Chris Cozzi

Video by Zach Chernak

A recent student opinion


part Art Teacher

“Mr. Cozzi is an exceptional teacher & artist. He truly embodies what is expected from a “highly qualified” teacher in so many ways and more.” 

—Dr. Garcia-Blocker
Chief of Staff Superintendent’s  Office New Haven Public Schools

part Artist

“Your work, “Legacy,” will serve as a snap shot of time for generations to come.” 

—Christina M. Oliver
Registrar, George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum, National Archives

part Designer 

“Mr. Cozzi is indeed fortunate to have worked and studied with such luminaries very rarely matched by those practicing and teaching Industrial Design in the USA.” 

—Sheila de Bretteville
Director of Graduate Studies in Graphic Design, Yale University

part Stone Mason

“Coz is a stone Wizard.”

—Mike Simmons
Owner of Simmons Quality Home Improvement

part Spin instructor

“Chris is a Legend in the Spin Room.” 

—Rob Acquevella
Manager In-Shape, Branford CT

part Friend

“Mr. Cozzi, I have one one message above any other…I love you my friend! It has been my pleasure to have gotten to know you, to spend true quality time with you and to witness your dedication, your vision, your compassion, your commitment, your passion.” 

—John A. Chetelat
Field Operations  Director, Honeywell Security & Fire

Enough Parts already! He obviously has a short attention span…

Christopher A. Cozzi received his Industrial Design degree from Syracuse University in New York and his Master of Design degree from Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. As a professional designer-artist, Chris later became a visual arts educator and has worked in public elementary schools in the city of New Haven, Connecticut, for more 20 years. His dog, Alex, was his teaching assistant for 10 of those years. 

Now for a time-line:

2009 – Present | Lead Visual Arts Teacher Cooperative Arts & Humanities H.S. New Haven, CT

1999 – 2009 | Art Teacher Conte West Hills K-8 Magnet School, New Haven, CT

1996 | Present Spin Instructor, In-Shape, Branford, CT

1986 – 1996 | Principal Cozzi Design Group, CDG, NYC & CT

1987– Present | Freelance Stone Mason, CT, MA & NY

1980 – 1984 | Industrial Designer, Tektronix Inc., Beaverton, OR




1999 | Alternate Route to Teacher Certification, Ct

1985 | Master of Design, Domus Academy, Milan Italy

1979 | Bachelor of Industrial Design, Syracuse University, Syracuse New York