John Cook, Research Associate

John Cook is a qualified architect having studied and graduated at Nottingham University and the University of Westminster. He worked for a number of years in practice for Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects, on a range of competition entries and private residential projects. He is now lead tutor of the MArch design studio, DS18, at the University of Westminster, London – teaching ways that data, cartography, experimental forms of simulation and representational techniques can inform architectural responses and imaginations in our time of ecological and climatic crisis. He is currently working as part of the Monsoon Assemblages research team, exploring visual methods to investigate and communicate the South Asian Monsoon using data and computational means through a range of mediums, spatial and temporal scales.


Bannister Fletcher Award for dissertation of the year, University of Westminster.

Shoaib Mahmad Rawat prize for portfolio of the year, University of Westminster.

‘Visualising the Future of the City’, CAA and RIBA International Competition: First prize.

Nominated for the RIBA President’s Medals Silver Award 2015

AJ commendation for ‘Brewester House, Highgate’ model and drawings, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013


2012 : Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.

2013 : Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.

2014 : Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London.

2015 : RIBA CAA 50th Anniversary and International Summit : ‘Visualising The Future Of The City’, London.

2015 : ‘Drawn to the Future’ Exhibition, The Building Centre, London.

2016 : RIBA ‘Presidents wall’ rotating exhibit, Portland Place, London.

2017 : ‘Postcards from the Anthropocene’ Exhibition and symposium, University of Edinburgh.

2017 : ‘Ambiguous Territory’ Exhibition and symposium at the University of Michigan and Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York

2017 : ‘Ingredients’ Exhibition, The Building Centre, London.

2019 : ‘Broken Nature’ : The XXII Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

Drawings featured in:

P. Cureton, Strategies for Landscape Representation, London, Routledge, 2016.

J. O’Reilly and J. Brassett, Philosophy and Design, Netherlands, Springer, 2016.

L. Bremner and R. Bottazzi, Architecture, Energy, Matter, London, University of Westminster, 2015.

The Landscapists: Redefining Landscape Relations, Architectural Design (AD), vol. 90, no. 1, 2020.


Bremner and J. Cook (eds.), Monsoon [+ other] Grounds, London, University of Westminster, 2019.