But in the decades since Archigram disbanded, Cook (b. 1936) has
continued to inspire architects as a highly regarded teacher. He helped
transform Frankfurt’s Staedelschule into one of Europe’s leading
architecture schools, and he served as the Bartlett’s chair of
architecture for a dozen years, retiring from this noted U.K. university
in 2005.

And while Archigram, which received the RIBA Gold Medal in 2002, changed
the direction of architecture with its theories and drawings—but not its
executed projects, of which there were none—Cook has seen a number of
his recent proposals get built, most notably the Kunsthaus Graz, which
was on the shortlist for the Stirling Prize in 2004.

Currently, he is serving as a consultant for HOK Sport, which is
designing the London Olympic Stadium for the 2012 Games. He was knighted
earlier this year for his “services to architecture.”

In this in-depth interview, Cook also proves himself an engaging, witty
  raconteur, discussing his days with Archigram, his design goals for
the Olympic Stadium, his frank advice for architecture schools, the
architects and cities he admires, and the cities (and Royals) he doesn’t.