The Architects of Kunsthaus Graz

A total of 102 projects were submitted to the international competition. Nine of these were deemed worthy of award and from these one prizewinning project was chosen. On April 7th 2000, the jury voted unanimously for Peter Cook and Colin Fournier’s design. In February 2001 financing was approved in the Styrian Landtag and in the Graz municipal council.


Sir Peter Cook


Born in 1936, studied at the Bournemouth College of Art and the Architectural Association, London.
Professor Sir Peter Cook RA, founder of Archigram, former Director of the Institute for Contemporary Art, London (the ICA) and Bartlett School of Architecture at University College, London has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century. Cook’s achievements with radical experimentalist group Archigram have been the subject of numerous publications and public exhibitions. In 2007, Peter Cook was knighted by the Queen for his services to architecture. He is also a Royal Academician and a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres of the French Republic. He is currently a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London. His professorships include those of the Royal Academy, University College London and the Hochschule für Bildende Kunste (Staedelschule) in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Cook has from the very beginning made waves in architectural circles, however, it is since the construction of the Kunsthaus Graz that his work has been brought to a wider public, a process continuing with the completion of the Vienna Business and Economics University’s Departments of Law and Central Administration Buildings and Bond University in Australia’s Abedian School of Architecture. Peter Cook has also built in Osaka, Nagoya, Berlin, Frankfurt and Madrid.

Colin Fournier


Born in 1944, studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.
Fournier is Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL), where he was, over a period of 18 years, Director of the Master of Architecture course in Urban Design, as well as Director of one of the Diploma Units. He recently completed a four year Visiting Professorship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He was an associate member of the radical experimental design group Archigram and Planning Director of the Ralph Parsons Company (now Parsons Corporation) in Pasadena, California, implementing several Urban Design projects in the Middle East, in particular the new town of Yanbu in Saudi Arabia. He was Bernard Tschumi’s partner for the design of the Parc de la Villette in Paris and co-author, with Sir Peter Cook, of the Graz Kunsthaus. His ‘Open Cinema’ project, developed in collaboration with artist Marysia Lewandowska, was realised in Guimarães, Portugal, one of the two European Cultural Capitals of 2012; a second edition was produced in Lisbon, as part of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and a third one in Hong Kong, in the K11 Art Space, in 2016. Fournier is the chairman of Tetra X, an architecture and urbanism practice based in Hong Kong.

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