Robert Garneau

Public Private Partnership

Associate BFA BES BArch AIA LEED 

Robert joined Grimshaw in 2003 when the firm was being established in New York. He is an Associate and the Global leader for the firm’s Sustainable Design Group.  Robert is dedicated to sustainable design with the conviction that it is an imperative for architects that design environments and engage the ecological context.

Robert has primary roles on a range of Grimshaw projects, applying first principles to the design process and ensuring deep design excellence. Projects include ‘Via Verde’, the recently completed award winning affordable housing project in the Bronx, as well as the Fulton Street Transit Center in Lower Manhattan currently under construction.

Prior to Grimshaw he acquired a diversity of experience working with Jean Nouvel in France, Richard Rogers in Japan, Pentti Kareoja in Finland and Diamond + Schmitt in Canada.

Robert’s career began in Fine Arts, after which he focused on Environmental Studies in preparation for a profession in Architecture, holding a degree in each of the three disciplines. 

Robert was an early adopter of the green building movement, becoming a LEED accredited professional and a USGBC member in 2001. He is a registered architect in New York State with NCARB certification and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Robert has presented at various conferences such as the NYCGBC Urban Green Expo 2009, USGBC Greenbuild 2008, AIA New York State 2007, and on many occasions at the Center for Architecture - AIA New York City. Robert has been an invited speaker and judge for the DVGBC Natural Talent Competition 2007.

Robert is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Masters of Science in Real Estate Development program, having taught the core course since 2012.  He was a lecturer at the University of Illinois and has lead design technology studios taught by Grimshaw for Cornell University and Maryland University. He has been a quest critic at Yale, Columbia, Parsons, NYU, NYIT, and Fordham University.



Grimshaw was founded by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1980. The practice became a Partnership in 2007 and operates worldwide with offices in New York, London, Melbourne, Sydney and Doha employing 325 staff.

Grimshaw’s international portfolio covers all major sectors, and has been honoured with over 150 international design awards including the prestigious Lubetkin Prize.

The practice is dedicated to the deepest level of involvement in the design of their buildings in order to deliver projects, which meet the highest possible standards of excellence. The company’s work is characterized by strong conceptual legibility, innovation and a rigorous approach to detailing, all underpinned by the principles of humane, enduring and sustainable design. 

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