Peter Cook: In-conversation with Paul Finch | London

5 September 2023 



Join us for an In-Conversation event with celebrated British architect, Sir Peter Cook, and programme director of the World Architecture Festival, Paul Finch, on the occasion of Cook's current exhibition Cities at Richard Saltoun Gallery. 
The conversation will touch on various stages of Cook's career from the early days of Archigram until today, and delve deeper into his projects and enduring interest in drawing within the field of architecture. 


RSVPs are now open here.  

Capacity at 50 people.


Signed copies of the recent publication, Speculations (2022; Circa Press), dedicated to Cook's work, will be available to purchase at the event. 


About Peter Cook
Sir Peter Cook RA (b. 1938) is a British architect, lecturer and writer on architectural subjects, and currently the director of Cook Haffner Architecture Platform. In 2004, he curated the British Pavilion of the Venice Biennale of Architecture. He was knighted in 2007 by the Queen for his services to architecture and teaching. His most notable building is the Kunsthaus in Graz (with Colin Fournier) of 2003, his first building in the UK opened at the Arts University of Bournemouth in March 2016, and in 2022, he was the subject of a drawing retrospective at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
He is the author of over 10 books, including the acclaimed statement on architectural theory, The City, Seen As a Garden of Ideas, published in 2003 by Monacelli Press. He taught for many years at the Architectural Association, and is Emeritus Professor of the Frankfurt Staedelschule, the Bartlett School of UCL and the Royal Academy.
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.

About Paul Finch


Paul Finch is programme director of the World Architecture Festival sponsored by ABB; deputy chair of the Design Council and editorial director of the Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal.

Born London in 1949 he took a history degree at Selwyn College, Cambridge, before going into journalism. He was deputy editor of Estates Times (now Property Week), 1976-1983; editor of Building Design, 1983-94; editor of the Architects’ Journal, 1994-1999, and editor of The Architectural Review 2005-2009.

He was a commissioner and deputy chair at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, 1999-2005, and chair, 2009-2011. He chaired Cabe’s Olympic Design Review panel from 2006-2012. He has been joint editor of Planning in London since 1992.

He received an honorary FRIBA in 1994; an honorary doctorate from the University of Westminster, 2004; and an honorary fellowship from University College London, 2006. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland; an honorary member of the Royal Society of Architects in Wales; and an honorary member of the British Council for Offices. He was awarded an OBE for services to architecture in 2002.




Cities is on view until 16 September at Richard Saltoun Gallery London. 


The exhibition was designed by Cook Haffner Architecture Platform (CHAP), a multidisciplinary and experimental architecture office with a focus on culture, the city, and how space functions.