Student Lecture Series | Aleksandr Mergold: Un-appealing

Friday, November 13, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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This lecture will be conducted through Zoom. Please register in advance here. Zoom account registration is required.

Coming from a family with two generations of architects, Aleksandr Mergold graduated from Princeton University and Cornell University, receiving the NY chapter AIA and the Charles Goodwin Sands medals.

After working for several large architecture firms such as Perkins Eastman Architects and Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, he joined the office of Pentagram in New York where he spent six years as senior architect, working on a variety of architectural and design projects. Currently, Aleksandr is an assistant professor at Cornell's Department of Architecture.

In 2008, Aleksandr Mergold along with Jason Austin, established architectural and landscape design practice, Austin + Mergold. Aleksandr Mergold is a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Graphic Arts and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

This event is free and accessible to the public. 

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  • 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.