Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2013 Lynn S. Beedle Award Winner
“Henry Cobb has demonstrated phenomenal leadership throughout his career, particularly on Hancock Place. Cobb’s leadership in smoothing out the difficulties around Hancock Place set the standard for future retrofits and advocated for positive changes to building codes around tall buildings.”
CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson
Partner NBBJ
  Henry Cobb
Founding Partner, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Respected throughout the industry as a consummate professional, Cobb’s list of tall-building achievements includes Hancock Place in Boston and the Library (US Bank) Tower in Los Angeles. Past winners of the Lynn S. Beedle Award, include Helmut Jahn, Lord Norman Foster, Cesar Pelli, William Pedersen and Adrian Smith.

Throughout his career, Mr. Cobb has coupled his professional activity with teaching, as lecturer and design critic, at numerous schools of architecture. From 1980 to 1985, he served as Studio Professor and Chairman of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 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, an Academician of the National Academy of Design, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Awards recognizing his achievements as both architect and educator include the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture and the Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. He has received honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Mr. Cobb was born and raised in Boston. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy (Diploma 1944), Harvard College (A.B. 1947), and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (M.Arch. 1949).

Hancock Place
Boston, USA 1976
U.S. Bank Tower
Los Angeles, USA 1990
Palazzo Lombardia
Milan, Italy, 2011.
As one of three founding principals, Henry N. Cobb has contributed actively and continuously to the work of his firm since its formation in 1955. His many built works include Place Ville Marie, Montreal (1962); State University College at Fredonia, New York (1968); John Hancock Tower, Boston (1976); Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine (1983); Fountain Place, Dallas (1986); Graduate School of Management, UCLA (1995); John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse and Harborpark, Boston (1998); ABN AMRO Bank Head Office, Amsterdam (1999); College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (2000); Tour EDF, Paris (2001); National Constitution Center, Philadelphia (2003); Center for Government and International Studies, Harvard University (2005); Torre Espacio, Madrid (2008); Butler College Residence Halls, Princeton University (2009); Goldman Sachs Global Headquarters, New York City (2009); and Palazzo Lombardia, the new seat of the Lombardy Regional Government, Milan (2011). For more information, find a list of tall buildings by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners here.