The original partners were; Mario C. Celli, FAIA, Raymond C. Celli, AIA and William V. Flynn, AIA.
Flynn called fellow Carnegie Tech graduate Mario Celli
said "I'll come if my brother Raymond will come"; thus the three formed Celli-Flynn Architects and Engineers known as CF.
brought large paper mill projects and employee facilities at a number of industrial sites throughout the South.
The Celli-Flynn firm took off quickly with Bill Flynn in charge of marketing, Mario
in charge of design and Raymond in charge of specs and construction administration.
At CFA many successful Pittsburgh architects passed thru the training and mentorship of Mario at Celli-Flynn as Mario had with Pittsburgh Architect Benno Janssen.
and John, often with the involvement of George Nakashima, created a number of stunning buildings and landscapes and woodwork throughout Western Pennsylvania including high schools, elementary schools, churches, convents and similar projects.
own home to include a unique blend of Japanese and Italian philosophy.
As the firm grew in stature, especially in the school building field, Mario became President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and President of the Pennsylvania Society of Architects.
In that role, Mario
came to know as a friend Governor Lawrence and others who were overseeing the growth of Pennsylvania.
Governor Lawrence appointed Mario
to the State Board of Education
In 1962, that board created the "Area" school districts that are prevalent throughout Pennsylvania today.
Over 2,000 school districts existed in 1962 and the reorganization created by that State Board of Education
brought that number down to 502 school districts.
In 1964 the firm was chosen as architects to design and to build the David Lawrence Convention Center
in Downtown Pittsburgh, a world destination of design to explore for engineers and architects.
Mario Cherubini Celli, FAIA, was granted the Honoris Causa Doctorate degree honoring his achievements in Architecture as recognized both Nationally and Internationally in the field of Education.
Mario C. Celli, FAIA was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as a Fellow of the AIA in 1966.
At the same time he
was appointed to represent the USA on the Schools Commission of the International Union of Architects
In that capacity he
travelled the world exploring educational buildings design with architects from many countries.
secured a Ford Foundation grant to host the international conference in the late 60's in California to investigate the 'open plan' schools that were new then.
suggested that education did not begin and end with the drafting table.
Japanese paper makers were so entranced with this simple idea that they traveled to McKeesport
and to various sites in the south with Mario
to look over this new invention.