Architecture as a Cheerful Response
Having a background in experimental architecture, including the work of the Archigram Group and subsequent ‘visionary’ projects, Peter Cook has consolidated a position where ideas are created visually, exploring such issues as the role of the tower, of vegetation, of color and the potential of metamorphosis, culminating in 2003 with the building of the ‘friendly alien’ – the Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria (with Colin Fournier) that suggests that much of the Archigram work was constructable.
Cook now works in London with Gavin Robotham at CRAB studio, producing unusually formed university projects that are now nearly complete in Austria, Australia and soon, in England, inspired by experience from vignettes of daily life and collecting observations of culture through ‘fringe’ architecture such as kiosks and street corners.
Sir Peter Cook
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 more than half a century. 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.
Peter has from the very beginning made waves in architectural circles, however, it is in the last few years that the construction of his Art Museum in Graz, Austria (the Kunsthaus) 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 Departments of Law and Central Administration Buildings and Bond University in Australia’s new Soheil Abedian School of Architecture. Peter has also built in Osaka, Nagoya, Berlin, Frankfurt and Madrid.
Peter’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 Peter expound (among other subjects) upon his love affair with the slithering, the swarming and the spooky.