All News 2016


February 10

In Conversation: Raffaele Bedarida & Jim Coddington, chief conservator of MoMA

On February 18 at 1.30 p.m. Raffaele Bedarida will have a free, public conversation with Jim Coddington, chief conservator of MoMA, about restoring the works of Jackson Pollack

February 08

Diller and Scofidio Speak to Cooper's Architecture Students

February 08

In Memory of Prof. Manolis Kondopirakis

February 07

Construction Matters Book Launch

A book launch for Construction Matters, by School of Architecture Associate Professor Georg Windeck.

January 28

Breaking Barriers for New York City High School Students

January 27

Behind the 2016 Menschel Exhibitiion

Menschel Fellowship Program Director Sohnya Sayres gives her thoughts on the 19th annual showcase of student projects in art, architecture, design, and engineering

January 27

Memorial to Jan Palach, Designed by John Hejduk, Unveiled in Prague

Dedication ceremony for Jan Palach Memorial, designed by John Hejduk (AR '50), founding dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.

January 26

Architectural Fun-damentals

"Architecture in Play," Professor Tamar Zinguer's new book, examines four key toys from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries that embodied architectural notions of construction and manipulating form

January 25

Giving Back to the Future

The story behind the Howard Flagg Memorial Prize, a newly endowed award from former graduates to soon-to-graduate current students

January 20

Photo Gallery: STEM Days

Several Cooper engineering students returned to class earlier than expected when they served as instructors during two STEM days for high school students during the winter break

January 15

A Message on Behalf of the Free Education Committee -- Jan. 15, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Free Education Committee (“FEC”) of The Cooper Union Board of Trustees held its first meeting on January 12...

January 06

In Memory of Eugenie "Ersy" Schwartz

January 05

Art to Disrupt the Art Economy

Caroline Woolard A'07 uses her practice to imagine a new economic and political paradigm for artists and others


December 16

Judge Approves Consent Decree

Today, the Supreme Court of the State of New York approved the consent decree that was agreed to by the New York State Attorney General, The Cooper Union, the Board of Trustees and the Committee to Save Cooper Union in September

December 07

A Chat with Bill Mea

The Vice President for Finance & Administration and Acting President talks about his background, where he sees The Cooper Union going, and whether he is a Deadhead

November 29

The Buckminster Fuller Institute 2016 Fellowship Program

Each year, BFI invites scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world to submit solutions for addressing humanity’s most pressing problems. The Fellowship Program is meant to enhance rigorous discourse in the Fuller Challenge review process by bringing additional voices and perspectives into the discussion.

November 23

David Lehman, Author of Sinatra's Century, Talks about "The Voice"

On December 3, David Lehman will give a free, public lecture in The Great Hall about his new book, "Sinatra's Century"

November 12

Farm to Table; Table to Farm

Two School of Art students have parlayed their education and experience into a traveling kitchen that sets up in UK dairy farms, documents the life there and culminates in a big communal meal. They call it "Enroot"

October 20

Library Acquires a Trove of Cooper Family Documents

October 12

Gender Myths Exploded

Transgender Artists in Dialogue with Sexology Archives in Exhibition at Lubalin Gallery

October 08

Drawing Connections

"Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association," a touring exhibition featuring 43 original drawings by some of the world's most renowned architects, and its vital connection to The Cooper Union. We peek inside the show.

October 07

"Open City: Existential Urbanity" Book Signing and Symposium Announced

The November 19 book signing and November 20/21 symposium to be held at the New Museum and MoMA marks the official release of the collection of student work developed in the fourth-year "Architecture of the City" studio from 2001 - 2014

October 01

Cooper Students Inspire a Unique Writing Guide

Gwen Hyman & Martha Schulman of the Center for Writing talk about their new book, "Thinking on the Page," and how it grew out of their work with the a-typical writing students that use the Center as a critical resource

September 22

Type@Cooper and Letterform Archive Launch Type@Cooper West

The Cooper Union’s Continuing Education Certificate Program Offers West Coast Courses Beginning October 2015.

September 19

Dorit Aviv to co-host Princeton University's ULTRASTRUCTURES conference

The Assistant Professor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture will present her research and prototype of a passive cooling oculus / operable structure

September 16

Cooper Students Chosen for NSF-funded Business Innovation Program

To Start-Up or Not to Start-up, that was the question two Cooper sophomores asked themselves at I-Corps, a summer program that teaches how to assess an idea's business potential

September 14

Cooper Cartoonists at the New Yorker

Cooper Union alumni Edward Sorel, Jon Agee and Liana Finck tell how they first published their art work in The New Yorker and how their undergraduate days did and didn't prepare them for life as a cartoonist

September 14

Michael Young (Young & Ayata) wins Bauhaus Museum Design Competition

Young & Ayata, co-founded by Michael Young, have been awarded one of two first prizes for the New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau.

September 09

The Lubalin Center at 30

The Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography celebrates 30 years with an exhibition that shows off its extraordinary collection of design ephemera

September 09

Cooper Still Tops in 2016 U.S. News "Best Colleges" Guidebook

The Cooper Union has been ranked as the #1 Best Value and the #2 overall undergraduate school in its region by The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016 guidebook

September 03

Incoming 2015: Part Three

In the third and last of our series featuring arriving students we meet Jasmine Tang, Eric Goins and Noah Silver

September 01

Cooper Union, Committee to Save Cooper Union Agree to Settle Litigation

August 31

Incoming 2015: Part Two

In the second installment of our weekly series focusing on new arrivals we meet Kayla Montes de Oca, "Olu" Olorode and Kiersten Mercado

August 26

Prof. Joe Cataldo Discusses Green Roof Research on NY1

Joseph Cataldo, professor of civil engineering who has taught at The Cooper Union for 40 years, appeared on the New York cable news channel to discuss his research on the Javits Center green roof

August 26

Alexander Tochilovsky Decodes the "Secret Language of Signs"

Alexander Tochilovsky A'00, curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography gives a video tour of Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood signage and what it all means

August 24

Incoming 2015: Part One

The first of a series looking at members of the incoming class of 2015. Included in part one: Matt Cebulski, Mary Dwyer and Asante Mills

August 10

A New Way to Read the Streets

In a demonstration of unity and ambition, students, alumni, faculty and staff from all three schools at The Cooper Union worked together on "Tactile City," a proposal to New York City's Department of Design and Construction that would make the sidewalks more navigable for the visually impaired

July 30

Forbes Names Cooper Union the "Most Entrepreneurial" College in U.S.

The financial news magazine rates colleges based on the percentage of "founders and owners" of businesses among all alumni, more even than even Stanford or MIT

July 30

Women in STEM Panel Addresses Young Audience

Five women working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math appeared on stage in The Great Hall as part of the Summer STEM program aimed at local high school students

July 28

School of Architecture Alumni and Dean included in "30 Years of Emerging Voices"

The awardees spanning the thirty year history include 23 School of Architecture Alumni and Dean Nader Tehrani.

July 27

Twenty-First Century Choices: Identifying Strategies for a Sustainable World

The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design launches blog on current issues of sustainability.

July 21

SutureSelf Takes Top Prize at the 2015 Invention Factory

A hand-held, disposable suturing device took home top honors by a distinguished panel of judges at the conclusion of the third annual Invention Factory showcase

July 20

Cooper in Top Ten of Money Mag's 2015 "Best Colleges"

For the second year in row The Cooper Union has ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's list of "best value" colleges in the U.S.

July 09

S.U.R.F.'s Up This Summer

Inside the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) where five students have been selected to focus on their own bioengineering projects when the labs might otherwise be dark

July 01

Nader Tehrani Named Dean

A professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tehrani has been appointed dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture beginning in July

June 25

"Margaret Morton: A Retrospective" Opens

Margaret Morton, professor in the School of Art, has a solo survey of her past 25-years-worth of photographic work open at Leica Gallery, around the corner from The Cooper Union

June 16

Cooper Union Elevator Featured on FOX 5 News

A spot on the origins of passenger elevator focuses on the Foundation Building and features an interview with Elizabeth O'Donnell, acting dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

June 09

Just Your Type

Inside "Typographics," a 10-day festival of lectures, workshops and tours exploring developments in typography, hosted by The Cooper Union

June 08

Admissions Numbers Announced for 2015

The preparation and talent of the new class continue to meet Cooper’s very high standards

May 29

Highlights from Commencement 2015

The memorable moments of the 156th commencement ceremony

May 29

"Mad Men" Finale Ends On a Cooper Union Note

The "Mad Men" finale featured the iconic "Hilltop" Coke commercial. Harvey Gabor A'55, the man who actually created it, gives us the real story on its making

May 20

Albert Nerken School of Engineering: Senior Snapshots 2015

David Katz, Jackie Song, Osaze Udeagbala and Quinee Quintana talk about where they came from, what they worked on in their final year, and where they are headed next

May 19

Senior Snapshots 2015: The School of Art

Stephen Gurtowski, Elzie Williams, Maria Rodriguez-Jimenez and Omari Douglin talk about how they got here, what they focused on in their senior presentations, and where they are headed next

May 18

Thesis Year Snapshots: 2015

Three graduating students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture -- Arta Perezic, Dustin Atlas and J.A. Alonzo -- discuss their thesis year proposals and what's next

May 14

Harrison Cullen, Engineering Senior, Chosen as 2015 Student Speaker for Commencement

He plans to address the importance of unity among members of The Cooper Union in forging a vision for its future

May 11

Three Cooper Grads Receive 2015 Fulbright Grants

The 2015 recipients include Daniel Lepek ChE’04, associate professor of chemical engineering, Amanda Machnik A’15 and Jasmine Stein A’13

May 04

A Foundational Commitment Continues

The Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers carries on Peter Cooper's vision, providing free classes to highly skilled yet struggling New Yorkers

April 23

CUISD Seeks Intern for GIS and Graphic Work

April 27

Christine Osinski Receives Inaugural Pollock-Krasner Photography Grant

A faculty member of the School of Art for over 30 years, Prof. Osinski will use the award to produce a book of photographs she took when she started teaching

April 23

CUISD Seeks Intern for GIS and Graphic Work

April 22

Prof. Diana Agrest Featured on NPR As One of "50 Great Teachers"

The April 21 broadcast on "All Things Considered" focuses on Prof. Agrest's sometimes surprising methods for approaching the study of architecture

April 21

A Dual Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum for Piotr Uklanski A'95

Two related shows share the title "Fatal Attraction"

April 17

Type@Cooper 2015 Lectures Made Available Online

The first four lectures of the 2015 Herb Lubalin Lecture Series on the history and practice of typeface design have been made available on the Internet

April 17

Shirley Jaffe A'45 Has Solo Gallery Show & NY Times Spotlight at Age 91

Featured in the Friday April 17 edition of the New York Times, Ms. Jaffe continues a lifetime of artistic practice with a solo exhibition in New York's Tibor de Nagy Gallery until May 2

April 07

CUISD Student Fellowship Announced

In its inaugural year, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design's student fellowship competition will take the theme of Visualizing Climate Change.

April 07

Milton Glaser to Deliver 2015 Commencement Address

April 02

Not So Far Away

"Three Views of Oman," an international exhibition making its U.S. debut in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery until April 25, is meant to bridge cultures through photography. We took a tour with the curator

March 30

Making Summer Plans at The Cooper Union

Two new summer programs will join the existing three to be offered to high school and undergraduate students in 2015. We look in on each

March 30

Professor Diane Lewis to participate on Frederick Kiesler panel at ACFNY

Diane Lewis is a panelist for Display of the Centuries: Frederick Kiesler and Contemporary Art held at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

March 26

Tiffiniy Cheng Tastes Victory

The 2002 BSE graduate was a key player in a hard-fought and ultimately successful campaign to preserve “net neutrality”

March 17

Prof. Alan Wolf Featured on Fox News for "Pi Day"

Fox 5 local news interviewed Alan Wolf, professor of physics, for a light-hearted segment on the once-a-century moment when the date and time match the value of Pi

March 17

Casey Walker and His "Last Days in Shanghai"

The adjunct professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences talks about his recently published first novel, an exploration of modern China, that has received critial acclaim from The New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement and others

March 12

Professor Diane Lewis and Assistant Professor Michael Samuelian to participate in AIA-NY Panel Discussion

The panel discussion Big Dreams: AIANY Global Dialogues will be held on March 18 at the Center for Architecture. Diane Lewis will moderate the discussion and Michael Samuelian will participate on the panel.

March 01

Professor Diana Agrest and Alumni honored by The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) has announced the winners of its Built by Women New York City (BxW NYC) competition. An exhibition of the selected works will be held at The Center for Architecture opening March 2, 2015

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.