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STUDENT LECTURE SERIES: Irene Sunwoo | The Rainmaker

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Image courtesy Irene Sunwoo

Image courtesy Irene Sunwoo

Irene Sunwoo is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Bard College. She recently completed a PhD at the Princeton University School of Architecture. Her current research focuses on the pedagogical theories and work of Alvin Boyarsky, former chairman of the Architectural Association in London. She is the editor of a forthcoming book on Boyarsky's International Institute of Design Summer Sessions, and the author of articles that have appeared in AA Files, the Journal of Architectural Education, and Grey Room.

Located in Room 315F at 6:30pm


  • 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.