Simone De Conno, AIA, LEED GA


Portrait of Simone De Conno.
Portrait of Simone De Conno.

Simone joined COOKFOX in 2004 and has since worked on a large range of projects. Beginning with Skanska USA’s LEED Platinum Headquarters in the Empire State Building, he went on to design One Congress Street, a proposed mixed-use complex in Boston, MA. He then worked on Live Work Home, a prototype for affordable, sustainable urban infill solutions that was named a winner of the international design competition “From the Ground Up” in 2008. Simone has contributed to 300 Lafayette Street and 512 West 22nd Street, both new Manhattan office buildings inspired by biophilia, as well as 150 Charles Street, a high-end residential building in the West Village. More recently, he has worked on a large mixed-use development at St. John’s Center in Manhattan and a private home in the Hamptons.

Currently, Simone is project manager for 760 Madison Avenue, located in Manhattan’s historic Upper East Side. The project will be the future home to the Armani flagship retail space and residences.

A native of Tuscany, from a young age Simone was inspired by his home’s human-scale architecture, connection to nature, and attention to detail and craftsmanship. He spent summers in his father’s construction company learning how things work together and sometimes how they don’t. He studied architecture in Florence, and he broadened his horizons by continuing his education in the US. Here at COOKFOX he feels blessed to be part of a team of talented professionals inspired by biophilia, committed to sustainable design, and dedicated to shaping a better future for our children.


  • New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, Master of Science in Architecture, 2008
  • New York Institute of Technology, New York, NY, Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude, 2006
  • Universita’ degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, School of Architecture, 2004