Bethany Borel, WELL AP

Associate Partner

Bethany Borel portrait
Bethany Borel portrait

Since joining COOKFOX in 2012, Bethany’s combined knowledge of architecture and interior design has been a valuable asset to a variety of New York City projects. Currently, Bethany is spearheading the transformative design of the Solaire building in Battery Park City and the International WELL Building Institute headquarters at 220 Fifth Avenue. Other recent projects of Bethany’s include the interior design of private homes, a wellness-focused, biophilic high rise in Tampa, FL, and a new building for a private girls’ school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Bethany also designed and orchestrated the design of COOKFOX’s new, award-winning office on 57th Street, and the interiors of 62 Wooster Street, a landmarked 1920s industrial building to a luxury residential property in the heart of SoHo. Among her first projects at COOKFOX were 301 East 50th Street, a pied-à-terre apartment building in Midtown East, two large Brooklyn projects, City Point’s Tower 2, and 535 Carlton Avenue in Pacific Park, an affordable housing development.

Bethany frequently speaks on the topics of biophilia and high-performance design at events such as Greenbuild and the New York Green Building Conference. Additionally, Bethany teaches a sustainability studio course at the New York School of Interior Design and regularly serves as a guest juror at Columbia University and the Pratt Institute. Bethany and her work have been featured in publications such as Interior Design Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and others.

Prior to joining COOKFOX, Bethany designed interiors for Space Architects and Gensler where she focused on a range of projects including workplace interiors, New York retail spaces for Italian fashion houses, and private homes in the Hamptons.

Having spent her childhood in the seemingly disparate locales of Tokyo, Japan, and rural Iowa, Bethany has found that a common thread in her design philosophy is that she holds the utmost respect for the natural environment. At COOKFOX, Bethany brings this thinking to her projects as she pursues environmentally responsible design.


  • Columbia GSAPP; New York, NY, Masters of Architecture, 2012
  • Pratt Institute; Brooklyn, NY, BFA in Interior Design with Minor in Art History, 2008
  • Rhode Island School of Design; Providence, RI, Pre-Graduate Studies in Graphic Design & Fine Arts, 2004
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