Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 12 - 2pm

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In 2008, Jing Liu founded SO – IL with Florian Idenburg, whom she met while working at SANAA on the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art. As a partner of SO – IL, Liu has worked with numerous cultural institutions on their big and small adventures. 

Liu assisted the London-based Frieze Art Fair in designing and realizing its acclaimed structure for the inaugural NewYork fair; curated the cross-disciplinary event series Stillspotting for the Guggenheim Museum; researched and re-envisioned museum education spaces together with the MoMA Education Department and installed the highly experimental and interactive structure Pole Dance at PS1.

Liu is involved in the design of all current projects at SO – IL while remaining academically active, with teaching positions at the Oslo School of Architecture, Syracuse University, Parsons, Columbia GSAPP and the University of Kentucky.

Located in Room 315F at 12pm.


  • 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.