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Lecture: Henry N. Cobb and Preston Scott Cohen

Lecture: Henry N. Cobb and Preston Scott Cohen

Henry N. Cobb
Founding Partner, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners

During the more than half-century since his firm was established in 1955, Mr. Cobb's practice has embraced a wide variety of building types in cities across North America and around the world. Built works for which he has been principally responsible as design partner include: Place Ville Marie, Montreal (1962); John Hancock Tower, Boston (1976); Library Tower, Los Angeles (1989); United States Courthouse, Boston (1998); Head Office of ABN AMRO Bank, Amsterdam (1999); Tour EDF at La Défense, Paris (2001); Headquarters Expansion of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (2008); Torre Espacio, Madrid (2009); 200 West Street (Goldman Sachs Global Headquarters), New York (2009); The Ellipse 360 in Taipei (2013); Kristal Kule in Istanbul (2014). Works in progress include Century Plaza, Los Angeles; 7 Bryant Park, New York; International African American Museum, Charleston, South Carolina; and Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, Boston.

Throughout his career, Mr. Cobb has coupled his professional activity with teaching. He has lectured widely and has held visiting appointments at a number of universities. From 1980 to 1985, he served as Studio Professor and Chairman of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he continues to teach occasionally as a visiting lecturer. In 1992, he was Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.
Mr. Cobb is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Academician of the National Academy of Design. Awards recognizing his achievements as both architect and educator include the Gold Medal for Architecture, awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, awarded jointly by the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He has received honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Preston Scott Cohen
Principal, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc.

The architecture of Preston Scott Cohen, founder and principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. of Cambridge, MA, encompasses diverse scales and types of buildings including houses, educational facilities, cultural institutions and urban designs for private owners, institutions, government agencies and corporations.
Recent projects include: Datong City Library [2008-2013], The Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building, Tel Aviv, Israel [2003-2011], Taiyuan Museum of Art, Taiyuan, China [2007--2013], Nanjing Performing Arts Center, Nanjing, China [2007-2009], The Goldman Sachs Canopy, with Pei Cobb Freed Associates, New York, NY [2005-2008], Robbins Elementary School, Trenton, New Jersey [2005-2011], Goodman House, Pine Plains, New York [2002-2004].

Awards include the Progressive Architecture Award for Taiyuan Museum of Art [2010]; First Prize, Taiyuan Museum International Competition [2007]; First Prize Competition Robbins Elementary School, Trenton, NJ [2005]; Academy Award in Architecture, American Academy of Arts and Letters [2004]; Progressive Architecture Award, Architecture Tel Aviv Museum of Art [2004]; First Prize, Herta and Paul Amir International Competition for the New Building, Tel Aviv Museum of Art [2003]; Progressive Architecture Awards: Torus House [2000], Terminal House [1998].

Cohen is former Chair and Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the author of Contested Symmetries (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001) and numerous theoretical and historical essays on architecture.  His work has been widely published and exhibited and is in numerous collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard.  He lectures regularly in prestigious venues around the world. 

In Conversation: Henry N. Cobb and Preston Scott Cohen from Taubman College on Vimeo.

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