All News 2012


December 21

Dean Baker Featured on NPR's "Only a Game"

Steven Baker, Dean of Athletics, will be profiled on NPR's "Only a Game" radio show, heard live on Saturday December 22 and available as a podcast thereafter

December 19

Meet the Deans: Mitchell Lipton

The Dean of Admissions and Records and Registrar talks about how he makes plans without actually knowing what to expect and also what he would do if he had a magic wand

December 19

Origami Club Goes Upscale for Luxury Jeweler David Yurman

The prestige designer jewelry house commissions Cooper Union students to create holiday window displays

December 14

Burt Neuborne Constitution Lectures Slated for TV and Podcast

The famed civil rights attorney's series gets new life on C-SPAN 3 and as a podcast

December 14

Annual Fund Donors Recognized with Named Tuition Scholarships

The Cooper Union hosted a reception in late November to recognize and thank the generous donors who made gifts of $10,000 or more to the Annual Fund in the 2011-2012 academic year

December 13

A Report on the Planning for the Future of The Cooper Union

President Jamshed Bharucha writes to the Cooper community regarding each school's plan for the collective "reinvention" of the institution

December 11

The Prodigious Son: George Maciunas Returns to Cooper in a New Exhibit

December 07

Meet the Deans: Elizabeth O'Donnell

The Associate Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture discusses what shaped her interest in architecture and how she steers the school as Acting Dean

December 07

The Cooper Union Releases Statement on the Current Situation

From the release: It is important that despite the understandable passions involved, we remain engaged in a civil process as we attempt to resolve critical issues relating to the institution’s future and survival.

December 04

President Bharucha's Memo on the Student Blockade

The President of The Cooper Union releases a statement to the community regarding the student blockade of the Peter Cooper Suite

December 03

'Communication Arts' Chooses Cooper Site as "Webpick of the Week"

Communication Arts, a leading trade journal for visual communications, says, "vastly improves the school's ability to showcase its remarkable students and faculty, their works and projects and its diverse events and exhibitions"

November 30

Cooper's Design School Ranked in the Top 15 Worldwide

November 29

No Extra Lives: Engineering Safer Drivers

How The C.V. Starr Foundation teamed up with an entrepreneur to create a safe driving instructional system designed like an immersive video game where everybody wins

November 28

Scholarship of a Different Feather

Heidi King, Adjunct Instructor of the Humanities and Social Sciences, releases a stunning new book on ancient Peruvian featherwork

November 16

Scolari Exhibit Receives International Accolades

The critics rave about 'Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture 1967 - 2012'

November 16

Cooper Union Quickly Convenes "Teach-in" on Preparing Cities for the Next Storm

A mere two weeks after "superstorm" Sandy devastated the New York and New Jersey coasts, Cooper Union’s academic community met in The Great Hall to discuss the infrastructure challenges that remain

November 15

Scientific American Covers Cooper Union Engineering Student Photography Show

November 14

Meet the Deans: William Germano

The third in our series finds the Dean of the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences feeling "lucky"

November 14

Final Report of the Revenue Task Force

President Bharucha shares the final report of the Revenue Task Force.

November 14

Lebbeus Woods Remembered

Faculty and students recall the work and passion of the famed architect's time at Cooper Union

November 12

Robin Schaer of Cooper's Center for Writing recalls her time on the Bounty, a tall ship felled by Sandy

Robin Beth Schaer of Cooper's Center for Writing recalls her time on the replica tallship, which went down in the winds of the hurricane

November 12

Sandy Memories

Members of the Cooper community share their experiences and photos of "superstorm" Sandy and its aftermath

November 08

Cooper Union is Grateful to the estate of Wolfgang S. Homburger (CE'50)

Wolfgang S. Homburger (1926 – 2010) remembered The Cooper Union throughout his life by contributing generously and including the institution in his estate plans. This year, the full-tuition scholarships for six civil engineering students are being underwritten as a result of a generous gift from Homburger’s estate.

November 07

A Type-Design Dialogue: Alexander Tochilovsky on the Cooper Union's Dueling Typography Exhibitions

November 07

How Cooper Coped with "Superstorm" Sandy

The maintenance, cleaning, security and IT staff of Cooper Union gets a warm "thank you" from the President, faculty and students following their extraordinary work during one of the most challenging weeks in the institution's history

November 07

Professor Lebbeus Woods | 05.31.1940 - 10.30.2012

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Cooper Union mourn the loss of a great teacher, a great and ethical artist, a visionary architect and dear friend to The Cooper Union across four decades.

November 04

Share Your Sandy Experiences

November 04

President Bharucha's Post-Sandy Welcome Letter

November 01

President Bharucha's Letter re: Superstorm Sandy

October 26

After Cooper: Concerned New Yorkers

Alumni Kenny Komer (A'06) and Boris Rasin (A'05) create compelling, politically-minded public works that often become media bait.

October 25

SUSTAIN Research Fellowships Now Open to Architecture Students

October 23

Meet the Deans: Saskia Bos

In a candid discussion the School of Art Dean looks at her personal past and the future of the school

October 22

When Typefaces Talk

The Herb Lubalin Center for Design and Typography has two simultaneous exhibits at Cooper Union. We take a peek inside

October 18

Cooper Union and the Four Freedoms Park

On the beautiful Wednesday morning of October 17, 2012, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the long-delayed completion of Four Freedoms Park, a public memorial park for Franklin D. Roosevelt on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. Cooper Union had its own representation there thanks in part to its catalytic role in reviving interest in the project.

October 17

Parents Day 2012

On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development hosted Parent’s Day, inviting family of current students to meet and mingle with each other and Cooper faculty and staff.

October 17

Meet the Deans: Alan Wolf

The engineering school's Acting Dean talks about his life and the school

October 11

Cooper Union Engineering Sophomore Receives $100K Grant

Alyssa Davis talks about the family project that received $100,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

October 11

Film After Film: Talking to J. Hoberman

The esteemed film critic and twenty-year adjunct professor at Cooper sits down to talk about his new book, the relationship of politics to film and why he chooses to teach here

October 04

Massimo Scolari Revisits Cooper Union

A former faculty member, the renowned international architect and artist talks about his new show

October 02

Glider Lands on Foundation Building

Massimo Scolari's "The Glider" heralds the opening of the renowned artist's solo retrospective show and his return to Cooper Union

September 27

TEDx: Engineering and the Human Element

A 2012 graduate of Cooper's civil engineering program, Madeline Foster's passion about engineering shines through in the TEDx talk she delivered earlier this year in the Rose Auditorium.

September 26

TEDx Cooper Union: Ryan and Trevor Oakes (A'04)

Ryan and Trevor Oakes (A’04), twin brothers and graduates of the School of Art, gave a talk at TEDx Cooper Union earlier this year on human vision and drawing.

September 21

Financial Services Affinity Group Hosts a Fall Happy Hour

On Thursday, September 13, 2012 the Financial Services Affinity Group hosted a happy hour to kick off the fall semester at Cooper Union.

September 21

Rhode Island Professor Arrives as ACE Fellow

Sheri Wills, a fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE), is spending her fellowship year working with President Jamshed Bharucha at The Cooper Union. Part of a program that prepares academicians to be leaders in higher education administration, Wills is a professor of art and art history at the University of Rhode Island.

September 21

New Board Members Nominated

The Board of Trustees and the President are pleased to announce three distinguished nominations for membership to the Cooper Union Board of Trustees: Edgar Mokuvos (EE'78), Jeremy Wertheimer (BS’82) and Rachel Lee Warren. The nominations were approved at the September 19, 2012 Board meeting.

September 21

Board Report

The Office of the President is pleased to introduce a Board Report section of the President’s Newsletter which will provide information about decisions and other outcomes that result from the quarterly Board of Trustees meetings.

September 19

Building the Conversation - Tuesday’s Conference by Urban Green Examined Climate Communication in the Green Building Field

September 18

Cloudy with a Chance of Eggs: Winners

September 18

Cloudy with a Chance of Eggs

Amid gusting, stormy winds the annual Cooper Union Egg Drop went forward unabated. Eight student teams tossed their egg-safety devices from the third floor of the Foundation Building to the pavement below in hopes of winning the $60 grand prize and a free, unbroken egg.

September 15

Great Hall Features Return of Once-Banned Islamic Scholar

Tariq Ramadan, the Islamic scholar once banned from entering the U.S., appeared at the Great Hall for the first of the season’s talks sponsored by Cooper Union’s Public Programs

September 13

After Cooper: Jean Brownhill Lauer, Our Buildings, and the Spaces within Them

Jean Brownhill Lauer (AR'00) is the CEO of, which she founded in June 2011 “to help New Yorkers realize their renovation dreams and to make informed choices about hiring architects, contractors, and interior designers.”

September 13

Faculty Grants and Fellowships for 2012-2013

The following fellowships, grants, and awards are available to all Cooper Union faculty for curriculum development and other educational endeavors for the 2012-2013 academic year.

September 12

Cooper Union Ranked #1: U.S. News Best Colleges 2013

Annual guidebook rates Cooper the top regional school for a second year in a row

September 12

Design Through Translation: David Turnbull and PITCHAfrica

September 11

Forms of Public Address: A Conversation

Saskia Bos and Steven Lam discuss their curatorial strategy and approach, and the wider issues at stake in their exhibition Ruptures: Forms of Public Address.

September 10

Global Forum Seminar Tackles Big Challenges

In the Fall 2012 semester, President Jamshed Bharucha is offering a Global Forum seminar, a class that invites students from all three of Cooper's programs to explore some of the pressing global challenges of our time

September 04

Professor Diane Lewis Contributes to the Foreword

September 04

Professor Diana Agrest Delivers Keynote Speech

September 04

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Group Show Includes Professor Lebbeus Woods & Alumni

Professor Lebbeus Woods and alumni Stan Allen (AR, '81) and Daniel Libeskind (AR, '70) appear in "Field Conditions"

September 04

Professor Lydia Kallipoliti's Articles Published in PRAXIS and LOG

September 04

SociaLite: Lighting the Way

SociaLite began in 2006 when engineering Professor Toby Cumberbatch challenged his first year students to design a safe lighting system for rural, poverty-stricken communities in Ghana.

September 03

President's Welcome Back Message

President Bharucha's Welcome Back message

September 01

2012 Thesis Exhibition currently on view | M. Arch II Open House Sept 21

An Open House will be held this Friday for the Master of Architecture II program from 6pm - 7:30pm in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, against the backdrop of the current graduate exhibition.

August 27

The Public and its Space: Ken Johnson on BHQF and Oscar Tuazon

In a nation increasingly polarized by attitudes toward public spending, are privately-funded organizations better poised to showcase politically motivated art than public museums? It’s a question Ken Johnson recently asks in the New York Times, writing on the Bruce High Quality Foundation’s exhibition at New York’s prestigious Lever House and Oscar Tuazon's (A'99) public art installation in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

August 27

In Memory of Remy Charlip (A'49)

Cooper Union alumnus Remy Charlip (A’49), an award-winning dancer, choreographer and children book’s author, died on Tuesday, August 18 in San Francisco. Charlip was a founding member of the Merce Cunningham dance company in 1953 which would go on to achieve international renown for its radical approach to space, time, and technology. He also founded the Paper Bag Players, a children’s theater group with whom Charlip won two Obie awards in the 1960s.

August 20

High School Students in Pre-College Summer Program Exhibit their Talent

The Outreach Pre-College Summer Exhibition is on public view through Wednesday, August 22. The exhibition presents the work of 73 talented high school students from all five boroughs and the greater metropolitan area who took part in the program—which came with a full scholarship to those accepted.

August 20

Summer Means Science At Cooper Union

August 16

The U.S. Constitution and its Evolving Interpretation by today’s Supreme Court

A free lecture series exploring the United States Constitution, along with its "original intentions" and the evolving interpretations by the Supreme Court.

August 07

Fall 2012 Exhibition Preview

The Fall 2012 season kicks-off with an exciting array of exhibitions in art, architecture and science that are free and open to the public at The Cooper Union’s Foundation and 41 Cooper Square Buildings.

August 06

TEDx Cooper Union: Knowledge in a Contextual World

It’s hard to deny that today we live in a world of context. “We are always already in the world,” Heidegger reminds us—as does philosopher Maria Brincker in her TEDx Cooper Union talk below—the third in our web video series. Brincker, who has a dual background in philosophy and cognitive science, argues passionately for an understanding of human subjectivity as a contextual process.

July 26

Alan Wolf Appointed Acting Dean

July 25

Cooper Union mourns the loss of Marilyn Hoffner Greenberg (A'48)

July 19

Type@Cooper Featured on Print Magazine's "Imprint" Blog

July 18

Annual Fund Exceeds Goal

Giving to the Annual Fund rose 41 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. “At $3.1 million, we have exceeded the $2.5 million goal,” announced Derek Wittner, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development. The Cooper Union received a total $9.7 million in fiscal 2012, including the Annual Fund gifts.

July 12

The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design receives Rockefeller Foundation grant

July 12

Academic Leadership

Anthony Vidler will be taking a nine-month sabbatical August 1, 2012 until April 30, 2013. He will continue to serve as Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture; Associate Dean Elizabeth O’Donnell will oversee day-to-day operations. Simon Ben-Avi has been named Founding Dean of Engineering at Hofstra University and will begin on August 1. Dean Ben-Avi had served as Acting Dean for the Albert Nerken School of Engineering for the past three years. With 30 years of service as a faculty member and administrator at The Cooper Union, “Dean Ben-Avi has served with distinction,” President Bharucha wrote in a memo to the community last month.

July 12

Board of Trustees Update: New Members

July 09

TEDx Cooper Union: Jamshed Bharucha on Teaching and Forgetfulness

The thing we have to remember about learning is that we forget. Memory’s lapses and failures are an important moving piece in the complex mechanics of the brain. How, then to approach this fact as an educator? It’s a question President Jamshed Bharucha tackled in his talk at TEDxCooper Union on April 24, 2012.

June 28

Diller Scofidio + Renfro chosen by Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum to help with Expansion

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architectural firm responsible for the redevelopment of Lincoln Center and the city’s High Line, has been chosen to design the gallery and visitor experience at New York's remodeled Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

June 26

Professor David Turnbull Discusses Thesis

June 26

Professor Michael Young and Toshiko Mori (AR '76) Participate in the AESTHETICS/ANESTHETICS Exhibition

June 26

Graduates Secure Fulbright Scholarships

Two Cooper Union graduates of 2012 have been honored with Fulbright scholarships this year to continue post-graduate work and research. Art graduate Mariya Vlasova (A'12) and mechanical engineering graduate Julien Caubel (ME'12) will be traveling to the Kyrgyz Republic and northern Ghana respectively to develop their projects with support from the Fulbright Program.

June 26

TEDx Cooper Union: Nina Tandon and Teaching in a Networked World

Nina Tandon (EE'01) teaches bioelectricity at Cooper Union—introducing students to the complex function of electrical signals in the human body. It's what Tandon describes as a very serious class that delves into "dense" material and challenges her students. Adding a new layer to class this semester, Professor Tandon used her course as a site for an experiment in networked pedagogy.

June 20

School of Art Faculty and Alumni in dOCUMENTA '13

Congratulations to School of Art faculty and alumni Doug Ashford (A'81), John Menick (A’89), and Walid Raad for taking part in this year’s dOCUMENTA—one of the world’s largest and most highly visible international exhibitions of contemporary art.

June 14

Students talk to CUNY-TV about Building and Designing a Race Car

Cooper Union engineering students and Professor Delagrammatikas talk to CUNY-TV about building and designing a race car from scratch—just in time for the SAE Formula race car competition in Michigan.

June 12

Living Building Challenge Wins Buckminster Fuller Award at Cooper Union Award Ceremony

June 11

Video: Dean Anthony Vidler ACSA Keynote Address

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has honored Anthony Vidler with a special Centennial Award at their 100th ACSA Annual Meeting in Boston, where Vidler delivered the keynote on March 2, 2012. Anthony Vidler is Dean and Professor at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, where he has served since 2001.

June 11

Maine School Renamed to Honor Ashley Bryan (A'46)

The Islesford School of Islesford, Maine, was renamed the Ashley Bryan School—a decision to honor the celebrated artist and writer, Cooper Union alumnus Ashley Bryan (A'46). Bryan has been a long-time resident of Islesford, and is a revered member of the community.

June 11

New Videos from the Institute for Sustainable Design

June 06

Financial Services Affinity Group Hosts a Spring Happy Hour

On Thursday, May 31, 2012 Cooper Union’s Financial Services Affinity Group hosted its first-ever happy hour. Nearly 60 guests - including alumni and students - gathered in the Peter Cooper Suite to network, enjoy refreshments and engage in a candid conversation with President Jamshed Bharucha.

June 04

The Class of 2012 Raises the Bar for Participation in the Senior Class Gift

This year, Cooper Union is thrilled to announce that the class of 2012 raised a record-breaking $40,000, exceeding their ambitious goal of donating $37,500, the equivalent of one full-tuition scholarship at Cooper.

June 01

Physics Class of 1967 Returns to Cooper for a Reunion

In February 2012, 45 years after graduating, members of the Physics class of 1967 returned to Cooper Union with their families for a reunion organized by Allan Khoury. Alumni traveled from as far as Ohio and North Carolina to connect with their classmates and visit the school that was an important part of their lives.

June 01

Toni and David Yarnell Establish Prizes for Graduating Students

Toni and David Yarnell recently established two annual awards at The Cooper Union: The Toni and David Yarnell Merit Award of Excellence in Architecture and The Toni and David Yarnell Merit Award of Excellence in Art. The awards will be presented each year at commencement to two graduating seniors of The Cooper Union, one from the School of Art and one from the School of Architecture. The Yarnells established these awards as their way of “giving back”.

June 01

End of Year Show 2012

Cooper Union’s annual End of Year exhibition is currently open to the public, presenting the most rigorous and innovative work of its students. On view through June 9, 2012, the exhibition showcases advanced and critical work in science and art. This year's exhibition brings together a rich array of industries, aesthetic paradigms, and design strategies, emphasizing the kind of interdisciplinarity that makes Cooper Union a seedbed of creativity.

May 31

End of the Year Letter from the Dean

If there was one constant during this turbulent year of debate over The Cooper Union’s financial crisis, it was the dedication and resolve of the students in The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture to the task of developing their projects at the highest level. In the words of one, that stand for all, “We have to demonstrate by the quality of our work that the school is worthy of rescue.”

May 30

Walter S. Isaacson, Commencement Speech, May 22, 2012

May 29

Christine Osinski Featured in TIME Magazine's LightBox

Professor Christine Osinski's photographs of 1980's Staten Island are featured on TIME Magazine's LightBox blog.

May 25

Benjamin Strauss, Student Commencement Speech, May 22, 2012

Paying Our Debts Forward “…And so, tomorrow, while graduates around the country have to start paying their tuition debts back, we have to start paying ours forward … Make no mistake about it: that includes financially supporting the institution that got us this far.”

May 23

Paul Thek (A'54) at the Modern Institute

May 23

Robot Battle at the End of the Semester

May 21

One Hundred and Fifty Third Commencement

May 17

41 Cooper Square in The Daily News

May 16

Benjamin Strauss: Engineering to Save Lives

Engineering student and 2012 commencement speaker Benjamin Strauss was recently featured in the press for his senior thesis project at Cooper Union. Appearing in The Record, Bergen County, New Jersey’s popular daily paper, Strauss was profiled for his device "irescu," an advanced defibrillator that he researched and developed while completing his undergraduate degree.

May 16

Dean Anthony Vidler Curates "Notes from the Archive: James Frazer Stirling"

A part of this exhibition has traveled to Yale, the Tate in London, and the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart since 2010. At home in Montreal, it is bigger and changed. Notes from the Archive is the most thorough examination to date of the practice of one of the 20th century’s most important architects, and on the possibilities of archival research.

May 07

SleepBot wins the NYU Startup Challenge

Congratulations to electrical engineering senior Edison Wang on winning the NYU Startup Challenge and sharing in the $200,000 winnings. Mr. Wang is the founder and developer of SleepBot, a popular mobile app that boasts over 400,000 regular users.

May 04

Geometric Thinking

When mechanical engineering sophmore Uyen Nguyen started the origami club at Cooper Union last year, she was hoping to create a place where the art of paper folding could unite students from art, architecture and engineering.

April 30

Let’s Hear It For New York: Climate Work in Our Backyard Is Still Outpacing Broader Efforts

April 26

House Call: Parents Help out at Phonathon

Rhonda and Stephen Erb have been actively involved in raising money for the school ever since their son's enrollment. Every year the two volunteer to fundraise together through Cooper’s annual Phonathon.

April 25

Innovation at Cooper Union: The Mechanical Engineering Design Expo

April 24

TEDx at Cooper Union

Later today at Cooper Union’s first TEDx conference, engineering senior and student commencement speaker Benjamin Strauss will present a talk on his experiences studying at Cooper and working as an New Jersey emergency medical technician (EMT). These are experiences that Mr. Strauss says have deeply shaped his views and professional ambitions.

April 24

Update from President Bharucha: A Framework for Action

As I enter the final stretch of my first year as President of Cooper Union, I am gratified that we have made tremendous progress in our discussions about its future. Two objectives have guided our work: to position Cooper Union for continued academic distinction in the future, and to place the institution on a financially sustainable course.

April 20

The Class of 2012 Aims to Raise the Equivalent of Tuition for a Cooper Student

The Class of 2012 aims to raise a senior gift of $37,500, the equivalent of one full-tuition scholarship at Cooper. Three alumni have invested in the students' success by issuing the Senior Gift Challenge.

April 17

Mechanistic Brain, Free Mind

Leading neuroscientist and psychologist Michael S. Gazzaniga's recent book Who's In Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain argues for a mechanistic model of the brain in service to a free mind.

April 16

Isaac Markus (ChE'2011) Selected for Two Major Research Fellowships

Recent chemical engineering graduate Isaac Markus (ChE’2011) was awarded two major graduate fellowships this year.

April 16

Gothamist Publishes False Report about Cooper Union

Earlier today Gothamist published a totally false report saying that NYU would be "leasing" a Cooper Union facility.

April 12

Professors Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa and Michael Young Contribute Essays to PULSATION IN ARCHITECTURE

April 11

TEDx at Cooper Union

Next week, Cooper Union hosts its first ever TEDx conference! Organized by alumni and faculty member Nina Tandon, the conference will take on the theme of “Found in Translation” and highlight some of the most interesting members of Cooper Union's community as they present projects in the widely celebrated eighteen-minute TED talk format.

April 10

Reinventing the Tappan Zee Bridge

New York's Tappan Zee Bridge, which is likely to be replaced soon, is being reimagined for alternative uses. One such use that is becoming increasingly attractive to New York residents is a public park on the 56 year old bridge.

April 06

Draw It With Your Eyes Closed

The New York Times’ book section recently featured Draw it with your Eyes Closed, a book with many contributions from Cooper Union alumni and faculty, past and present.

April 06

Mitch Epstein at Sikkema Jenkins and in Urban Omnibus

April 03

Student Enterprise at Cooper Union

Cooper Union senior Edison Wang teamed up with NYU business student Jane Zhu to develop SleepBot, an Android application that currently boasts over 600,000 downloads and 400,000 regular users. Dean Simon Benavi and Professor Rob Marano started the Cooper Union entrepreneur society to cultivate and support exactly this kind of student enterprise.

April 02

Cooper Union Admissions Highly Competitive for Fall 2012

Cooper Union accepted just 6.2% of freshman applicants this year, making it one of the most selective colleges in the country. That admissions rate was even more competitive than last year, when 7.7% freshmen applications were accepted.

April 01

Professor Diana Agrest's Essay Published in the Review of Philosophy and Literature #4

March 30

Activism in a Networked World: Adjunct Professor Karam Nachar in the New York Times

March 27

Professor Diane Lewis participates in Carlo Scarpa panel discussion: ON DRAWING AND BUILDING

A panel discussion in conjunction with the first exhibition in New York City of renowned
 Post-War architect and educator Carlo Scarpa’s work entitled CARLO SCARPA: THE ARCHITECT AT WORK: Villa Ottolenghi and Villa Il Palazzetto

March 26

Professors David Gersten and Uri Wegman, and Several Arch Alumni Participate in STREET VIEWS Film Series

March 26

Paul Volcker at the Cooper Union

Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, spoke at the Cooper Union in March, 2012, calling for further reform of both the government and the financial system.

March 21

To Keep a Falling Egg from Breaking

Students from all three schools were invited to form teams and create devices that would help safetly deliver a chicken egg from the third-floor portico of the Foundation Building to the concrete ground below.

March 19

Engineering Sustainability with Queens Middle School Students

Cooper Union students visit the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School to help seventh graders build fuel cell powered model cars and learn about automotive engineering.

March 07

Social Register: Corresponding with Oscar Tuazon (A'99)

A correspondence with Oscar Tuazon anticipating his new work at the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

March 06

Alumna Trustee Audrey Flack (A'51) honored at Rutgers University

March 01

2012 Commencement Speakers Announced

Walter Isaacson, the acclaimed biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger, will be the keynote speaker at the 153rd Commencement on May 22, 2012. Our student speaker will be Benjamin Strauss from the Albert Nerken School of Engineering.

February 29

Cooper Union at the Whitney Biennial

Congratulations to School of Art alumni Oscar Tuazon (A'99) and Nick Mauss (A'03) for their participation in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

February 27

Cooper at the Oscars

The film "Beginners", written and directed by School of Art alumus Mike Mills, netted an Academy Award for Christopher Plummer as Best Supporting Actor.

February 24

Dean Anthony Vidler Recognized with ACSA Centennial Award

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) recognized Dean Anthony Vidler with a special Centennial Award at the 100th ACSA Annual Meeting in Boston.

February 23

Professor Kevin Bone inducted into the AIA College of Fellows

February 21

Jamshed Bharucha Speaks at Yale University

President Jamshed Bharucha will delivered the second of the 2012 Shulman Lectures in Science and the Humanities at Yale University on Tuesday, February 21.

February 21

A Case Study in Hypocrisy: Peter Gleick, Climategate, and the Politics of Scandal

February 16

Adjunct instructor Karam Nachar on MSNBC speaks about the uprising in Syria

February 15

Gian Berto Vanni Autobiography Available

The autobiography of School of Art Adjunct Professor Gian Berto Vanni is now available.

February 15

Cristobal Lehyt at ARCO

Lehyt's "Drama Projections" will be featured in Voght Gallery's booth at ARCO Madrid.

February 15

School of Architecture Faculty and Alumni Participate in Group Exhibition

This exhibition collects drawings and observations from some of the world's leading architects, offering a unique opportunity to gain insight into a visual universe centered around the creation of architecture.

February 13

Professor Grahame Shane co-organizes and participates in MEGACITIES AND META-CITIES symposium

Sustainable Models for Growing and Shrinking Territories: Global Urban Design Studies and Research in Local Schools, held at Studio-X NYC, Columbia University GSAPP, February 23, 2012

February 09

Soviet Asia, Iran, and India as Relief Sites for European Jews during World War II

Professor Grossmann is conducting research on a long-neglected topic that is central to the history of the Holocaust: the WWII Jewish refugee experience in the Soviet Union, especially Central Asia, and the relief and rescue efforts centered in Iran and India that worked to keep these European Jews alive.

February 07

Innovations in Light: SociaLite on the New York Times blog

The New York Times blog highlights Professor Toby Cumberbatch's SociaLite project.

February 07

Wreath Laying Ceremony 2012: Happy Birthday Peter Cooper!

Today we celebrate the life and achievements of our founder Peter Cooper.

February 06

Founder's Day Award Reception honors Alumni Leaders

The annual Founder's Day award reception honored the alumni that have made significant contributions to their fields, as well as Alumnus of the Year.

February 01

Jack Whitten (A'64) on the cover of Artforum

Former faculty Jack Whitten (A'64) featured on the February 2012 Artforum cover.

January 31

Official Cooper Union Revenue Task Force Website

Cooper Union's Revenue Task Force website is a community hub for helping the revenue task force identify source of $20 million in new revenue that will be realized annually by 2018.

January 30

TEDx at Cooper Union

A TEDx conference is planned at Cooper Union on April 24, 2012.

January 30

Toys for the Blind at Cooper Union

The Architect's Newspaper blog recently featured the work of faculty member and alumna Tamar Zinguer's class at Cooper Union, where students create "playful constructions"—applying architectural principles to a tangible scale.

January 26

Margaret Morton at Howard Greenberg Gallery

School of Art faculty member Margaret Morton is included in the group exhibition "New York in Color" at the Howard Greenberg Gallery.

January 24

Mike Mills (A'89) in Bad Day Magazine

Asher Penn interviews Mike Mills (A'89) on his transition from in-demand graphic designer to feature director and his time at Cooper Union.

January 23

Bridging the Gap: A Lecture by Francis Kéré on Sustainable Design in Africa

January 18

Professor Urtzi Grau Publishes Essay in QUADERNS #263

January 17

One Prize 2011 Award Ceremony and Exhibition Opening: Water as the Sixth Borough

The Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design received Honorable Mention for its One Prize 2011 entry Enhancement of Estuary and Ecological Systems

January 17

Dean Anthony Vidler Participates in the RCA Lecture Series

January 17

Professor Michael Young Moderates Panel Discussion

January 16

Professors Diana Agrest and David Turnbull Participate in Watershed Workshop at UCLA

January 13

Sharon Hayes at MoMA and Frankfurter Kunstverein

School of Art Faculty member Sharon Hayes is included in two exhibitions in New York and Frankfurt.

January 13

Pam Lins at Anderson Gallery

School of Art faculty member Pam Lins is included in "you, your sun and shadow" at Virginia Commonwealth University's Anderson Gallery.

January 13

galería perdida at Luckman Gallery

galería perdida (School of Art Painting Office Coordinator Andres Janacua, and Julie Spielman) have an upcoming exhibition at CSULA.

January 13

Lothar Osterburg Exhibitions and Screenings

January 13

Doug Ashford, Walid Raad, and Iman Issa at Tensta Konsthall

School of Art Faculty members Doug Ashford and Walid Raad, and Visiting Artist Iman Issa are included in an exhibition at Tensta Konsthall in Sweden.

January 10

Digital Archive: Cooper Union 100th Anniversary Photographs

Librarians Julie Castelluzzo and Carol Salomon discuss the challenges of digitizing a Cooper Archives collection in the Metropolitan Archivist.

January 09

Climate Science, Age, and the Importance of Personal Experience

January 09

Dennis Adams, Hans Haacke and Walid Raad at Kent Fine Art

School of Art faculty members Dennis Adams and Walid Raad, and Faculty Emeritus Hans Haacke are currently featured in an exhibition at Kent Fine Art in New York.

January 09

Robert Bordo at Soloway

School of Art Faculty member Robert Bordo is currently featured in a group exhibition at Soloway in Brooklyn.

January 05

Daniel Arsham for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company

The New York Times profiles Daniel Arsham (A'03) and his work for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company

January 04

Glenn Goldberg at Jason McCoy Gallery

School of Art Faculty member Glenn Goldberg's exhibition "elixirs, tales and remedies" will be on view Jan 12 - Feb 24, 2012

January 02

Professor Urtzi Grau Participates in the 2011-2012 Shenzhen Biennale, China

  • 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.