As a child, Mike’s family moved around quite a bit, so he was able to learn about the different areas of the United States of America. He has lived in San Jose, Chicago, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, Novato and finally settled on Santa Rosa. As his family moved, they also travelled all over the country. History, education and plants were all of Mike’s interests.
Throughout his middle-school and high school education, Mike knew that he wanted to design landscapes. During high school, he became very involved in golf and played on the high school golf team, eventually being the #1 seed for Santa Cruz High. After high school, Mike had chosen Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as his higher education. He decided that his interest in golf and interest in landscapes would merge perfectly to become a golf course architect!
His last year in college, he found out that you did not need to have an education in Landscape Architecture to become a golf course architect. And, in searching for a position after college found out that golf course architects were all small firms and all were associated with a PGA tour player of present or past. At graduation, Mike scrapped the idea of becoming a golf course architect and found a position at a small firm in Novato, California. During his six and a half years at the Novato firm, Michael rose quickly through the ranks and became a Project Manager within the first year. He worked on projects of all sizes and shapes (some are shown on his website). Private, Municipal and Commercial projects were all a part of Mike’s repertoire.
In 2006, Mike married his wife, Kerri, and bought a house in Santa Rosa. As part of that transition, Mike changed positions to a local Landscape Architect firm in Santa Rosa. For over one and a half years, Mike managed the firm and its projects. Due to the current economic climate, Mike was no longer needed at this firm and decided to start Michael A. Cook, Landscape Architect. Taking a “leap of faith”, Mike began pounding the pavement, soon to find that many past and new clients found his work to be impressive.