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About Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Since its formation in 1955, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (formerly I. M. Pei & Partners) has completed nearly 250 projects in over a hundred cities across North America and around the world. The firm's clients include major corporations, private developers and public authorities, as well as educational, cultural and religious institutions.

The partners and their colleagues approach every building project on its own terms, drawing inspiration less from formal or theoretical preconceptions than from particularities of place and program.

Although the firm's practice over the past five decades has been exceptionally diverse in terms of building type and setting, a central theme consistently evident in its built works is the conception of architecture as an art of place making — an art embodying above all else a concern for the quality of public space and public life.

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Century Plaza Renovations Begin in Los Angeles

Century Plaza Renovations Begin in Los Angeles

23 Dec 2016, Los Angeles – New York-based Pei Cobb Freed & Partners broke ground this month on a $2.5 billion…

Renderings Reveal Interior Spaces of Boston’s Future Tallest Residential Tower

Renderings Reveal Interior Spaces of Boston’s Future Tallest Residential Tower

7 Nov 2016, Boston – The Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street, the main structure of the…

Engineering Expert Describes Skyslide Structure on LA’s U.S. Bank Tower

Engineering Expert Describes Skyslide Structure on LA’s U.S. Bank Tower

16 Aug 2016, Los Angeles – The OUE Skyspace is part of a $60 million overhaul of the public areas of the 310-…

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Century Plaza Renovations Begin in Los Angeles
23 Dec 2016 – Los Angeles, United States
New York-based Pei Cobb Freed & Partners broke ground this month on a $2.5 billion development aimed at retrofitting and expanding the Minoru Yamasaki-designed Century…
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Renderings Reveal Interior Spaces of Boston’s Future Tallest Residential Tower
7 Nov 2016 – Boston, United States
The Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street, the main structure of the Christian Science Towers complex, is now under construction in downtown Boston,…
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Engineering Expert Describes Skyslide Structure on LA’s U.S. Bank Tower
16 Aug 2016 – Los Angeles, United States
The OUE Skyspace is part of a $60 million overhaul of the public areas of the 310-meter U.S. Bank Tower. The renovations include a Skyslide, which starts at the 70th…
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U.S. Bank Tower’s Glass SkySlide Now Open in Los Angeles
28 Jun 2016 – Los Angeles, United States
The U.S. Bank Tower’s new SkySlide – a glass slide suspended 305 meters above downtown Los Angeles – is now open for business. The slide begins on the 70th floor of the…
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The Sky Lobby of Houston’s JPMorgan Chase Tower Now Closed to the Public
22 Jun 2016 – Houston, United States
After years of serving as an unofficial observation point, the 60th-floor Sky Lobby at the JPMorgan Chase Tower in Downtown Houston has recently closed to the public,…
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U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles Plans Glass-Bottomed “Skyslide”
2 Mar 2016 – Los Angeles, United States
The owners of the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles are building a "Skyslide" as a part of a $50 million "Skyspace" renovation, transforming several floors of the building…
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Pei Cobb Freed & Partners’ Latest Skyscraper Destined for Shenzhen
13 Aug 2015 – Shenzhen, China
Designs have been revealed for a new high-rise building in Shenzhen. The Minmetals Capital South Tower will rise 29 stories among a host of other glazed high-rise offices…
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Boston’s John Hancock Tower Renamed “200 Clarendon”
31 Jul 2015 – Boston, United States
The owners of the 60-story, 790-foot (241-meter) John Hancock Tower in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood said on July 30 that they can no longer use the name because the…
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Superstructure of Mumbai’s World One 70 Percent Complete
29 Jun 2015 – Mumbai, India
Construction on World One in India is now progressing at a rapid pace, with 70 percent of the superstructure completed. Company sources said that construction of the…
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Apartments in Mumbai’s World One Go On Sale
16 Feb 2015 – Mumbai, India
Luxury apartments in Mumbai's forthcoming tallest skyscraper have gone on sale in London as the developers target wealthy Mayfair residents. The under-construction tower…
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Developer Breaking Ground on Boston’s Tallest New Skyscraper in 40 Years
15 Jan 2015 – Boston, United States
Construction has started on the tallest skyscraper to be built in Boston in 40 years — a 700-foot (213-meter) tower at 1 Dalton St. that will include the city’s second…
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$80 Million Worth of Mumbai High-Rise Flats Sold in Nine Days
11 Dec 2014 – Mumbai, India
Registered bookings have been made to the tune of over Rs 500 crore (US $80 million) for an ultra-luxurious residential project in Mumbai, three years after it was…
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Los Angeles’ Tallest Building to Get Observation Deck
17 Jul 2014 – Los Angeles, United States
The U.S. Bank Tower will soon have an observation deck and sky-high restaurant catering to visitors to downtown Los Angeles. The deck will provide visitors with a…
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Four Seasons Hotel/Condo Tower to Rise in Boston
13 Jun 2014 – Boston, United States
Historically dominated by office towers, the Boston skyline is about to change radically, with the addition of a 60-story condominium and hotel tower managed by the Four…
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Boston’s Healthy Tower Market Could be Boosted by New Mayor’s Tune
10 Apr 2014 – Boston, United States
Boston skyline’s health is good, and “all boats are rising,” which may be aided by a shift in attitudes that has come with the changing of the mayoral guard in one of the…
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Half-Vacant U.S. Bank Building in L.A. Plans Reuse Reinvention
4 Mar 2014 – Los Angeles, United States
Overseas Union Enterprise, the developer that bought the U.S. Bank Building last year, has hired architecture firm Gensler to adapt the commercial building into a…
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Dallas Skyscraper Fountain Place for Sale
28 Jan 2014 – Dallas, United States
It is confirmed that 220-meter Fountain Place, in downtown Dallas, is on the market for an estimated US$190 million. Adjacent to the tower is a parking lot with parking…
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One Dallas Center to Undergo Residential Conversion
18 Nov 2013 – Dallas, United States
Construction will start this week to convert the upper floors of the One Dallas Center tower in downtown Dallas into apartments. Developer Todd Interests and Moriah Real…
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Back Bay Tower Approved
16 Sep 2013 – Boston, United States
Boston city officials on Thursday approved construction of what will be the city's tallest residential building, a 691-foot (210-meter) hotel and condominium tower that…
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The Christian Science Tower Gets Taller
14 Jun 2013 – Boston, United States
Developers hope to add nearly 200 feet to the proposed Back Bay tower planned for the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, making it third tallest in the city. The latest…
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Indonesian Investors Buy Half-empty US Bank Tower
12 Mar 2013 – Los Angeles, United States
Los Angeles's US Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi, has sold for $367.5 million to Singapore-based hotel and property group Overseas Union…
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Seven Bryant Park Breaks Ground
27 Feb 2013 – New York City, United States
On Monday, developers launched construction of 7 Bryant Park, a 28-story steel and glass tower located on the corner of New York's 40th Street and Sixth Avenue. The Pei…
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Proposal for Towers Saves Historic Hotel
17 Jan 2013 – Los Angeles, United States
The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to accept Next Century Associates’ $2 billion redevelopment project for the historic Century Plaza Hotel. The Council…

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Pei Cobb Freed & Partners at CTBUH

CTBUH 2016 Conference Silver Sponsor

16-21 Oct 2016, Conference Sponsor – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism takes place…

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings

13 Oct 2016, CTBUH Research – The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous…

Vertical Campus Urban Tour – Fiterman Hall

28 Oct 2015, Tour Report – CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall which is the…

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners at CTBUH

CTBUH 2016 Conference Silver Sponsor
16-21 Oct 2016 – Conference Sponsor
Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism takes place progressively across three Chinese cities: Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.
Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
Vertical Campus Urban Tour – Fiterman Hall
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Hall which is the southernmost piece of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) campus in lower Manhattan.
7 Bryant Park Office Building Tour
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured 7 Bryant Park Office Building which sits on a block-long site fronting on the Avenue of the Americas between 39th and 40th streets.
Vertical Campus Urban Tour – Fordham University
28 Oct 2015, New York City – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Fordham University's law school and residence hall which houses the law school in the first 10 floors and a residence hall in the top 12 floors.
Seven Cities Winter Spaces Walking Tour
29 Jan 2015 – Tour Report
The new CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized a highly successful Winter Spaces Walking Tour in seven cities around the world.
Building Management and Operation Workshop, Shanghai 2014
16 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The workshop “Building Management and Operation” shed light on the critical period of a building’s life after the designs have been submitted and the ribbons have been cut.
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 12th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
18 Oct 2012, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 11th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.

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Michael Bischoff

Michael Bischoff

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2017
New York City, United States

Jay L. Berman

Jay L. Berman

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
New York City, United States

Henry Cobb

Henry Cobb

CTBUH Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award, 2013
New York City, United States

CTBUH Resources Involving Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Award Winners & Finalists

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

Winner

CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Session 7a: Urban Environmental Issues Q&A

18 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Christine Bruckner, M Moser Associates; Dan Kaplan, FXFowle; Jay L. Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; David Pontarini, Hariri Pontarini Architects

Sustainable (Vertical) Urbanism, Grounded - Three Case Studies

18 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Jay L. Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Interview: Michael Bischoff

17 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews
Michael Bischoff, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

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Sustainable (Vertical) Urbanism, Grounded - Three Case Studies

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Jay Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Structural Design Challenges of Minmetals Capital Tower, Shenzhen

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
SawTeen See, Zhaohui Ding, Edward Roberts & Ma Ge, Leslie E. Robertson Associates

New Developments on Stainless Steel Façades with Regard to Reflectance, Corrosion and Aesthetics

26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City
Joern Teipel, Outokumpu

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Videos

CTBUH 2016 China Conference - Session 7a: Urban Environmental Issues Q&A
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Christine Bruckner, M Moser Associates; Dan Kaplan, FXFowle; Jay L. Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; David Pontarini, Hariri Pontarini Architects
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Christine Bruckner of M Moser Associates; Dan Kaplan of FXFowle; Jay L. Berman of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and David Pontarini of Hariri Pontarini Architects answer questions at the end of 2016 China…
Sustainable (Vertical) Urbanism, Grounded - Three Case Studies
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Jay L. Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Tuesday October 18, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Jay L. Berman of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 7a: Urban Environmental Issues. Tall buildings in an urban context are not neutral: their presence is amplified by…
Interview: Michael Bischoff
17 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Michael Bischoff, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Michael Bischoff of Pei Cobb Freed is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower.
The 8x8 Tower: Sustainable Citizenship for the 21st Century
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Michael Bischoff, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
The 8X8 Tower addresses challenges created by our increasingly populated, dense and vertically extruded urban environment by creating a socially and environmentally sustainable residential community in a memorably iconic form appropriate for the…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 01 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 01 Questions & Answers session with speakers Matthew Clifford, JLL; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center; Jason Haase, LMN Architects; Victor Madeira Filho, Madeira Valentim & Alem Advogados;…
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award: A Lifetime's Work
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Awardee Henry Cobb's career is remarkable because of his ethical and forward-thinking approach to the design of tall buildings and their place in the urban fabric. Transforming the efficiencies of International…
What Techniques Will Define Next Generation Tall Buildings?
May 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Aybars Asci, SOM; Gianni Bardazzi, Maire Tecnimont; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Yansong Ma, MAD Architects; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Gianni Bardazzi, Maire Tecnimont; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Hafid Rakem, Ateliers Jean Nouvel; Massimo Roj, Progetto CMR; Mark Sarkisian, SOM;…
What is the Key to Making Modern Tall Buildings "Liveable"?
Feb 2013 – Monthly Video Series; What is the Key to Making Modern Tall Buildings "Liveable"?; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Christoph Ingenhoven, Ingenhoven Architects; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ma Yansong, MAD Architects; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Aybars Asci, SOM; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Peter Oborn, Aedas; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti;…
Best Tall Building Europe: Palazzo Lombardia: Urban Integration
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Davide Pacca, Regione Lombardia; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Palazzo Lombardia, turns a government office complex into a new public space for Milan. The project, anchored by a 160-meter-tall tower, offers a variety of open spaces that enliven the neighborhood. Sustainability measures include green roofs and…
Iconic, Luxurious, Supertall, Safe, Sustainable (and Conventional)
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Jay L. Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; William J. Faschan, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Prior to 2009, high-rise residential towers in Mumbai mostly comprised the extrusion of mid-rise typologies to their maximum limit at approximately 50-55 storeys. Planning an iconic residential tower twice that height has involved reinvention of the…
Seoul Conference 2011 Track Session 08: Q&A
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Sabah Al-Rayes, PACE; Hyo Seon Park, Yonsei University; Rhys Williams, Honeywell; ; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung C&T; Peter Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Jey Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects; William Faschan, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Question & Answers session for Track Session 08.

Papers/Research

Sustainable (Vertical) Urbanism, Grounded - Three Case Studies
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Jay Berman, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Tall buildings in an urban context are not neutral: their presence is amplified by large populations; the consolidation of real estate; contrast with adjacent streets, open spaces, and buildings; and the simple fact of their significant visual…
Structural Design Challenges of Minmetals Capital Tower, Shenzhen
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; SawTeen See, Zhaohui Ding, Edward Roberts & Ma Ge, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Steel braced frames combined with a concrete services core are widely used in tall building design. To meet the special architectural design challenges in the Minmetals Capital South China Tower in Shenzhen, such as the large, column-free spaces at…
New Developments on Stainless Steel Façades with Regard to Reflectance, Corrosion and Aesthetics
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Joern Teipel, Outokumpu
Stainless steel is a key material in modern skyscraper architecture, exploiting the material’s sustainability, functionality and aesthetics. After an outline on some general features of stainless steel this article provides an overview of current…
The 8x8 Tower: Sustainable Citizenship for the 21st Century
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Michael W. Bischoff, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects
The 8X8 Tower addresses challenges created by our increasingly populated, dense and vertically extruded urban environment by creating a socially and environmentally sustainable residential community in a memorably iconic form appropriate for the…

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 29 Completed5 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 3 Completed1 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 26 Years
Most Common Function office, 24 Buildings
Most Common Material Composite, 9 Buildings
Building Functions
 
Building Materials
 

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings Involving Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

1   World One - 442 m Mumbai
2   Bank of China Tower 1990 367 m Hong Kong
3   U.S. Bank Tower 1990 310 m Los Angeles
4   JPMorgan Chase Tower 1982 305 m Houston
5   World View - 291 m Mumbai
6   200 Clarendon 1976 241 m Boston
7   Commerce Court West 1973 239 m Toronto
8   Capella Tower 1992 237 m Minneapolis
9   Goldman Sachs Headquarters 2010 228 m New York City
10   Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residenc… 2019 227 m Boston
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.