Coleman Coker

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Coleman Coker
Born 1951 (age 63–64)
Memphis, Tennessee
Occupation Architect

Coleman Coker, born in 1951 in Memphis Tennessee, is an American architect who is best known for his work at the Bridges Center in 2005.[1] He is an adjunct professor and the director of the Poetics of Building at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and principal of buildingstudio. He holds the Ruth Carter Stevenson Regents Chair in the Art of Architecture.


In 1986, Coleman Coker began a thirteen-year partnership with Samuel Mockbee, which in 1995, resulted in the work of both architects from that period being collected into the book, Mockbee / Coker, Thought and Process, that was collected and published by the Princeton Architectural Press in recognition of their important and unusual work during their partnership.[2] This partnership also garnered the pair many awards and honors, which included an invitation in 1990 from the Architectural League of New York to participate in their Emerging Voices Series.[2]

After his partnership with Samuel Mockbee ended in 1999, Coker founded an architectural firm called buildingstudio.[1][3] Buildingstudio's self-described principal focus is on inventive and imaginative work.[3] Coker's firm also has designed other projects throughout the United States as well as abroad in places such as Russia and Singapore.[3]

The work of Coker's firm also has been featured at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art.[3] In addition to his firm's recognition, Coker also has received many individual awards as an architect, such as the P/A Design Award, two Record Houses Awards, and an National AIA Honor Award.[1] His individual work also has been showcased in many acclaimed museums such as the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the New York City Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.[1]

Coker holds a masters degree in fine arts from the Memphis College of Art and in 2008, an honorary doctorate was conferred on him in fine arts from the Memphis College of Art.[1] He is currently the Ruth Carter Stevenson Regents Chair in the Art of Design at the University of Texas School of Architecture in Austin. He also has taught at Tulane University School of Architecture, the University of Arkansas, and the Mississippi State University School of Architecture. In addition to being the director of the Memphis Center for Architecture,[4] he is the E. Fay Jones Chair at the University of Arkansas and he is the visiting Favrot Chair at Tulane University School of Architecture.[1][4]

In 1996 he was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, in 1994, he was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Coleman Coker". Coleman Coker. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Rural Studio Mockbee.". Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Biography of buildingstudio". Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  4. ^ a b c "FACULTY :: COLEMAN COKER, RA". Retrieved 2009-06-19. 

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