Architecture Deans Respond to #NotMyAIA Controversy in Archinect Feature

December 07, 2016

Nader Tehrani at NADAAA in June 2015. Image courtesy of NADAAA.

Nader Tehrani at NADAAA in June 2015. Image courtesy of NADAAA.

The online community Archinect recently posed questions to the heads of some of the leading Architecture schools across the country. Dean Nader Tehrani was one of the six respondents who cemented Cooper Union as the vanguard of free expression. Archinect’s questions focused on how the pedagogical community plans on responding to the views of President-elect Trump and nature of the implications of his presidency on the practice of Architecture. Dean Tehrani describes the “call to intellectual arms” as an ethos that must be maintained both in the present moment and sustained moving forward:

 “Our responsibilities are to expose intellectual projects, to reveal positions and to enable the space of disagreement.”

  • 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.