The Archive’s research policies are available here as a PDF.
Please note: due to COVID-19, on-site research access to the Architecture Archive is currently restricted. For additional information, please contact Chris Dierks (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Collections Manager.
The mission of the Architecture Archive is to record the history of the School of Architecture’s pedagogy by documenting student work, to provide students with research resources that augment and enhance their architectural education, and to produce informative architecture and design exhibitions and publications.
In 1970 John Hejduk and Roger Canon, AR’70, established a methodology of documenting student work for Education of An Architect: A Point of View, a publication and corresponding exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1971. Supported by a recommendation of the 1980 National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Visiting Team, the Archive was established in 1983, and officially became a department of the School of Architecture in 1991. Kim Shkapich, A'80, was its first Director, and Steven Hillyer, AR’90, is its current Director.
A key goal of the Architecture Archive is to make its distinctive collections widely accessible for scholarship and research.
All researchers interested in on-site access to the Archive's material must submit a completed Research Request Form prior to scheduling an appointment. Request forms should be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of the proposed appointment date. After the request has been approved by the Archive's Director, archive staff will coordinate scheduling with the researcher.
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive
The Cooper Union Foundation Building
7 East 7th Street, Room 235
New York, NY 10003
Academic Year: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm
Summer (June, July, August): Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 5 pm