Shane Coen is the principal and founder of Coen + Partners, a nationally renowned landscape architecture practice with studios in Minneapolis and New York City. Shane's work is considered progressive yet timeless. Over the past fifteen years, Shane and his firm’s work has been recognized for these qualities, receiving over fifteen state/regional 9awards and eight national awards for design. His studio’s work is recognized by the AIA, the ASLA, the Committee on Urban Environment and the editorial staff of influential publications such as Metropolis Magazine, Dwell, Architecture, Architectural Record, and the New York Times who’s critic, Anne Raver, describes Shane’s work as ‘pushing Midwestern boundaries’.
In 2003 Shane and his firm received a Progressive Architecture Citation for the redesign of Mayo Woodlands, a new residential community in Rochester, Minnesota. This award, given for the radical reinterpretation of a standard subdivision plat, represents only the second time a landscape architect has received this honor in the prestigious competition’s fifty-year history. Most recently, Shane received the Special Award for Collaborative Work in 2006 from the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Chapter.
Well known for their innovative community design through projects such as Jackson Meadow and Mayo Woodlands, Coen + Partners is at the forefront of a national design movement creating communities that reflect the subtleties of a region’s natural and cultural history. Through an innovative approach developing simple and site responsive frameworks, Coen + Partners’ translates a site’s identity into community concept, including collaboratively developing architectural ideas with multiple award winning architects.
In addition to his practice, Shane lectures regularly including recent talks at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center and in Chicago at the symposium ‘Sustainable Waterfronts: Learning from the Dutch Experience’ co-hosted by the AIA Chicago and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Shane will also be participating in the lecture series The Influence of The New West, Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context at the New School in New York on March 12th. Panelists will discuss the impact of Robert Adams’s body of work as well as the ongoing issues related to our not-so-delicate relationship with the western landscape.
Currently, Shane and his firm are collaborating with the Walker Art Center and the Carnegie Museum on ‘Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes’ a nationally traveling exhibit that opened in February 2008.