Real Estate, Construction, and Design (RECD)

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The Cooper Union Real Estate, Construction, and Design (RECD) Affinity Group consists of students, alums, and friends of Cooper working in these various industries. Our affinity group events are both in person and virtual. They provide great opportunities for networking among peers and are beneficial to our students as they contemplate their career paths after graduation. 

The first of its kind at Cooper, this affinity group aims to foster a dialogue about real estate development, architectural trends and property management among Cooper Union alumni and friends; present networking opportunities across disciplines and fields; and inspire conversations about real estate and related fields in New York and around the world.

Steering Committee: 
Bobby Chen, AR'01
Jonathan Huang, CHE'14
Elizabeth Graziolo AR'95, Trustee
Jimmy Kwong CHE'80
Chris Lasky AR'92
Alexis Markant CE'05
Brian Steinwurtzel, Trustee 
Jan Voitehovich, AR'13
Marty Zubatkin CE'77

RECD event photo

Our first kickoff event took place on November 6, 2023 with a hard hat tour of the newly renovated One Madison Avenue building followed by a happy hour (pictured). For more information, or to be added to the email list, please contact


  • 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.