Gregory Cowan PhD

Urbanist in London, United Kingdom

Gregory Cowan PhD

Urbanist in London, United Kingdom

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Station hub urbanism and architecture thought leader. Flexible educator, guide, researcher and urbanist-architect. Street design in station areas, with PhD research on King's Cross and Frankfurt, informs my specialism. Independent assessor with RIBA Continuing Professional Development Providers' Network. Field work, teaching, cross-cultural communication and international development all inform my practice.

As visiting lecturer in Urban Tourism, University of Westminster, I lecture on station and entertainment areas at night. I recently introduced first-time London visitor, virtuoso Brazilian guitarist João Camarero to London Bridge station area. A Sunday morning walk connected Southwark Cathedral, Crossbones Cemetery, Shakespeare's Globe and the centre of the Thames on the Millennium Footbridge. We discussed Tate, Queen Boudicea, the Romans and the Tower of London. A 2016 German-language contemporary architecture tour included cruising on the Thames, Pimlico to Bankside, then comparing office developments in Shoreditch and Spitalfields. A 2015 study tour with Überbau, Vienna (also in German) investigated urban regeneration. We reviewed the City, Canary Wharf and King's Cross.

My tour of bargee life on London's Regent's Canal appeared on John Sargent's 'Barging around Britain' (ITV 2016). "Haus / Boot", a German-language lecture and course on precarious architecture and urbanism was delivered at Graz University of Technology and Haus der Architektur in Austria, 2014. It was combined with a London excursion in which Graz students studied social housing and waterway dwelling, with an onboard seminar and canal walking tour in King's Cross.

In 2009, I led British Council directors of Nordic and Baltic cities on a creative regeneration tour in King's Cross. In Pori Finland in 2010 I exhibited work on life in Ulaanbaatar, as part of 'Bare House'.

Born and architecturally schooled in Perth Australia, I worked in Graz, Austria as architect with Szyszkowitz Kowalski (1989 - 91) and with Herman Czech (1991 - 92) in Vienna Austria. I was Lecturer in Architecture at Curtin University 1992 - 2003 in Perth and Kuala Lumpur. In London since 2003, I developed architectural education and teaching at Kingston University and RIBA Education, and in 2007 - 2008, I developed a local college with VSO in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. I was a British Council Urban Ideas Baker in Kaunas Lithuania in 2009.

In Frankfurt in 2009, I led architects and consultants on East Harbour apartments with 11

  • Work
    • Dr Gregory Cowan RIBA
  • Education
    • University of Westminster
    • University of Adelaide