Robert Goodwin

Principal, Design Principal, New York

Making has always been in Rob’s DNA. Growing up in Toronto, he loved working on his highly-detailed model train set. As he got older, he built tree houses, skating rinks, and furniture. Eventually, Rob started his own business, constructing fences and decks during the summer.

Being involved at the inception of a project, helping to brainstorm the ideas that will ultimately shape the outcome, is paramount for Rob. He loves the iterative process that architects and clients engage in to arrive at a well-resolved design solutions. Rob’s built work is inventive and thoughtful, with a strong emphasis on the integration of space, light, and nature.

Rob can count some of the most high-profile, preeminent institutions among his clients, and his multiple award-winning body of work has had a lasting impact on the design culture of our firm.

“Design should seek to resolve the conceptual and the perceptual: the rational should be balanced with the experiential, so that the character of the architecture is informed as much by human experience as it is by concepts of order, form, and space.”
Rob's designs emphasize the integration of space, light, and nature.
Hartford Hospital Bone and Joint Institute
“Truly effective design derives from a compelling idea–a strong unifying concept that tells a story about the building in terms that are both intelligent and accessible. It is the quality of this concept and the way that it is expressed that makes a building transcend fashion to become timeless.”
fun fact about rob
When he’s not keeping his 110-year old house in shape, Rob enjoys tennis and skiing—but he’s particularly fond of ice hockey and continues to play every week.
Sketch of Atkinson Center at Cornell University
“ I believe that each building should somehow hold the DNA of an entire city: that the genesis of an urban fabric can be embodied in the strategies and language of a single building and could, if desired, be expanded to create an entire urban realm.”

Robert's Featured Work

Hartford Hospital Bone & Joint Institute
Hartford, Connecticut
Cornell University Upson Hall
Ithaca, New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth Ambulatory Care Center
Middletown, New Jersey
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799 Broadway
New York, New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Laboratory Medicine Building
New York, New York
Interior Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Palo Alto, California