The Cooper Union will be closed Wednesday, March 21, 2018 due to inclement weather. Classes are cancelled and offices are closed.

Summer Programs in Architecture

Applications for the 2018 summer programs are now open.  If you would like to receive our weekly newsletter of lectures, events, exhibitions and program news or to keep in touch with The School of Architecture please send your contact information to

Current course offering:

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union is offering two 5-week intensive courses at the college and high school level during the Summer 2018 session.  The workshop programs introduce students to foundational concepts and practices within the study of architecture through lectures, projects and site visits culminating in the production of a portfolio. 

The summer session will run July 9 - August 10, 2018 for High School students and July 9 - August 3, 2018 for college students. Admission is on a competitive rolling basis.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 summer program. 

Please email with any questions.

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