SIR PETER COOK
Peter Cook was born in Southend-on-Sea, England in 1936.
He commenced his architectural studies at the age of 16 at the Bournemouth College of Art, spent two years in a local office and then completed his studies at London’s Architectural association (the AA).
By the time he returned there as a regular critic, two years aftyer graduation, he had won his first competition : for old peoples’ housing and (with David Greene) started the pamphlet ‘Archigram’ which in 1964, spawned the group of the same name.
Between 1962 and the present he has made a large number of ‘unbuilt’
Projects including ‘Plug-in City’, ‘Instant City’, ‘Arcadia’, Way-out-West-Berlin’.
In 1970 the Archigram Group won the competition fort the Monte Carlo Entertainments Centre, but it was not built. In 2000, together with Colin Fournier he won and built the Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria. He now has a studio with Gavin Robotham as ‘CRAB’ (the Cook-Robotham Architecture Bureau) which has won in competition and recently completed the Law School and Central Administration buildings for the Vienna Economics University and the Abedian School of Architecture for Bond University in Queensland, Australia.
He has lectured and exhibited in almost every European country as well as the USA (where he has taught in SCI-ARC, Columbia, USC and Rice), Australia, Japan, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. He is the author of 8 books of which the latest is ‘Drawing-the motive force of architecture’ (2nd edition).
His ‘workbook’ will be published next year.
The Archigram Group were awarded the Royal Gold Medal of the RIBA in 2002 and Peter was knighted in 2007.