Cobalt Office is a team of architects invested in the places we live, how they get made and what they say about us as people. We believe work should bring about positive change, for both those who inhabit and create it. We focus on housing and cultural projects, including spaces for art and education, and have particular expertise in digital design and construction technologies. Based in Houston, we have received national recognition for our work through awards, exhibitions and publications.
Andrew Colopy is Partner and Creative Director of Cobalt Office, and Associate Professor at Rice University.
Andrew is a practicing architect and academic. For twenty years he has worked with prominent cultural institutions to realize buildings for art and education, housing and urban environments. His teaching and research examine the use of digital technology in the theory and practice of architecture, and he directs Construct, the design-build program at Rice University. Prior to Cobalt, he was senior designer with Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York where he played a leading role in the redevelopment of Lincoln Center, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro. He is also a former fellow at Van Alen Institute, contributing editor to the journal Praxis and taught previously at Washington University in St. Louis. Andrew is a licensed architect and graduate of Ohio State and Columbia University.
Robert Booth is Partner and Managing Director of Cobalt Office.
Robert has been practicing architecture for twenty years. He has extensive experience in multifamily housing, cultural and educational projects, and digital design technologies. He was previously project manager at HLR architects leading large, multifamily housing developments throughout the US. Prior to HLR, he was senior designer and project manager at Marble Fairbanks Architects in New York where he led the design of NYU’s Silk Building, Glen Oaks Queens Public Library and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Robert has also taught design and digital technology at Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University. He is a licensed architect and a graduate of UC Berkeley and Columbia University.
Kati Gullick is a licensed, project architect with Cobalt Office. Previously, she worked at Carlos Jimenez Studio contributing to residential and commercial projects through all phases of design and construction. She received her MArch from Rice University School of Architecture where her thesis focused on multi-generational living in suburban Houston. During her time at Rice, she worked as a Construct Associate designing, documenting, and building an accessory dwelling unit. Prior to receiving her master’s degree, Kati was a senior product manager in the ﬁnancial sector overseeing the design, production, and support of software and network-based technologies. She received a BS in Management from MIT in 2012.
Eric Kyle Cheung is a project designer with Cobalt Office and Studio Consultant at Rice University. He has contributed since 2018 to the practice’s research, exhibitions and housing projects. Previously, he worked with NADAAA in Boston on the documentation of complex residential projects as well as the 2020 Venice Biennale. His experience includes comprehensive building construction and algorithmic design, which he has taught at Rice University, and he was selected as one of the top 50 architecture graduates in the inaugural Metropolis Future 100. Eric received his BA, BArch and the Alpha Rho Chi Medal from Rice University School of Architecture.
George Hewitt is a licensed, project architect with Cobalt Office. He is committed to increasing housing opportunity at a variety of scales from low-rise backyard apartments to mid-rise multi-family development. George has previously worked at The Architects Collective in Los Angeles, Content Architecture in Houston, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York City. He has worked on mid-rise housing projects at every stage of development from early proposals to construction administration. His experience includes work on more than a dozen ADUs, affordable housing projects, modular construction, and several gallery installations. George received his BA, BArch at Rice University School of Architecture.
Alexandra Oetzel is a licensed architect and designer with Cobalt Office. She was previously a Construct Associate at Rice and has worked with Moody Nolan and CR in Ohio, and Huitt-Zollars in Houston. Alex received her BSArch from Ohio State and MArch at Rice University.
Ignis Zhang is a graduate of UC Berkeley and an intern with Cobalt Office. He worked previously in San Francisco and Denver, and is currently completing an MArch at Rice School of Architecture.
is a graduate of Texas A&M and an intern with Cobalt Office. She has worked previously in Dallas and is currently completing an MArch at Rice School of Architecture.
Jessica LaBarbera received a BFA from the University of Arizona and is an intern with Cobalt Office. She worked previously in the areas of film and television in New York and is currently completing an MArch at Rice School of Architecture.
Former Team Members
⧵ Ivan Dye, Spencer Hotelling, Jared Widner, Jack Hilchey, Sebastian Grande, Dani Latif, Veronica Gomez, Logan Halterman, Anastasia Yee, Lara Hansmann, Steven Collard, Corey Phelps, Kerry Joyce, Jacob Andrew, David Orndorff, Yao Xia, Yu Xin, Jina Kim, James Struthers, Chris Quinlan
ASLA National Design Honor Award,
AIA St. Louis Architecture Merit Award, AIA St. Louis Distinguished Award for Architecture,
ACSA National Design-Build Award,
MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Finalists
Cobalt Office, PLLC, is an LGBT-owned business. It is our policy to ensure equal opportunity in employment without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.