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Henry N. Cobb

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Henry N. Cobb
Henry Nichols Cobb

(1926-04-08)April 8, 1926
DiedMarch 2, 2020(2020-03-02) (aged 93)
EducationPhillips Exeter Academy
Alma materHarvard University

Henry Nichols Cobb (April 8, 1926 – March 2, 2020) was an American architect and founding partner with I.M. Pei and Eason H. Leonard of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, an international architectural firm based in New York City.

Early life[edit]

Henry N. Cobb was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Elsie Quincy (Nichols) and Charles Kane Cobb, an investment counselor.[1] He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


Cobb was an architect. Additionally, he was the chairman of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University from 1980 to 1985.[2] He received honorary degrees from Bowdoin College and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. In 1983, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician, and became a full Academician in 1990. Cobb won the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's 2013 Lynn S. Beedle Award,[3] and was awarded the Architectural League of New York's President's Medal in 2015.[4]

Personal life and death[edit]

Cobb lived in New York City and North Haven, Maine.[citation needed] He died on March 2, 2020, in Manhattan at the age of 93.[5][1]

Notable buildings[edit]

Place Ville Marie in Montreal (1962)
John Hancock Tower, Boston (1976)
U.S. Bank Tower (center), Los Angeles (1990)

Notable buildings for which Cobb was principally responsible include:



  • Henry N. Cobb: Words & Works 1948-2018: Scenes from a Life in Architecture (2018). Monacelli Press. ISBN 9781580935142.


  1. ^ a b "Henry Cobb, Courtly Architect of Hancock Tower, Dies at 93". The New York Times. March 4, 2020.
  2. ^ "Harvard Design Magazine supporters". gsd.harvard.edu. Archived from the original on July 19, 2009.
  3. ^ ""2013 Lynn S. Beedle Award Winner"". Archived from the original on 2017-06-11. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  4. ^ "2015 President's Medal honoree". archleague.org. Architectural League of New York. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  5. ^ Reiner-Roth, Shane (March 3, 2020). "Henry N. Cobb dies at 93". The Architect's Newspaper. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  6. ^ "Bank of China". www.architectmagazine.com. Retrieved 2020-03-04.

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