Peter Cook
Southend, 01/01/1936
Cornell University
Department of Architecture

Sir Peter Cook was born in South-end-on-Sea in 1936. Professor Cook studied at the Bournemouth College of Art from 1953 to 1958 and holds the Diploma of the Architectural Association in London (1960). While working in the office of James Cubitt & Partners, Cook was one of the founding members of the influential Archigram group in the 1960’s. He was Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, from 1970 to 1972. His most notable building is the Kunsthaus in Graz (with C. Fournier) and he is the author of many published projects and several books. He is Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts and Emeritus Professor at UCL and the HbK (Stadelschule) in Frankfurt. He is a regular Visiting Professor at the universities of Columbia, Lund, Montreal and Kyoto, SCI Arc, Cooper Union, the Vienna TU and others. Archigram group was awarded the Royal Gold Medal of the RIBA in 2002. In 2004, he was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize with Colin Fournier for the Kunsthaus Graz. In 2007, he was made a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s birthday honours. He is currently building the law faculty for the Vienna Economics University together with Gavin Robotham.
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