Karen Cook is a Founding Partner of PLP Architecture. The firm’s recently completed works aim to support new ways of living and working in today’s changing cities, and include the Edge, Amsterdam, recognised internationally as “the smartest and most sustainable office building in the world;” The Francis Crick Institute, a biomedical research institute for more than a thousand scientists next to St. Pancras and King’s Cross; and the new headquarters of the broadcasting company Sky. Currently, Karen leads the design of 22 Bishopsgate for AXA IM-Real Assets and Lipton Rogers Developments, the City of London’s tallest tower, which will support the individual with a fresh food market, innovation hub, gym, wellbeing retreat and spa, business club and cycle park. A free-to-access public viewing gallery, and commissioned and temporary artworks integrated into the architectural design of the base, will enhance the public realm. Karen’s extensive experience includes, while a former partner at KPF, Tour First at La Défense, Paris, winner of a MIPIM Best Refurbishment Prize; and Danube House, Prague’s first sustainable office building, with details enriched by local craftsmanship, whose dramatic spaces feature in James Bond’s Casino Royale. Her designs have been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Karen earned her Bachelors in Art and Architecture from Rice University, and her Master's Degree in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.