Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

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Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
FoundedNew York, NY, United States (1955 (1955))
FounderI. M. Pei FAIA, RIBA (1917–2019)
Henry N. Cobb FAIA (1926–2020)
Eason Leonard FAIA, RIBA (1920–2003)
88 Pine Street
Manhattan, NY
United States
Area served
Key people
Yvonne Szeto FAIA, LEED
Michael W. Bischoff AIA, LEED
José Bruguera AIA
Katherine Bojsza AIA, WELL, LEED
ServicesArchitecture, Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Urban Design, Planning
The US Bank Tower, for many years the tallest building in the United States west of the Mississippi River, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners is an American architectural firm based in New York City, founded in 1955 by I. M. Pei and other associates.[1] The firm has received numerous awards for its work.[2][3][4]

The firm provides architectural services, as well as planning and urban design.[5]

The firm has changed names twice:

  • 1955 – Originally I. M. Pei & Associates, founded by I. M. Pei, Eason H. Leonard, and Henry N. Cobb
  • 1966 – Renamed I. M. Pei & Partners
  • 1989 – Renamed Pei Cobb Freed & Partners


Works in progress[edit]

Projects in progress include 7 Bryant Park, an office tower in New York City; World One and World Crest in Mumbai, luxury residential towers, and Supremus Office, a boutique office tower, all at Lodha Place in Central Mumbai, a mixed-use development based on a 2009 master plan by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Tivoli Kanten | Tivoli Edge, a mixed-use project in Copenhagen; Soyak Krystal Kule, a corporate headquarters in Istanbul; and 1000 Connecticut Avenue, an office building in Washington, D.C.

Current higher education projects include Fiterman Hall at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Law School and Residence Hall at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus, both in New York City; McGlothlin Medical Education Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, an Expansion Campus for China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, adjacent to the original campus by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.[6]

Recent work[edit]

Among the firm’s recently completed projects are Palazzo Lombardia, the new seat of the Lombardy Regional Government, in Milan; 200 West Street, the headquarters of Goldman Sachs in New York City; NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina; Milstein Family Heart Center in New York; First International Bank Tower in Tel Aviv; Butler College Dormitories at Princeton University; WaveRock, an office building in Hyderabad, India; Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Headquarters in Paris; and Torre Espacio, an office tower on Madrid’s major avenue Paseo de la Castellana.[7]

Works through 2005[edit]

Significant works of the firm through 2005 include John F. Kennedy Library, John Hancock Tower, and John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse and Harborpark in Boston; J.P. Morgan Chase Tower in Houston, Dallas City Hall, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and Fountain Place in Dallas; Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong; Taishin International Bank Tower in Taipei; U.S. Bank 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 Museum in Washington, D.C.


The firm received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the National Academy in 2017; New York State AIA Firm Award in 2009;[8] the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Society of Architects in 1992; and the Chicago Architecture Award, in recognition of “significant contributions to architecture and to the design of urban environments,” in 1985. The Poses Creative Arts Award, which honors a distinguished body of work and leadership in the development of an art form, was awarded to the firm in 1981, in recognition of its “architectural innovation and excellence, having enriched the American landscape with some of its most graceful and aesthetically satisfying works of architectural art.”[3] In 1968 the American Institute of Architects conferred its Architectural Firm Award, citing the “eminently successful collaboration among the partners, associates and staff ... which has resulted in years of consistently distinguished design.”[2][4]


  1. ^ "Introduction to the Firm" Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Architecture Firm Award Recipients" The American Institute of Architects. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Poses Institute for the Arts: Creative Arts Awards" Brandeis University. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Firm Awards" Archived August 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  5. ^ "Services" Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  6. ^ 'Projects in Progress.' Index to Projects by Date. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  7. ^ 'Projects Completed 2000–Present.' Index to Projects by Date. [1] Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  8. ^ "Honor Award Recipients" AIA New York State. Retrieved September 6, 2012

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