Simon Willett, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


Portrait of Simon Willett.
Portrait of Simon Willett.

Simon has been a member of the COOKFOX team since 2014. He was responsible for structural and mechanical coordination as well as construction administration at 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, a 278-unit condominium in Brooklyn; he is currently the project manager of two private residences in Bridgehampton, and contributes to the ongoing work of converting a landmarked historic warehouse on Manhattan’s West Side into class A office space. He has also made integral contributions to a residential tower in Tampa and to the early stages of the commercial and residential development at St. John’s Terminal (a.k.a. 550 Washington Street) in Manhattan.

Previously, Simon worked with TEN Arquitectos at both their New York and Mexico City offices, as well as with Rozana Montiel and Ezequiel Farca in Mexico, on commercial, educational, hospitality, infrastructure, master planning, and high-end residential projects. He contributed research and graphics to Between Geometry and Geography, a study of infrastructure and urban design possibilities in Mexico City published in 2014. From 2016 to 2017, he sat on the Monthly Programs Committee of the Urban Green Council, the New York City chapter of the USGBC.

Simon’s focus on urban design and architecture seeks to synthesize the vast historical context of the existing manmade landscape with the evolving needs of the city’s users. Crucial to this fusion is the recognition of nature as an integral component of our culture and past which needs to be reintroduced holistically into our everyday experience.


  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Bachelor of Architecture 2006
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, Master of Architecture in Urban Design 2014
Interior space of 550 Vanderbilt.
550 Vanderbilt, Brooklyn