CRAB is the COOK-ROBOTHAM ARCHITECTURAL BUREAU
Set up in 2006 by Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham who had designed (respectively) the Kunsthaus Graz and the interiors of the Magna Centre in Rotherham. Their curatorship of the British Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Biennale led directly to the setting-up of the Studio.
CRAB has now won competitions for theatres, exhibitions and university buildings and their recently completed Abedian School of Architecture for Bond University in Australia has been awarded ‘State Public Building of the Year’ medal and best Public and Health Interior Inside Award 2014 and various other construction awards. Their recently completed Law Faculty and Administration buildings in Vienna has received an RIBA ‘European Building’ award and best WAF Colour Award 2014.
They have constructed public housing in Berlin and Madrid and they are currently in the advanced stages of construction of a studio building for the Arts University Bournemouth whilst also engaged in a series of feasibility studies and further exhibition buildings.
Hundreds of items from Their ‘CRAB’ range of tables and educational furniture have now been produced.
With a much-documented trajectory of experimental projects and an ongoing plethora of published works, CRAB is now demonstrating the application of their much-discussed design ideas on the ground. Their long experience of teaching has led to close connection with universities in Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia and as a cosmopolitan mix of younger architects come working and circulating through the studio, the design thrust remains fresh – generating a notoriously ‘cheerful’ atmosphere.
Sir Peter Cook is Archigram Royal Gold Medallist of the RIBA, former director of the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture and was Kenzo Tange Professor at Harvard. Gavin Robotham was Knox Scholar at Harvard.
Prof. Sir Peter Cook