Founded by Shane Coen in 1991, Coen + Partners is a renowned landscape architecture practice based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through a process of collaboration, experimentation and questioning, the firm’s work embraces the complexities of each site with quiet clarity and ecological integrity. The practice has built a distinguished body of award-winning work that is widely-recognized as progressive and timeless, winning numerous awards for landscape architecture, planning, and urban design. In 2015, Coen + Partners received the National Design Award in Landscape Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. In addition, Coen + Partners is regarded by the AIA, the ASLA, the GSA Design Excellence Program and the editorial staff of influential publications such as Metropolis, Dwell, and Architectural Record. The New York Times architectural critic, Anne Raver, describes Coen + Partners’ work as having ‘pushed Midwestern boundaries.’
Coen + Partners offers a comprehensive suite of services including master planning, site design, programming, and project administration for urban, green roof, rural and multi-scaled residential, institutional, and commercial projects. In each area of emphasis, we expose and enhance in-situ systems while highlighting the concept through site-specific materials, deferential textures, and supportive plant palettes. Each of our built and in-progress works represents the site history, context, and the larger architectural vision. We collaborate extensively with top design talent to create site designs integrating programmatic, architectural and ecological goals with innovation and beauty.
Our work reflects an understanding of landscape, environmental advocacy, and fiscal responsibility that is unmatched in the landscape architecture community. We seek not to recreate nature in our work, but rather to redefine natural frameworks and transform them into innovative solutions for comprehensively designed environments.
Coen + Partners is known for our collaborative approach to design, with architects, engineers, clients and the public as critical partners. Our designs and process blend seamlessly with that of our partner disciplines. We have worked on a variety of complex, multi-stakeholder projects. Our core team is a small, tight-knit group of visionary designers and leaders who operate within a system akin to a round table or hive. This system values all opinion, full expression of idea, thoughtful disagreement, and significant testing of concept. Our media of choice is landscape, but our expression of this media is not possible without valuing internal and external collaboration.