At Cooper Summer 2022

Table of Contents: Vol. LII, No. 1, Summer 2022

At Cooper Summer 2022 coverLetter by Laura Sparks


Faces of the 162nd Commencement
On May 25, the Cooper community gathered for a momentous in-person Commencement ceremony, the first in two years.

Highlights | 2022 EOYS
The Cooper Union’s annual End of Year Show (EOYS) returned this past spring semester.

Panorama Setting: Widening Perspectives at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
A look back at Nader Tehrani's time as dean and his impact on the school.

Great Hall History Comes Alive in New Digital Archive
Voices from the Great Hall is an online archive of sound and video recordings made in the Great Hall.

Motorsports Goes Electric
When the pandemic forced the Formula SAE competition online in 2020, the Cooper Motorsports team took on a big challenge.

Cooper Artists at the 2022 Whitney Biennial
School of Art faculty members Coco Fusco and Lucy Raven as well as three art and architecture alumni exhibited work.

2021 Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Exhibition
This year's exhibition showcased a variety of independent and interdisciplinary projects.

Model-Building for MoMA
Students Model South Asian Architecture at MoMA.

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2021-2022 IDC Foundation Innovation Fellows
Two architecture fifth-years and two mechanical engineering seniors share their innovative work as part of a new fellowship program.

Cooper Awarded Two Major New York State Grants
New York State grants totaling nearly $850,000 support the Saturday Program and the restoration of the Foundation Building's historic façade.

Cooper Establishes the Cheryl D. Miller Collection of Black Graphic Design History
The Herb Lubalin Center will the East Coast's premier collection for the preservation and study of the work of Black designers.

Diversity Award
The Albert Nerken School of Engineering receives the ASEE Diversity Program's prestigious bronze-level recognition.

New Course Combines Art History with Art Making
A collaboration between HSS and the School of Art examines Arte Povera, an art movement that originated in Italy in the mid-1960s.

President Sparks Leads AITU
Laura Sparks elected as the 2022 chair of the Association of Independent Technological Universities

Historic Legislation Signed at Cooper
Governor Kathy Hochul Signs Legislative Package from Great Hall Stage to Protect Reproductive Rights in New York State

Seeing How Bodies Move
An interdisciplinary exhibition engaged people on the street by visualizing their movement.

Art Student Launches Food Drive
Orchid Sylvester A'24 hopes to start a new tradition of community aid.

Rotary Park
Alumni firm Ballman Khapalova proposes ambitious park plan for Lower Manhattan site.

Ginger Brooks Takahashi Awarded the 2022 Ida Applebroog Grant
Her art questions our surroundings, our resources, and how we might creatively co-exist.

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  • “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.