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Karen Cook, AIA
Founding Partner


Karen Cook is one of five founding partners of PLP Architecture. Previously Karen was a partner at KPF, whose London office she joined at its founding in 1990 and eventually led, along with her other PLP partners, until founding PLP Architecture.


Her experience extends throughout Europe and has been driven by her interest in cultures and languages. Key elements of her work focus on environmentally sustainable design that is aligned to her philosophy of integrating design and technology in making better places to work and live.


Karen, while at KPF, was the designer of several important office structures. These include The Pinnacle, now under construction and emerging as the City of London’s tallest building and, in Paris, Tour First (CB31),the tallest office building in France, whose dynamic new top transforms the skyline of La Defense. Her award winning Danube House in Prague is the first sustainable office building in the Czech Republic. Its dramatic interiors form part of the setting of the James Bond action film “Casino Royale.” Karen’s designs have been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Pompidou Center, Paris.


Clients for whom Karen has designed innovative workplaces and public spaces include Hines, Europolis, Union Investment Real Estate, Arab Investments, AXA Reims, Cogedim, ICADE, Ferinel, Beacon Capital, Land Securities, NS Vastgoed, James Andrews, Canary Wharf, and The New West End Company. She lectures at symposia and participates in student juries across Europe.


Karen received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Art (Art and Architecture) from Rice University, Houston, Texas and a Master in Architecture from Harvard University.

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