Bartlett Springboard 2015
“Be part of Springboard, an exciting design action.”
- Professor Sir Peter Cook RA
Bartlett Springboard is a new studio led and directly taught by Sir Peter Cook, renowned architect and former Chair of The Bartlett School of Architecture.
The programme is designed for architects who wish to extend the range of their work and have it tuned, reconfigured, exposed and discussed in an intensive workshop. Participants may use Springboard as an opportunity to develop an existing project related to the theme or to embark on something new and unexpected.
Participants will become part of The Bartlett’s vibrant and dynamic community. They will have access to The Bartlett School of Architecture’s review sessions, workshops and seminars. They will also be introduced to a group of cutting-edge London offices and their own work will be reviewed by key figures from the local and international academic and architecture scenes.
Springboard will run twice in 2015: 27 April-22 May and 15 June-10 July.
2015 Theme: West London Strikes Back
London’s east is a creative hub, an all-happening social scene, repository for the greatest density of artists and inventors in Europe and a mecca for young tourists. We will look at Shepherd’s Bush, west London, and make a series of dynamic interventions to bring the action back to the west.
Each member of the group will make a project based upon observation of the east, imaginative observation of the west and the results exhibited and publicised in the London media. So far, there is so much noise made about the east that the creative opportunities of the west are waiting to happen.
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, Bartlett Springboard will offer group sessions, crits with well-known practitioners, visits to practices and to exhibitions.
Studio – Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham