Cobb was I.M. Pei’s anonymous partner for four decades. They designed the country’s most renowned building, the tallest building in New England, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. His death was confirmed by Ian Bade, a partner at their architecture firm.

Cobb was born on April 8th,1926 and educated at Harvard University, where he served as the head of the architecture department and as a chairman from 1980 to 1985.

He has a founding partner with Pei, Freed, and other partners. The firm is known to Pei i.e I.M.Pei’s and Associates was then renamed in 1989 with Cobb’s name. 

He was an architect at the American Academy in 1992. Cobb’s remarkable career, Pei, and partners helped give life to several American cities through his work as a lead designer.

Antithetical shapes at a great-divine scale and most exemplary towers brought in the firm a unique stand in Architectural history. He was also remarkable for his towers includes Place Ville Marie, ARCO, The Library, 7 Bryant Park, Torre Espacio, John Hancock.

Place Ville Marie Tower(Photo Courtesy: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners)

Cobb won multitudinous awards, five awards from the American Institute of Architects for design excellence, National Honor Awards. His 70 years of experience in the architectural field awarded him with the league greatest honor. 

The library tower in Los Angeles was listed among the 50 most influential tall buildings by the council on tall buildings. He was known as “an architect of massive”.    

Henry Cobb is the last one who was surviving the name of the firm whereas I.M. Pei and Freed passed away in the year 2019 and 2005.


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