Glen Coben graduated from Cornell in 1985 after stints as a teaching assistant in the College of Hotel Management, surveying architectural ruins in Rome, working as a field architect in Sardis, Turkey, and then discovering the realities of on-site building construction in New York.
After graduating, Coben joined the architecture and design office of SITE Projects, Inc. as an associate from 1987 – 1992. Some of his projects included: the Plaza and Park at Ross’s Landing, in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee; the Four Continents Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan; and The Isuzu Space Station, a children’s park in Yokohama, Japan.
In 1992, Coben joined NIKE’s retail design division as the director of the store planning and design group. In 1996, Coben joined the Rockwell Group and became a principal in the firm. In April 2000, Coben opened Glen & Company in order to provide customized designs that realize a client’s vision while also engaging their customers.
Glen & Company projects have been published in Hospitality Design, Metropolis, Interior Design, and have been cited in The New York Times. In 2002 the firm was a Gold Key Award Finalist for guestroom design (Flatotel) in the competition sponsored by Hospitality Design magazine and was recognized by Hospitality Design magazine as one The New Breed in 2003.
Glen Coben is a member of Board of Advisors of Culintro, a culinary trade organization. Additionally, Coben served as an Assistant Visiting Professor of Interior Design at Pratt Institute.
Bio and photos courtesy of Glen and Company