Henry Cobb inked the designs for many of the buildings central to Boston's current landscape: the former John Hancock Tower— now 200 Clarendon, the Harbor Towers on the waterfront, the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse. The noted architect died this week at the age of 93, and "Boston Globe" columnist Alex Beam joined Boston Public Radio Thursday to reflect on his legacy.

"More than most people appreciate, Cobb has had a huge impact on central Boston, and what we see when we look at central Boston," said Beam.

Beam said Cobb was also involved in the master plan for Government Center — though he called for lawns to be built where City Hall is now.

Beam spoke with Cobb just once.

"He's very genial, he's very open to talking about his work, and I hope people find their way to (a "Boston Globe" memorial piece) because among other things, he talks about the Harbor Towers and he's always talked about it as a stigma on his reputation."