The Diane Lewis Memorial Travel Fellowship

Diane Lewis at a Design IV review, Fall 2008

Diane Lewis at a Design IV review, Fall 2008

The Diane Lewis AR’76 Memorial Architecture Travel Fellowship: In Search of Civic Space is awarded to Cooper Union architecture students for summer travel between their fourth and fifth years. Students are expected to focus on defining and designing ‘civic space'—a major recurring architectural theme of great importance to Professor Lewis.

  • 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.