Fall 2023 Lectures and Events

Fall 2023 All School Assembly Tuesday, August 29 at 2:00PM in Rose Auditorium Convocation
Anthony Titus: Anatomical Apparitions Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] Visiting Lecture
Shannon Mattern: Arboreal Media Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] Visiting Lecture
Andrew Witt: Formulating Form Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] Visiting Lecture
Peter Trummer: The City as a Technical Being — On the Mode of Existence of Architecture [Postponed] This event has been postponed.  Book Talk
Studio Talks | Brigitte Shim: Incremental Architecture/Urbanism Tuesday, October 24 at 2:00PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] In-Class Lecture
American Museum of Natural History's Richard Gilder Center for Education, Science, and Innovation Project Study Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00PM in The Great Hall [register/tickets here] Current Work
Catie Newell: Architecture and Loss Tuesday, October 31 at 6:30PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] Fariba Tehrani Lecture
School of Architecture Dinner  Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30PM in the Third Floor Lobby. School of Architecture Event
Lucia Tahan: Ghost Tortilla Thursday, November 3 at 6:30PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] Student Lecture Series
Fadi Masoud: Parks in Action — Landscape Architecture is Resilient Design Wednesday, November 8 at 2:00PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch here] In-Class Lecture
Ways of Making: Mario Carpo in Conversation with Michael Young, Nader Tehrani and Elisa Iturbe — a discussion around Mario Carpo’s book Beyond Digital Thursday, November 9 at 6:30PM in the Library Atrium and Zoom [for Zoom register here] Roundtable
Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem, MODU: Field Guide to Indoor Urbanism  Monday, November 13 at 12:30PM in the Library Atrium and Zoom [for Zoom register here] Book Talk 
Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, Dream The Combine: Afterimages Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30PM in 315F and Zoom [for Zoom register here] Visiting Lecture
Dongwoo Yim, PRAUD Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30PM in Library Atrium and Zoom [Watch here] Visiting Lecture
Sue Ferguson Gussow: Architects Draw Thursday, November 16 at 6:30PM in the Library Atrium and Zoom [for Zoom register here] Book Talk 
Lindsey Wikstrom: Designing the Forest and Other Mass Timber Futures Tuesday, November 28 at 12:00PM in the Library Atrium and Zoom [for Zoom register here] Book Talk


Michael Young: The Turned Room September 5 through September 24 in the Third Floor Hallway Gallery. Gallery Remarks by Michael Young: September 19 at 6:30 PM.
First Edition: Making Multiples
Work from ARCH 205.22 and the Archive at a83
October 2 through October 27 in the Third Floor Hallway Gallery. Gallery Remarks by Owen Nichols and Clara Syme: October 19 at 6:30 PM.
Sue Ferguson Gussow Retrospective October 12 through November 17 in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery. Opening Reception October 12 at 6:30 PM.
Exhibitions Collection: 1971 - 1999 November 2 through November 30 in the Third Floor Hallway Gallery. Gallery Remarks November 8 at 6:30 PM.


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.

  • 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.