Urban Land Institute presented its Frank Carter Community Achievement Award to architect Jerry Cooper at its Awards for Excellence Dinner at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Jerry Cooper

Cooper is the principal, chairman of the board and co-founder of Atlanta design firm Cooper Carry. He is a longtime supporter of the William Breman Jewish Home who also is involved in causes helping Holocaust survivors.

“He’s one of the godfathers of Atlanta architecture,” said Steven French, who serves as dean of the College of Design at Georgia Tech and presented the award to Cooper. “Jerry’s visionary spirit and ability to download and manufacture several complex ideas into a process that creates world-class design is unmatched. We honor his accomplishments and congratulate him on a magnificent career.”

The award, named for the late Frank Carter of real estate investment, development and advisory firm Carter, “recognizes an individual in the development or real estate related field who has made an outstanding contribution to the Atlanta community in his or her lifetime.”

Georgia Tech alumni Cooper and Walter Carry established Cooper Carry in 1960 with a focus on connective architecture.

“I have been witness to the growth of Atlanta from a town of modest size to a metropolitan city, and as an architect I’ve been privileged to be part of that growth,” Cooper said. “This is a new city form that is comprised of community improvement districts, small cities and smaller towns, each of which has its own culture, governmental entity and political body. The commonality among each of these entities has not yet been recognized. The search for this commonality creates an opportunity for us in the realm of city-making. It will take individuals from a variety of different places in the private sector to come together to not just address the what and the how, but the why. I suggest to you the time is now.”

Cooper Carry’s recent projects include Park Center in Dunwoody, Georgia Tech’s Engineered Biosystems Building, Emory Point in Druid Hills, AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza, The Hotel at Avalon and Alpharetta Conference Center, the Georgia BioScience Training Center in Social Circle, and the new North Atlanta High School.