Fall 2022 Lectures and Events

Fall 2022 All School Assembly
Tuesday, August 30 at 2:00PM in The Great Hall and through Zoom
Gallery Remarks: Jacob Sebastian Bang and Anne Romme Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30PM in the Third Floor Hallway Gallery Exhibition Lecture
McKenzie Wark: From Architecture to Kainotecture Wednesday, September 14 at 12:45PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] Architectures of Transition
Cooper Climate Week 2022  Thursday, September 19 through September 23 [Learn More] Cooper Climate Week
Cooper Union x Climate Week: Climate, Labor, and Policy Monday, September 19 at 6:30PM in The Great Hall Cooper Climate Week
Tatiana Bilbao: Domestic Imaginaries— Platforms for social change Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] Architectures of Transition in collaboration with Cooper Climate Week
If Walls Could Speak— Architect Moshe Safdie Shares His Life in Architecture Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00PM in The Great Hall Cooper Union Public Programs
Todd Gannon: Figments of the Architectural Imaginary— In conversation with Lydia Kallipoliti and Michael Young Tuesday, October 4 at 12:00PM in The Cooper Union Library and Zoom  Book Launch
Studio Talks — Alex Bozikovic Thursday, October 6 at 4:00PM in 315F and Zoom  In-Class Lecture
Annabel Wharton: Models as Ethical Agents Monday, October 10 at 6:30PM in The Great Hall and Zoom Exhibition Lecture
Centering Community: PILARES Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00PM through Zoom  Current Work 
Matthew Waxman: Animating the Tectonic Image Friday, October 14 at 5:00PM in 315F and through Zoom [Watch Here] Student Lecture Series
The Architecture Lobby Green New Deal Working Group with the Cooper Climate Coalition: A Just Transition for Architecture Monday, October 17 at 7:00PM in The Rose Auditorium and through Zoom [Watch Here] Architectures of Transition 
Studio Talks — Brigitte Shim Tuesday, October 18 at 4:00PM in 315F and through Zoom [Watch Here] In-Class Lecture
Rubén Polendo: Dramaturgy, Disruption, and Architecture Tuesday, October 25 at 12:30PM in 315F and through Zoom [Watch Here] Student Lecture Series
Brad Samuels and Gauri Bahuguna: Beyond the Frame Thursday, October 27 at 6:30PM in 315F Exhibition Lecture
Sameep Padora Friday, October 28 at 5:00PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] Visiting Lecture
Valerie Olson: Into the Extreme Friday, October 28 at 5:00PM through Zoom In-Class Lecture
Eve Blau: Modernizing Baku — The Difference that Oil Makes Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30PM in 315F and through Zoom [Watch Here] Architectures of Transition
Michael Abel and Nile Greenberg, ANY: Flipper Thursday, November 3 at 6:30PM in 315F and through Zoom  Student Lecture Series
Lacol: Community Infrastructure Tuesday, November 8 at 12:00PM through Zoom  Current Work
Kiel Moe: The Broken World Model of Design Tuesday, November 8 at 6:30PM in The Great Hall and through Zoom [Watch Here] Exhibition Lecture
Maria Shéhérazade Giudici: Carefree, not careless Thursday, November 10 at 6:30PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] Eleanore Pettersen Lecture / Architectures of Transition
NYC: Building Community  Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00PM in the Big Red Scholastic Auditorium Current Work
EDIBLE; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism Friday, November 18 at 5:00PM in the Peter Cooper Suite and through Zoom  Conference organized by Lydia Kallipoliti in collaboration with the Tallinn Architecture Biennale
MASS: Seeking Abundance Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00PM in The Great Hall Current Work
Faculty Work: Institute of Architecture and Culture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts — At the Intersection of Ideas and Material Conditions September 6 through September 25 in the Third Floor Hallway Gallery. Reception/Exhibition Remarks by Jacob Sebastian Bang and Anne Romme: September 13 at 6:30PM. 
Model Behavior  October 4 through November 20 in the First Floor Colonnade. Reception: October 4 at 6:30PM in First Floor Colonnade and Lobby.
Beyond the Frame — SITU Research  October 27 through November 13 in the Third Floor Hallway Gallery. Lecture: Thursday, October 27 at 6:30PM in 315F. 
Dominic Leong — Leong Leong November 15 through December 6 in the Third Floor Hallway Gallery. 

The Architectures of Transition Lecture Series

Humanity has reached an ecological brink and against this daunting horizon, architecture’s environmental response, focused largely on building technology and techno-optimism, has failed. The climate crisis is intensifying unabated, in part because architecture, as both a discipline and a practice, continues to replicate the spatial, cultural, and material patterns that constitute an energy-intensive way of life.  

This year’s lecture series, curated by Elisa Iturbe, interrogates architecture’s alliance with the project of carbon modernity, from the early moments of industrialization to today’s advanced stages of fossil capitalism. At stake is architecture’s role in broad civilizational transition—unquestionable and problematic in the context of our last energy transition into fossil fuels, yet indeterminate and full of possibility in relation to the transitions to come.  

Together, these lectures and discussions will bring space and form into dialogue with energy and power, reframing the causal landscape of the climate crisis and reimagining our vocabulary of alternatives.  

The Eleanore Pettersen Lecture Series

The Eleanore Pettersen Lecture, established through a generous gift to The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, is dedicated to the voices of women in architecture as a lasting tribute to Ms. Pettersen's significant impact in the world of architecture and her love of The Cooper Union. Pettersen, who had worked as an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright and would later design the post-White House home of Richard M. Nixon, was one of the first women to be licensed as an architect in New Jersey, and developed a successful practice there that spanned over fifty years.

Lectures in this series have been given by Toshiko Mori (2005), Phyllis Lambert (2006), Elizabeth Wright Ingraham (2008), Billie Tsien (2009), Francine Houben (2011), Sarah Wigglesworth (2013), and Farshid Moussavi (2014), Mabel Wilson (2020), Lesley Lokko + Sumayya Vally (2021), Samia Henni (2022). 

The Fariba Tehrani Lecture 

The Fariba Tehrani Lecture was initiated in honor of Biba Tehrani, whose decades-long commitment to education has served as a radical alternative to the very models of conventional pedagogies of which she is both beneficiary and victim. Her commitment to discursive interaction, speech, and oratory makes this endowment an apt tribute for her contributions to generations of students.

The YC Foundation Lecture

The YC Foundation, Inc., New York, makes grants for lectures in Architecture that inspire young architects to leadership through the experiences and stories of the lecturers.

Student Lecture Series 2022-23

This year, the Student Lecture Series has invited the student body to nominate potential speakers based on their varied interests. This is an opportunity to bring a diverse list of speakers and topics that we are interested in as a student collective.

In Conversation Series

The primary purpose of the In Conversation Lecture Series (IC) is to engender discussion of timely issues and ideas among Cooper faculty and students. There is a time and place for the expert monologue, but IC is neither. A few times a semester, IC stages a dialogue between invited faculty members, through a process mediated by the active inquiry of a student audience. This translates to quick faculty presentations followed by a meaty question-and-answer based discussion led by student organizers and the audience. 

Current Work

Current Work is a lecture series co-sponsored with The Architectural League of New York featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art. The spring 2021 Current Work series examines some of the inherited histories, conventions, fabrics, and systems - often taken for granted - that constitute and shape the built environment. How might we reconsider the ways we engage with and construct the places that surround us? Speakers will address issues including transforming architectural pedagogy; protecting threatened historic sites; conserving resources by adapting existing buildings and reusing materials; and reimagining and regenerating places scarred by racism, neglect, and environmental emergencies.

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