The Bartlett School of Architecture


Sir Peter Cook Masterclass

As part of Drawing Futures 2016, Sir Peter Cook, renowned architect and former Chair of The Bartlett School of Architecture, taught a masterclass at the School.

2017 masterclass to be confirmed

Sir Peter Cook masterclass 2016 

Designed for architects and designers who wish to practice and hone their drawing abilities under the tutelage of a noted expert, this masterclass offers an opportunity to work intensely at the art and craft of drawing with Sir Peter in order not only to improve your work but also to re-imagine it in exciting and challenging ways.

Masterclass participants may use the week as an opportunity to develop an existing project related to the theme or to embark on something new and unexpected.

2016’s theme was The Frantic and the Relaxed, incorporating:

ways of drawing the extremes of life

  • ways of reflecting life in the city, techniques of drawing
  • tricks of the trade – and getting ideas across

More about Course Leader Sir Peter Cook

Professor Sir Peter Cook RA is a seminal figure in the recent history of architecture. He is the founder of Archigram, and former Chair of The Bartlett School of Architecture.

Cook was knighted in 2007 for his services to teaching and architecture. He is architect, with Colin Fournier, of the Kunsthaus Graz – the iconic ‘friendly alien’ – and with Gavin Robotham has recently completed the Law Faculty at the WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), and the Abedian School of Architecture of Bond University in Queensland. He has authored seven books, lectured, and exhibited his work internationally. He is known as a master teacher at the Architectural Association, the Frankfurt Staedelschule and The Bartlett, to which he now returns, to run this unique and intensive course.


Professor Sir Peter Cook was Chair of The Bartlett School of Architecture from 1990-2006. His teaching has been recognised by the International Union of Architects through the award of the Jean Tschumi Medal (for pedagogy), the RIBA’s Annie Spink Award for teaching and a Knighthood from H.M. the Queen for ‘services to architecture and teaching’. Cook’s former students have built iconic buildings; and become professors, heads of architecture schools and critics.

Cook’s teaching operates predominantly through direct one-to-one tutorials, with reviews and group sessions supporting these more intense personal sessions. He says: “My method is to delve into the background and experiences of the student, to find his or her real enthusiasms and then build upon them in order to take that person far beyond the limits that had been assumed at the outset. I strongly believe that the development of an architectural skill and awareness can come out of this individual approach, rather than the imposition of a common set of manoeuvres.”

As well as one-to-one tutorials, his Masterclass will offer group sessions, crits with well-known practitioners, visits to practices and to exhibitions.