All News 2013


December 20

School of Engineering Admitted Early Decision Numbers Are Consistent with Past Years

The Cooper Union has admitted 36 engineering students from among 110 early decision candidates who completed applications by the December 2 deadline, showing aptitude and achievement comparable to previous classes

December 20

The Social Media Class That Creates Social Ties and Real-world Solutions

"New Media," a new and experimental class taught by Sharla Sava of the Faculty for Humanities and Social Science, results in both practical gains, like a school-wide facilities information platform, but also social, bringing together students from all three schools

December 19

Cooper Union School of Art at the 2014 Whitney Biennial

December 19

Classes Return to 51 Astor Place

The Cooper Union will share classroom space at 51 Astor Place beginning in the fall of 2014, under the terms of an agreement with St. John’s University

December 16

Board of Trustees Elect New Chairman, New Members & Consider Working Group Report

The Board of Trustees met on December 12, 2013 to elect new members, select a new Chairman and formally consider the Working Group Report, among other business

December 13

Cooper Lumen Design Challenge Announced

Cooper students challenged to design wifi/charging station/lighting hub prototype for use in LES

December 02

Prof. Baglione's Interactive Light Studio Featured on NY1

Started at Cooper Union, a project designed to help hearing impaired children visualize sound is featured on the cable news channel

December 02

Cooper Fund Leadership Circle 2013

Donors, students and others gathered for the first annual Cooper Fund Leadership Circle Reception

November 15

Meet the Deans: Teresa Dahlberg

A talk with the new Dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering about her past and her vision for the school in the short and long term

November 08

Architecture from a New Angle

A chat with Prof. Diana Agrest about her film, 'The Making of an Avant-Garde: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, 1967–84'

November 07

Prof. David Turnbull & Partner Receive Major Support Award for Africa Work

The annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge corporate sponsor, Interface Inc., made a surprise announcement of support for PITCHAfrica's effort to develop high-yeild rainwater harvesting sites that double as multi-purpose school buildings in rural Africa

November 05

Cooper Union & Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Establish a Student-Exchange Program

The Cooper Union and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a student-exchange program between the Albert Nerken School of Engineering and the renowned engineering and technical institute

November 04

Cooper Engineering Team Wins Top Prize in IEEE Student Competition

Victor Chen, a senior, and Kyung Min Lee (EE'13) have won the first-ever IEEE ComSoc Student Competion with an inexpensive device that transmits data through LED lights

November 01

"Robert Dell Papers" Established at Smithsonian Archives of American Art

The “Robert Dell papers”, a research holding of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art was established for Professor Dell's contributions as a "major American artist.." and a "progenitor of sustainable art" .

October 30

Building the (Near) Impossible: How Structure Becomes Architecture

Jon Magnusson, the Chairman/C.E.O. of the structural/civil engineering firm of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, revealed the engineering "magic" behind some of the world's most impossible-seeming buildings

October 17

Eze Imade Eribo (AR '13) Wins Global Architectural Graduate Award

Recent graduate Eze Imade Eribo (AR '13) received the undergraduate runner-up award for her thesis project "Floating Radio Station and Fish Smoking Facility"

October 10

Prof. Lowengard Delivers Keynote on the Early History of Color Printing

Prof. Sarah Lowengard, who has taught the history of science and technology at The Cooper Union since 2006, will deliver a keynote address on the early history of color printing to the American Printing History Association this month

October 09

Prof. Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa Co-edits Architecture In Formation (Routledge)

2013 Routledge publication co-edited by Associate Professor Adjunct Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa and Aaron Sprecher. Featuring essays and projects by School of Architecture faculty and alumni.

October 03

Students Helping Students Bring Their "Big Ideas" to Reality

Create@Cooper, a new student-led organization, wants to foster more extra-curricular student projects

September 30

Elie Wiesel and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda in the Great Hall

The world's foremost witness to the Holocaust sat down with the President of the Republic of Rwanda in a moderated discussion on genocide and current events

September 27

Mapping New York Graphic Design

A new exhibition, "Image of the Studio: A Portrait of New York City Graphic Design," explores an industry whose work we encounter every day but may know little about

September 18

Astor Place & Cooper Square Redesign to Begin

Big changes are coming to The Cooper Union "campus." See the plans and get the details

September 16

Crypt-Keepers: Exploring Legacies Set in Stone

A look inside "Do Good Green-Wood," the unusual exhibition opening this week at The Cooper Union. Conceived by a School of Art senior, it examines the lives and memorials of three philanthropic Americans who, like Peter Cooper, are buried at Green-Wood Cemetery

September 13

NASA Recruits Cooper Students

Three NASA recruiters arrived at The Cooper Union seeking our best and brightest

September 11

Cooper Union Retains #1 College Ranking: U.S. News Best Colleges 2014

For the third year in a row The Cooper Union has been ranked as the top college of its region by the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges annual guide

September 04

"Everyone Can Draw"

As a fundraiser, Sue Gussow, drawing instructor to two generations of Cooper Union students, will teach a Master Class open to anyone

August 15

Emilie Gossiaux, School of Art Senior Blinded in 2010, Wins National Art Award

Emilie Gossiaux, blinded in her senior year in 2010, has won an Award of Excellence from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. She returns to Cooper this fall to complete her degree

August 13

Two Successful Summer Programs in Architecture Conclude with Final Reviews on 2 August 2013

August 13

Dean Search Announced

The mission of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture is to provide its students with the highest standard of professional education. Fundamental to this mission is the continued cultivation of an environment where creative exploration and freedom of thought are given a place to flourish, where individual gifts and the means of expression lead to both a mastery of form and to the discovery of the vast realm and pleasure of architectural creation.

August 07

Zip! Crunch! Bubble! Sizzle! The 26th Summer Research Internship Program

The Albert Nerken School of Engineering's annual summertime "crash course" for local high school students gets a visit from a local artist during its final weeks

August 01

Anthony Vidler: Twelve Years of Service as Dean

Through Anthony Vidler's dedication and leadership the School of Architecture today finds itself strong, confident, fiercely relevant, and still the model for the education of architects the world over.

July 17

Adjunct Professor Peter Schubert Inducted as a Member of the AIA College of Fellows

July 03

Anthony Vidler: The Valedictory Interview

Anthony Vidler, who stepped down as Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture on June 30, looks back on "The Vidler Years," including his "inauspicious" beginning, what he sees as his achievements, why he is stepping down and his worries about the future

July 02

Trustee Jeffrey Gural Pledges $1M to Cooper's Saturday Program

The long-standing program to provide a free arts education to New York City public high school students gets a shot in the arm

June 24

Professor Diana Agrest's Film Premieres at MoMA

The Making of an Avant-garde: IAUS 1967-1984 premiered at the Museum of Modern Art on June 17, 2013. Diana Agrest received grants from the Graham Foundation, NYSCA, and the Brunner Grant among others for the film project, which she has written, directed and produced.

June 13

Jane Deed Estate Gifts Cooper $2M for Scholarships

Jane Deed, who died in 2010 at the age of 104, has left The Cooper Union nearly two million dollars from her estate. Remarkably, she did not attend The Cooper Union.

June 13

Ed Durbin (EE'48) Funds Student "Invention Factory"

Edward Durbin (EE'48), one of The Cooper Union's most generous benefactors, has made a gift to support a new, annual fund dedicated to engineering innovation. This year Acting Dean Alan Wolf has used the funds to create an "Invention Factory" for current students

June 13

The Cooper Union at the 2013 World Science Festival

Albert Nerken School of Engineering students showed off a number of projects at the 2013 Ultimate Science Street Fair in Washington Square Park, part of this year's World Science Festival

June 10

School of Art Adjunct Professor Pamela Lins Selected For Radcliffe Fellowship

Pamela Lins has been selected as a fellow for the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, where she will spend a year developing a new project

June 06

Architect Gia Wolff Wins the Inaugural Wheelwright Prize

Assistant Professor Adjunct Gia Wolff is the winner of the inaugural Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 traveling fellowship dedicated to fostering new forms of architectural research informed by cross-cultural engagement.

May 31

James Allister Sprang's 2013 Student Address

Read the text written and delivered by the School of Art graduate at the 154th Commencement of the The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

May 29

Mayor Bloomberg's Commencement Address

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's delivered the Commencement Address to the 2013 graduating class of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

May 28

Prof. Lay Featured on

Professor Lay’s work featured on, "Metallic-to-semiconducting nanotube conversion greatly improves transistor performance"

May 28

Commencement 2013 Webcast

The 2013 Commencement of The Cooper Union, broadcast Wednesday, May 29

May 28

Senior Snapshots: The Albert Nerken School of Engineering 2013 Class

A zero-emissions, sustainable ammonia production factory; a way to measure the effectiveness of green roofs; a device that tracks your gaze from across a room. They are all engineering solutions created by 2013 graduates of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering

May 17

Prof. Sharon Hayes Wins Alpert Award in the Arts

Sharon Hayes, Assistant Professor at the School of Art, has won the Visual Arts category of the 2013 Alpert Award in the Arts, with a prize of $75,000

May 13

Snapshots of the 2013 Thesis Year

Teddy Kofman, Eze Imade Eribo and David Varon have disparate roots but one thing in common. They are all presenting their graduating thesis from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. Here, a look at each

May 13

Which Vermeer Did It?

Cooper's own Prof. Benjamin Binstock's controversial work will be the sole focus of a conference at NYU

May 11

A Message from the President of Cooper Union 5-11-13

The president addresses the student sit-in

May 03

Daniel Libeskind's "The Art of Memory" Lecture Excerpts

Cooper Union alumnus Daniel Libeskind (AR'70), designer of the Jewish Museum Berlin and the master planner of the reconstruction of Ground Zero, delivered a free lecture in the Great Hall on April 30, 2013

May 03

Cooper Students Sweep Royal Society of Arts Architecture Awards

Four Cooper Union architecture students took home four of the 2013 Student Design Awards given by RSA United States.

May 02

Professor Baglione Wins National Educational Award

Professor Melody Baglione, of the Mechanical Engineering department, has won the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award

April 25

At Great Hall Forum Mayoral Candidates Discuss Sustainability

April 24

Announcing 2013 Summer Programs at The School of Architecture

The School of Architecture will offer 4-week intensive workshops in summer 2013 for college credit in introductory and advanced programs. These programs will introduce students to foundational concepts and practices within the study of architecture and explore the role of advanced digital technologies as a theoretical and formal determinate in contemporary architecture. 

April 23

RITE OF SPRING | A Celebration of the Drawings of the Architecture Students Accepted for Autumn 2013

April 23

Board of Trustess Announcement April 23, 2013 Livestream

April 17

Snapshots of the 2013 School of Art Senior Shows

Five seniors talk about their show, their Cooper experience and what's next

April 17

How Seven Cooper Union Students Became the New Museum's Big Draw

1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star, a major exhibit at the New Museum on view through May 20, includes a number of Cooper Union-associated artists, though none more prominently than the collective known as Art Club 2000

April 09

Professor Diane Lewis Invited as Guest Editor

April 09

National Media Tout Professor Bordo's Chelsea Gallery Exhibition

The New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal, among others, review Prof. Bordo's fifth solo show

April 04

School of Architecture Faculty and Students in the New Museum's IDEAS CITY Festival

The Cooper Union, its faculty and students are included in many of the Festival's key events including public projects, workshops, and exhibitions.

April 04

Short of Funds, the Saturday Program Goes on with Annual Student Show

The annual exhibition of works by students in the free Saturday Program opens while organizers try to fill fundraising gap

April 03

Mayor Bloomberg to Deliver 2013 Commencement Address

March 28

Hello, Dublin

An urban planner and an architect set up camp in the Foundation Building for a project inviting New Yorkers to send their thoughts to a counterpart in Dublin, Ireland on a postcard

March 27

Astronaut Lands at Cooper Union

Dr. Donald Thomas, former astronaut with the Space Shuttle program, gave a personal recollection of living and working in outer space to students, faculty and the public

March 26

Announcing a Collaborative Partnership between the Institute for Sustainable Design and the Buckminster Fuller Institute

March 22

After Cooper: Rebuilding Afghanistan

Koukaba Mojadidi (AR'01) shifted her successful career as an architect in New York to working for a non-profit that builds desperately needed spaces in a war-ravaged country

March 20

James Craig and Irene Scala Designing with Type Award Announced

Two $5,000 stipends go to School of Art students looking to study abroad

March 20

Cooper Union Honors 2013 Inductees to the Lifetime Giving Society

The institution's most generous benefactors received accolades at the annual awards ceremony

March 20

Poetry Like a Walk Through the Woods

A member of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for over forty years, Prof. Brian Swann's eighth collection of poetry, 'In Late Late," appears in May

March 07

Isaac Heller Donates $1 Million to Annual Fund

Called a "vote of confidence" by President Bharucha, the unrestricted gift goes to student's immediate use

March 07

Cooper Grads Win Award in Reinvent Payphone Challenge

Four Cooper Union graduates have won the "Best Community Impact" award and are finalists for the "Popular Choice" award in New York City's "Reinvent Payphones" design challenge

March 06

After Cooper: Crye Precision

How a School of Art graduate and an Albert Nerken School of Engineering graduate combined their disciplines to build a company keeping U.S. troops safe while revitalizing a local industry

March 06

Lighting the Way to a Better World: Cooper Union in Africa

Working in rural communities in Ghana under the tutelage of Professor Cumberbatch, students either continue the work of projects already established or engineer their own solutions to better the lives of the people who live in rural west Africa.

March 06

Professor Michael Webb Named Contributing Author for THE CAR IN 2035

March 06

Dean Anthony Vidler and Professor Stephen Rustow in MoMA Symposium

The MoMA symposium, Revising Labrouste in the Digital Age, explores how 19th-century architect Henri Labrouste's innovative use of materials and light in spaces of contemplation and public assembly are relevant in contemporary culture and architecture.

March 05

President Bharucha Reforms President's Council

This group will join a conversation about the compelling issues confronting colleges and universities, including access, academic priorities, online learning, global initiatives, and financial sustainability

March 05

A Major Gift from Helaine and Isaac Heller

A gift from Helaine and Isaac Heller (Eng. ’52) of $1 million to the Annual Fund of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

March 05

Update on Academic and Financial Planning

I am pleased to announce that the Full Faculty of The School of Art at The Cooper Union voted earlier today to adopt the proposals submitted to the President and presented to The Board of Trustees on December 5, 2012.

March 01

Cooper Students Give Back

Students banded together for Student Engagement and Philanthropy Week to support Cooper Union.

March 01

Cooper Union Community Forum with the Board of Trustees 3/1/13

February 27

Three Cooper Graduates Selected as 30 Black Artists Under 40 You Should Know

The Huffington Post selected 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know and included three Cooper Union School of Art graduates

February 19

The Cooper Union's Earliest Documents Now Digitized

The first 21 annual reports document not just the start of the institution but provide a snapshot of New York civic life during the late 19th century

February 14

The Civil War in Words and Music in the Great Hall

The day after President Abraham Lincoln's 204th birthday, hundreds of people filled the Great Hall for "The Civil War in Words and Music," the same space where Lincoln made his famous "Right Makes Might" speech

February 14

Dean Anthony Vidler Speaks at Yale and California College of the Arts

February 13

Update on Academic and Financial Planning: 2/13/13

A letter from the President addressing the current status of the academic and financial planning of The Cooper Union as of February 13, 2013

February 10

Professor Diana Agrest's Film Screened at MoMA

The Making of an Avant-garde: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS) 1967-1984

February 08

City Living: Is It Sustainable?

A free, public six-week lecture series examines the impact of the world's move toward urban areas

February 04

Cities In Crisis: Ecological Transformations

In Cities In Crisis: Ecological Transformations, six lectures at The Cooper Union, Dr. Steward Pickett, past President of the Ecological Society of America and a plant ecologist with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will present an integrated view of cities from an ecological perspective.

February 04

Professor Lydia Kallipoliti Participates in Waterproofing New York Symposium

February 04

Professors Hayley Eber and Urtzi Grau Participate in Princeton Lecture Series

This series of public conversations revolve around alternative practices in architecture.

February 04

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev comes to Cooper Union

Continuing its reputation as a premier venue for major artists, curators and intellectuals to teach, the School of Art welcomes Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev as Menschel Visiting Professor for the Spring 2013 semester.

February 04

Professor Susannah Drake Receives AIA and Emerging Voices Awards

February 01

Cooper Union to Join First Worldwide Student Philanthropy Day

February 01

Annual Menschel Fellowship Showcases Cross-Disciplinary Thinking

The Menschel fellowship enables Cooper students from all three schools to pursue a long-term project of creative inquiry that often involves travel. This year's five projects take the viewer far and wide from the Deep South to the Aleutian Islands in the Bering Sea to the valleys of Romanian Moldavia.

January 30

Hot Air: Natural Gas and Climate Change

January 29

Parents Honor Cooper Graduates by Supporting the Rose Auditorium

Naming a chair in Cooper's state-of-the-art auditorium

January 24

The "Green" Modernists

Lessons from Modernism, an exhibition created collaboratively by Cooper Union faculty, staff, alumni and students, examines the Modernist architectural movement from a perspective that may surprise you

January 24

Start Your Engines: Middle Schoolers Attend Cooper Union for a Day

January 23

New Digital Fabrication Certificate Keeps Continuing Ed on the Cutting Edge

The Department for Continuing Education offers a unique certificate in Digital Representation and Fabrication

January 18

New York Times Reviews Maciunas Exhibition

'Anything Can Substitute Art: Maciunas in SoHo,' called "engrossing" and "bracing" by Holland Carter

January 15

Podcast: Burt Neuborne's Constitution Lecture Series

The Cooper Union is pleased to present free podcasts of Professor Burt Neuborne's remarkable 2012 John Jay Iselin Memorial Lecture Series, "Three Constitutions: Republican, Democratic and Consensus."

January 14

John Berg's Greatest Hits

Columbia Records' chief designer during the height of the LP era, John Berg (A'53) now has a hit gallery show featuring his past work. He gave us some revealing anecdotes about a few of his most iconic sleeves including Springsteen's "Born to Run" and Loverboy's "Get Lucky"

January 08

The Interdisciplinary Discipline

"Opera," an examination of the history, materials and structures of the complex art form, has been offered three times by William Germano, Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The class draws a broad spectrum of art, architecture, and engineering majors who come for different reasons.

January 04

After Cooper: Industry City Distillery

Living many a Cooper student's dream, recent graduates Dave Kyrejko and Rich Watts belong to a group that created a commercial vodka distillery from scratch and are getting attention for their results

January 02

The M.Arch II Program Expands Criticism, History and Theory Concentration

In addition to the existing curriculum of Advanced Design Studio work that culminates in a design-research thesis project, the Criticism, History and Theory concentration will offer an intensive one-year immersion in the criticism, history and theory of architecture.

  • 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.