On the equally specific and general, productive and reproductive, material and immaterial nature of artistic labour.
Sir Peter Cook is a world-renowned English architect, writer and educator. He was the Dean of the Architecture School at the Staedelschule, in the 1980s, injecting the programme with much of the experimental and international flavor that SAC stands for today. Cook, a pivotal figure within the global architecture world for over half a century, has been Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chair of Architecture at the Bartlett School of UCL and is Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Architecture, amongst other things.
Sir Cook is the director of CRAB Studio, formed in 2006. Since its inception CRAB has won competitions for the Verbania Theatre in Piedmont, Italy; the Law School of the Vienna Economics University and the School of Architecture building for Bond University in Queensland, Australia, amongst numerous other prizes including three versions of the Taiwan Tower in Taichung. CRAB studio is closely associated with the Bartlett and Architectural Association in London, ESA in Paris, Lund University in Sweden, and SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.
Sir Cook is a founding member of the 1960s radical experimentalist group Archigram having previously graduated from the AA. His achievements with Archigram have been the subject of numerous publications and public exhibitions and were recognized by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2004, when Cook was awarded RIBA’s highest award, the Royal Gold Medal. In 2007, he was knighted. He has previously won the competitions for the Monte Carlo Entertainments Centre (with Archigram), the Historical Museum and Park in Bad Deutsches Altenburg, Lower Austria (with Christine Hawley) and the much-published Kunsthaus Graz (with Colin Fournier) completed in 2003.