Reflecting its growth and global presence across a range of market sectors, acclaimed architecture and urban design firm Cooper Robertson has announced two new strategic hires known for significant accomplish-ments and expertise. Renowned for multidisciplinary projects that serve the public good, Elizabeth Stoel, known by colleagues as Betsy, has been named as the firm’s Director of Architecture. The second key hire positioning the firm for continued growth is urban designer Brad Barnett, who joins as Director of Urban Design, bringing wide experience in large-scale works including data-driven masterplanning and redevelopments. (Full bios follow.) Also adding to the firm’s architecture, design and planning influence are the recent elevations of seven proven team members into associate and senior associate positions. 

Cooper Robertson’s expansion of its leadership team further extends the firm’s expertise in transforming cities, creating cultural landmarks, and crafting memorable, sustainable, and resilient places, says Mike Aziz, AIA, LEED AP, partner with the firm. 

“We’re very pleased to welcome Betsy and Brad to Cooper Robertson’s senior team,” he says. “These highly accomplished and high-profile practice leaders bring new strengths and significant project experience in the areas where we are growing the fastest, ensuring that we will remain industry leaders and trusted collaborators.”

Previously with Rogers Partners for over nine years, Elizabeth Stoel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C has spearheaded award-winning architecture and urban design projects, with notable strengths in institutional and in public realm works, among others. Many have earned acclaim from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York and Florida chapters, the Municipal Art Society’s MASterworks award for best new building in 2020, and honors from the Urban Land Institute and various architecture publications.