Honors and Awards

2020 Forbes "Small Giants"

Cohen Architectural Woodworking named a Forbes 2020 ‘Small Giant’ among America’s best small businesses.


2017 SBA Small Business Person of the Year for Missouri

Out of 500,000+ small businesses in the state of Missouri, Phil Cohen, CEO, was chosen as the Missouri small business owner of the year in 2017.


2017-18 Future 50 Award

Cohen Architectural Woodworking named a top company for Future Growth and Regional Impact by St. Louis Small Business Monthly.


AWI Award of Excellence

For Delbert Day Cancer Institute in Rolla, MO – 2018


AWI Award of Excellence

For Wichita Airport, Wichita, KS – 2016


AWI Award of Excellence

For Mercy Clinic, Rolla, MO – 2009


AWI Award of Excellence

For the Dake Orthodontic Clinic, West Plains, MO – 2008


AWI Award of Excellence

For the Grand Plaza Hotel Lobby, Branson, MO – 2005


1st Place: ACE Student Engineering Competition

2005 & 2006 – Naomi


1st Place: ACE International Student Woodworking Competition

2004, 2005, & 2006 – Nate



Cohen Architectural Woodworking named A Forbes 2020 ‘Small Giant’ among America’s best small businesses

Cohen Architectural Woodworking in St. James, Mo., has been named by Forbes as one of the "25 Small Giants" in American business. Each year, the magazine identifies the best 25 small companies and then publishes the list, with a story about each company. St. James is about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis, near Rolla.

This piece focuses on how founder Phillip Cohen started the company in the early 1980s, an off-shoot of him making wooden porch swings in a neighbor’s barn as a way to recover from "a life of drug abuse and incarceration." It also points out that the company, which employs about 80 people, makes an effort to hire people who have been in prison or who are recovering from addiction.

"Our people are our strength. We are like a little village all pulling together to serve our clients and our community,” Cohen said in a press release. The business is no stranger to accolades. In 2018, the firm won two awards of excellence from the Architectural Woodworking Institute, for its work at the Phelps County Medical Center in Rolla and at the University of Kansas Health System.