AIA, Design Partner
Colin Koop is a design partner in SOM’s New York office. Throughout his 15 years at the firm, Koop has developed a broad body of work defined by a strong social conscience, a research-driven and collaborative approach, and purpose-built results.
Koop begins the design process by seeking to understand the unique qualities of a place; his goal is to find modes of expression that embody context, while charting new, ambitious paths forward. His emphasis on systematic thinking is tempered with a concern for an individual’s experience of the completed work—an approach that reconciles scientific thinking with a humanist point of view.
Focused on the challenges facing our planet, Koop seeks to address the disruptive impact of technology, the effects of climate change, shifts in regional and global culture, the importance of preserving the past, and the need to create a more equitable world.
He has extensive experience in a diverse array of project types, including education, transportation, high-rise, and urban planning. His projects span the globe, with work completed or underway in North America, China, India, the Middle East, and South America.
Koop’s work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, the Chicago Athenaeum, and the Municipal Art Society of New York. His projects have been published in A+U, Architect Magazine, Metropolis, Bauwelt, Fast Company, Wired, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.