Professor Sir Peter Cook (b. 1936), founder of Archigram, Director of the Cook Haffner Architecture Platform (CHAP), 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 Queen Elizabeth the II 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 built in Osaka, Berlin, Frankfurt, Madrid, the Kunsthaus in Graz (with Colin Fournier) and university buildings in Vienna, the Gold Coast and Bournemouth. He is Founding Partner of the Cook Haffner Architecture Platform (CHAP).
Peter’s continuing work as a designer and 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.
Cook’s drawings are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt; FRAC Centre, Orleans; M+ Museum of Art, Hong Kong; Japan Architect collection, Tokyo; National Museum of Art,Oslo; Victoria and Albert Museum, London.