Robert Estrin


Bob Estrin works as an architect, teacher, and student in New York City. He is currently teaching in the Fourth Year 'Architecture of the City' Studio. He graduated from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union with honors in Structural Design and Urban Theory. His thesis project proposed new structural prototypes, envisioning the city as an open section frame, allowing for continual authorship and reconstruction, rather than a conglomeration of object buildings. He has travelled on several occasions through the continental United States, Mexico, and Guatemala following an interest in indigenous American peoples, mythology, and dwelling. Most recently, his studies have taken him to Northern Africa. In Tangier he collaborated with Yto Barrada and Karim Ahmed on a project for the CCA exhibition Casablanca Chandigarh. Further research in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia involved writing and documentation of ancient Islamic educational building types, notably the Medressa and Zaouia. Estrin is currently working on the design of a multi-use apple farm building in Ghent, NY.

  • 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.