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Peter Cook

Peter Cook

Country: United Kingdom
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Professor Sir Peter Cook, founder of Archigram, former Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century.

His ongoing contribution to architectural innovation was most recently recognised via the conferal of an honorary doctorate in April 2010, by the Lund University, Sweden. Peter’s achievements with radical experimentalist group Archigram have been the subject of numerous publications and public exhibitions and were recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2004, when members of the group were awarded the RIBA’s highest award, the Royal Gold Medal.

In addition to his roles at the ICA and UCL, Peter has been director of Art Net in London and curator of the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He continues to curate, organise and exhibit innumerable exhibitions across the world: in Seoul, LA and Cyprus, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and Design Museum, London as well as within more ambiguous spaces: decrepit castles, weird sheds and oily garages.

Peter was knighted in 2007 by the Queen for his services to architecture and teaching. Peter is also a Royal Academician and a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic. He is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London. Peter’s professorships include those of the Royal Academy, University College, London and the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste (Städelschule) in Frankfurt-Main, Germany. Peter has from the very beginning made waves in architectural circles, however, it is in the last few years that the construction of his arts building, the Kunsthaus Graz aka The Friendly Alien in Graz, Austria, with Colin Fournier has brought his work to a wider public, a process set to continue with the construction of the Vienna Business and Economics University’s new law faculty.

Peter has also built in Osaka, Nagoya, Berlin, Frankfurt, Graz and Madrid.

His continuing work as a lecturer of considerable renown makes him a familiar voice on campuses and within cultural institutions around the world, where many have enjoyed an opportunity to hear Peter expound (among other subjects) upon his love affair with the slithering, the swarming and the spooky. Peter has lectured in all continents.

He practices with Gavin Robotham as CRAB (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau).

:: Photo information and credits:

1 > BOND / Entrance view
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2 > BOND / Interior scoops
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© Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau Ltd

3 > Tower of Droplets / Day perspective
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4 > Tower of Droplets / Key image
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© Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau Ltd

5 > VIENNA / back elevation
photo courtecy © Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau Ltd


photo courtecy © Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau Ltd