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Biographical Information

Name: Henry N. Cobb
Full name: Henry Nichols Cobb
Born on 8 April 1926 in , Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA, North America
Deceased on 2 March 2020 in , New York, USA, North America
Place(s) of activity:

Diploma, Phillips Exeter Academy


Bachelor of Arts, Harvard College


Master of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Structures and Projects

Participation in the following structures & large-scale projects:


Biography from Wikipedia

Henry Nichols Cobb (April 8, 1926 – March 2, 2020) was an American architect and founding partner with I.M. Pei and Eason H. Leonard of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, an international architectural firm based in New York City.

Early life

Henry N. Cobb was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Elsie Quincy (Nichols) and Charles Kane Cobb, an investment counselor. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


Cobb was an architect. Additionally, he was the chairman of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University from 1980 to 1985. He received honorary degrees from Bowdoin College and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. In 1983, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician, and became a full Academician in 1990. Cobb won the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's 2013 Lynn S. Beedle Award.

Personal life and death

Cobb lived in New York City and North Haven, Maine. He died on March 2, 2020, in Manhattan at the age of 93.

Notable buildings

Notable buildings for which Cobb was principally responsible include:

  • Place Ville Marie in Montreal (1962)
  • Campus of the State University of New York Fredonia (1968)
  • Harbor Towers, Boston (1971)
  • John Hancock Tower, Boston (1976)
  • Wilson Commons at the University of Rochester (1976)
  • World Trade Center, Baltimore (1977)
  • One Dallas Centre, Dallas (1979)
  • Johnson and Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, New Jersey (1983)
  • ARCO Tower, Dallas (1983)
  • Charles Shipman Payson Building, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine (1983)
  • Pitney Bowes World Headquarters, Stamford, Connecticut (1985)
  • Library Tower, Los Angeles (1989), now U.S. Bank Tower
  • Credit Suisse First Boston headquarters at Canary Wharf, London (1992)
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (1995)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science headquarters, Washington DC (1996)
  • John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse and Harborpark, Boston (1998)
  • College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (1999)
  • World Trade Center Barcelona, Barcelona (1999)
  • National Constitution Center, Philadelphia (2003)
  • Hyatt Center, Chicago (2005)
  • Palazzo Lombardia, Milano (2005)
  • International Monetary Fund Headquarters 2, Washington, D.C. (2005)
  • Center for Government and International Studies at Harvard University (2005)
  • 1 Memorial Drive, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (2008)
  • Torre Espacio, Madrid, Spain (2008)
  • 200 West Street, New York (2009)
  • Palazzo Lombardia, Milan (2010)
  • 7 Bryant Park, New York (2016)
  • Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences, One Dalton Street, Boston (2019)


  • Henry N. Cobb: Words & Works 1948-2018: Scenes from a Life in Architecture (2018). Monacelli Press. ISBN 9781580935142.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Henry N. Cobb" and modified on 11 April 2020 under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.


  1. Cobb, Henry N. (1963): Notes on the Design of Place Ville Marie. In: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Journal, v. 40, n. 2 (February 1963), pp. 54-60.
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