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The Caribbean Office of Co-Operative Architecture (COCOA) is an award winning firm which was founded in 2000 by Grenadian architects Bryan Bullen and Trevor Bullen. Since its inception, COCOA has been at the forefront of the architectural profession in the Caribbean and has garnered a reputation for design excellence through progressive work that engages our experiences of contemporary culture.
COCOA's projects are developed with a thorough understanding and respect for local context and the tropical environment. The firm embraces new technologies and methods of building and deploy intelligent design solutions to the satisfy client's objectives and programs. To ensure professional best practices, COCOA has a dedicated and experienced team who work in collaboration with engineers, project managers and other specialist consultants within the construction industry. COCOA has amassed an impressive portfolio of projects ranging from large scale resort, recreational and master planning developments, to commercial and institutional buildings, to multiple housing and private residences.
ArchitectureCOCOA's projects are developed with a thorough understanding and respect for local context and the tropical environment. The firm embraces new technologies and methods of building and use state of the art Building Information Modeling or BIM, resulting in an integrated design and construction process that enables satisfaction of client's objectives and programs. To ensure professional best practices, COCOA has a dedicated and experienced team who work in collaboration with engineers, project managers and other specialist consultants within the construction industry. The firm has amassed an impressive portfolio of projects ranging from large scale resort, recreational and master planning developments, to commercial and institutional buildings, to multiple housing and private residences.
Services include but are not limited to:
- Pre-Design Conceptual Analysis
- Feasibility Studies
- Program Studies
- Site Evaluation
- Architectural Design
- Interior Design
- Exhibit Design
- Project Management
- Historic Preservation
PlanningCOCOA is committed to providing responsive and responsible planning solutions for existing and future developments. The firm undertakes planning services with the belief that good planning saves money and resources, while strengthening businesses and communities. To accommodate the needs of individual clients COCOA often prepares short term and long term planning proposals, allowing work to be phased and providing flexibility within the overall Master Plan. Particular attention is paid to the environmental impact of design proposals. COCOA is dedicated to preserving natural resources and providing sustainable design solutions. Our planning services include but are not limited to the following:
- Environmental Assessment
- Feasibility Studies
- Urban Design
- Master Plans
- Development Guidelines
- Infrastructure planning
PartnersBryan W.E. Bullen, M Arch., BA
Trevor A. Bullen, M Arch., BSc. (Architecture) AIA
Professional Activities/ AssociationsMember - Grenada Institute of Architects, 2000 - Present
Member - Grenada National Trust, 2002- Present
Lecturer - Building and Interiors Trade Show, Trinidad and Tobago, 2008
Lecturer - 2nd FCAA (Caribbean Federation of Architects' Associations) Congress, 2004
Member - National Cultural & Heritage Advisory Committee Grenada, 2003-2005
Moderator - Blacklines Magazine Conference on Diversity in Architecture, NYC, 2000
Member - NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) Accreditation Team
AwardsBernard L. Spanier Scholarship
Organization of American States Fellowship
Harvard University Community Service Fellowship
Arnold H. Vollmer Fellowship
James Souverine Gallo Memorial Scholarship
Dorothy Stevens Award
Nora E. Vaughan Award
George A. Reid Award
Ontario Craft Council Design Scholarship
Canada Council for the Arts Artist in Residency Grant
ABS Caribbean Construction Award 2010
Regional and International Experience
No. Country Bryan Bullen Trevor Bullen 1. Grenada X X 2. Trinidad & Tobago X - 3. Barbados - X 4. Anguilla X - 4. The Netherland - X 5. Denmark X - 6. USA X X
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Bryan Bullen is an accomplished architect, industrial designer and artist, whose work has earned him several awards. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 from the Ontario College of Art and Design (O.C.A.D) and his Master of Architecture in 1995 from the world reknown Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc). Bryan operated his design/build studio, Analog, in Toronto and has worked in the offices of Ellerbe Beckett in Los Angeles and Roger Turton Associates in Trinidad. He has also provided architectural consultancy to the Louisiana Museum in Denmark. Upon his return to Grenada, he started the firm (COCOA) in 1996 completing several residential and commercial projects (including the critically acclaimed "Sankofa" residence in 1998.
Trevor Bullen is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He studied architecture at the City College of New York, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1992, and at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design where he received a Master of Architecture in 1997. The recipient of numerous awards, Trevor has worked on a wide range of architecture, landscape architecture and planning projects in the Caribbean, the United States and Europe. In addition to practice, he has taught architecture at the Boston Architectural Center, the City College of New York and with Rotterdam based landscape architect Ardiaan Geuze at Harvard University.
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COCOA Architects Win ABS Construction AwardIn recognition of design excellence in the field of architecture, Grenadian architects, Caribbean Office of Co-operative Architecture (COCOA) was awarded the prestigious prize of the best small building at the 2011 Abel Building Solutions (ABS) Construction Awards held at the Hyatt Regency in Trinidad on March 22, 2011.
The awards are intended to showcase Caribbean construction and to recognize the key firms in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction. The awards are open to professionals working with Caricom through which an expert panel of jurors are charged with the task of choosing the best projects within the related fields of practice.
COCOA's winning project, the Munding Residence displays the firm's "keen ability to craft architecture that is highly responsive to site conditions and programs, resulting in the creation of quality spaces and maximum pleasure for its occupants", says architect Bryan Bullen. Success for the projects has come through in-depth study that has yielded a dynamic building with a unified whole in terms of materials, structure, context and experience.
COCOA's principals Bryan Bullen and Trevor Bullen along with their associate interior architect Charlotte Kraemer (Ixora Design & Styling) have practiced in Grenada for over a decade, and have designed numerous high profile residential and commercial projects. The award of the best small building at the 2011 ABS Construction Awards, bares testament to the architects continued hard work and commitment to design excellence. The Munding Residence as with other buildings designed by the architects display a unique brand of architecture with a sophisticated elegance suited for the tropics, and the contemporary life style of the Caribbean and its people.