Yesterday, New York City–based firm Cooper Robertson announced in a press release, that co-founder Alexander Cooper, FAIA, would be stepping down as partner to focus his efforts on strategic partnerships and special project assignments for the firm. Cooper's partners, Donald Clinton, AIA, John Kirk, AIA, and Scott Newman, AIA, will continue to serve as the firm’s leadership.
This change in leadership comes during a time of success for the design firm. Recently, they were commissioned to design the National Park Service's Gateway Arch Museum in St. Louis and the Longwood University masterplan in Farmville, Va. “At this important moment, we’re focused on projects that build on our successful record of transforming cities, creating cultural landmarks, and crafting memorable, sustainable and resilient places,” says managing partner Donald Clinton, AIA, in the press release.
The firm's success reflects Cooper's design focus and professional influence. He served as the New York City's planning commissioner from 1966 to 1973, and then as director of design for the New York City Department of Buildings. During his time in the public sphere, he created the Housing Quality scoring system, which rewarded good design practices. Additionally, he is famously known for designing the downtown Miami Waterfront, Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan, and the Zuccotti Park at the World Trade Center.