FAIA, LEED® AP, Director
Chris Cooper is a Senior Designer at SOM, where he works on a wide variety of high-profile projects, especially in New York City. His work is characterized by tectonic rigor that pays close attention to materials and intersects livability, sustainability, and aesthetics.
Early exposure to European architecture set him on a path to study design when his family returned to the United States. Between his first and current tenures at SOM, Cooper explored his interest in the arts community and intimately scaled projects as a principal for Cooper Joseph Studio. SOM’s design culture of integrated architecture and structure brought Cooper back and set him on a new course of innovation.
The primary focus of Cooper's work at SOM is high-rise commercial office, residential, and mixed-use projects. His complex project experience ranges from 7 World Trade Center—the first building to rise on the footprint of the former World Trade Center site—to Time Warner Center, a transformative mixed-use project that created a new gateway for the Upper West Side.
Cooper’s residential projects demonstrate how structural clarity and strong contextual identity can create elegant environments that support unique, residential lifestyles. His local work includes 101 Warren Street in TriBeCa, and confidential new towers on Manhattan's West Side and on the Brooklyn waterfront. Cooper has also worked on a number of important projects overseas, including Seoul Light DMC Tower, Diagonal Tower, and One IFC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
His designs for supertall towers have produced notable achievements, including a ventilation patent for Seoul Light DMC and an original structural solution for Teardrop Tower, also in Seoul. He also has significant institutional design experience at John Jay College and Mount Sinai Center for Science and Medicine.