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Gavin Robotham + Sir Peter Cook

Gavin Robotham
Gavin Robotham graduated from the Bartlett UCL where he has received major prizes from the Royal Institute of British Architects and subsequently the Knox Scholar at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His work was exhibited at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale where he was also, along with Sir Peter Cook, associate curator of the British Pavilion. In addition to his role at CRAB Studio, Gavin continues to teach design and is a consultant role at Populous.

Gavin Robotham graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL where he has received major prizes from the Royal Institute of British Architects and subsequently the Knox Scholar at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

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Before co-founding CRAB studio with Sir Peter Cook in 2006, Gavin was the lead designer for the interior of the Imperial War Museum North and the Magna Centre which subsequently was awarded the RIBA Stirling prize for Architecture in 2001.

His work was exhibited at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale where he was also associate curator of the British Pavilion. In addition to his role at CRAB studio, Gavin continues to lecture and teach design around the globe and is, via his consultant role at Populous, currently a consultant on both the Olympic Park and stadium for the organisers of London 2012 Olympic.

Sir Peter Cook

Sir Peter Cook CV

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Professor Sir Peter Cook RA, founder of Archigram, former Director the Institute for Contemporary Art, London (the ICA) and Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century. His ongoing contribution to architectural innovation was recognised via the conferral of an honorary doctorate in April 2010 by the Lund University, Sweden. Peter’s achievements with radical experimentalist group Archigram have been the subject of numerous publications and public exhibitions and were recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2002, when members of the group were awarded the RIBA’s highest award, the Royal Gold Medal.

In 2007, Peter was knighted by the Queen for his services to architecture. He is also a Royal Academician and a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic. Peter is currently a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London. His professorships include those of the Royal Academy, University College London and the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste (Staedelschule) in Frankfurt-Main, Germany.

Peter has from the very beginning made waves in architectural circles, however, it is in the last few years that the construction of his Art Museum in Graz, Austria (the Kunsthaus) has brought his work to a wider public, a process set to continue with the construction of the Vienna Business and Economics University’s new Departments of Law and Central Administration Buildings and Bond University in Australia’s new Soheil Abedian School of Architecture. Peter has also built in Osaka, Nagoya, Berlin, Frankfurt and Madrid.
Peter’s continuing work as a lecturer of considerable renown makes him a familiar voice within cultural institutions around the world, where many have enjoyed an opportunity to hear Peter expound (among other subjects) upon his love affair with the slithering, the swarming and the spooky.

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Born
Southend-on Sea, 22/10/1936

Studied
1953 – 1958 Bournemouth College of Art
1958 – 1960 Architectural Association, London

Qualifications:
RA, AADipl, RIBA, BDA, FRCA, FRSA, ARB

Fundamentals
Created Knight Batchelor . June 2007
Founder of ‘Archigram’

Teaching Appointment
Life Professor, HbK ‘Staedelschule’, Frankfurtt-am-Main
Emeritus Professor of Architecture, University College London
Royal Academy Professor of Architecture (ongoing)

Principal Collaborations:
2004 – Gavin Robotham
1998 – 2004 Colin Fournier
1976 – 1998 PROF. Christine Hawley
1963 – 1998 ARCHIGRAM GROUP

Major Awards:
2012 Emeritus Professor, Blas Pascal University, Argentina
2010 Honorary Doctorate of Technology, Lund University, Sweden
2010 Mario Pani Award for Architecture, Mexico City
2008 Title of the Royal Academy of Arts
2008 Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London
2007 Knighted in Queen’s Honours’ list
2005 Graz Kunsthaus as Finalist for Mies Van Der Rohe Prize
2004 Graz Kunsthaus in Final of ‘Stirling Prize’
2003 Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et letters of the France Republic
2002 RIBA Royal Gold Medallist (with Archigram)
RIBA Annie Spink Award (with David Green)
Commandeur de l’ordre des arts et des lettres (RF)
2000 1st Prize for Graz Kunsthaus Competition
1996 Jean Tschumi Prize, Internatinal Union of Architects (UIA)
1986 Los Angeles Prize of the AIA
1969 Grant awarded by Graham Foundation, Chicago
1965 ‘Young British Designers’ Sunday Times Exhibition
1962 Gas Council House Design (First Prize)
1961 Piccadilly Circus Competition (Mention)

Major Projects
Gas House
Monte Carlo Entertainments Centre
Landstuhl Solar Houses
Bad Deutsch Altenburg Historical Museum
Kunsthaus, Graz
Departments of Law and Central Administration Buildings, Vienna, Austria – will be completed in 2013
Soheil Abedian School of Architecture, Queensland, Australia – will be completed in 2013

Selected Projects
Departments of Law and Central Administration Buildings, Vienna, Austria – will be completed in 2013
Soheil Abedian School of Architecture, Queensland, Australia – will be completed in 2013
Speculator Exhibition, Surfers Paradise, Australia – completed in 2012
Peru London Pavilion, London, UK – will be completed in 2012
Tower of Droplets, Taichung, Taiwan
Tower of Living Energy, Taichung, Taiwan
Soak City, East London, UK
Wroclaw Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
Skopje Footbridge, Skopje, Macedonia
Civil Courts of Justice, Madrid, Spain
New Street Station, Birmingham, UK
Verbania Theatre, Verbania, Italy

PRINCIPAL COLLABORATIONS
2004 – Gavin Robotham
1998 – 2004 PROF. Colin Fournier
1976 – 1998 PROF. Christine Hawley
1963 – 1975 Archigram Group

Books
‘Drawing’; Wiley 2008
‘Architecture-Action and Plan’ :Studio Vista- Reinhold London/New York
‘Experimental Architecture’ :Studio Vista/St Martin’s Press London/NY
“Archigram’ editions: in English: Studio Vista/Reinhold, Birkhauser, Princeton Architectural Press, also in Japanese, German, Chinese.
‘Spirited Architecture’:Rizzoli New York
A+U ‘Peter Cook’monograph : A*U Tokyo
‘Peter Cook’ – six conversations’ :Academy-Wiley London/New York
‘Conversations’ Tokyo Art Randon Tokyo
“Primer’ : Wiley-Academy London/New York
‘The City- Seen as a Garden of Ideas’ Monacelli Press New York
‘The Friendly Alien’ : Bognor Vienna

Gavin Robotham

Gavin Robotham CV

Gavin is the Director of Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau Ltd. and design team leader with a wide range of experience. His involvement in projects extends from strategic planning through concept design and construction administration to completion. Gavin graduated from the Bartlett – University College London where he has received major prizes from the Royal Institute, Royal Institute of British Architects and subsequently the Knox Scholar at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In addition to his role at CRAB Studio, Gavin continues to teach design and acts as a consultant for Populous.

Selected Projects
Law Faculties & Central Administration Buildings, Vienna, Austria – will be completed in 2013
Soheil Abedian School of Architecture, Queensland, Australia – will be completed in 2013
Speculator Exhibition, Surfers Paradise, Australia – completed in 2012
Peru London Pavilion, London, UK – will be completed in 2012
Nanjing Youth Olympic Centre (with Populous), Najing, China
London 2012 Olympic Stadium (with Populous), London, UK
Tower of Droplets, Taichung, Taiwan
Tower of Living Energy, Taichung, Taiwan
West End Kiosk, London, UK
Soak City, East London, UK
Wroclaw Museum, Wroclaw, Poland
Skopje Footbridge, Skopje, Macedonia
Civil Courts of Justice, Madrid, Spain
New Street Station, Birmingham, UK
Verbania Theatre, Verbania, Italy
Interior fit-out for Imperial War Museum North (with Event), Manchester, UK
Interior fit-out for Magna Science Centre (with Event), Sheffield, UK

Born
North Walsham 1969

Studied
University of Brighton
Southern Californian Institute of Architecture
Bartlett School of Architecture -UCL
Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Appointment
2006 – Co-founder and Director of CRAB Studio
2008 – Design Consultant to Populous
2012- Tutor, School of Architecture, Bond University, Brisbane, Australia
1998- Tutor, Bartlett -UCL, London, UK

Awards
Knox Scholar, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design
Major Prizes from Royal Institutes
Silver Prize, Royal Institute of British Architects

Exhibitions
2004 Venice Architecture Biennale

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Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University in Queensland, Australia
Design: CRAB Studio – Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham
Abedian School of Architecture
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Abedian School of Architecture – 8 Jan 2014
The Abedian School of Architecture  is located on the campus designed in the 1980s by Arata Isozaki. It forms part of the Faculty of Architecture and Sustainable Design. Winning the competition in January 2011, CRAB was awarded the contract and the building was completed in 2013.

Law Faculties and Central Administration Buildings for Wirtschafts University, Vienna, Austria
Design: CRAB Studio, Architects
Law Faculties and Central Administration Buildings in Vienna
photograph © Kurt Kubal

Wirtschafts University Building Vienna, – 14 Nov 2013
This is an interesting new Vienna building in the Prater district. Draped over the exterior is a layer of natural timber louvres that partially deal with sun shading and respond to the woodlands that surround the campus – also acting as staccato foil to the striation of the buildings as a whole.


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