Studio William Cochran - Catalytic Public Art for American Downtowns

William Cochran      
The Shining Dark, Baltimore
Community Bridge, Frederick Maryland
Centennial Sculpture Park, Rochester, NY
The Merriweather Horns, Columbia Maryland
The Dreaming, Frederick Maryland
The Dream Pool, Frederick, Maryland
Two Roads, Silver Spring
Pillar of Fire, Washington
Torris, Alexandria, VA
Cornerstone, Rockville MD
Poets Walk, Rochester
Kardia, St. Louis MO
Desire Lines, Bethesda, MD
Oak Wisdom, Baltimore
A Handful of Keys, NY
The Lonesome Touch, Martinsburg, WV
Sky Loom
The Weaving Wall
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Cochran Studio creates catalytic public spaces, strategic master plans and strong participatory processes to support sustainable cities and healthy communities. William & Teresa Cochran collaborate with city officials, stakeholder groups, large developers, NGOs, design teams and cultural organizations to plan, create and facilitate large-scale projects known for their vision, design quality, and public engagement.

  • Community Bridge (1998), one of the studio's best-known early projects, is beginning a multi-year recreation using state of the art materials to address damage from years of neglect that resulted in systemic water infiltration issues. Visitors to Frederick have long ranked Community Bridge as one of the three highest-rated landmarks in Frederick County, Maryland. Learn about the long road to the rebirth of Community Bridge here.
  • Completed a radical redesign of the streetscape for the historic city center of Cumberland, Maryland (see artist's rendering above), and provided design oversight throughout engineering drawings and regulatory review. The new design plan covers nine square blocks and includes an "urban forest" planted in massive soil cells under 21-foot-wide suspended sidewalks of clay-fired brick pavers, two public plazas, a large urban waterfall, community gathering spaces, and a public art master plan. View the design document here.
  • Developed a public art master plan for Columbia, Maryland's new downtown, for The Howard Hughes Corporation, and facilitated several significant public artworks by nationally-known artists.
  • William Cochran received the Individual Artist Award from the Frederick Arts Council and was selected for a month-long artist residency with a small group of international artists in the south of France.
  • Developed the public art master plan for the Hagerstown Cultural Trail and served as consultant for public art, design and public participation through completion, facilitating several significant public artworks by both nationally-known and regional artists.
  • Completed The Shining Dark for the Maryland Transit Administration in West Baltimore.
  • Completed Pillar of Fire, an illuminated, post-tensioned glass tower that honors the original site of the Whitman Walker Clinic on 14th Street in Washington DC. Pillar of Fire was selected as one of the top 100 public artworks internationally by a professional design panel for CODAWorx.
  • The Merriweather Horns: Cochran Studio was asked to join a team of internationally recognized designers including Martha Schwartz Partners and Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY for a cultural park around Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. William designed four entry sculptures of illuminated, diaphanous acoustic sculptures designed to generate low-level sound fields composed from sounds produced by wildlife.
  • Centennial Sculpture Park at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester was a significant focus of the studio for four years, focusing on master planning, public space design, a public art master plan and public participation. It won the Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation, a Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association for Regional Transportation Projects and a New York State ASLA Chapter Award. It received one of the top grants in the nation from the National Endowment for the Arts Mayors' Institute on City Design via a grant application produced by the studio.
  • Cornerstone, the civil rights memorial that anchors a corner of the new Rockville Town Square, received a historic preservation award for unearthing and celebrating key aspects of 250 years of black history at the core of Rockville, Maryland.




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