Preston Scott Cohen, Chair and Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and founder and principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., is the Knowlton School’s Autumn 2014 Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor.
Cohen joins a long list of prominent practitioners and scholars as Baumer Professors since the program’s inception in 1996, including Stan Allen, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Eric Owen Moss, Greg Lynn and last year’s Baumer Professor, Sylvia Lavin. During the course of their time at Knowlton, Baumer Professors lead a graduate design seminar and present a public lecture as part of the School’s Baumer Lecture Series.
Cohen is the author of Contested Symmetries (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001), The Return Of Nature, Sustaining Architecture in the Face of Sustainability, co-authored and edited with Erika Naginski (Routledge 2014), and numerous theoretical and historical essays including “The Hidden Core of Architecture” (2011), “Successive Architecture”(2011), “Guggenheim Inversion”(2011),“Dexterous Architecture” (2008) and “Elegance, Attenuation, Geometry” (2008). His work has been widely published and exhibited and is in numerous collections including 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. He lectures regularly in prestigious venues around the world.
Cohen’s work has been the subject of numerous theoretical assessments by renowned critics and historians including Sylvia Lavin, Antoine Picon, Michael Hays, Nikolaus Kuhnert, Terry Riley, Robert Somol, Hashim Sarkis and Rafael Moneo. He was the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto (2004) and the Perloff Professor at UCLA (2002). He has held faculty positions at Princeton, the Rhode Island School of Design and Ohio State University.
Cohen holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and Bachelor of Architecture and Fine Arts degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design.