Bruce S. Fowle ’60 is a founding principal at FXFOWLE Architects, an architectural, planning, interior design, and sustainability firm with offices in New York, Washington D.C., and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. FXFOWLE’s work covers a broad spectrum of typologies, from renowned cultural and educational institutions to large-scale commercial, residential, planning and infrastructure projects around the world.
In the 33 years since FXFOWLE’s beginning, Fowle has guided the firm to international recognition for excellence in design, pioneering socially and environmentally responsible architecture and planning. His work has earned the firm a number of major design awards, including National AIA Honor Awards for the Condé Nast Building at 4 Times Square, the first green skyscraper in the United States, and the New York Times Building (with Renzo Piano).
Fowle’s recent projects include the renovation and expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (in association with Epstein), a new carbon-neutral museum in Pittsfield, Mass., that celebrates the historic Housatonic River, and a LEED Platinum headquarters expansion in Newtown Square, Pa., for SAP Americas.
Numerous awards and honors have recognized Fowle’s dedication and contributions to the architectural industry. In 1985, he was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, and in 1991 he was named an Academician of the National Academy of Design. In 1994, Fowle received the AIA/New York Chapter’s Harry B. Rutkins Award for contributions to planning and zoning initiatives in New York City—a role he considers essential if architects are to have influence over the broader context, quality and sustainability of cities. In 2004, the AIA/New York Chapter recognized Fowle with its President’s Award, the organization’s highest honor, and he received the Chapter’s Harry B. Rutkins Award again in 2010 for his many professional contributions. FXFOWLE Architects also received the New York State AIA’s Firm of the Year Award in 2010.
Throughout his career, Fowle has been committed to creating a more meaningful and effective role for the architectural profession in shaping and sustaining our society. He is a member of the National AIA Committees on Design and the Environment, a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design, and an advisor for the Design Trust for Public Space. A former vice president of the AIA/New York Chapter, Fowle founded its Planning and Urban Design Committee and chaired it for 10 years. In 2011 he was elected president of the Board of Governors of the NATIONAL ACADEMY Museum and School, a 185-year-old institution for American art and architecture. Fowle helped revitalize the School while overseeing its building’s renovation, completed in September 2011.
Fowle was a founder and chairman of the New York Chapter of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, an advocacy group for social justice and environmental responsibility. He has served on the Advisory Board of the New York City Ballet and is currently on the Advisory Panel for the Lincoln Center Institute’s Imagination Award. Fowle also served on the board of the Graham-Windham Childcare Agency, New York’s largest organization helping abused and abandoned children, and the New School’s Eugene Lang College. Following the September 11 World Trade Center attacks, Fowle helped found and mobilize New York New Visions, a coalition of organizations to help shape the planning and design response to the destruction. He continues to give guidance to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.
Before forming his own firm, Fowle was an associate in the firm of Edward Larrabee Barnes, the posthumous winner of the 2007 AIA Gold Medal. Prior to that, he worked for Brown Daltas Associates; Myller, Snibbe and Tafel Architects; and William B. Tabler Associates.
A 1960 graduate of the Syracuse University School of Architecture, Fowle was a founder of the school’s Advisory Board and served as chair for over 25 years. In 1996, he was honored with the school’s Sargent Professorship, and in 2001 he received the University’s prestigious George Arents Award, SU’s highest alumni honor, for excellence in architecture. He is a frequent lecturer at professional conferences and academic institutions, and regularly serves on juries for student and professional design awards.
Fowle is married to Marcia Taylor Fowle, an environmental administrator, author, editor, and past president of New York City Audubon. Each of their three daughters is involved in conservation or environmental planning and design.