Bethany Borel, WELL AP

Associate Partner

Bethany Borel portrait
Bethany Borel portrait

With over a decade of experience at COOKFOX, Bethany has developed a specialization in transformative interior environments. Her combined knowledge of architecture and interior design has been a valuable asset for COOKFOX’s large scale complex projects. She excels at harmonizing ideas from clients, designers, and consultants to create thoughtful design solutions.

Most recently, Bethany led the design of the Upper Campus for the Marymount School of New York, a private girls’ school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Other recent projects include the interior renovation and transformation of the Solaire building in Battery Park City, 555 Greenwich, and Terminal Warehouse, and the International WELL Building Institute headquarters at 220 Fifth Avenue. Bethany’s designs center biophilic principles across typologies, ranging from private homes, affordable housing like 535 Carlton Avenue in Pacific Park, and the design of COOKFOX’s new, award-winning office on 57th Street.

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, Metropolis, the Wall Street Journal, and others.

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
  • Pratt Institute; Brooklyn, NY, BFA in Interior Design with Minor in Art History
  • Rhode Island School of Design; Providence, RI, Pre-Graduate Studies in Graphic Design & Fine Arts
Image of COOKFOX's west terrace.