Internationally renowned architect Sir Peter Cook to lecture

February 22, 2017

Internationally renowned English architect Sir Peter Cook, a founding member of Archigram, will deliver a talk at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. This event is free and open to the public.

Sir Peter Cook, founder of Archigram, former director the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), London, and the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London (UCL), 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 recognized via the conferral of an honorary doctorate in April 2010, by the University of Lund, Sweden. 

Cook’s achievements with radical experimentalist group Archigram have been the subject of numerous publications and public exhibitions and were recognized 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 2007, Cook was knighted by the Queen for his services to architecture. He is also a Royal Academician and a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic. Cook is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London. His professorships include those of the Royal Academy, University College London, and the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste (Staedelschule) in Frankfurt-Main, Germany. 

Cook 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 in Graz, Austria (the Kunsthaus, AKA "The Friendly Alien"), 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 and Bond University in Australia’s new School of Architecture. Cook has also built in Osaka, Nagoya, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Madrid.

Cook's continuing work as a lecturer of considerable renown makes him a familiar voice within cultural institutions around the world, where many have enjoyed an opportunity to hear Cook expound (among other subjects) upon his love affair with the slithering, the swarming, and the spooky. 

For more information, visit Cook's professional firm website: Crab Studio

  • Plug-In City architectural drawing by Peter Cook

    Plug-In City by Peter Cook.

    IMAGE: Archigram Archives
  • Plug-In City Max Pressure architectural drawing by Peter Cook

    Plug-In City Max Pressure by Peter Cook

    IMAGE: Archigram Archives
  • Room of 1000 Delights architectural graphic by Peter Cook

    Room of 1000 Delights by Peter Cook

    IMAGE: Archigram Archives
  • Instant City architectural drawing by Peter Cook

    Instant City by Peter Cook

    IMAGE: Archigram Archives
  • Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria – designed by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier.

    Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria  – a.k.a. "The Friendly Alien" – designed by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier.

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Last Updated February 22, 2017