Richard A. Cook, FAIA

Founding Partner

Portrait of Rick Cook.
Portrait of Rick Cook.

Rick Cook is a Founding Partner of COOKFOX Architects. Over the past 25 years, he has built a reputation for innovative, award-winning architectural design.

For 14 years, Rick led the firm Richard Cook & Associates, where he cultivated a broad portfolio ranging from master planning to commercial and residential projects. Of special note, the firm was recognized for The Caroline, one of the largest new buildings ever completed in a New York City historic district; the Chelsea Grande, which received a Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism; and 360 Madison Avenue, which was called “the best new building in years” by the New York Sun.

In 2003, Rick joined with Bob Fox to form COOKFOX Architects based on a transformative vision: beautiful design guided by high standards of sustainability, and a commitment to excellence enriched by the collaborative process. Its work includes four 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 both COOKFOX’s former and current office interiors.

Rick Cook 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.


  • Syracuse University, Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude, 1983
  • Norman J. Wiedersom Travel Fellow, Florence, Italy, 1981-82

Honors & Awards

  • Gotham Giant Award, Museum of the City of New York, 2009
  • Honor Roll of Green Design Award, New York School of Interior Design, 2008
  • Pillar of New York Award, Preservation League of New York State, 2006
  • First Prize for Excellence in Architectural Design, Soling Student Design Competition, 1983