Preston Scott Cohen is author of Taiyuan Museum, Lightfall, The Return Of Nature, and Contested Symmetries which is recognized for having established pedagogical strategies that combine typological analysis and studies in projective and other types of geometry. He has authored numerous theoretical and historical essays including “Toroidal Architecture”, “Elegance, Attenuation, Geometry”, “Dexterous Architecture”, “The Hidden Core of Architecture” and “Successive Architecture.”
Honors include Cohen’s induction as an Academician at the National Academy of Art; the Award in Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters, and five Progressive Architecture Awards.
Cohen’s work has been widely published and exhibited internationally at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard. His work is the subject of numerous theoretical assessments by renowned critics and historians including Michael Kimmelman, Nicolai Ouroussoff, Antoine Picon, Sylvia Lavin, Terry Riley, and Rafael Moneo.
Cohen has held faculty positions at Princeton University (1997), Rhode Island School of Design (1993), and Ohio State University (1989). He was the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto (2004) and the Perloff Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (2002).
Cohen is the Gerald McCue Professor at Harvard University GSD where he was the Chair of the Department of Architecture from 2008-13. Currently, he is the Program Director of the Post-professional Master in Architecture Degree program.
is an architect and Associate Partner at Preston Scott Cohen Inc. He received his M. Arch from Harvard Graduate School Design where he was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale University where he received the Louis Sudler Prize for the Arts.
Carl’s work is focused on several themes: the parametrization of geometries to achieve high levels of standardization and affordable construction of complex forms; a commitment to developing a meaningful relationship between buildings and civic space; typological narratives that allow multiple histories to be woven into a building, using animation, graphics, written analogies and humor to illuminate these histories; methods of work and collaboration that increase the transparency of practice; the building as a durable infrastructure (or site) for re-territorialization by its users.
Yi Xiao received her master degree in architecture from Columbia University and University of Manitoba, Canada. Before joining Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. in 2011, she worked for Asymptote Architecture, Michael Sorkin Studio, and Verne Reimber Architecture. She is the project coordinator for all Chinese projects in the office. Her specialties are programming, design, project coordination and management.