John Gardner

John Gardner has been a partner and principal of Cooper Gardner, a multidisciplinary design office in Bermuda, for more than 30 years. Under his direction, Cooper Gardner provides learning experiences and mentorship for young designers and architecture students. Prior to Cooper Gardner he worked in Boston and New York with Rafael Vinoly Architects. He received his BFA (1980) and BArch (1981) from RISD and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit when he graduated.

Gardner is a registered architect in Bermuda and New York state. He has held a number of positions in the Bermuda community, including chairman of the Architects Registration Council, president of the Bermuda Institute of Architects, trustee of The Bermuda National Gallery, vice president of The Bermuda Society of Arts and director of New Theatre Limited. His recent work is in Bermuda; Charleston, SC and St. Kitts. He is interested in realizing master plans and micro solutions for commercial, hospitality and private residential clients and believes that optimum design solutions arise out of collaborative thinking. His current line of inquiry focuses on a sculptural/minimalist approach and the use of innovative materials.

Gardner is an active multidisciplinary artist who has exhibited in The Bermuda Biennial for many years. His work is in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, furniture design, stained glass, installations in mixed media, geo-markers and collaborative projects; and he has maintained an active sketchbook for more than 20 years. For recreation, he sails a 50-foot yacht double-handed on coastal and international blue water passages.

  • BARC, Rhode Island School of Design
  • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles Theory + History of Art + Design