Opening: The 2014 Master of Architecture II Advanced Design Studio Thesis Exhibition

Friday, September 12, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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The Master of Architecture II post-professional degree program was launched in 2009 to extend the vision and intellectual rigor of the undergraduate program and allow a further development of the school’s preeminent position in the education of architects. Open to applicants with a first professional degree in architecture (Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture I) from a program accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board or equivalent accrediting agency. The program serves professionals who wish to continue in practice with higher research and design skills in areas in which the program offers concentrations. Additionally the program prepares those who wish to develop parallel careers in teaching and/or continue to engage in research toward a Ph.D. degree at another institution.

The program is organized in three terms, fall, spring and summer. The final project is a thesis that starts with research in the last four weeks of the spring semester and develops throughout the summer. A public thesis presentation takes place at the beginning of the following academic year when the incoming class can partake in the presentations and discussions. This exhibition features the thesis projects and a selection of work developed through the year.

Professor of the Advanced Design Studio: Diana Agrest

Exhibition on view September 12-27, 2014

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Located in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, 7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • 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.