Alysen Hiller Fiore

Associate Professor Adjunct

Alysen (Aly) joined REX in 2012, and was appointed Director in 2017. Currently in construction, Aly has led The Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (The Perelman Center) in New York since the invited competition. She has previously performed as Project Leader on a number of projects at REX including the Necklace Residence in Long Island; the Transformation of Five Manhattan West in New York; the Wakefield School Performing Arts Center in Virginia; and the Calgary Central Library.

Before joining REX, Aly worked for several renowned architectural firms on a wide range of architectural projects, including BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Zago Architecture in Los Angeles, where she worked on the proposed development of a multi-unit social housing complex as part of Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, a MoMA commissioned project to explore new architectural possibilities for cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the 2008 foreclosure crisis. 

Aly holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Art & Design with honors, both from the University of Iowa.

Aly's CV is available here

Projects & Links

  • 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.