Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Learn How to Destroy the Internet

Erin Sparling's popular interdisciplinary course teaches constructive destruction

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Beloved Bldgs & Grounds Director Retires

After 20 years of dedication to The Cooper Union, Carmelo Pizzuto decided to retire to spend time with his family

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In Memoriam: Jack Whitten, Renowned Painter & Teacher

An alumnus of the School of Art, Jack Whitten received widespread recognition for his paintings in the last decade of his career

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Cooper Family Papers on Display

Archives librarian Katie Blumenkrantz spent two years processing over 300 hundred letters written by members of Peter Cooper's family

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Real World Pedagogy

Two students, Margaux Wheelock-Shew and Jeremy Son, collaborate with Nader Tehrani to create a permanent pavilion in Shenzhen, China

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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.