NYSID to present Cook+Fox architects with Green Design Award

Award Established in Commemoration of the Inauguration of Dr. Christopher J. Cyphers, Sixth President of NYSID

New York, NY - April 2, 2009 - New York School of Interior Design has selected Cook+Fox Architects to receive the Honor Roll of Green Design, an award intended to acknowledge individuals and businesses who have made outstanding contributions toward advancing the cause of sustainable design.

This award is a part of a series of special events organized to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Christopher Cyphers as the sixth president of NYSID, and reflects the inaugural theme “Educating a Green Generation.” The award will be presented on Friday, April 17, 2009, 5pm, immediately following the inauguration ceremony. The work of Cook+Fox will be digitally displayed during the reception at the Arthur King Satz Auditorium at the New York School of Interior Design, 170 East 70th Street, New York City.

Cook+Fox Architects is a 50-person studio dedicated to a vision of integrated, environmentally responsive design, and has a demonstrated passion for design excellence and a strong belief in the collaborative process. Their projects fundamentally re-think how buildings interact with people and the natural environment, seeking to understand each site in terms of a natural, cultural and contemporary context. Exploring concepts such as biomimicry and biophilia, they are pursuing design that goes beyond LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), to restore and regenerate the urban environment.

During the past few years, Cook+Fox has had an extremely positive and far ranging impact on the greening of the New York City urban environment through newly designed commercial and residential buildings, the green restoration of historic structures as well as sustainable commercial interiors. Their projects include: the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, to be one of the greenest office buildings in the world and the first skyscraper designed to attain a LEED Platinum certification; the Lucida, the Upper East Side’s first LEED certified green residential building; and Historic Front Street, the restoration of an entire block of 18th-century buildings for residential and commercial use, located one block south of the Brooklyn Bridge. The latter was showcased in the National Building Museum’s “Green House” exhibit, and is the largest historic preservation project to incorporate green design as an integral part of its design, construction and operation.

Cook+Fox’s commitment to sustainability permeates their professional practice as well. Their LEED Platinum office at 641 Avenue of the Americas is a light filled showcase for sustainable interior design. The project demonstrates many of the industry’s best practices in green design and healthy and productive working environments as well as resourceful new concepts for a sustainable future. A defining feature of the Cook+Fox office is a 3,600 square foot planted roof, a dramatic and restorative green oasis against an urban backdrop. This commercial interior was the first LEED Platinum project to be certified in New York State.


Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare and the college is committed to actively improving the quality of life for all segments of humanity. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide a diverse student body of over 700 full-and part-time students.

NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of interior design. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and NYSID’s BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).