The Architectural League of New York has awarded its President's Medal to Henry N. Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects. The League's highest honor, the medal was awarded to Cobb “for the truly consequential work he has created as designer, educator, thinker, writer, and leader,” says the jury citation.
"We are inspired by his decades-long passion for the art of architecture; by his analytic rigor, manifest in subtle and articulate buildings and penetrating readings of history and place; by the broad and profoundly informed humanist culture that suffuses his writings and approach to education; and by the unbounded curiosity and delight he takes in new ideas, new work, and new talent. Henry N. Cobb embodies that combination of capability and conviction—artistic, intellectual, practical, and civic—that defines the ideal architect.”
Cobb's most notable built work includes the John Hancock Tower in Boston, 200 West Street in New York, the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston, and most recently 7 Bryant Park in New York. He is also being praised for his ongoing contribution to architectural education, as Cobb served as chair of Harvard's department of architecture in the 80s and maintains an active role in a number of institutions including The Architectural League.
Recent recipients of The Architectural League’s President’s Medal have included Richard Serra, Renzo Piano, Amanda Burden, Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Hugh Hardy, Richard Meier, Ada Louise Huxtable, Robert A.M. Stern, Kenneth Frampton, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.
News via The Architectural League of New York