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The Institute, its core and consulting advisors, faculty, research, student and community partners are committed on engaging cross-disciplinary conversation and reciprocal learning experience, where different views of the world and its environmental needs are expressed and real solutions imagined, created and implemented.

Core Team


Kevin Bone

Sunnie Joh

Public Programming

Jessica Morris
Administrative Associate






Faculty Partners



Toby Cumberbatch

David Turnbull
School of Architecture

Albert Appleton
Senior Fellow for Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Board of Advisors


Under Construction



Program Partner

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well being and the health of our planet's ecosystems. We aim to deeply influence the ascendance of a new generation of design-science pioneers who are leading the creation of an abundant and restorative world economy that benefits all humanity.

Community Partners





  • 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.