University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Alumni Awards Evening

Greg B. Cook

MAR Architecture `81 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BS Business cookAdministration from Northern Illinois University

Principal, Holabird & Root, Chicago, Illinois

Greg Cook is the Managing Partner of Holabird & Root, Chicago, one of the few architecture firms in the United States with a continuous practice of over 125 years, engaged in projects throughout the Midwest.  It is Greg's leadership which has continued this tradition of great architecture in the firm.

Volunteering to open a branch office in Rochester, Minnesota, Greg started from scratch and within a few years had established a thriving practice of over 20 architects and engineers.  Greg was not only dedicated to his work, but was also active in the community.  He started the Rochester Architects Society and served as President of the Board of Directors for the Rochester Arts Center.  When the recession hit in the mid 90's, the partners asked Greg to return to Chicago as the Chief of Operations.  He was so successful in helping to turn the office around that he was soon promoted to Partner. 

Within the office, Greg has instituted a number of programs that have made Holabird & Root more efficient and more effective.  He started a mentoring program that encourages employees to receive a broad experience.  He has led a program that assists interns taking the architectural licensing exam.  He initiated a lecture/seminar program called "First Fridays" where individuals from the office present their projects for discussion.  As a result, Holabird & Root has become the office that many architectural graduates are drawn to.

Greg has been engaged outside the office as well.  He continues to provide support for the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning.  With Dean Robert Greenstreet, he helped to establish the Star Fund that provides financial assistance for outstanding architectural students.  He leads the Large Firm Roundtable, a group of principals from Chicago's largest architectural offices that meet every other month to discuss practices and operations.  He has held special sessions with the Board of Illinois Department of Registration to clarify and refine the regulations for the practice of architecture within the state.  Through these efforts, Greg has become a respected leader in the architectural community.