Firm: I teach at Carnegie Mellon and have my own consulting practice.
Family: husband, Doug Cooper, five children (all out in the world, healthy and reasonably happy), and 2 grandsons
Years in practice: 44
Education: A.B. in Architecture, Princeton; M.Arch., Yale
Your first job: Library assistant at Firestone Library, Princeton
Project you’re proudest of: East End Cooperative Ministry
Favorite tool (can be digital, drafting, physical,…): My rotary cutter
Favorite building: Castelvecchio Museum by Carlo Scarpa
Favorite outdoor spaces: Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence and Granville Island in Vancouver
Architect you’d like to have a drink with: Denise Scott Brown
Best gift to give an architect: Good pair of walking shoes
If you hadn’t become an architect, what would you have been? Quilting artist
If you could live anywhere in the world, where? It’s a toss-up between Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland and Chautauqua
What’s on your iPod/Pandora/Spotify? Yesterday, Paul Halley’s Angel on a Stone Wall
Advice to young architects: Everyone has something to teach us.
Quote to practice by: “Buildings are the recipients of human energy. The energy that is put into buildings–the care, love, and concern–is held by those buildings and given back. If there is enough to energize them, then they in turn energize us.” (Charles Moore)