Robert Young

Robert Young

Washington, DC, US



Robert Young is an Associate Principal in the New York office of Grimshaw. Formerly a Design Director at Gensler DC, a Principal and Design Director at Perkins+Will, and an Associate Partner at Polshek Partnership Architects in New York, Robert has been responsible for the design and team leadership for many significant cultural and academic projects throughout the US. Specializing in complex programs often involving challenging programmatic and regulatory restrictions, Robert’s projects include The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia; the Institute for Performing Arts at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; The Newseum in Washington DC; The University of North Texas’ College of Business; the new Entry Pavilion at the Brooklyn Museum; Scandinavia House in New York; and the Re-Use Plan for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. Expertise and responsibilities held include: urban design and master planning; programming; concept development and design; prime client contact; client and community engagement; development of strategies for and presentations to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC), Community Boards (NYC), and the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts (DC); oversight of design team from concept through construction administration; coordination and integration of prime consultants; and marketing and business development.

Robert Young was a founding member of Bernard Tschumi Architects NYC, serving as Project Director on such notable competitions and award winning projects as: Tres Grand Bibliotheque, Paris France; Future Park: Flushing Meadows Corona Park Master Plan, New York; Centre d’Arts Plastique Contemporain, Lausanne Switzerland; Metropont, Lausanne Switzerland; and L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Marne-la-Vallee France. He was the designer with Bernard Tschumi on more than 40 international competitions, and his models and drawings for BTA/NY have been exhibited world-wide, including in the permanent collection of the MOMA in New York and the Louisiana Museum in Denmark.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Studies from Dartmouth College in 1984, and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Yale University in 1988. He also studied photography and printing at the Rencontre International de la Photographie, in Arles France.

He has taught at Yale Unversity as a Guest Lecturer in Contemporary Architectural Theory, as well as serving as Thesis Examiner at the University of Maryland, and at the University of Buffalo (SUNY). He has lectured at Pratt, LSU and at the National Archives in Washington DC. He is currently a Fellow at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York.

Robert Young is NCARB certified, and has been licensed in New York since 1992. He is a member of the AIA, the RIBA, the Architectural League and the Municipal Art Society’s Urbanists.


Grimshaw, New York, NY, US, Associate Principal

Jan 2017 - current

Gensler, Washington, DC, US, Design Director

Responsible for design leadership of the Lifestyle Studio, focused on Arts and Culture, Hospitality, and Sports facilities. Also serves as adjunct Design Director for the Community Studio, focussed on Aviation+Transportation and Urban Design.

Mar 2013 - Dec 2016

Perkins&Will, Washington, DC, US, Principal, Director of Design

Principal responsible for qualitative performance of the DC office of Perkins+Will.

Mar 2010 - Sep 2012

Polshek Partnership, New York, NY, US, Associate Partner

Associate Partner for Design, leading design teams focused on large-scale cultural institutions.

Jan 1995 - Feb 2010

Bernard Tschumi Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Director

Founding Member of BTA NY, Project Director for numerous competitions and award-winning projects in collaboration with Bernard Tschumi.

Jun 1988 - Dec 1994


Yale University, New Haven, CT, US, MArch, Architecture

Master of Architecture program

Teaching Assistant for Graduate Drawing, Structures, and Forms and Methods of Expression (Undergraduate)

Sep 1985 - May 1988

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, US, Bachelors, Fine Arts/ Philosophy

Majored in Fine Arts, with a concentration in Philosophy (American Existentialism)

Sep 1980 - Jun 1984

Areas of Specialization