Anik Pearson

Assistant Professor Adjunct

The daughter of European artisans, Anik Pearson was raised in an environment where craft, science and art were seamlessly intertwined. After graduating valedictorian of her class at The Cooper Union, Anik earned her license as soon as she was eligible and started her namesake firm, Anik Pearson Architect, P.C., at the young age of 29. She has since blazed a path in architecture with a wide range of achievements, a stunning portfolio of work and quiet confidence. She approaches each project with meticulous study and uses a variety of methods for design investigation; hand drawing, watercolors, photography, and research on historical precedent to arrive at design solutions that are singular in their approach yet proven to withstand the test of time. She brings an artist’s creative edge and the rigor of an organized structure to each project. Anik’s ability to mix modern and classical elements in a sophisticated way enables designs that are not limited to any style or period.  

The firm, an 100% woman-owned architecture practice in operation in NYC since 2001, has been involved in over a hundred new constructions and renovations, locally as well as nationally: from apartments to single-family residences, from churches, private clubs, offices to country estates. The firm’s design team effortlessly merges modern living concepts with a distinctive range of architectural and decorative styles, and is drawing audiences in design, lifestyle, and professional circles.

The firm’s work is widely recognized for its meticulously crafted buildings aspiring for sophistication and permanence, and thoughtful project planning designed to reduce the project’s ecological footprint and impact on the environment’s finite resources. The projects have been widely featured in national and international publications and have earned them the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, for preservation of the St Stephen’s United Methodist Church, located in Marble Hill. The firm has earned Interior Design’s Best in Design acclaims, has been named one of LUXE Magazine’s 2018 “Builders of Dreams,” and made the 2019 Luxe Gold List as an Honoree of Architecture.

In addition to being an Architect and business owner, Anik is proficient at freehand drawing, photography, sculpture, and martial arts. Anik has been leading efforts to support women in architecture through the Mentoring Women in Architecture (MWA), as well as architecture students at the Cooper Union through the creation of the endowed Sue Ferguson Gussow Scholarship.

She is a member of the AIA, a certified LEED AP, a former Certified WBE business owner, and is currently an appointed State Board Member and Vice-Chair of the New York State Board for Architecture, Office of the Professions.

Anik's CV is available here.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.