Kevin Bone

Professor, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Design

Kevin Bone is a Professor of Architecture at the Cooper Union (where he has taught since 1983) and teaches both design (at various levels) and an advanced concepts sustainability class. He has organized summer workshops in Venice, Italy, has been a visiting professor in Berlin, Germany at the Hochschule Der Kunst and at Columbia University in New York. Bone has organized numerous public exhibitions about architecture, engineering, and history, and organized and participated in lectures and panel discussions on issues of environment, resources and design.

Kevin Bone has been a principal in a practice (shared with partner Joseph Levine) that has pursued a mix of contemporary architectural design, technical consulting, and historic preservation for over twenty-five years. The practice has won numerous awards, including many AIA awards and the 2005 Chicago Athenaeum Prize for American Architecture. As consultants and historic preservationists, the office worked on over three hundred historic buildings and other structures in New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia, including structures as diverse as the National Historic Landmark Margaret Sanger Clinic, the National Historic Landmark Cooper Union Foundation Building, and the celebrated modernist Penn Mutual Tower in Philadelphia.

Bone directed research that has resulted in two publications on New York City, both of which he edited and to which he contributed significant portions of the writing. These are The New York Waterfront, Evolution of the Port and Harbor, Monacelli Press, 1997 and Water-Works, The Architecture and Engineering of the New York City Water Supply, Monancelli Press, 2006. Bone lectures widely about these topics, most recently at The University of Texas, the City College of New York, the New York City Public Library, the Yale Club, Pratt Institute and the Cooper Union, as well as participating in documentary films on water and infrastructure.

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.