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Rodney M. Cook, Jr. is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, class of 1978. His early work in Atlanta began while initiating the campaign that successfully saved the historic, 6000-seat Fox Theatre. In 1982, he established Rodney M. Cook Interests, a design/development company, and in 1987, he formed PolitesCook Architects, a firm that designed the Newington Cropsey Museum, NY to house the largest American collection of Hudson River School paintings (Arthur Ross Award to founder). He is a Founding Trustee of The Prince of Wales’s Foundation for Architecture and organized the design and construction of the Prince’s Olympic Games Monument in Atlanta alongside Anton Glikine, et al. His preservation efforts have also involved the establishment of the Russian National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is on the board of directors of the Hearst Foundation/Hearst Castle, Atlanta Landmarks (owner of the Fox Theatre), Institute for Classical Architecture, The New York Philomusica, and Public Broadcasting PBS Atlanta. He has lectured at the University of Virginia, the University of Tennessee, Hearst Castle, the Kremlin Armory, the Tolstoy estate Yasnaya Polyana, the Open Society Institute, the Soros Foundation, Moscow, the National Building Museum, Washington D.C., the U.S. Senate, and the Russian Embassy, Washington. His work has been published in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times of London, Pravda, Izvestia, The New Yorker, The Weekly Standard, and USA Today.