Ian Cope

Principal
Ian Cope

Ian Cope jokes that he grew up above the store. Quite literally, he lived above the first Cope Linder office and spent his childhood immersed in design – from family vacations spent visiting his father’s mall projects across the country to his first job as a mason’s helper.

Gerry Cope may have influenced his son’s career direction toward architecture. But Ian’s natural skills as a business developer, mediator, and project facilitator helped him discover a niche on the business side of practice. After gaining experience with other firms, Ian joined CLA. He became a principal in 1991.

Ian supports the tandem principal leadership structure on most CLA projects, often serving as the lead during conceptualization and working to resolve important design issues. Clients and colleagues alike appreciate his honesty and straightforward approach to studying project feasibility, pro formas, economics, and staffing. Ian’s strong understanding of the political and financial aspects of architecture ensures projects are designed to be successful on all levels.

When he’s not leading clients through the design and construction process, Ian travels, gardens, sketches, and enjoys time at the dog park with his German Shepherd. Ian lives in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia, where he has been involved with neighborhood civic groups for more than 15 years.

Ian holds a Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.Arch from North Carolina State University. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Ian is registered in N.J. and Pa. He joined CLA in 1986.

Cope Linder Architects mergered operations with NELSON in 2017.

FOCUSING ON Architecture in the Bay Area

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After a string of recent national moves, NELSON, a global architecture and design firm, announced it has merged operations with WK design group.

FOCUSING on doing good deeds  

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Core to NELSON’s mission is our commitment to partnering with the communities where we work and live to sustain them, as well as creating positive change through civic engagement and socially responsible behavior.

FOCUSING on Architecture in healthcare design  

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In a move that will significantly expand architectural services in the southeast, global architecture, design, and consulting services firm, NELSON, is merging operations with Miami-based architecture firm, MGE Architects. The deal is effective immediately.

FOCUSING ON Design From the Outside In 

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In a move that will take them from a nationally recognized interior design firm to a true full-service architecture and design firm, NELSON, Cope Linder Architects, and KA Architecture will merge operations effective June 1, 2017.

FOCUSING ON DESIGN FROM THE OUTSIDE IN 

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In a move that will take them from a nationally recognized interior design firm to a true full-service architecture and design firm, NELSON, Cope Linder Architects, and KA Architecture will merge operations effective June 1, 2017.

FOCUSING ON Cloud-Based DatA

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To stand out from competitors, attract and retain top talent, and reflect their culture, cloud-based data company, Civis Analytics, retained NELSON to design their new 29,000 SF space.

CREATING New Solutions

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Tactix retained NELSON to provide interior design services for their new location in Center City Philadelphia. The team worked closely with executives to develop new design solutions to fit their needs.

 
 

FOCUSING ON TAMI Solutions

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NELSON announced its intent to launch TAMI (Technology, Advertising & Media, and Information Business) Practice Area. 

 

CREATING innovative design

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Capital One selected NELSON to help them design their Rolling Meadows location. The NELSON team worked with Capital One’s Design Team and Key Leaders to create their vision of an urban chic work environment.