Rick Cook ’83 is a partner at Cook+Fox Architects, a firm devoted to creating environmentally responsible, high-performance buildings. Over the past 25 years as a New York City architect, he has built a reputation for innovative, award-winning architectural design. As the founder of Richard Cook & Associates, Cook cultivated a broad portfolio ranging from master planning to various commercial and residential projects. With special expertise in working in historic Landmarks districts, the firm received numerous honors and awards for integrating contemporary design with sensitive, contextual architecture.
In 2003, Cook combined his firm with Bob Fox to form Cook+Fox Architects; its work includes three LEED Platinum projects in New York City: the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, Skanska USA’s office in the Empire State Building, and Cook+Fox’s own office interior. Cook+Fox is also the design architect for the first LEED-certified Broadway theater, an award-winning neighborhood redevelopment in the South Street Seaport Historic District, and a visitor’s center at the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which received awards from the Boston Society of Architects and the AIA-New York. The firm was named a winner of “From the Ground Up,” a competition to design green, affordable homes, and won an international competition to design a 3.3 million square foot, mixed-use development at Government Center in Boston.
In 2006, Cook and Fox joined Bill Browning and Chris Garvin to form Terrapin Bright Green LLC, a strategic consulting firm that crafts high-performance environmental strategies for large-scale developments, corporations, and governments.
Cook’s work has been showcased at the National Building Museum, in The New Yorker, and on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. He speaks frequently on sustainable design and urbanism, including presentations at the UN and for The Economist.
Cook earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in architecture from Syracuse University's School of Architecture, where he was named a Hull Scholar and a Gillette Scholar and was awarded the Norman J. Wiedersom Traveling Fellowship to study in Florence. As an undergraduate student, he won the Soling Competition for his design of a Midtown skyscraper, and now serves as a member of the School of Architecture’s Advisory Board.