Shane Coen / Coen + Partners
Shane Coen will present a lecture titled "Contextual Minimalism" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8. Coen will discuss how the work of his firm, Coen + Partners, reflects a deep understanding of site, visual beauty and environmental advocacy. The work is never about recreating nature; the design solutions are bold, innovative and minimal solutions for deliberate environments that reverberate from a specific regional, architectural, and ecological context. The talk is free and open to the public.
For over twenty years, Coen has led Coen + Partners’ innovative practice, promoting the design vision and aspiration of the studio. As a result of his leadership, creativity, and disciplined design approach, Coen + Partners has built a distinguished body of award-winning work that is widely-recognized as progressive and timeless. The firm has won numerous awards for landscape architecture, planning and urban design and is acknowledged by the AIA, the ASLA, the GSA Design Excellence program and the editorial staff of inﬂuential publications such as The New York Times, Metropolis, Dwell, and Architectural Record. The New York Times architectural critic, Anne Raver, describes Coen + Partners’ work as ‘pushing Midwestern boundaries’.
Coen’s work is recognized with multiple national ASLA awards, the Special Award for Collaborative Work from the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Chapter, as well as the prestigious Progressive Architecture (P/A) citation for the redesign of Mayo Plan #1, radical reinterpretation of a new residential community in Rochester, Minnesota. This award represented only the second time a landscape architect had received this honor in the competition’s fifty-year history. In 2015, Coen + Partners’ body of work was recognized with the 2015 National Design Award from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; the Award is bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation and enhancement of the quality of life.
In addition to his practice, Coen lectures extensively, including participation in a lecture series at the New School in New York and a sustainable waterfronts symposium co-hosted by AIA Chicago and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He has taught multiple studio courses at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and has lectured at University of California Berkeley, University of Southern California, Princeton University, James Rose Center in New Jersey and Portland Museum of Art. Upon receiving an Emerging Voices Award for 2009, he was also a featured speaker for the Emerging Voices Lecture Series, sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.