Rob Bundy from COOKFOX
Architect and Flourisher of People
We recently got a chance to speak with Architect, Rob Bundy from COOKFOX. Over his career, he has designed single-family homes, restaurants, university buildings, public buildings, and large commercial projects. Rob has completed a range of pro-bono projects and as a sole practitioner. Originally from Knoxville, TN he moved to New York City in 2006 after graduating college. After working at Kliment Halsband Architects for 5 years, he pursued his Masters in Architecture at Yale University. He then joined COOKFOX in 2017. He and his wife Katie are active at their local church in Brooklyn Heights and hosting friends in their home from time-to-time.
Micky says “I actually met Rob many years ago, through his sister Diana who remains a dear friend. In my previous life, I asked Rob to help me visualize a modern retail concept. I’ve been a fan of his ever since.”
Let’s delve in…
1, Who are you?
I am a New Yorker and a Tennessean, an extrovert, an Architect, and Katie’s husband.
2. What is your craft?
I design and manage projects that create spaces where people can flourish.
3, What are you working on these days?
I am working on the Terminal Warehouse renovation in West Chelsea. Occasionally I’ll work on a competition on my own or sketch ideas for friends’ apartments.
4, Is your personal style similar to your craft?
Yes, though my craft tends to have a much larger budget than my person.
5, What inspires you?
Exploring in order to be surprised. Travel is a big part of this, but I also love going to unfamiliar neighborhoods and museums here in New York. My wife will talk to anybody, which often leads to even more unexpected finds.
6, Favorite color right now?
Orange – Go Vols. But blue if you’re asking what I wear or use most often.
7, Right or left brain?
8, Uptown or downtown?
Downtown. My first apartment was at 56th St and Ninth Ave. Over the last 13 years I have gone back and forth across the East River, but always further south with the exception of my last move from the south edge of Brooklyn Heights to the north end of the neighborhood.
9, What does your home look like?
It is a mix of mine and my wife’s styles, but with a relative cohesiveness. Her style is a little softer than mine, and I think it makes our home more comfortable. Our walls have a lot of art that has meaning to us, mostly by friends & family or related to places that are special to us.
10, What home trends are you looking forward to and which do you wish would disappear already?
I’m looking forward to the small house (NOT a tiny house) trend maturing and producing a multi-functional design solution. The micro-apartment needs to disappear as a solution promoted mostly by people that will never live in one.
11, What is the craziest thing a client has ever asked you to do?
Assemble a stroller for their soon-to-arrive twins (it was billable hours). The couple ended up being some of my favorite clients.
12, Impress us, is there anything most people would not know about you?
I’m really proud of my design for Alphabet Scoop, a neighborhood ice cream shop/job training project in Alphabet City. I was the architect, part of a group that worked pro-bono to revamp the shop. Our team provided branding, design, construction, business operations training, legal services, and fundraising to help them continue their good work in Alphabet City, and the ice cream is fantastic!
13, And lastly, what are you sipping on these days?
I’m a cocktail guy. I have an extensive bar at home, and I like to mix cocktails following the recipe Base Liqour (whiskey or Mezcal usually) + Sweet + Bitter + Herbal, to sometimes mixed results. My wife’s current favorite is the Naked & Famous, originally a Death & Co. creation.
Connect with him
Name: Rob Bundy @bundythethird
Open House Vibes
We asked Rob to share a playlist that inspires his craft. He gave us a robust selection of chill tunes great to listen to while out this weekend previewing homes.