Oliver Cooke



Morning Session

10.50AM: Cockpit Studios and Creative Infrastructure”

Oliver Cooke RIBA,ARB, MArch Harvard, MPhil MA Cantab


Oliver Cooke studied at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University, completing his Masters in 2007 with a thesis project with Herzog & de Meuron. During studies he worked at Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Paris), Jamie Fobert Architects and Allies and Morrison. He worked at Herzog & de Meuron Architects in Basel and London from 2007 until 2013, working as project architect on the new residential tower Wood Wharf, and as architect on Tate Modern Extension, the Dreispitz office and residential tower in Basel, and an unpublished large residential project in London.

Between 2018 and 2021, Oliver was a Design Fellow at the University of Cambridge and he remains a Director of Studies at Corpus Christi College. He has been a guest critic at several universities.

Oliver Cooke’s presentation will focus on the following key areas:

  • Unlocking the potential of Cockpit Studios’ building in Deptford to provide more for-purpose studios, and to engage with the local community for the first time. Includes a new timber workshop studio and a commissioned tiled mural on the street wall. Funded by the GLA and Stride partnership.
  • Other projects where we have focused on spaces for craft and art production, alongside new public areas.
  • Reuse and adaptation of existing structures, energy use improvements, as well as speculation on forms and strategies for new for-purpose buildings.