Peter Cook


Crab Studio
81 Essex Road
London, N1 2SF
Phone: 02078374262

  • Graduate of the Bournemouth College of Art and the Architectural Association in London, he has been a pivotal figure within the architectural world for 50 years. A founder of the Archigram Group who were jointly awarded the Royal Gold Medal of the RIBA in 2004. In 2007 he received a Knighthood for hisservices to architecture, in 2011 he was granted an honorary Doctorate of Technology by the University of Lund. He is also a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of France and a member of the Royal Academy of Arts.His recent books are ‘Drawing – the motive force of Architecture (Wiley) ‘Peter Cook Architecture Workbook’ (Wiley) and a full catalogue of his work will be published by UCL press.Former Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Bartlett, he is Emeritus Professor at University College London, The Royal Academy of Arts and the Frankfurt Staedelschule. He was Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2015.Education
    Bournemouth College of Art (1953-58) Architectural Association Membership
    Royal Institute of British Architects Architects Registration BoardAWARDS
    2010 Honorary Doctorate of Technology, Lund University
    2010 Mario Pani Award for Architecture, Mexico City
    2008 Title of the Royal Academy of Arts
    2008 Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London
    2007 Knighted in Queen’s Honours’ list (for services in architecture)
    2004 Finalist for  Prize for Kunsthaus Colin Fournier
    2003 Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts France  Republic
    2002 RIBA Royal Gold Medallist (with Archigram)
    2002 RIBA Annie Spink Award, jointly awarded to David  Green
    2000 Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (with Colin
    1996 Jean Tschumi Medal,  Architects
    1969 Grant awarded by Graham  Instant City
    1965 ‘Young  Designers’ Sunday
    1962 Gas Council House Design (First Prize)
    1961 Piccadilly Circus
    1960 Henry Florence Student A.A. (Building Centre  research Scholar)APPOINTMENTS
    Professor Emeritus at University College London Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts
    Life Professor at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste (Staedelschule) Frankfurt
    Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London
    Fellow of the Bournemouth Arts University
    Member of the Hessische Architektenkammer
    1990 – 2006:versity College, London
    1970 – 1972:LondonTeaching : Architectural Association, London 1958-60
    Year Master, Unit Master, Tutor: Architectural Association, 64-90
    Life Professor, HbK ‘Staedelschul;e’, Frankfurtt-am-Main
    Emeritus Professor of Architecture, University College London
    Royal Academy Professor of Architecture (ongoing)
    Fundamentals : Created Knight Batchelor . June 2007
    Founder of ‘Archigram’
    Honorary Doctor of Technology, Lund University. 2010

    Peter Cook Architecture Workbook ; Wiley 2016
    ‘Drawing’ ; Wiley 2008
    Architecture-Action  and Plan’ :Studio Vista- Reinhold  London/New York
    ‘Experimental Architecture’ :Studio Vista/St  Press  London/NY
    “Archigram’ editions in English: Studio Vista/Reinhold, Birkhauser, Princeton Architectural Press, also in Japanese, German, Chinese.
    ‘Spirited Architecture’:Rizzoli  New York
    A+U ‘Peter Cook’ monograph : A*U Tokyo
    ‘Peter Cook’ – six conversations‘  :Academy-Wiley London/New York
    ‘Conversations’ Tokyo Art Randon  Tokyo
    “Primer’ : Wiley-Academy  London/New York
    ‘The City- Seen as a Garden of Ideas’ Monacelli Press New York
    ‘The Friendly Alien’ : Bognor Vienna


    Plug-in City  1964-66
    Instant City  1969-70
    Monte Carlo Entertainments Centre 1971-73
    Arcadia City  1979-82
    Landstuhl Solar Houses  1984
    Layer City  1986
    Lutzowplaz Housing, Berlin – completed 1992
    Stadelschule  Frankfurt – completed 1995
    Social Housing, Madrid, completed 2012


    Archigram Group 1963-1975
    PROF. Christine Hawley:1976- 1998
    PROF. Colin Fournier: 1998-2004
    Gavin Robotham 2004-current


Drawing Studio, Arts University Bournemouth

Commissioned by the Arts University Bournemouth, this structure is the first purpose-built studio for drawing to be constructed at a British art school during the last 100 years. Its Patron is David Hockney. It is used by every department and is a built statement of the continuing central role of drawing in all the creative […]

Vallecas Housing, Madrid, Spain

The provision of 97 apartments, underground parking for 100 cars and a group of kiosks was commissioned by Madrid City’s EMV Agency, for this block within the new Vallecas suburb. In the original scheme, the intention was to create a rooftop games centre that would be balanced by a lively meeting-point by the kiosks. The […]

Abedian School of Architecture

The vision relies heavily on a few simple and effective moves . Internally a central ‘street’ runs east to west, slicing the plan in two. Required furniture storage, service spaces and bathrooms are all located on the northern half, split between three floors. This is a practical placing of these lower-order elements to the north, […]

Vienna University of Economics and Business

The result of a three-stage competition, the two buildings intertwine with the cheerful rounded corners of the coffee shop (at the tip of the Administration building) and the students’ common room (at the corner of the Law building) to greet the visitor. A series of terraced garden-decks form the roof of the Law Library and […]

Kunsthaus Graz

Designed by Sir Peter Cook together with Colin Fournier and won in an open international competition. It houses major art installations, usually designed specifically for the Kunsthaus. Its much-discussed form and layered skin was developed together with Professor Klaus Bollinger and a full size section of the building featured at the Venice Biennale of 1998. […]