Over the past 25 years, Rick Cook has pioneered sustainable design within the dense urban context, specifically forwarding the advancement of natural, biophilic design principles in New York City. Rick leads the award-wining design studio, COOKFOX Architects, with long-time friend and Partner, Bob Fox. The firm is best known for its design of the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park – the first commercial skyscraper to receive LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. His projects redefine the role of architecture to promote global citizenship and healthy living with a multi-generational focus. Rick is often invited to speak internationally, focusing on his expertise on low-impact design that forges a deep connection between humans and the natural world. In the summer of 2006, Rick and Bob joined green-building experts Bill Browning and Chris Garvin to form Terrapin Bright Green, a global strategic consulting firm that crafts high-performance environmental strategies for clients such as Interface, Google and the National Geographic Society.