For the final event of a series of six presentations and student-led interviews, titled, Beyond the Envelope, within our Spring 2022 Lectures and Events series, Communities, the School of Architecture and Design is honored to host Professor Sir Peter Cook. In a live public broadcast, Sir Peter will present Peter Cook and Colin Fournier’s project, the Kunsthaus Graz, completed in 2003 in Graz, Austria, followed by a student-led interview. This series of presentations and interviews with leading architects is part of the SoAD Master of Architecture course, ARCH 791 Special Studies in Architecture | Beyond the Envelope, taught by Professor Tom Verebes, Ph.D.
Professor Sir Peter Cook
Founding Director, CHAP
Professor Sir Peter Cook RA, founder of Archigram, former Director the Institute for Contemporary Art, London (the ICA) and 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 recognised via the conferral 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 2002, when members of the group were awarded the RIBA’s highest award, the Royal Gold Medal.
In 2007, Peter 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. Peter is currently 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.
Peter has from the very beginning made waves in architectural circles, however, it is since the construction of his Art Museum in Graz, Austria (the Kunsthaus) that his work has been brought to a wider public, a process continuing with the completion of the Vienna Business and Economics University’s Departments of Law and Central Administration Buildings and Bond University in Australia’s Abedian School of Architecture. Peter has also built in Osaka, Nagoya, Berlin, Frankfurt and Madrid.
He is now a founding Director of CHAP: Cook Haffner Architecture Bureau, with offices in London, Oslo and Belgrade. They are involved in projects for The near East and Far East as well as Norway and the UK.
Peter recently completed his second building for the Arts University of Bournemouth.