from Yale University where he was awarded the Charles O. Matcham Memorial Scholarship. Oliver remains active at the Yale School of Architecture as a regularly invited critic.