Cooper Carry Co-Founder Recognized for Lifetime Contributions to Atlanta


Urban Land Institute (ULI) Atlanta will bestow Jerome (Jerry) Cooper, principal, chairman of the board and co-founder of Atlanta-based design firm Cooper Carry, one of its highest honors: the 2017 Frank Carter Community Achievement award.

Named for the late Frank Carter of real estate investment, development and advisory firm Carter, the award, “recognizes an individual in the development or real estate related field who has made an outstanding contribution to the Atlanta community in his or her lifetime,” according to ULI Atlanta.

For the past 23 years, ULI Atlanta has recognized real estate professionals and developments that exemplify its mission of providing leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities. ULI Atlanta will honor Cooper along with the Dan and Tally Sweat Community Leadership recipient and Development of Excellence recipient at its 23rd Annual Awards Dinner on Sept. 14 at the Fox Theatre.

“I am humbled and honored to accept this award from such a prestigious organization,” said Cooper. “We have always supported the mission and goals of Urban Land Institute. From the very beginning, our firm has been and continues to be dedicated to creating sustainable, environmentally responsible communities in both urban and suburban neighborhoods that create lasting connections and improve the quality of life for those connected to our projects.”

Proud Georgia Tech alumni, Cooper and Walter Carry established Cooper Carry in 1960 with the vision to create a firm focused on connective architecture – a concept that connects ideas and people to the places where they live, learn, work and play. Fifty-seven years later, Cooper remains actively involved, having received more than 100 design awards under his tenure.

Cooper Carry’s recent Atlanta area projects include Georgia Tech’s Engineered Biosystems Building; Park Center in Dunwoody; Emory Point in Druid Hills; AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza; The Hotel at Avalon and Alpharetta Conference Center in Alpharetta; the Georgia BioScience Training Center in Social Circle; North Atlanta High School and the proposed multi-modal passenger terminal in downtown Atlanta. Globally, the firm is working on projects such as the master planning of King Abdullah Economic City, which was announced in 2005 by the king of Saudi Arabia.

“For nearly 60 years, the firm that Jerry Cooper founded has designed some of the places we love most in Atlanta,” said Amanda Rhein, Chair of the 2017 ULI Atlanta Awards for Excellence. “Jerry’s leadership and the firm’s legacy serve to promote physical and emotional connections between Atlantans and their city.”

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ABOUT Cooper Carry

Cooper Carry provides architecture, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, environmental graphic design and sustainability consulting services. Founded in 1960, the firm specializes in the design of corporate, education, government, hospitality, mixed-use, office, residential, restaurants, retail, science + technology, and transit projects. The firm has designed projects in 45 states and globally in the Caribbean, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Central America. Engaging a fundamental design philosophy centered on the concept that environments should connect people to people and people to place, the firm promotes the philosophy of “connective architecture.” Designers understand the local market and the specific cultural and physical contexts in which the building will serve those who interact with it while conceiving memorable spaces, inside and out. Listening to the client and gaining a deep understanding of the market and site prior to commencing design, Cooper Carrybalances passionate creativity with client service. For more information, visit

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