Anna Bokov, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Adjunct

Anna Bokov is an architect, urban designer, educator, and historian. She holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, a Master's degree in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Syracuse University. She has taught at the Cooper Union, Yale School of Art, Northeastern University School of Architecture, the Moscow Architectural Institute, and Strelka Institute.

 

Anna has worked as an architect and urban designer with Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam; NBBJ in Moscow; Gluckman Mayner Architects and Polshek Partnership (Ennead) in New York; and the City of Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has served as an editor for the Project Russia magazine, a leading architectural periodical in Russia. Her work has been presented at the Walker Art Center, Venice Biennale, Moscow Architectural Biennale, and AIA New York. 

 

Anna's special areas of expertise include the history of the avant-garde movement and design pedagogy. Her Ph.D. dissertation at Yale, titled Teaching Architecture to the Masses: Vkhutemas and the Pedagogy of Space, 1920-1930, examines the emergence of modern design education through the lens of Vkhutemas, an inter-disciplinary higher education institution in the 1920s that has been termed the "Soviet Bauhaus." Her work focuses on the various pedagogies developed at the school by the leaders of the Russian avant-garde, including Nikolay Ladovsky, Alexander Rodchenko, Moisey Ginzburg, and others. Anna was a recipient of the Mellon Fellowship and of the Beinecke Research Fellowship at Yale, in addition to being awarded an honorable citation from the Graham Foundation. She is currently working on the publication of a book on Vkhutemas and its avant-garde pedagogies.

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Projects & Links

  • 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.