Founder and Senior Partner,
COOPER, GRAÑA, NICOLINI, Arquitectos
Born in Lima, Peru in 1939, Frederick Cooper studied architecture at the National University of Engineering. He attended postgraduate studies in Europe (1963-1966), first in London's Birkbeck University with Professor Nikolaus Pevsner, at the Courtauld with Sir Anthony Blunt and then in Paris with Professor Andrés Chastel, and with Professor Giulio Carlo Argan Rome. The purpose of his postgraduate studies was to develop a specific modern architectural approach to the teaching of architectural history for architectural studies, within the conditions relevant to the strains of a developing Latin America country. From 1966 to the present, Frederick has been the founder and senior partner of COOPER GRAÑA NICOLlNI ARCHITECTS (now CGGMS Architects), having completed within his studio more than 450 projects & buildings. Frederick's career spans the critical period of political and social upheaval as the developing cities of Latin America grew exponentially. His work has driven the debate about and development of an architecture that responded to the crisis of the modern Latin American citizen. His own home stands as both a wondrous piece of architecture and a powerful symbol of solidarity with the dispossessed. His work and teachings have exerted a significant positive impact on the Peruvian architectural scene over five decades. He has been a Senior Professor in Architectural History since 1968, as well as Head Tutor in Architectural Studios, both in The School of Architecture of the National University of Engineering and of the Pontifical Catholic University of Perú (which he founded in 1999), in Lima, as well as in Columbia university, in New York. He has lectured frequently in schools of architecture in Perú, the United States and Europe. Professor Cooper is likewise the creator in 1995 of the well known Latin American monthly architectural journal ARKINKA, which is now in its 278 issue. A critic, academic and advocate, there are few areas of Peruvian and Latin architecture and artistic life that he has not touched and influenced from initiating debate, to formulating its history, to preserving its heritage, to advocating its development and most importantly to practicing his beliefs in architectural form, a progressive modernist architecture fit for the social, economic and environmental conditions of Peru.