Neena Verma

Writing Associate

Neena Verma earned her B.A. in Architecture with a concentration in History, Theory and Criticism from the University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School, J.D. from Rutgers Law School, and M.Arch. from Tulane School of Architecture.  She is principal of an eponymous architecture practice, and teaches at NJIT College of Architecture and Design and Parsons School of Design.  Neena has published with Architectural Research Quarterly, and her collaborative work has been presented at the Association of American Law Schools, Buenos Aires Biennale and Venice Biennale.

  • 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.