The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL has a lot to celebrate this year. It is the 175th anniversary of the School, which ranks second in the world; and it is also celebrating its return to its 22 Gordon Street home, in the heart of Bloomsbury, after a multi-million pound refurbishment.
“Sir Peter Cook’s 80 Ideas at 80 Years “
February 23 – March 21, 2017
The Bartlett School of Architecture
22 Gordon Street, WC1H 0QB, London
Slated to become a major new curation and exhibition space in the centre of London, the new Bartlett School of Architecture will open the doors to its first exhibition on February 18th 2017.
The exhibition, 80 at 80, features work from the full span of the career of Sir Peter Cook, a major figure in 20th century architecture and a key figure at The Bartlett. Sir Peter, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, was Chair of The Bartlett from 1990 to 2015, and is still an active lecturer and critic at the school.
The exhibition will be the largest and most comprehensive of Sir Peter’s current exhibitions, which have taken place in Berlin, Cologne and Munich. It covers five themes:
• Architecture and Vegetation
• Radical City Structures
• Colour and Invention
• Line before Colour
• Satellite Ideas
There will also be a curated programme of archive film and video that extends back to the 1960s.
Sir Peter Cook’s current practice CRAB, with Gavin Robotham, is well-known for its series of award-winning buildings in the UK, Austria, Germany and Australia. Its Kunsthaus in Graz (with Colin Fournier) has become an Austrian national icon. Sir Peter’s drawings and projects are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Deutsches Architektur Museum, the Centre Pompidou and FRAC in Orleans.
ABOUT THE BARLETT SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
The Bartlett School of Architecture is part of The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment. It was established in 1841 and is UCL’s world-leading centre for education and research in architecture.
It has been voted the best school of architecture in the UK for eleven years in a row by the Architect’s Journal and for the past three years has topped the Guardian league tables. This year has seen the School ranked second in the world in the international QS rankings. Located in the heart of London, the School is at the forefront of international research and teaching, encompassing interdisciplinary collaboration and methodologies.
This year it celebrates the 175th anniversary of the appointment of Thomas Donaldson to UCL as the UK’s first Chair of Architecture. In the same year, the School is scheduled to move back into substantially refabricated and extended premises at 22 Gordon Street.