We thoroughly enjoyed working with Chuck and his staff at Cook Architectural during the renovation/addition to our 1927 Wilmette home. Initially we were presented with several creative design solutions which met our needs and desires. CA/ds followed through with excellent attention to detail during the development of our project. They were helpful, approachable, responsive and encouraging as we sought a variance, selected a general contractor from four bidders and proceeded through the construction phase. We found Chuck, Sarah and Carol to be very professional but also fun to work with. We continue to receive may compliments on the improvements to our home, and we couldn’t be happier with our finished product.

Charles and Kim

CA/ds designed our new construction dream home. Their design work was beautiful and reflected our every want and need. The home feels both elegant and comfortable at the same time. Their studio was very responsive at every turn. The project manager and staff architects working with Chuck were all first rate. Our mission going in was to realize our every dream with this home, so that we could grow old and die here. With that said, if I ever needed to do this all over again, I would go back to CA/ds in a heartbeat.


We hired COOK ARCHITECTURAL for a residential renovation/addition project. In addition to expanding our living space our objective was to bridge the contemporary style of the addition with the traditional style of the existing home without creating a fractured two style result. The firm’s approach, ideas and support throughout the project was impeccable. They were able to seamlessly manage our input with the experience and creativity. They solved every challenge associated with the blending of the old with new, established a strong relationship with the builder and did it with a high degree of professionalism, In the end, we could not have been more pleased with the results. While many are hesitant to endure the uncertainty that comes with such a big project we enjoyed the process and that credit goes to Charles Cook and his team.

Michael Flynn

Chuck Cook took advantage of every element in designing and implementing an expansion of our home. Through detailed planning, thorough communication and careful execution he created beautiful usable spaces that perfectly fit our family. He was hands-on and detail oriented. We are as happy today after eight years of living in our new space as on day one. There were no negative surprises and we still get lots of compliments on his work!

Sue R

“Chuck Cook and Sarah LaVigne were instrumental in designing, and running my 13 month long build of a 12,000 square foot home north of Chicago on Lake Michigan.  Their firm spent countless hours meeting with me (the designer on the project) and my husband (the real client).  Chuck and Sarah allowed us to personalize our home and they truly allowed us to design the home of our dreams without interfering with what can sometimes be in the architectural industry a professional ego.”

They were excellent at front end design so that the builder was able to seamlessly build a truly custom built home down to every piece of trim being hand designed and custom cut. 

Chuck and Sarah helped us design a home that truly looks as if it has been on this property for a century but with all of the perks a new home brings!”

Chris and Grace

We could not have been more pleased with the work of Chuck Cook and his entire team. They provided the design and project oversight for a large scale renovation and addition to our 100+ year old house and the reconstruction of our 2-story garage. They were very efficient saving us significant time. We liked that they took the time to listen to our needs. At our request, the team then provided a detailed design, led the permitting process (we needed an exception), gave very specific and tasteful recommendations for all our fixtures and was on site working well with our contractor. This was the second large project we have done with Cook and would not use anyone else.


“Working with Charles Cook and the Cook Architectural team on the restoration of our home was a truly wonderful experience.  The complete restoration of a historic home coupled with renovation and a significant addition presented hugely complex challenges.

At every step of the way Chuck’s creativity, vision and passion for the project propelled us forward.  His collaborative and thoughtful approach endeared him to us, the contractors and interior designers alike.  He truly thought about every detail and how best to balance a design that respected the home’s history with the contemporary needs of a family of six.

We simply couldn’t be happier with the end result.”

Michael & Berit Francis

“It was our great pleasure to work with Charles Cook of Cook Architectural on a large renovation and restoration project for an elegant east coast shingle style home in Minneapolis, MN.  We found Chuck to be one of the most outstanding architects we have worked with in the last twenty years.  He is extraordinarily talented and creative while at the same time exhibiting a true knowledge of the accurate detailing required for the architectural style of the home.  Chuck works in a “team” fashion, listening to the suggestions of others and working only to develop the best home for the client with the other members of the building group.  Any homeowner looking to design a home would do well to work with Cook Architectural.”

David & Holly Erotas, Erotas Building Corporation

“We at Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago were very pleased in working with Charles Cook and his architectural team in regards to the design and construction of our new 30,000 square foot space at 6045 S. Kenwood Avenue on the University of Chicago campus.  The planning and design of our two floors was thorough and avoided any unexpected surprises.  They accommodated our current and future needs in the plan and the design pushed the space so it is quite a spectacular work environment that draws praise from our visitors.  They also worked closely with the general contractor to minimize construction problems and assure that quality work was being done, and with our landlord, the University of Chicago, to meet their goals of achieving LEED certification.  We were pleased with the attention that they gave to our project.”

Gary Hamburg, Chief Administrator, Toyota Technological Institute-Chicago

“COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio was essential to the opening of our Chicago Sales and Marketing office. They helped us find the right space, redesigned it to meet the specific needs of our team, and assisted with furniture selection and decor – all on tight timing and with great attention to detail. Cook Architectural created an open, flexible and cool environment that is comfortable and fun to work in.”

Liam Killeen, CEO, Farley’s & Sathers Candy Company

“Working with Cook Architectural Design Studio was an amazing experience! The architectural team listened very closely to our ideas and was able to turn them around into thoughtful, beautiful design concepts.  My husband and I really enjoyed working with them to evolve our new home design.  The final result of the design and build process was truly our dream house and we love it!  We often reflect on Cook’s talent and vision, as we enjoy our new home.  We would love to do another project with them.”

Joy & Steve Baer

“Cook designed an addition to our vintage American Four Square house that exceeded our expectations in every way. Not only did he create spaces that functioned well; it added warmth, light and character to our entire home. Chuck’s attention to details that we hadn’t even considered such as storage, views, lighting – even the ceiling – resulted in a beautiful room that anyone could appreciate, but met the unique needs of our family. Throughout each step of the design and construction process, Chuck was accessible, competent and assured. Our builders raved about how detailed and specific his drawings were. Our project even won a design award!”

Marjie & Liam Killeen

“Working with Chuck made a very arduous experience much easier. The creativity both he and his firm offered combined with his low-key, level headed approach was truly appreciated throughout our home’s renovation. I sincerely believe that the selection of an architect is the most important decision in achieving your objectives with your project. I have and will continue to recommend Chuck’s services because of both his talent and demeanor.”

Louise & Richard Sacks

“Charles Cook produced a marvelous design for us.  Our main issue was that the two floors of our space be connected in a way that encourages interaction between any pair of our offices. Cook’s system of bridges over a central atrium is both visually stunning and extremely functional.  The use of 1902 original brick walls in the atrium yields an impressive mixture of classical architecture and high-tech modernity.  We could not be happier.”

David McAllester, Chief Academic Officer, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago