Oliver Pelle was born in Germany in 1975. The son of a structural engineer, Oliver has always had an acute fascination with geometric principals and systematic structures. An avid admirer of Mies Van Der Rohe, Oliver left Germany to begin his undergraduate studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the architecture school led by Mies Van der Rohe. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture with Highest Honors in 2000. His studies included a year abroad at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London and an internship in Switzerland where he worked for Mario Botta Architects. He earned his Master of Architecture from Yale University in 2004 and then went on to work for Yaleâs dean, Robert A.M. Stern. In pursuit of establishing his own design practice, Oliver left the firm after seven years to co-found PELLE with Jean.