HENRY N. COBB
Henry N. Cobb embodies that combination of capability and conviction – artistic,
intellectual, practical, and civic – that defines the ideal architect.
President's Medal Citation, Architectural League of New York, May 4, 2015
Henry N. Cobb brings to the design of One Dalton an intrinsic understanding of the civic and architectural story of the site. Cobb’s vision for the design of One Dalton is rooted in his respect for the historic fabric and distinctive character of Boston’s Back Bay. Speaking to his current project, the renowned architect says, “Rising at the western terminus of Boston’s High Spine, One Dalton occupies an exceptionally privileged position within a quiet residential neighborhood. Its slender, gently-curved tower form thus bears vivid witness to Boston’s 21st century vitality as one of the world’s most livable cities; a city proudly celebrating its past as it boldly embraces its future.”
A founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the distinguished design firm known for creating some of the world’s most recognized landmarks, Henry Cobb was born and raised not far from the building that will be a further testament to his impressive resume. Cobb’s relationship with Boston and its historic skyline is deep. Educated in the city and bringing his own understanding of its history and significance, the Boston native has designed a number of landmark buildings in Boston, most notably the John Hancock Tower, which is lauded as Boston’s finest modern skyscraper; indeed, it ranks among the greatest tall buildings ever.
Throughout his career Mr. Cobb has coupled his professional activity with teaching. From 1980 to 1985 he served as Studio Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he continues to teach occasionally as a visiting lecturer. In 1992 he was Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.
Honors recognizing Mr. Cobb’s contributions as architect and educator include the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Architecture, the Architectural League of New York President’s Medal, the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, and the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. His built works have received numerous awards for design excellence, including five AIA National Honor Awards and the AIA Twenty-five Year Award, given to the John Hancock Tower in 2011.
Henry Cobb’s involvement on the One Dalton project brings capability and conviction to a building that will represent Boston in the 21st century. His designs are respectful – of history, of environment, and of growth. Cobb’s ability to design buildings that become part of the community while remaining distinctive in their own right is perhaps his true genius.