Ariel Cooke

Ariel Cooke

Philadelphia, PA, US



I am a Master of Architecture candidate (‘19) at the University of Pennsylvania. I am interested in topics of form, function, and interpretation and how these relate to the continual challenges embedded in each project. I am fluent in critical thinking and analytical techniques, which have allowed me to make meaningful contributions to a variety of academic and professional projects.

I have over three years of combined work experience from PARTISANS in Toronto, DIGSAU in Philadelphia, and Grimshaw in New York City. I have also held various research and teaching assistant positions throughout my education. Currently I am researching the agency of architects in the design of highly functional spaces, set within a network of empirical and speculative influences.



University of Pennsylvania - School of Design, Philadelphia, PA, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant

- 1st year graduate studio with instructor Maya Alam, Spring '19.
- 2nd year graduate studio with instructor Brian Phillips, Fall '18.
- 1st year graduate studio with instructor Andrew Saunders, Spring '18.
- Co-taught design studio, assisting students with design methodologies and tools.
- Desk critiques to help students develop project

Jan 2018 - current

Grimshaw, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

- Created designs and proposals for JFK Airport Land-side developments
- Worked on RFI and visioning documents for JFK Airport.
- Modeled designs for visualization.
- Design and documentation of arrivals experience to terminals.
- Attended meetings with Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and key project stakeholders.

May 2018 - Aug 2018

University of Pennsylvania - School of Design, Philadelphia, PA, US, Research Assistant

- Processing of high-density 3D point cloud scans of Baroque Cathedrals in Rome.
- Creation of high quality meshes for rendering and 3D-printing.
- Research regarding the spatial qualities of works by Bernini, Borromini, Guarini, and other influential Baroque architects.

Aug 2016 - Dec 2017

DIGSAU, Philadelphia, Architectural Designer

- Design and documentation of high-end pool-side pavilion.
- Correspondence with consultants and vendors.
- Construction documentation in Revit for commercial-residential buildings in Philadelphia.
- Visualization for various project in Schematic Design, and Design Development.

May 2017 - Aug 2017

PARTISANS, New York, Designer

- Design and construction documentation for Bar Raval in Toronto, recipient of Architect Magazine’s R+D award among others.
- Researched and developed method for mapping and cutting custom toolpaths on 5-axis CNC. Coordinated with client and manufacturer.
- Design and construction documentation for sauna in Poland made of CNC’d wood panels.
- Design, customization, and fabrication documents for laser cut cor-ten steel screen for cottage in Caledon, Canada.
- Processing of 3D laser point cloud scan of private island in Georgian Bay.
- Design of custom ceiling fixture integrating lighting, ventilation, and acoustics for Union Station in Toronto.

May 2014 - Aug 2016


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, MArch, Masters of Architecture

Aug 2016 - current

Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, CA, Architectural Science

Sep 2011 - May 2016


Samuel K. Schneidman Fellowship, Award

Established in memory of Samuel K. Schneidman and awarded to second- or third-year students in the professional degree program on the basis of demonstrated excellence.


Will M. Mehlhorn Scholarship, Award

Established in 1989 through a bequest by Will M. Mehlhorn (BFA'30), former architectural editor of House and Garden. Awarded to the students who have done the best work in the theory sequence.


E. Lewis Dales Fellowship, 2nd Place

Awarded for outstanding portfolio in portfolio design competition. Applications were reviewed on the basis on content and layout.


Warren Powers Laird Award, Award

Given to a student with the highest standing in all courses in the first year of the professional degree program in architecture.


Warren Powers Laird Award, Award

Given to a student with the highest standing in all courses in the first year of the professional degree program in architecture.


Schenk-Woodman Competition 2017, 3rd Place

Fast-paced design competition that challenged students to design an urban intervention in a Philadelphia neighborhood with the aim of creating connections within residents and the rest of the city. Group project.


Areas of Specialization