Brian Shea


Brian Shea, FAIA, has shaped the urban fabric of cities and campuses across the country during his forty years in the field. He joined Cooper Robertson in 1979 and the American Institute of Architects elevated him to the College of Fellows in 2018.

Brian has served as urban design director on the firm’s most significant and celebrated urban design projects, including Battery Park City, Disney Celebration, Hudson Yards, the Baltimore Inner Harbor, the Stapleton Airport Redevelopment, and Daniel Island. He has led the design of campus plans for Yale University, Harvard University, Colgate University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Trinity College.

Brian has led workshops and taught classes for the Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Degree Program, the Smithsonian Museum’s Neighborhood Design Workshop, the Seaside Institute, and the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has served as a jury member and visiting professor for Yale University, Harvard University, Columbia University, University of Notre Dame, and the Boston Society of Architects.

Prior to joining Cooper Robertson, Brian worked for the Boston Redevelopment Authority and then served as an urban designer for the New York City Department of City Planning and the Mayor’s Office of Midtown Planning and Development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.