Sean Sculley


Sean West Sculley received his BA degree from Harvard College and a BA from the Columbia University School of Architecture. Before joining the faculty of the Cooper Union he was on the faculty of the School of Architecture at Columbia University and was on the visiting faculty of the Graduate School of Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been honored by the New York City Municipal Arts Society, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Westchester Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and Suffolk County in New York State. He was formerly a partner of Sculley, Thoreson and Linard, and a former Associate at James Stewart Polshek, FAIA. He is currently in private practice. He has been published in Solitary Travelers (The Cooper Union) and other venues. He is engaged in ongoing research on the history of Landscape Architecture and public policy pertaining to the use and protection of open space.

He recently (in 2008) visited England to explore a number of Elizabethan, 18th century and Edwardian gardens: among them, Montacute, Stourhead, Rousham, Hidcote and Ilford Mannor. He also visited Bath to ponder how its builders and architects, divining the genius of place as had the Romans, used topography and well-made façades to shape the extent, scale, volumetrics and conjunctions of its near perfect streets, to say nothing of its magical and ingenious crescents. He also made another pilgrimage to the complex of J.F.Bentley's magisterial Westminster Cathedral, one of London's great buildings and a supreme lesson in architectonic composition. He is registered in the state of New York.

Current projects include: the design of a 22,000 square foot residence and landscape on 24 acres, renovation of and additions to an 18th century house, various outbuildings and gardens on a parcel of 600 acres, along with and other residences and gardens.

Projects & Links

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.