Online Resources: The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

While in-person classes are suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, here are key resources for online learning.

Communications from the Dean 

Dean Nader Tehrani has been providing students, faculty and staff of the School of Architecture with weekly updates on COVID-19 related developments at The Cooper Union. To view these messages, please click on the links below:

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Fall 2020 Registration Instructions 

Registration advising (and pre-registration for Architecture electives) has been adapted in order to be done online. You may access registration instructions here

Information Technology Resources

In an effort to transition The Cooper Union learning platforms online, the IT Department has extended remote capabilities and resources to support digital production: 

Please contact or Marget Long for further assistance with School of Architecture IT resources. 

For a full description of IT Resources, please go to the IT website.  

Architecture Archive 

  • Photographs of Student Work
    Each semester the Architecture Archive photographs student work selected by faculty for inclusion in the Student Work Collection. This applies to Design Studios (Architectonics – Thesis); Building Technology; Freehand Drawing; Advanced Drawing; Representation; and M.Arch II Design Studios. Students may purchase photographs of their own work for $5 per image. To do so, please contact Chris Dierks, who will provide you with contact sheets, payment information, and your purchased photos. If you’re not sure whether your work was documented for a specific semester, please feel free to inquire with Chris.
  • Student Work Submissions
    At the end of the Spring 2020 semester the Archive will reach out students whose work has been selected by faculty for documentation. Given the recent shift to predominantly digital media, students may find it helpful to reference the Archive’s submission guidelines as the semester progresses. 

Public Programs

The School of Architecture will be presenting online lectures and events for the remainder of the spring semester. Invited lecturers will present their work for public discussion and Q&As with remote audiences. In addition to offering open access to all, we are partnering with other educational institutions to create opportunities for greater engagement within the architecture community at this time. A list of upcoming remote programs can be viewed here: Spring 2021 Lectures and Events List.

An archive of lectures can be viewed on our Vimeo channel and their respective web listing.

Important Resources for Students

Remote New York

Although we are all working remotely, you can still visit local institutions virtually. Here are some of Cooper's neighbors to keep you abreast of changes around us: 

Many New York cultural institutions are celebrating their content online: 

Stay informed with news for the architecture community: 

Architecture-related Art, Culture and Entertainment: 

  • 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.