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Short Course: Bartlett Springboard with Sir Peter Cook

April-July 2014
The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL, The Royal Ear Hospital, London

“Springboard is a unique opportunity to deepen your perspective on your creative practice, gain skills, make connections and enhance your employability.”
- Sir Peter Cook

Bartlett Springboard is an exciting new studio led and directly taught by Professor Sir Peter Cook, renowned architect and former Chair of The Bartlett School of Architecture.

The course 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 the course as an opportunity to develop an existing project or to embark on something completely new and unexpected.

During the three-month course, participants will become part of The Bartlett’s vibrant community. They will be invited to act as critics for The Bartlett School of Architecture’s review sessions, and to take part in 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 runs full-time from 23 April – 11 July 2014. Applicants should be available five days per week during this period. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

Based at The Royal Ear Hospital, the studio will operate alongside The Bartlett School of Architecture’s MArch Graduate Architectural Design and MArch Urban Design courses.

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 Universität der Wissenschaften in Vienna 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 Tartlett 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.

Sir Peter Cook Wikipedia page

CRAB Studio – Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham

Sir Peter Cook’s blog


Submission process, applicants please submit:

  1. A copy of certification relating to a five-year degree (or equivalent) in architecture or a related subject
  2. Portfolio of previous or current work
  3. A current curriculum vitae
  4. A proposal for a new or existing project to be developed during the course (no more than 200 words)

Submit via post to:

Michelle Bush
The Bartlett School of Architecture
University College London
Wates House
22 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0QB

For fee  details, further information and to apply, please contact Michelle Bush with ‘Springboard’ as the subject.

Further information

International Students:

All participants traveling from abroad are responsible for securing any visas required.

English Language Requirements:

UK students require a GCSE/O Level in English Language at grade C. If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Student Code of Behaviour:

All students are expected to abide by the UCL Code of Behaviour, which can be found at on the UCL Union website. We ask that you treat each other, the staff and any property belonging to staff, other students, or the School and College with due respect, care and consideration.

Deposit, Cancellations and Refunds:

A non-refundable deposit of £500 and a completed admission form must be returned to us by 24 March 2014 in order to secure your place. Requests to cancel applications must be made in writing at least one month prior to the course start date, upon which a refund will be made, subject to a £500 administrative charge. Refunds cannot be made under any other circumstances. Students who do not attend or withdraw from a course due to illness, personal or professional commitments do not have the right to refunds or transfers, unless we are notified in writing a month in advance.


The information given above is accurate at the time of publication, however, The Bartlett School of Architecture reserves the right to cancel or amend the described courses as circumstances dictate.