Aaron Cooke is an architectural designer and project manager at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks Alaska. He designs, builds, and monitors experimental prototype buildings in challenging physical environments across Alaska, and has collaborated with design groups in Russia, Canada and Antarctica to test new methods of building durable and energy-efficient homes in the circumpolar regions. He believes that northern environmental conditions and northern culture are inseparable factors that must both be equally reflected in architecture and design in order for it to be successful.
Aaron’s university studies emphasized a specialization in rural development and Arctic responses to architectural form. This emphasis on northern built form led him to study at the Novosibirsk State Technical University in Siberia and at the Danish International Studies Institute in Copenhagen. He received his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and completed his thesis work as the Design Lead on the Mertarvik Evacuation Center, where he worked with the community of Newtok to develop an environmentally and culturally sustainable facility that will serve as a place of refuge as the community relocates from their current eroding site to a safer location. He was born and raised in Alaska.