Samuel Anderson AR’82

Sam Anderson is an architect and an adjunct professor at the Cooper Union, where he has taught Building Technology and Studio for over twenty years.

Educated at Harvard College (BA cum laude) and the Cooper Union (B.Arch), he worked for Charles Gwathmey and Hawkinson+Smith-Miller before opening his practice, Samuel Anderson Architects , in 1991.

His firm specializes in projects for museums, archives, and libraries, devising creative spaces for the storage and conservation of cultural heritage objects for future generations. A LEED-accredited professional, Mr. Anderson has a lifelong commitment to approaching elegance through the efficient use of space, energy, and materials. Clients include the Harvard Art Museums, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Huntington Library, SFMOMA, Oberlin College, the Ransom Center at UT–Austin, and Yale University.

Several of his projects have received awards for design excellence and sustainability. He is the 2020 recipient of the Allied Professionals Award from the American Institute for Conservation. Samuel Anderson is the recipient of the 2023 CUAA John Q. Hejduk Award. He will be inducted into The Cooper Union Hall of Fame on February 9, 2023.