Preston Scott Cohen is the Chair and Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and is the principal designer at Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. of Cambridge, MA. His work exemplifies a new, highly disciplined synthesis of architectural typologies, geometry and urban contexts. Recent projects completed or under construction include the Taiyuan Museum of Art, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building, Datong City Library, the Keystone School Auditorium in Beijing, the Nanjing Performing Arts Center, the Fahmy Residence in Los Gatos, California, and the Goldman Sachs Arcade Canopy in New York. Awards include the Time and Leisure Best Museum of the Year and the Design Review Award for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, five Progressive Architecture Awards, and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Cohen is the author of Contested Symmetries, the forthcoming Hyperbolic Museums, The Return of Nature co-edited with Erika Naginski and numerous theoretical essays. Cohen’s work has been widely published and exhibited internationally and is the subject of numerous theoretical assessments by renowned critics and historians including Michael Kimmelman, Antoine Picon, Sylvia Lavin, Michael Hays, Terry Riley, Daniel Sherer, Robert Levit, Robert Somol, and Rafael Moneo.
The Walter Gropius Lecture is given by an outgoing Chair of the Architecture Department.