AIA, Design Partner
Colin Koop is a design partner in SOM’s New York office. Throughout his 17 years at the firm, Koop has developed a broad body of work defined by a strong social conscience, research-driven and collaborative approach, and innovative designs.
As an architect, Koop is involved in the projects from start to finish, leading a design process which is inclusive, rigorous, and creative. This process begins 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, workplace, and urban planning. His portfolio comprises some of SOM's highest-profile projects, including the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, the Moon Village research initiative, and 4 Hudson Square—the Walt Disney Company’s new headquarters for its New York operations.
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.