Since its formation in 1955, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (formerly I. M. Pei & Partners) has completed nearly 250 projects in over a hundred cities across North America and around the world. The firm’s clients have included major corporations, private developers and public authorities, as well as educational, cultural and religious institutions. Among its best known works are the John F. Kennedy Library, John Hancock Tower and John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse and Harborpark in Boston; the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and Fountain Place in Dallas; Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong; First Interstate Tower in Los Angeles; First Bank Place in Minneapolis; Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York; National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Philadelphia; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the expansion and modernization of the Louvre museum in Paris; San Francisco Main Public Library; and the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museumin Washington, D.C. Included in the great diversity of building types that the firm has explored is an extensive collection of tall buildings.
Recently completed works include:
Among the firm’s many works in progress are:
Honors and Awards
In 1968 the American Institute of Architects conferred on I. M. Pei & Partners (as the firm was then called) its Architectural Firm Award, in recognition of “the eminently successful collaboration among the partners, associates and staff of this firm which has resulted in years of consistently distinguished design.” In 1985 the firm received the Chicago Architecture Award in recognition of “significant contributions to architecture and to the design of urban environments.” In 1992 Pei Cobb Freed & Partners received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Society of Architects, and in 2009 the firm received the Firm Award from the New York State AIA in recognition of “notable achievements in design, community service, education and service to the profession.” Pei Cobb Freed & Partners is recognized as a Top Green Design Firm by McGraw-Hill’s New York Construction magazine.
In addition to these awards for the totality of its practice, individual projects designed by the firm have received over 200 major design awards, including 24 National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects. The AIA Twenty-Five Year Award has been conferred upon the East Building of the National Gallery of Art, (awarded 2004), and the John Hancock Tower (2011).
The firm’s partners are Henry N. Cobb, Michael D. Flynn, George H. Miller, Ian Bader, Yvonne Szeto, Jay L. Berman, Michael W. Bischoff and José Bruguera. The partners are assisted by a staff of 80, more than a third of whom are registered architects. Three partners and a third of the technical staff are LEED-accredited professionals.
The partners and their colleagues approach every building project on its own terms, drawing inspiration less from formal or theoretical preconceptions than from particularities of place and program. This approach stems from the conviction that successful environments of lasting value can be achieved only when individual building projects reflect a concern for the specific physical and cultural contexts in which they occur. Although the firm’s practice over the past five decades has been exceptionally diverse in terms of building type and setting, a central theme consistently evident in its built works is the conception of architecture as an art of place making — an art embodying above all else a concern for the quality of public space and public life.