Architecture and urban design firm Cooper Robertson has promoted five emerging leaders. The newly elevated professionals include Nathalie Guedes, RA, and Alfia White, RA, LEED AP, who have both been named senior associates. Additionally, Lloyd Helen, Iris Kim, and Anjulie Palta have been promoted to associate.
“With expertise in planning and design for college campuses, urban mixed-use districts, cultural facilities, and more, these five talented professionals embody our firm’s multi-disciplinary, community-minded approach, and our dedication to creative problem solving,” said Donald Clinton, AIA, MRAIC, LEED AP, Cooper Robertson managing partner. “We are pleased to recognize their contributions to firm-wide innovation, and to inclusive and collaborative design processes that address the key architectural and urban design imperatives of our time, from pandemic responses to long-term strategies for shaping more equitable and resilient cities.”
In just over one year at Cooper Robertson, Miami native Guedes has distinguished herself as a skilled project manager on several of the firm’s noteworthy new commissions, including the $27-million Enterprise Center and Breech School of Business complex at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, the firm said in a press release. With a background spanning the residential, commercial, and institutional sectors, prior to joining Cooper Robertson Guedes led design teams for educational and cultural projects in New York City, including the Fotografiska NYC photography and cultural center, and the Brooklyn Health Center.
Since joining Cooper Robertson in 2015, White has become a leader in the firm’s museum practice. She has served as a designer on a number of prominent cultural projects, including the upcoming Studio Museum in Harlem, the recent renovation of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Programming and Facilities Plan. Recently named one of Commercial Observer’s Top Young Architects of 2020, White is seen as a skilled manager of multidisciplinary teams of designers, engineers, contractors, and client leaders.
With professional experience in London, New York, China, and Germany, Ireland native Helen is a core member of the urban design team at Cooper Robertson, and is valued for his business development acumen as well as his design talents. Currently at work on the 169-ha (418-acre) Riverton waterfront development in New Jersey—the largest mixed-use project in the state’s history.
With a background in art history, editorial production at McGraw-Hill, and exhibition program development for the MoMa, Kim’s multifaceted expertise makes her an invaluable presence in Cooper Robertson’s cultural and museum practice, the firm said. Since joining the firm in 2018, she has contributed planning and design knowledge to several major institutional projects, and is currently engaged in long-range master planning work with the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art in Pennsylvania.
Globally minded and multi-disciplinary, since joining Cooper Robertson in 2018, Palta has become responsible for overseeing planning, design, community engagement, and project management efforts for the firm’s urban design and campus planning clients. Her project portfolio at Cooper Robertson includes development of a new strategic facilities master plan for the George Washington University (GW), which garnered attention from building industry media for its successful pivot to entirely virtual community engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic.