Joshua Cooper — Architecture

Joshua has worked through many creative disciplines over the last 20 years, ranging from film and photography to furniture design and fine metal fabrication, and from interior design to urban planning of supertall and zero net energy architecture. After working in the Chicago offices of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture where he was focused on supertall and high-performance tower projects, Joshua relocated to Portland, where he joined the residential design team at Works Progress Architecture. As an architect, Joshua offers a unique project approach that is concerned as much with performance and innovative construction as it is with aesthetics. He holds a BFA and an M.Arch. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Most interesting home you’ve lived in?

“My mother built a cabin by hand in the Southern Tier region of upstate New York to live in while she built a house on the same property. A wood stove for heat, kerosene lamps for light and water carried up from the cistern at the bottom of the hill…no creature comforts but the fondest memories of family and nature without distractions.”