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Robert F. Fox Jr.

Robert F. Fox Jr.  AIA
COOKFOX Architects
Terrapin Bright Green
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Bob Fox is one of New York City’s most highly respected leaders in the green building movement. In 2003, Bob joined with Rick Cook to form COOKFOX Architects, a firm devoted to creating beautiful, environmentally responsible, high-performance buildings. The firm is best known for its design of the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park—the first commercial skyscraper to receive LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  The building contains 2.2 million square feet, the LEED Gold Stephen Sondheim Theater, and is one of the tallest buildings in New York City.

The only architect on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council for the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, Bob joined other sustainability experts and public policy advisors in guiding the Mayor’s ambitious goals resulting in the seminal work, PlaNYC. Additionally, he was the Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council/NY Chapter, is a GSA Peer Reviewer, the Chairman of the GSA Green Building Advisory Committee, and a member of the Interface Dream Green Team. Bob also sits on the Advisory Board of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

Other major projects completed in New York include the influential 4 Times Square / Condé Nast Headquarters, which set new standards for energy efficient high-rise buildings in 1999. Bob led the team that created the original “Green Residential Guidelines” for the Battery Park City Authority in Lower Manhattan, which has resulted in 5 million SF of LEED Gold and Platinum residential and commercial buildings.

In the summer of 2006, Bob and Rick Cook joined Bill Browning and Chris Garvin to form the strategic consulting firm, Terrapin Bright Green, LLC. His goal for the firm is to apply his experience designing beautiful, green buildings to a broader spectrum of planning and policy projects, and to help creative clients make a difference at all levels.

Bob has been honored with many awards, including a Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council, the New York City Council’s inaugural “Big Green Apple” Award, the Urban Visionary Award from the Cooper Union, and the Rachel Carson Award. Bob received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. He and his wife Gloria live in New York City and the Hudson River Valley.