Discipline: Architecture

Henry Cobb

Discipline: Architecture
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2009

Henry N. Cobb (1926-2020) was an American architect. Born in Boston in 1926, Cobb was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard College, before graduating from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1949. He co-founded an architecture firm in New York in 1955 with I.M. Pei and Eason H. Leonard. The firm’s name changed from I.M. Pei & Associates to Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners in 1989. Among his many built works are the John Hancock Tower, Boston (1976); the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art (1983); the United States Courthouse, Boston (1998); and the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia (2003). Throughout his career he has coupled his professional activity with teaching; from 1980 to 1985 he chaired the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

He worked on a memoir of his life in architecture while at MacDowell.



Henry Cobb worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian Nevins MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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