François de Menil AR'87

Francois de MenilMr. de Menil is a New York based architect and principal of François de Menil, Architect, PC. Since establishing his practice in 1991, the studio has provided architectural and design services for a variety of institutional, commercial, residential and retail clients. Mr. de Menil's work has won local, state and national recognition from the AIA, as well as the Texas Society of Architects. His work has appeared in numerous design magazines, exhibitions, and books. Mr. de Menil is licensed in New York, Texas and North Carolina. He was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2001 and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

FdM:Arch strives to develop thoughtful and unique modern architecture through intense analysis and dialogue with clients. The resulting solutions are known for their innovative interpretations, attention to refined detail and the art of construction. Recent work includes a single family residence in Long Island, town-homes in Houston, Texas and an interpretive arts and culture center for the Seneca Indians in upstate New York.

Prior to attending the Cooper Union, Mr. de Menil was a documentary filmmaker directing the award winning film North Star on the artist Mark Di Suvero as well as other studies of artists. Films on Jean Tinguely and Niki de St Phalle have been shown at numerous museums internationally.

In addition to his commitment to architecture and education, Mr. de Menil is the father of three children and an avid photographer.

Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees since 2011
Member of the Cooper Union Board: 1993-2000; 2005-present

Term ends: 2017

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