Hayley Eber

Assistant Professor

Hayley Eber (b. Johannesburg, South Africa) is an architect, designer and educator. She received a B.AS from The University of Cape Town in 1997, a B.Arch from the Cooper Union in 2000, and an M.Arch from Princeton University in 2002. She is co-founder of EFGH, an architectural partnership founded in 2007 in New York. Her professional practice engages interdisciplinary research with a focus on responsive design concepts and building techniques that challenge conventional notions of site, material and context. EFGH claimed a prize for their submission to Envisioning Gateway: A Public Design Competition for Gateway National Park and were recently represented at the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/ Architecture. Their projects have been published in numerous journals, such as Praxis10: Urban Matters, Frame Magazine and Domus. EFGH recently participated in Open House, a one-day event and symposium led by Droog in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Prior to the inception of her firm, she worked with DS+R, where her experience ranged from temporary installation and media work to large scale urban projects, performance and architectural competitions. Her involvement includes project architect for The Highline Competition, Lincoln Center Information Landscape and recent art projects including collaborations with The Wooster Group and film director Mira Nair. Before joining DS+R, she worked at Eisenman Architects in NY on The Arizona Cardinals Stadium and at Wiel Arets Architects in Maastricht on The University Library in Utrecht.

Projects & Links

  • 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.