Robert Tan

Robert TanRobert Tan is the co-founder of Gerrard + Tan Architects. He worked previously in the offices of Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, Prentice and Chan, Olhausen, and Lee Harris Pomeroy. He is a visiting professor in Architectural Design at the New York Institute of Technology, has taught at the New School of Social Research, and has served as guest critic at the Pratt Institute, and the City College School of Architecture.

Mr. Tan received a B. Arch from the Cooper Union in 1981 and holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Role: Alumni Trustee
Elected to the Board: June 2021
Class Term: 2023
Term Limit: 2023


  • 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.