Architect Preston Scott Cohen

The February Third Thursday Visiting Artist Presentation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the museum's Hudson Auditorium. The featured guest will be architect Preston Scott Cohen, with JCCC faculty moderator Jonathan Miller, Chair and Professor of Architecture. Visiting Artist Presentations are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.


Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building
 Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building
Artist, Lori Nix
Preston Scott Cohen

Thursday Visiting Architect

Preston Scott Cohen is the Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was the Chair of the Architecture Department between 2008 and 2013. He is the principal of Preston Scott Cohen Inc., an internationally renowned architecture firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, celebrated for its innovative geometry and its original approach to integrating buildings with their environments.

Cohen’s most important building to date is the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Amir Building, which received first prize in an international design competition in 2003 and was completed in 2011. Other important recent projects completed or under construction include the Sarmiento Performing Arts Center in Bogotá, Colombia (2015-2021), and the Congregation Beth Shalom Synagogue in Overland Park, Kansas (2018-21). The relationship between art and architecture can be conceived to generate mutual support or friction. Cohen asks whether architecture is capable of renewing the critical function of art in the museum context and beyond.

Third Thursday programs are supported in part by an Ovation Grant from the ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council Fund of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.