Established in 1989, Peter Cooper & Associates is a small design firm dedicated to projects that require personal service, an integrated approach to design, with an eye for context and the vernacular. The ideas of "ecological design", "design with nature" are part of our educational training and our philosophy. We believe that the process should be personal, professional, as well socially responsible. There should be sensitivity to the cultural context as well as being financially practical. From the ground up, we embrace the idea that the house not only belong to its surrounds, but should seem as if it has always been.
Our 20 plus years of experience provides a depth of understanding that allows for responsible and practical approaches to all aspects of the design and the construction process. The firm's principal and founder, Peter Cooper, wrote his master's thesis at the University of Pennsylvania: "Defining Vernacular Architecture for Aesthetic Control in Rural Vermont". The title indicates an appreciation and respect for rural New England architecture and cultural roots, as well as an understanding of architectural history, as well as planning law. We consider that each region, particularly our own here in the greater suburban area of New York City, has its own unique vernacular style and historic roots. A respect for that history as the context for design is important in order to achieve responsible architecture, landscape architecture, and planning. Even a departure from the vernacular should have a conscious understanding of the precedents.
In recent years, we have become more attuned to the global urgency of the "green revolution". Our understanding of this aspect of house design and construction allows us to contribute to designing with energy efficiency and responsible "green design", using the currently available methodologies and technologies.
Most of all, we pride ourselves on being good listeners- to interpret, to guide, and at times, to coach the client to achieve the best possible results. This requires an eye for detail, the patience to inform, and good organizational skills in a process and industry that has many competing interests. Our advanced experience affords not only excellence, but an experience that affords pleasure and many benefits to the client.