The Economist: Cooper Robertson Master Plans Succeed in France, Too

Val d’Europe

A laudatory article in The Economist shows how a U.S. architecture and urban design firm, Cooper Robertson, can bring guidance to large-scale development projects through wise master planning to ensure smart, successful growth.

The topic is Val d’Europe, and Cooper Robertson’s partner and architect, Brian Shea, AIA, is cited in the article explaining how these two master-planned towns adjoining Disneyland Paris reflect a reaction against suburbanization.

“Val d’Europe has been a commercial success,” writes The Economist, noting that largely due to the Disney projects, “The region’s population grew from 5,000 in 1989 to 30,000 in 2016.”

The article comes at a time of new growth and major project wins for the Cooper Robertson, including a 1,300-acre master plan for Charlotte, North Carolina’s River District and the $1.15 billion M City framework plan in Ontario, Canada.

(Cooper Robertson served as master planner for Val D’Europe. The full team is listed below.)

“At this important moment, we’re focused on projects that build on our successful record of transforming cities, creating cultural landmarks, and crafting memorable, sustainable and resilient places,” adds Shea’s colleague, Cooper Robertson managing partner Donald Clinton, AIA, MRAIC, LEED AP. Clinton points to such projects as the new 8.5-acre research campus for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and theGateway Arch Museum in St. Louis, set to debut in 2018.

Brian Shea

The Val D’Europe Team

Euro Disney Associés SCA

Public Partners:
SAN Val d’Europe
EPA France

Value Retail PLC (La Vallée Village)
Ségécé (BNP-Paribus Group) (shopping mall)
Nexity SA (Place de Toscane)

Master Planner:
Cooper Robertson

Architects (La Vallée Village retail):
CLMA Architects and Planners
Gund Partnership
Chapman Taylor
Lobjoy & Bouvier

Architects (Place de Toscane):
Pier Carlo Bontempi
Hertenberger & Vitry

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About Cooper Robertson

Recognized internationally for its successes in making thriving places, the award-winning design firm Cooper Robertson integrates architecture and urban design at many scales, from buildings to parks to city districts. Founded in 1979, the firm is now led by a core group of diverse and accomplished professionals. Acclaimed works by the firm include large-scale urban redevelopments, major cultural and educational buildings, waterfront sustainability and resiliency plans, and exceptional residences and resorts. Visit