School of Architecture Tours & Events

The Foundation Building of The Cooper Union

The Foundation Building of The Cooper Union

Campus Tours

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union hosts small tours for prospective students throughout the academic year. Tour guides are current Architecture students who have first-hand knowledge of the application process and life in The School of Architecture. They can speak informatively about the curriculum, faculty, facilities and The School of Architecture experience.

Tours will meet in the lobby of the The Foundation Building located at 7 East 7th Street, which is home to the School of Architecture, its studios, shops, labs, and other facilities. Register for a tour here!

Open House

Every fall the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture holds one Open House for prospective applicants and their families. This year, the Architecture Open House will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2019Register for the Open House here!

National Portfolio Day and Other Events

The Irwin S,. Chanin School of Architecture will be sending a representative to select National Portfolio Day Association events.

September 14 NPDA Atlanta, GA 12PM-4PM
October 20 NPDA Chicago, IL 10AM-2PM

October 26 NPDA New York, NY 1PM-5PM
November 2 NPDA Washington, D.C. 1PM-5PM
November 10 NPDA Los Angeles, CA 12PM-4PM
January 20 NPDA Miami, FL 11AM-3PM

In addition, the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture will also be participating in the following events:

September 28 Boston Society of Architects College Fair 10AM-2PM
October 19 Philadelphia Architecture and Design College Fair 10AM-2PM

November 2 AIA New York Center for Architecture College Fair 11AM-3PM

Please Note: Portfolios are only required for School of Architecture transfer applicants. First Year applicants should NOT submit a portfolio, but are welcome to have their portfolios reviewed at an NPDA event.

  • 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.