RIBA Exeter & Plymouth Branches 2016 Annual Lecture
  • Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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This year's RIBA Exeter & Plymouth Branches 2016 Annual Lecture will be given by Sir Peter Cook RA, Senior Academician, Architect.

"We wanted to invent a new language of architecture, to extend the vocabulary, to stop architecture becoming sterile..." (Peter Cook RA)


  • 15:00 - Arrival, registration, welcome drinks and canapes reception
  • 16:00 - RIBA Exeter & Plymouth Annual Lecture 2016
  • 17:30 - Q&A session
  • 18:00 - Event ends

This event is sponsored and supported by RIBA Exeter & Plymouth Branches, RIBA Local Initiative Funding, Ibstock, WYG, School of Architecture, Design and Environment (Plymouth University) and PADS (Plymouth Architecture and Design Society).

Speaker biography

Peter Cook, UCL Bartlett Professor of Architecture and Chair of the UCL Bartlett School from 1991–2005, received a knighthood for services to architecture in 2007. The accolade recognised a multi-faceted, unorthodox 50+ year career that started with aspirations to be an architect from the age of eight. The ambition never wavered. 

Professor Cook left his native Southend to study architecture at Bournemouth College of Art from 1953–58, then at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London where he graduated in 1960. It was during his first job at James Cubitt & Partners that Professor Cook co-founded Archigram with five other architectural young bloods. Initially a magazine discussing revolutionary ways of thinking about architecture, the group soon developed experimental projects that were exhibited worldwide and proved seminal. Within the group he was ‘the talkative one’ who enjoyed conveying concepts through cartoons rather than academic-style essays.

From his earliest career Professor Cook has been an enthusiastic, self-confessed ‘maverick’ communicator of innovative approaches to architecture, placing an equal emphasis on the teaching and practice of architecture.

Professor Cook has won several international competitions for social housing, an entertainment centre, solar-energised housing, an information museum, a museum of antiquities and the Kunsthaus – a modern art museum in Graz, Austria.

Further information about Professor Cook is available via the booking link above.

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