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Peter Cook receives knighthood

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Archigram founder, architect and teacher Peter Cook (photographed here in 1986) has been unexpectedly knighted alongside cricketer Ian Botham and controversial author Salman Rushdie.

Cook, 71, was named on this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list and praised for his 'services to architecture.'

Best known for his work during his time heading up the 'innovative and prankish architecture collective' Archigram, Cook still writes a monthly column for the AJ's sister publication the Architectural Review.

Three years ago his unforgettable blob-like Graz Kunsthaus in Austria - known as the 'friendly alien' - which he designed with Colin Fournier, made it on to the Stirling Prize Shortlist.

Meanwhile, there was a CBE for Raymond Young, the chair of Architecture and Design Scotland, an OBE for David Adjaye and an MBE for Ruth Kamen, former head of the RIBA library.

by Richard Waite

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