In Memory of



Obituary for Harvey Cohn

Harvey Cohn, 62, passed away in Rhinebeck, New York, on January 2, 2021.  The eldest son of Julian Lionel Cohn and Ruth Lemoine Cohn, Harvey was born on February 16, 1958 in New York City.  He graduated from Red Hook High School, Class of 1975. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979 and worked at architecture firms in Dallas and San Francisco before earning his graduate degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. He returned to New York to work at the architecture firm of Ehrenkrantz and Dattner, and then Dattner Associates. He made a lasting impression on colleagues for his careful work and attention to detail and for his congeniality and “gentlemanly” professionalism.  In 1991, he established Harvey Cohn Architecture PLLC (formerly Harvey Cohn Architects). He married Sharon Neier in 1993, and they settled in Manhattan.

Harvey took pride in being the principal of a small firm dedicated to providing personal attention as well as expertise to each client.  Design projects included institutional, residential and commercial building types ranging from country retreats to large New York corporate headquarters to diversified city apartments and a Fifth Avenue triplex penthouse. Clients included the Estee Lauder Companies, the Chabad Lubavitch, and  His passion for the environment was integral to his practice.  He was a true “eco architect” who emphasized sustainable design and encouraged each and every client to make environmentally friendly choices. He was a leader in green architecture with a long and successful track record of green-built work. Harvey had a keen intellect with diverse interests that included reading, painting, travel, and music of many genres. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his siblings, David, Barbara, Joel, and Jeremy; his nephew, Douglas; many cousins and extended family; and friends.

If you would like to make a charitable donation in Harvey‘s memory, please consider The Natural Resources Defense Council, a favorite charity of Harvey’s that reflects his passion for the environment and dedication to eco-friendly architecture.