Karen Cook is one of five founding partners of PLP Architecture. Her experience extends from London to Paris, Berlin and Prague, where her work focuses on the workplace and the public realm.
Currently, Karen is leading the design for the tallest tower in the City of London, Twentytwo, which is now under construction for Lipton Rogers Developments and AXA IM-Real Assets. The project proposes innovative solutions to improve the pedestrian experience, with shared amenities creating a workplace to attract talented individuals, nestled below London’s highest free-to-access public observatory. Karen is the design partner of 2-4 Cannon Street, which Fidelity will occupy, a red sandstone structure opposite St. Paul’s Cathedral with a new public garden facing St. Nicholas Cole Abbey. Recently, she also led one of seven teams selected from over seven hundred applicants for the design for the re-imagining of the Tour Montparnasse, Paris, whose finalists were exhibited at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris.
Previously a partner at KPF London, Karen led the design of Tour First, the tallest tower in France and the first to receive a sustainability rating, whose dynamic new top transforms the skyline of La Defense. Her award-winning Danube House in Prague was enriched by local craft and its dramatic interior spaces open the James Bond film “Casino Royale.”
Karen’s designs have been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. She spoke at the Royal Academy Mavericks programme “After the Age of Starchitects” and at the ULI France convention in Paris on “Le Droit à l’Hypercentre.”
Karen obtained a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Art (Art and Architecture) from Rice University, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. She has an interest in culture and language including French and German.