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Thursday, November 21, 2013, 5 - 7pm

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House in Never Never Land, San José (Ibiza). Andrés Jaque Architects. 2009

House in Never Never Land, San José (Ibiza). Andrés Jaque Architects. 2009

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Fall 2013 Thesis Lecture Series

Architecture as Rendered Society

Presentation by Andrés Jaque | Office for Political Innovation

Andrés Jaque (born 1971 in Madrid) is an architect and thinker. His work explores the role architecture plays in the making of societies. He has been considered one of the most challenging contemporary European architects. In 2003 he founded the Office for Political Innovation, a trandisciplinary agency engaged with the making of an ordinary urbanism out of the association of heterogeneous architectural fragments.

Andrés Jaque has lectured at a number of universities around the world, including Berlage Institute, Columbia University GSAPP, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Princeton University, Bezalel Academy, Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá or the Instituto Politecnico di Milano, among others. He is currently teaching at GSAPP, Columbia University.

His work has been exhibited at the Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum in Basel, the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM), the Biennale di Venezia. and at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). His work 'IKEA Disobedients' (Madrid, New York 2012) was the first architectural performance to be included in the MoMA's collection.

Located in Room 315F at 5pm



  • 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.