It was with astonishment I discovered that the RIBA's first ever award for educators, the Annie Spink Prize, had not been given to Peter Cook.
Is it possible that the RIBA has chosen to pass over the educator with the longest standing and most significant influence on UK and international architecture and education since Alvin Boyarsky? Is it conceivable that the influence of Archigram on teachers and students worldwide has been ignored? Is it comprehensible that the jury has chosen to overlook the renaissance of the Bartlett School of Architecture in the last 10 years? Is it credible to ignore the teacher of such key figures in architectural culture as Marco Goldschmied, Piers Gough, Nicholas Grimshaw, Lady Patricia Hopkins, Ron Arad, Gordon Benson, David Chipperfield, Peter Salter, Ken Yeang; and the deans of architecture schools at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi and Hong Kong, to name just a few?
Are there others out there as shocked as I am?
Katerina Ruedi, director, School of Architecture, University of Illinois, Chicago