John Hartmann

Assistant Professor

John Hartmann is a founding partner of Freecell Architecture in Brooklyn, NY.  He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Cooper Union and is a Rome Prize Fellow and a MacDowell Colony Residency recipient.  Freecell’s installations, drawings, and furniture address issues of scale, movement, and desire of the occupants. The work relies on active participation to surprise and challenge. Stemming from an interest in understanding the potential of material properties, their projects develop tectonics using these qualities and behaviors. Freecell has completed projects with cultural institutions including SFMOMA, the Pulitzer Foundation, and the University of Akron, and with the fashion designers Alexander Wang, and Joseph Altuzarra.

John Hartmann currently teaches Freehand Drawing, ARCH 114, alongside Professor Michael Webb.

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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.