Betsy Cooke RA

Betsy brings a sustainable and environmentally responsible design approach to each project. She creates connected indoor and outdoor spaces that inspire and enable people to linger and interact with one another.

  • I’m from  Cambridge, MA.

  • My education  BA, University of Vermont; M.Arch, Boston Architectural College

  • Why PCA?  The team. A remarkable group of people, striving to do better, learning more and getting creative every single day. I'm regularly inspired by our team and feel lucky to be a part of it.

  • My earliest design memory  My grandfather was an architect. He had a studio and taught me how to draft, freehand sketch and about basic design proportions. He loved the technical aspect of design, but was also a devoted watercolor artist, and I loved that he believed architecture was the marriage of art and techinical skill. It has always stuck with me.

  • A project I’m proud of  Everleigh, the first large development I worked on from start to finish on Cape Cod. It taught me so much over nearly four years. Also, McElwain School and Apartments (still in development) — it's got a Passive House and historic building in the same development.

  • A space that has affected me  The MIT Chapel by Eero Saarinen. Also, my parents' traditional home on Cape Cod.

  • My favorite aspect of working with clients is  building trust, developing rapport and making sure they know I'm doing whatever I can to deliver a strong end product.

  • Building or place I wish I designed  The High Line in NYC, and several of the buildings along it. It is a genius use of existing infrastructure, and provides so many small and playful vignettes throughout the experience of walking it.

  • The most inspiring part of my job is  watching collaborative efforts and ideals come to life in our projects, and helping to develop more affordable housing in a market that desperately needs it. Seeing the final product come together — hopefully as you had designed and envisioned — is also always really exciting.

  • When I’m not working you can find me  with my husband and daughter, out for a run or at yoga.

  • Coffee or tea?  Too much coffee

  • If I were a Pantone swatch, my color would be  19-4029 — Navy Peony.