Two leading industry figures in the worlds of scenography and architecture have been confirmed as Visiting Professors for AUB.

Renowned practising scenographer Professor Pamela Howard OBE and RIBA Gold Medal–winning architect Professor Sir Peter Cook will share their wealth of knowledge with both staff and students across a number of courses.

Professor Pamela Howard OBE  has been working as a Stage Designer in the UK, Europe and USA since 1960. She has realised over 200 productions, working at all the major national and regional theatres. An internationally recognised authority on the subject of scenography, her book “What is Scenography?” has been translated into many different languages.

On the conferment of her title, Pamela said: “When I first came to visit AUB — primarily Costume [with Performance Design] — I was astonished to see all (or most) of the students smiling and seemingly happy. That is not what I see up and down the country. Even more extraordinary to me was that I saw the staff also smiling, and a staff room with real sofas and chairs and coffee, and a sink, being very hospitable and glad to show me round. Not apologising! I thought, “Am  I looking at a centre for creativity in which both givers and receivers respect each other?” I am honoured to accept the invitation to become a Visiting Professor at AUB and look forward to adding to the creative atmosphere and playing a positive role.”

Rebecca Pride, Course Leader for Costume with Performance Design said:

We are honoured and excited to welcome Pamela as Visiting Professor to the Costume with Performance Design course. Pamela has always been a great advocate for the sort of work we do here and the students and academic team can’t wait to begin work – discovering what we all understand by ‘the scenographic costume’.

Professor Sir Peter Cook is an English architect, lecturer and writer in architectural subjects. In 2007, he was knighted by the Queen for his services to architecture and teaching. Founder or Archigram, his achievements were recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects, when the group was awarded the Gold Medal.

Curator of the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Professor Sir Peter Cook continues to curate and exhibit around the world including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Design Museum in London. In 2013 he, along with his studio CRAB, completed the Vienna Business and Economics University’s new law faculty and the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University, Australia.

Professor Stuart Bartholomew, Principal and Vice–Chancellor at AUB, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Sir Peter Cook to the Professoriate of the Arts University.  He is a distinguished international architect and leader of contemporary design whose expertise and experience will add measurably to the mission of the University.”

Both of the visiting professors have a background that combines both industry experience and academia.

Professor Pamela Howard occupies a unique position as one of the few practitioners in her field who, whilst continuing to work professionally in all forms of theatre has maintained a parallel career in education. She joins AUB from founding and becoming Artistic Director of the European Scenography Centres based at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London with centres in Utrecht, Prague, Helsinki and Seville.  She is now Professor Emeritus of Central Saint Martins, Visiting Professor at Royal Holloway College, University of London, Tel Aviv University and a consultant to the University of the Arts in Belgrade.

Sir Peter joins AUB from professorships at the Royal Academy, University College London and the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste in Frankfurt-Main, Germany.