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 moisture issues in the underlying bridge structure. Visitors to Frederick rank 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, a downtown listed in the National Register of Historic Places (artist's rendering above). Provided design oversight throughout engineering drawings and regulatory review. The new design plan covers nine square blocks and includes an "urban forest" of London plane and locust trees planted in extensive soil cells under 20-foot-wide suspended sidewalks of clay-fired brick pavers, two public plazas, a large urban waterfall and community gathering space, and a public art master plan. The design document is viewable here. Groundbreaking is slated for the fall of 2022.
  • Development of the public art master plan for Columbia, Maryland's new downtown, a project of The Howard Hughes Corporation. Also working to facilitate public artworks by diverse artists. Columbia was named one of the top ten best cities to live in America by Niche and the best place to live in America by Money magazine.
  • 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.
  • Completed work on the Public Art Master Plan ( and on public art, design and public participation through completion for the Hagerstown Cultural Trail.
  • Completed The Shining Dark for the Maryland Transit Administration in West Baltimore, and Desire Lines, a permanent abstract painting installation anchoring a cultural pedestrian corridor in downtown Bethesda, Maryland.
  • 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, was selected as one of the top 100 public artworks internationally by a panel of professional designers for CODAWorx.
  • The Merriweather Horns: Cochran Studio was part of 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, a significant public space design and public art planning focus of the studio for four years, won the Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation in October 2013, 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, the latter 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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