Founded as Alexander Cooper and Associates by Alex Cooper in 1979, the firm has designed a number of significant planned communities, urban infill, and transit-oriented developments, including Battery Park City in New York and the new communities of Celebration, Florida, Watercolor, Florida and Val d'Europe outside Paris, France. Also known for architecture, open space design, and university campus planning, the firm's work includes a plan for the expansion of Harvard University's campus into Allston, Massachusetts, MOMA QNS, (the Museum of Modern Art's temporary home in Queens, New York), the New Albany Country Club in New Albany, Ohio outside Columbus, the new Columbia University School of Social Work building in Upper Manhattan, the Visitor Center at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, the Framework for Campus Planning for Yale University, Zuccotti Park (a one block park adjacent to the World Trade Center site on Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan), and numerous houses, many of which are in the Hamptons on the East End of Long Island and in the Caribbean.
Alex Cooper and Jaquelin T. Robertson attended Yale College and Yale School of Architecture during the same period and also worked together in the New York City Department of City Planning. When Robertson joined the firm in 1988, the firm changed its name to Cooper, Robertson & Partners. In 2015, the firm rebranded and is currently known as Cooper Robertson.
Awards and distinctions
The following is an incomplete list:
- Alex Cooper & Jaquelin T. Robertson, Seaside Prize from the Seaside Institute, 2002
- Robertson on "the AD 100," Architectural Digest's list of the top 100 architects and interior designers whose work has been published by Architectural Digest.
- Jaquelin T. Robertson, Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture, 1998
- Jaquelin T. Robertson, Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture, 2007
- Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence: Europe Competition for Val d'Europe, 2008
- Prix Rotthier pour la Reconstruction de La Ville for Val d'Europe, 2008
- American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award in Regional and Urban Design for Zuccotti Park, 2008
- AIA Excellence in Design Award for MOMA QNS 2004
- National AIA Citation for Excellence in Urban Design for Battery Park City Master Plan 1991
The following is an incomplete list:
- Battery Park City Master Plan (1980)
- Battery Park City Esplanade (1985)
- Calvin Klein Cosmetics Company Headquarters (1995)
- Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan (2004)
- Columbia University School of Social Work (2004)
- Daniel Island Master Plan (1993)
- Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort (1996)
- Ethical Culture Fieldston School (2007)
- Lower Manhattan Streetscape Project (1998)
- Genesis Apartments at Union Square (New York City) for HELP (the Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged) (1994)
- Henry Moore Sculpture Garden at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (1988)
- Max M. Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University (1999)
- Stuyvesant High School (1992)
- Val d'Europe (2002)
- Watercolor, Florida for the St. Joe Company (2003)
- WindMark Beach, Florida for the St. Joe Company (2005)
- Zuccotti Park (2006)
- MOMA QNS 2000
- Master Plan for Celebration, Florida for the Disney Development Company (1997)
- Golf Clubhouse at Celebration, Florida 1997
- Yale University Framework for Campus Planning (2000)
- Trinity College Campus Master Plan (1997)
- Fordham University at Lincoln Center Campus Master Plan (2006)
- Sony Pictures Imageworks Headquarters Building (1996)
- Stapleton Airport Redevelopment Plan (1996)
- Memphis Riverfront Master Plan (2001)
- Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project (2005)
- Disneyland Resort Expansion Plan (2000)
- Boston Seaport Public Realm Plan (1999)
- New Albany Country Club: Golf Clubhouse and Bath & Tennis Club (1993)
- The Inn At Perry Cabin (2002)
- International Trade Center Master Plan, Mount Olive, NJ (1979)
- The Institute for the Arts & Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002)
- Duke Clinic at Duke University Medical Center (1999)
- County of Charleston Judicial Center in Charleston, South Carolina (2003)
- E. Claiborne Robins Visitors Center and the Anne Holt Massey Greenhouses at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (1997)
- ""At Celebration, Some Reasons to Celebrate" by Lyn Riddle, The New York Times, March 7, 1999". The New York Times. March 7, 1999. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- ""When You Wish Upon A House" by Carol Lawson, The New York Times, November 16, 1995". The New York Times. November 16, 1995. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "Val d'Europe, LEED ND: Comment on the draft rating system for green urbanism, Congress for New Urbanism". Cnu.org. October 24, 2006. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- Harvard News Office. ""Harvard selects design firm for Allston," Harvard Gazette, June 10, 2004". News.harvard.edu. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- ""Cooper Robertson & Partners Interim Report," Harvard's Allston Initiative". Allston.harvard.edu. September 19, 2011. Archived from the original on August 2, 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "MoMA QNS, Architectural Record, 8/2002". Archrecord.construction.com. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- ""Queens, the New Modern Mecca" by Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times, June 28, 2002". The New York Times. June 28, 2002. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- ""Residential Real Estate; Residence Hall and Academic Center for Columbia" by Nadine Brozan, The New York Times, February 8, 2002". The New York Times. February 8, 2002. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "Yale University A Framework for Campus Planning" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 15, 2007. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "AIA New York Chapter : Firm Directory Cooper Robertson". aiany.aiany.org. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
- "The Seaside Prize Ceremony". Seaside Institute. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "AD 100: Jaquelin T. Robertson: AD 100 Designers". architecturaldigest.com. August 1, 2011. Archived from the original on February 18, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "UVa School of Architecture | Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture". Arch.virginia.edu. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- http://architecture.nd.edu/news_and_events/driehaus07.shtml Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- "Architectural Record | BW/AR Awards 2004 | MoMA QNS". Archrecord.construction.com. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "DESIGN REVIEW; Downtown Lighting With Hints Of Jazz – New York Times". The New York Times. July 24, 2003. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "PERSPECTIVES; Housing and Stores for a Site Off Union Square – New York Times". The New York Times. January 23, 1994. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "POSTINGS: A.I.A. Awards Symposium; A Peek at the Peak of Design – New York Times". The New York Times. September 21, 1997. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "ARCHITECTURE VIEW; On the Hudson, Launching Minds Instead of Ships – New York Times". The New York Times. June 6, 1993. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "Enlightenment On the Harbor, The New York Times, 11/7/1993 4A/18". The New York Times. November 7, 1993. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- Dunlap, David W. (February 23, 2005). "Cramped Fordham Plans to Expand at Lincoln Center, Mostly Skyward". New York Times. New York City. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "Far West Side: a Vision of the Far Future – New York Times". The New York Times. March 30, 2003. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- Cooper, Alexander (February 13, 2005). "An Icon of Urbanism - Op-Ed". New York Times. New York City; West Side (NYC). Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- Newman, Morris (September 23, 2001). "Linking Disney to Other Anaheim Sites". The New York Times. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- Cooper, Robertson & Partners: Cities to Gardens. The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-86470-167-6