Fonds MSS 208 (A05-21) - Jeffrey Cook fonds

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Jeffrey Cook fonds

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UMASC MSS 208 (A05-21)

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0.87 m textual records
97 photographs
33 negatives

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Jeffrey Ross Cook was born on June 26, 1934 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Cook graduated from Lunenburg Academy in 1951, and completed a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Manitoba School of Architecture in 1957, receiving a silver medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He graduated with a Master’s of Architecture from the Pratt Institute in 1961. He joined the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University in 1962 where he remained for the duration of his career. He was also a registered architect in the states of Arizona and Rhode Island. He married Agnese Udinotti in 1967, with whom he had one daughter. Their marriage dissolved in 1974. Jeffrey Cook died from colon cancer in Paradise Valley, Arizona on March 24, 2003.

Throughout his career, Cook held the following positions: Assistant Professor (1962-1966), Associate Professor (1966-1972), Professor (1972-1988) and Regents’ Professor (1988-2003). Jeffrey Cook specialized in the fields of solar and bio-climatic design and organic architecture. He was closely associated with the founding and running of PLEA (Passive Low Energy Architecture) and its annual international conferences and served as a member of numerous other professional associations. In 1980, he founded the Passive Solar Journal, and was its editor-in-chief from 1980-1984. Jeffrey Cook received the following awards and recognition: Passive Pioneer Award, American Solar Energy Society, 1985; Regents’ Professor, for exceptional scholarly achievements, ASU, 1988; Honorary Member, Bulgarian Union of Architects, for international contributions, 1991; International Passive Solar Promotion Award, German Ministry of Housing, 1993; and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, FRIBA, 1996.

Professor Cook published several books including: Drawing and Design (1962), The Architecture of Bruce Goff (1978), Passive Design for Desert Houses (1980), Cool Houses for Desert Suburbs (1979, 1984), Passive Solar Buildings (1984), Passive Solar House Designs (1984), Passive Cooling (1989), Anasazi Places: The Photographic Vision of William Current (1993), and Creative Resistance: Organic Architecture of a New Hungary (1996). He also wrote over 350 papers, chapters, articles and reviews on architecture, design theory, building technology, urban design performance of the built environment and aesthetics.

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Fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by the Jeffrey Cook Charitable Trust in 2005, following a large collection of rare books.

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This fonds consists of records related mainly to the academic research and writings of Jeffrey Cook. Records include correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles, research notes and draft writings. Areas of research include Hungarian and Eastern European organic architecture (including research on Imre Makovecz), and research on Frank Lloyd Wright and the FLW School of Architecture. Also included is a set of The Brochure Series of Architectural Illustration from 1899-1901 and a facsimile edition of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence.

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Collection donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by the Jeffrey Cook Charitable Trust.


This collection is arranged into five series: personal records, Hungarian and Eastern European architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, photographs, and miscellaneous architectural research, writings, and records.

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Online finding aid is available at the link below:
<a target="_blank" href="">MSS 208 (A05-21)</a>

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155 books from the Jeffrey Cook Charitable Trust are also held in the Rare Book Room of the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections:
<a target="_blank" href="">Jeffrey Cook Rare Book List</a>

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Created June 2014 by Tyyne Petrowski.

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