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October 08

Drawing Connections

The curators of "Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association," a touring exhibition featuring 43 original drawings by some of the world's most renowned architects, saw a vital connection to The Cooper Union. We peek inside the show

October 01

Cooper Students Inspire a Unique Writing Guide

Gwen Hyman & Martha Schulman of the Center for Writing talk about their new book, "Thinking on the Page," and how it grew out of their work with the a-typical writing students that use the Center as a critical resource


September 22

Type@Cooper and Letterform Archive Launch Type@Cooper West

The Cooper Union’s Continuing Education Certificate Program Offers West Coast Courses Beginning October 2015.

September 19

ULTRASTRUCTURES, Aviv and colleagues to present cooling oculus at Princeton University

Dorit Aviv will co-host Princeton University's ULTRASTRUCTURES conference on September 19th.

September 16

Cooper Students Chosen for NSF-funded Business Innovation Program

To Start-Up or Not to Start-up, that was the question two Cooper sophomores asked themselves at I-Corps, a summer program that teaches how to assess an idea's business potential

September 14

Cooper Cartoonists at the New Yorker

Cooper Union alumni Edward Sorel, Jon Agee and Liana Finck tell how they first published their art work in The New Yorker and how their undergraduate days did and didn't prepare them for life as a cartoonist

September 14

Michael Young (Young & Ayata) wins Bauhaus Museum Design Competition

Young & Ayata, co-founded by Michael Young, have been awarded one of two first prizes for the New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau.

September 09

The Lubalin Center at 30

The Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography celebrates 30 years with an exhibition that shows off its extraordinary collection of design ephemera

September 09

Cooper Still Tops in 2016 U.S. News "Best Colleges" Guidebook

The Cooper Union has been ranked as the #1 Best Value and the #2 overall undergraduate school in its region by The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016 guidebook

September 03

Incoming 2015: Part Three

In the third and last of our series featuring arriving students we meet Jasmine Tang, Eric Goins and Noah Silver

September 01

Cooper Union, Committee to Save Cooper Union Agree to Settle Litigation


August 31

Incoming 2015: Part Two

In the second installment of our weekly series focusing on new arrivals we meet Kayla Montes de Oca, "Olu" Olorode and Kiersten Mercado

August 26

Alexander Tochilovsky Decodes the "Secret Language of Signs"

Alexander Tochilovsky A'00, curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography gives a video tour of Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood signage and what it all means

August 26

Prof. Joe Cataldo Discusses Green Roof Research on NY1

Joseph Cataldo, professor of civil engineering who has taught at The Cooper Union for 40 years, appeared on the New York cable news channel to discuss his research on the Javits Center green roof

August 24

Incoming 2015: Part One

The first of a series looking at members of the incoming class of 2015. Included in part one: Matt Cebulski, Mary Dwyer and Asante Mills

August 10

A New Way to Read the Streets

In a demonstration of unity and ambition, students, alumni, faculty and staff from all three schools at The Cooper Union worked together on "Tactile City," a proposal to New York City's Department of Design and Construction that would make the sidewalks more navigable for the visually impaired


July 30

Forbes Names Cooper Union the "Most Entrepreneurial" College in U.S.

The financial news magazine rates colleges based on the percentage of "founders and owners" of businesses among all alumni, more even than even Stanford or MIT

July 30

Women in STEM Panel Addresses Young Audience

Five women working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math appeared on stage in The Great Hall as part of the Summer STEM program aimed at local high school students

July 28

School of Architecture Alumni and Dean included in "30 Years of Emerging Voices"

The awardees spanning the thirty year history include 23 School of Architecture Alumni and Dean Nader Tehrani.

July 27

Twenty-First Century Choices: Identifying Strategies for a Sustainable World

The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design launches blog on current issues of sustainability.

July 21

SutureSelf Takes Top Prize at the 2015 Invention Factory

A hand-held, disposable suturing device took home top honors by a distinguished panel of judges at the conclusion of the third annual Invention Factory showcase

July 20

Cooper in Top Ten of Money Mag's 2015 "Best Colleges"

For the second year in row The Cooper Union has ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's list of "best value" colleges in the U.S.

July 09

S.U.R.F.'s Up This Summer

Inside the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) where five students have been selected to focus on their own bioengineering projects when the labs might otherwise be dark

July 01

Nader Tehrani Named Dean

A professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tehrani has been appointed dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture beginning in July

July 01

Office of the President


June 25

"Margaret Morton: A Retrospective" Opens

Margaret Morton, professor in the School of Art, has a solo survey of her past 25-years-worth of photographic work open at Leica Gallery, around the corner from The Cooper Union

June 16

Cooper Union Elevator Featured on FOX 5 News

A spot on the origins of passenger elevator focuses on the Foundation Building and features an interview with Elizabeth O'Donnell, acting dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

June 09

Just Your Type

Inside "Typographics," a 10-day festival of lectures, workshops and tours exploring developments in typography, hosted by The Cooper Union

June 08

Admissions Numbers Announced for 2015

The preparation and talent of the new class continue to meet Cooper’s very high standards


May 29

Highlights from Commencement 2015

The memorable moments of the 156th commencement ceremony

May 29

"Mad Men" Finale Ends On a Cooper Union Note

The "Mad Men" finale featured the iconic "Hilltop" Coke commercial. Harvey Gabor A'55, the man who actually created it, gives us the real story on its making

May 20

Albert Nerken School of Engineering: Senior Snapshots 2015

David Katz, Jackie Song, Osaze Udeagbala and Quinee Quintana talk about where they came from, what they worked on in their final year, and where they are headed next

May 19

Senior Snapshots 2015: The School of Art

Stephen Gurtowski, Elzie Williams, Maria Rodriguez-Jimenez and Omari Douglin talk about how they got here, what they focused on in their senior presentations, and where they are headed next

May 18

Thesis Year Snapshots: 2015

Three graduating students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture -- Arta Perezic, Dustin Atlas and J.A. Alonzo -- discuss their thesis year proposals and what's next

May 14

Harrison Cullen, Engineering Senior, Chosen as 2015 Student Speaker for Commencement

He plans to address the importance of unity among members of The Cooper Union in forging a vision for its future

May 11

Three Cooper Grads Receive 2015 Fulbright Grants

The 2015 recipients include Daniel Lepek ChE’04, associate professor of chemical engineering, Amanda Machnik A’15 and Jasmine Stein A’13

May 04

A Foundational Commitment Continues

The Retraining Program for Immigrant Engineers carries on Peter Cooper's vision, providing free classes to highly skilled yet struggling New Yorkers


April 27

Christine Osinski Receives Inaugural Pollock-Krasner Photography Grant

A faculty member of the School of Art for over 30 years, Prof. Osinski will use the award to produce a book of photographs she took when she started teaching

April 23

CUISD Seeks Intern for GIS and Graphic Work

April 22

Prof. Diana Agrest Featured on NPR As One of "50 Great Teachers"

The April 21 broadcast on "All Things Considered" focuses on Prof. Agrest's sometimes surprising methods for approaching the study of architecture

April 21

A Dual Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum for Piotr Uklanski A'95

Two related shows share the title "Fatal Attraction"

April 17

Type@Cooper 2015 Lectures Made Available Online

The first four lectures of the 2015 Herb Lubalin Lecture Series on the history and practice of typeface design have been made available on the Internet

April 17

Shirley Jaffe A'45 Has Solo Gallery Show & NY Times Spotlight at Age 91

Featured in the Friday April 17 edition of the New York Times, Ms. Jaffe continues a lifetime of artistic practice with a solo exhibition in New York's Tibor de Nagy Gallery until May 2

April 07

CUISD Student Fellowship Announced

In its inaugural year, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design's student fellowship competition will take the theme of Visualizing Climate Change.

April 07

Milton Glaser to Deliver 2015 Commencement Address

April 02

Not So Far Away

"Three Views of Oman," an international exhibition making its U.S. debut in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery until April 25, is meant to bridge cultures through photography. We took a tour with the curator


March 30

Making Summer Plans at The Cooper Union

Two new summer programs will join the existing three to be offered to high school and undergraduate students in 2015. We look in on each

March 30

Professor Diane Lewis to participate on Frederick Kiesler panel at ACFNY

Diane Lewis is a panelist for Display of the Centuries: Frederick Kiesler and Contemporary Art held at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

March 26

Tiffiniy Cheng Tastes Victory

The 2002 BSE graduate was a key player in a hard-fought and ultimately successful campaign to preserve “net neutrality”

March 17

Prof. Alan Wolf Featured on Fox News for "Pi Day"

Fox 5 local news interviewed Alan Wolf, professor of physics, for a light-hearted segment on the once-a-century moment when the date and time match the value of Pi

March 17

Casey Walker and His "Last Days in Shanghai"

The adjunct professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences talks about his recently published first novel, an exploration of modern China, that has received critial acclaim from The New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement and others

March 12

Professor Diane Lewis and Assistant Professor Michael Samuelian to participate in AIA-NY Panel Discussion

The panel discussion Big Dreams: AIANY Global Dialogues will be held on March 18 at the Center for Architecture. Diane Lewis will moderate the discussion and Michael Samuelian will participate on the panel.

March 01

Professor Diana Agrest and Alumni honored by The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) has announced the winners of its Built by Women New York City (BxW NYC) competition. An exhibition of the selected works will be held at The Center for Architecture opening March 2, 2015


February 25

Four Student Inventions Selected for Further Development

Four inventions created and prototyped by Cooper Union engineering students have been chosen to be further developed by Quirky, a company that refines and markets new inventions

February 10

Menschel Fellows Exhibition on view through February 21

This year’s Menschel Exhibition reflects the work of eleven Benjamin Menschel Fellows from the largest pool of proposals to date.

February 10

Cities of the Dead exhibition on view through February 28

Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan. Traveling in Kyrgyzstan, photographer Margaret Morton became captivated by the otherworldly grandeur of these cemeteries.

February 09

Margaret Morton's Elegiac Photos Capture a Crumbling Culture

"Cities of the Dead," an exhibition open to the public until February 28, takes the viewer to the mirage-like cemeteries of Central Asia. Professor Morton took us on a tour of the gallery, sharing the stories behind her favorite images

February 03

Cooper Union Ranked #1 "College That Pays You Back" by Princeton Review

The Cooper Union ranks ahead of every other public and private higher-educational institution according to The Princeton Review's latest guidebook focused on concerns over paying for college and gaining well-paying employment after graduation


January 26

Marek Bartelik: From Civil Engineer to Art Critic

The President of the International Association of Art Critics and 20-year member of The Cooper Union faculty of humanities and social sciences returns to teach after a three-year hiatus. We talked with him about his history and the place of art criticism in the world today

January 20

Matthew Tanteri A'84 Teaches the Art and Science of Daylighting

During the Spring the Department of Continuing Education will offer its first online course in five years. The topic, "Daylighting and Codes," focusing on the uses of daylight to illuminate buildings, will be taught by a graduate of The Cooper Union, Matthew Tanteri A'84

January 05

Invention Factory Featured on Cable News

Time Warner Cable has profiled the six-week program as part of its broadcast and online series "It Ain't Rocket Science"

  • 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.