Gregory Cowan PhD

Architect, Teacher, and Urbanist in London, United Kingdom

Gregory Cowan PhD

Architect, Teacher, and Urbanist in London, United Kingdom

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Station urbanism, research, architecture and education. A flexible educator, specialist in street design in station areas. Field work, teaching and communication all inform my practice.

I teach Urban Tourism. Introducing London Bridge to João Camarero, first-time-visiting virtuoso Brazilian guiatrist, I connected Southwark Cathedral and Crossbones Cemetery, then the Globe and the centre of the Thames on the Millennium Footbridge. We discussed Tate, Queen Boudicea, the Romans and the Tower of London. In a German-language contemporary architecture tour, a cruise on the Thames from Pimlico to Bankside was followed by comparing office complexes in Shoreditch and Spitalfields. A study tour with Überbau, Vienna investigated London urban regeneration (in German language). We reviewed the City, Canary Wharf and King's Cross.

I led a tour of bargee life on Regent's Canal, in the centre of London, appearing on John Sargeant's 'Barging around Britain' (ITV 2016). "Haus / Boot" was a German-language lecture and course on precarious architecture and urbanism at Graz University of Technology, Austria in 2014. It combined with a London excursion, where Graz students learned about social housing and waterway dwelling through an onboard seminar and walking canal tour in King's Cross.

I was born and educated in Perth Australia, and worked in Graz, Austria from 1989, as architect with Szyszkowitz Kowalski ('til 91) and Herman Czech ('til 92) in Vienna Austria. I lectured in architecture at Curtin University in Perth and Kuala Lumpur, 1992 - 2003. In London from 2003, I developed architectural education and teaching, and in 2007-2008 worked with a local college and VSO in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

In Frankfurt in 2009, I led on East Harbour apartments with 1100architekt. My subsequent PhD research on street design in station areas, London and Frankfurt, was completed 2015.

I live on the Regent’s Canal behind the station. Musical interests include performing with London School of Samba. I play in London, but to date also in Sibiu, Coburg, Hong Kong and Helsinki.

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