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Sir Peter Cook

Sir Peter Cook

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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 recent- ly recognised via the conferal of an honorary doctorate in April 2010, by the Lund University, Sweden. Peter’s achievements with radical ex – perimentalist 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 Ar- chitecture Biennale. He continues to curate, organise and exhibit in- numerable 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 architec- ture and teaching. Peter is also a Royal Academician and a Comman – deur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic. He is a Se- nior 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 architec- tural 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 Ma- drid. 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 con- tinents.

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


2010 Honorary Doctorate of Technology, Lund University, Sweden
2010 Mario Pani Award for Architecture, Mexico City
2008 Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London
2007 Knighted in Queen’s Honours’ list (for services in architecture)
2004 Finalist for Stirling Prize for Kunsthaus Graz, with Colin Fournier
2003 Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et letters of the France Republic
2002 RIBA Royal Gold Medalist (with Archigram)
2002 RIBA Annie Spink Award, jointly awarded to David Greene (for contribution to architectural education)
2000 Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (with Colin Fournier)
1996 Jean Tschumi Medal, International Union of Architects
1969 Grant awarded by Graham Foundation, Chicago, for Instant City
1965 Selected as one of ‘Young British Designers’ Sunday Times exhibition
1962 Gas Council House Design (First Prize)
1961 Piccadilly Circus Competition (Mention)
1960 Henry Florence Student A.A. (Building Centre research Scholar)

Success in Architectural Competitions

2011 Soheil Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University in Brisbane, Australia (with Gavin Robotham)
2010 2nd prize in the Taiwan Tower International Competition (with Gavin Robotham)
2009 Faculty of Law, Vienna Business and Economics University (with Gavin Robotham)
2006 New Theatre Verbania, Italy (with Gavin Robotham)
2000 The Kunsthaus, Graz (with Colin Fournier)
1992 Museum of Antiquities, Austria (with Christine Hawley)
1990 Solar Housing, Landstuhl, Germnay (with Christine Hawley)
1970 Monte Carlo Entertainments Centre (with Archigram)