Peter Cook

Public lecture in the framework of the final reviews of the 1st year studios ALICE


Wednesday 27 April 2013, 18:00

Forum, Rolex Learning Center, EPFL

English architect, teacher and critic, Sir Peter Cook studied architecture at the Bournemouth College of Art and at the Architectural Association, London. While working in the office of James Cubitt and Partners he met David Greene, and, beginning in 1960, they produced the first of nine issues of the magazine Archigram. An ARCHIGRAM group was formed with other recently graduated young architects, including Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, Ron Herron and Mike Webb, who came together after Cook had joined the Taylor Woodrow Design Office in 1962. Archigram magazine was the group’s most important outlet, but a wider audience was also sought through exhibitions, for example the Living City exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London (June 1963); through such events as the International Dialogue of Experimental Architecture, Folkestone (June 1966), a seminal conference for the architectural progressives; and through lecturing and teaching. Cook started teaching at the Architectural Association in 1964.

Walking City in New York, Archigram, 1964

Plug-in City, Archigram, 1964

Archigram Instant City

Archigram Instant City