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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

Emma John

Administrative Associate







Faculty Partners



Toby Cumberbatch


Dorit Aviv

School of Architecture


David Turnbull
School of Architecture


Andrea Pinochet

Research Associate



Albert Appleton
Senior Fellow for Sustainability




Core Advisors


Sunnie Joh




Michael Ben-Eli

Albert Appleton

Board of Advisors

Under Construction


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.