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The award-winning Northern Virginia-based firm of Cook Architecture is a leading force in creating stunning, contemporary spaces for how people want to live today. An architecture and interior design practice known nationally for its expertise in conceiving a wide array of new structures and re-imagining existing spaces, the firm specializes in mid-century modern renovation and preservation and new modern design concepts.

The firm, headed by Lawrence D. Cook, FAIA, and Michael P. Cook, AIA, has worked on more than 200 projects in California, Arizona, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Maine.

As part of its design process, Cook Architecture makes a priority of including the clients intimately as partners from start to finish. The firm’s core value system is predicated on establishing architectural achievement at the highest artistic level, maintaining exacting project management standards, ensuring positive communication throughout the process while exercising strict budget control.

Lawrence D. Cook, who received his Masters of Architecture degree from Catholic University and undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, is a licensed architect in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. During his 40 years of practice, Lawrence received numerous awards and honors, including election to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, its highest honor; multiple Outstanding Service Awards from several religious and community organizations; and was named Chair of the National Design Jury for the American Institute of Architects. 

For two terms, Lawrence was National President of the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture.  He is founder of Lawrence Cook and Associates in 1971.  With Michael Cook, they established Cook Architecture in 2004.

Michael Cook received his Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).  He is a licensed architect in Maryland and is a furniture designer. Prior to joining his father’s firm, Michael worked for the world renowned Gehry Partners LLP, the contemporary artist Mike Kelley, and the architecture firm Frederick Fischer and Partners.  His many awards and commendations include, most recently, an Excellence in Architecture Award from the Virginia Society of the AIA, and a Historic Preservation Award for the remodel of a mid-century modern residence in Silver Spring, Maryland. Michael’s sensitive yet spectacular renovations of mid-century modern homes in the Washington, DC area are highly sought after by buyers seeking contemporary design.


Our Architectural Services include:


* Master Planning: Incorporating immediate and future facilities with a logical, affordable phasing plan that fulfills your building needs.


* Architectural:  Providing full-service design, from initial programming and Schematic Design through Construction Administration. The firm continues in its 42nd year of providing expertise in environmentally intelligent design solutions.


* Interiors Services:  Creating unique alterations of existing spaces, acoustical treatments, custom lighting, and furniture design.