Sarah Burrell

Special Projects Associate, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive

Sarah Burrell is the Special Projects Associate in the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive, where she assists with the production of exhibition, publication and other special projects of the Architecture Archive. Her responsibilities include exhibition design and curatorial support, design and implementation of ongoing updates and additions to the entire School of Architecture website, organization, editorial assistance and production of exhibition and publication layouts for all special projects, and preparation and coordination of grant applications to outside funding sources to subsidize exhibitions, publications, and other special projects.

In addition to her work at The Cooper Union, Sarah is a performance designer. Sarah received a Master of Design with first class distinction from Massey University (Wellington, New Zealand), specializing in participatory performance. Hidden Cities ( is the home of her creative practice, which centers on live interactive events. These take the form of performances, urban games, sound installations, alternative city tours and audio walks. She has also taught spatial design and interactive performance at a tertiary level and led arts workshops with young people.

  • 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.