At Cooper Spring 2021

Table of Contents: Vol. XLX, No. 2, Spring 2021

At Cooper 2021 Spring coverLetter by Laura Sparks


One Lab for All: The Cooper Union opens  a new interdisciplinary maker space  with $2M from the IDC Foundation

Reframing for Action: New lecture series addresses multifaceted injustice

Visions of Home: Dannielle Bowman A’11 awarded the 2020 Aperture Portfolio Prize

Filling in the Gaps: Carmi Bee AR’67 approaches housing at a neighborhood scale

Engineers in Education: Albert Nerken School of Engineering alumni discuss  the experiences that taught them how to teach others

4 Questions for Malcolm King EE’97: Meet Cooper’s new chair of the Board of Trustees 

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2020-21 Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Exhibition

$1.6M Grant for Bioengineering

The Cheese Cult: A new student club leads virtual cheese-making workshops

EE Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship:  Alexa Jakob, EE’22 was awarded the Goldwater scholarship, the preeminent undergraduate award for research in engineering, mathematics, or the natural sciences

Barry Lewis 1945–2021: A long-time continuing education instructor, Lewis’s WNET series of NYC walking tours were nominated for multiple Emmys

Harper’s Bazaar Interviews Two School 0f Art Alumnae: A feature about the Studio Museum in Harlem included associate professor Leslie Hewitt A’00 and Firelei Baez A’04

A World of Many Worlds: This year’s architecture thesis projects synthesized nine individual works, presented online and in the foundation building windows

The Pullman Porters Legacy: The windows of the foundation building follow the journey of the first african american labor union in the u.s. 

Hummingbird Takes Flight:  Yumi Rodriguez A’22 contributed to the Audubon Mural Project, which depicts climate-threatened birds throughout Harlem

OUCH! Dayi Novas A’20 designs, edits, and distributes what she calls “A happy magazine for everyone”


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  • 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.