Architecture students and staff were treated to not one but two inspiring lectures by Honorary Fellow, Professor Sir Peter Cook.

An esteemed architect, lecturer, and influential writer, Professor Sir Peter Cook’s career began right here as a student in Bournemouth, where the picturesque Dorset coastline and enriching Landsdowne Library facilitated his creativity.

He went on to become a leading figure in the Archigram Group, during which time, he produced his most famous work to date, ‘The Plug-In City’. Adding to his already impressive array of accolades, in 2007, Peter received a knighthood for his contribution to British architecture and teaching.

He currently practices with Gavin Robotham as part of CRAB (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau) studio. Together they created the Drawing Studio which has become a defining feature on AUB’s campus.


Peter’s first lecture, ‘The ‘House’ as Dream World’, focused on uncanny Los Angeles (LA) homes and their role in forming the LA we know today.

His whistle-stop tour of LA architects from the early 20th Century to present day, gave the audience a taste for the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Greene and Greene, John Lautner and many more.

Jumping from Pasadena to Hollywood and Santa Monica to Mulholland Drive, Peter discussed LA’s early Austrian and Spanish influences which typified the ‘Hollywood Dream’ idea.


In contrast, ‘Opening Pandora’s Box’ was more an exploration of Peter’s own career journey, from his time as a student in Bournemouth to the projects he has in the pipeline.

The hour-long presentation delved in to his diverse body of past work (included ‘Montreal Tower’ and AUB’s very own ‘Drawing Studio’), inspirations (turrets, doorways and the ‘nose’), and competition wins (included the ‘Graz Kunsthaus’ art museum).

In his approachable presenting style, ‘Opening Pandora’s Box’ was peppered with light-hearted anecdotes, fascinating reflections, and images of his work from around the world, all of which kept the audience engrossed.

Catch more of the AUB Architecture lecture series. Plus, find out everything you need to know about the BA (Hons) Architecture and MArch Architecture courses.

Images left to right: Peter’s Opening Pandora’s Box lecture, Peter outside the CRAB Drawing Studio by Bill Bradshaw.