George Ranalli, FAIA, is a licensed American architect and educator based New York. Educated at Pratt Institute School of Architecture (B.Arch '72) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (M.Arch '74), he is the founding principal of George Ranalli Architect, established in 1977—a full-service firm specializing in master planning, architectural design, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse at every scope and scale, and attuned to history and setting. The firm has accrued numerous achievements for commercial, municipal, and residential architectural design and landscape architecture, and honors and awards such as the New York Society of Architect's Sidney L. Strauss Award, and the inaugural Stanford White Award from the Institute for Classical Architecture for advancing both the innovations and traditions of architecture. Ranalli's work has been exhibited and collected worldwide at cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Indianapolis Art Museum, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Since 2014, Ranalli has been an elected member of the New York Landmark Conservancy Advisory Board.
Ranalli was a Professor of Architectural Design and Visual Studies at Yale University School of Architecture from 1975 – 1999, and a member of the fellowship of Morse College from 1987 – 1999. Yale University awarded him an honorary Master of Art degree in 1996. During his tenure at Yale, Dean John Hejduk of The Cooper Union appointed Ranalli a Visiting Professor of Architecture at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture from 1984 – 1987.
From 1999 – 2017, Ranalli led the architecture department at the City College of New York. Under his leadership, the undergraduate architecture program achieved accreditation and acquired graduate degree-granting programs in Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Science in Sustainability. One of Ranalli's most prominent contributions as dean was mentoring to tenure a permanent architecture faculty reflecting the richness and diversity of New York City. In 2005, he was honored with the Renaissance Award from the Alumni Association of the City College of New York.