Student Work

Hot Dog Stand Design, World's Fair, 1939. Urban Housing Project. c. 1966. 9 Square Grid Problem. 1976-77. Design III: Exeter Library Analysis,  Fall 1986. Architectonics: Four Ideal Houses. Spring 2011. Design II: House VI Analysis. Spring 2010. Design III: Notre Dame du Haut Chapel Analysis. Fall 2008. Design IV: Tower Acropolis. Fall 2008. Thesis: Housing and Urban Aquaculture, Mexico City. 2007-08. MArch II Design Research Studio. Colorado Sand Dunes: Visual Manifestation of Wind Forces. Spring 2011.
Hot Dog Stand Design, World's Fair, 1939.

The core of this collection consists primarily of design studio work documented for the exhibition and publication Education of an Architect: A Point of View in 1971, and the second volume of Education of an Architect published in 1988. Since then, a cross section student work has been recorded on an annual basis. Largely unpublished, this collection is an invaluable resource for student / faculty / historical research, exhibitions, publications and accreditation purposes. As a whole, it represents a comprehensive trajectory of the pedagogy of Architecture at The Cooper Union at critical times in the history of the school. Included within this wealth of information is a small assortment of photographs, taken primarily for promotional purposes, dating back to the 1930s.

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