Spring 2022 Lectures and Events


Spring 2022 All School Assembly

Wednesday, January 19 at 1:00PM through Zoom

Andrew Freear and Rusty Smith, Rural Studio: The Challenges of Sustainable Rural Living

Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00PM through Zoom [Watch Here] Current Work

Brad Cloepfil: Calling

Thursday, January 27 at 6:30PM through Zoom [Watch Here] Visiting Lecture 
Karim Ahmed AR'13 Tuesday, February 1 at 12:00PM through Zoom  CU @ Lunch
Joan Ockman Wednesday, February 2 at 6:30PM through Zoom  In-Class Lecture: (Uncertain) Foundations
Jeffrey Nesbit: Nature of Enclosure Tuesday, February 8 at 12:00PM through Zoom [Watch Here] Panel Discussion and Book Launch
Anthony Vidler Wednesday, February 9 at 6:30PM through Zoom In-Class Lecture: (Uncertain) Foundations

Husserl and Spatiality: A Phenomenological Ethnography of Space, Tao DuFour

Friday, February 11 at 6:30PM in the 3rd Floor Lobby and through Zoom Exhibition Lecture, Panel Discussion and Book Launch
Wolff Architects Tuesday, February 15 at 12:00PM through Zoom [Watch Here] Current Work
Mersiha Veledar Wednesday, February 16 at 6:30PM through Zoom In-Class Lecture: (Uncertain) Foundations
Jack Halberstam: Unworlding Thursday, February 17 at 6:30PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] Pluriversal, Bewildered, and Otherwise Series in partnership with Radio Al Hara
Eva Franch i Gilabert Wednesday, February 23 at 6:30PM through Zoom In-Class Lecture: (Uncertain) Foundations
Stella Betts: Thirteen Ways of Looking... Thursday, February 24 at 6:30PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] Visiting Lecture

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes: Manoeuvering Boundaries

Thursday, March 3 at 6:30PM in 315F and Zoom [Watch Here] Student Lecture Series
Elias and Yousef Anastas:AAU ANASTAS Tuesday, March 8 at 12:00PM through Zoom [Watch Here] Pluriversal, Bewildered, and Otherwise Series in partnership with Radio Al Hara
Diana Agrest Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30PM through Zoom In-Class Lecture: (Uncertain) Foundations
Felipe Correa: Building a Culture of Description Thursday, March 10 at 6:30PM through Zoom Student Lecture Series
Zhu Pei: Architecture of Nature, An Experimental Approach Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30PM in the 3rd Floor Lobby and Zoom
[Watch Here]
In-Class Lecture: (Uncertain) Foundations
Roundtable | Under Pressure: Urban Housing and Other Hybrids Wednesday, March 23 at 6:00PM in 215F and Zoom Visiting Lecture
Lyla June: The Innovative Design of Pre-Columbian Indigenous Food Systems Friday, March 25 at 6:30PM through Zoom [Watch Here] Student Lecture Series
Thesis 2018-2021 Book Launch Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30PM in the 3rd Floor Lobby and Zoom  Book Launch
Sacrificial Rites of Architecture, Nicholas Korody and Joanna Joseph Tuesday, April 5 at 12:00PM on Zoom [Watch Here] Pluriversal, Bewildered, and Otherwise Series in partnership with Radio Al Hara
Reiser + Umemoto, RUR: Taipei Music Center Lecture and Performance Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30PM in The Great Hall and Zoom [Watch Here] Exhibition Lecture
Nuance and Intimacy in Civic Space Saturday, April 9 at 10:00AM in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery and through Zoom Symposium
Jonathan Tate: Thoughts on Housing Tuesday, April 12 at 12:00PM in 315F and Zoom Visiting Lecture
The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth Presented by the Red Nation Thursday, April 14 at 6:30PM through Zoom [Watch Here] Fariba Tehrani Lecture
Léopold Lambert, "Mapping the Colonial Continuum" Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00PM through Zoom Pluriversal, Bewildered, and Otherwise Series in partnership with The IntraDiscipplinary Seminar 
Samia Henni: Colonial Toxicity — France's Nuclear Heritage in the Sahara Tuesday, April 26 at 12:15PM in 315F and through Zoom  Eleanore Pettersen Lecture
Michael Maltzan Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00PM in The Great Hall and through Zoom Current Work
Shigeru Ban Architects: Sustainability + Design Thursday, April 28 at 6:30PM in 315F and through Zoom  Visiting Lecture
Lydia Kallipoliti Thursday, April 28 at 6:30PM on Zoom Cooper Faculty Presents
How Will We Live Together? Friday, April 29 at 5:30PM in the Rose Auditorium and Zoom Roundtable
Husserl and Spatiality: The Phenomenological Ethnography of Space, Tao DuFour August 30 through September 26 in the Third Floor Hallway Gallery and Online
Ezra Stoller: Photographs of Architecture March 8 through March 31 in the Third Floor Hallway Gallery. Reception: March 29 at 6:30PM. 
Conceiving the Plan: Nuance and Intimacy in the Construction of Civic Space April 7 through April 29 in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery. Reception: April 7 at 6:30PM.

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).

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 2021-22

Catalyzed by over a century of industrial externalities ignored for the sake of progress, profit, and control, the past decade has bestowed radical climatic shifts to the world we inhabit. In the past few months alone we have seen unprecedented droughts and unprecedented flooding. We watched in terror and awe as a gas leak fueled a fiery portal to hell in our seas, reminiscent of the numerous preceding spills. Waste has endlessly accumulated in our waters, in our foods, in our bodies. Extraction has decimated ecosystems, its perpetrators disappearing when the business model insists, leaving behind an earth hundreds of years removed from recovery.

Architecture, bowing to Industry, has resolved to write off these fundamental issues as externalities. Through drawing and analytical methods that abstract the consequences of building within an ecology, Architecture enforces an ignorant divorce of the built environment and the natural order, despite the urgent reality that this divorce is dooming us.

With a single line as sectional ground and serial lines as planimetric topography, the traditional methods of architectural drawing falsely conflate the simplicity of the paper with the reality of the world within which architecture ultimately exists. When architects do take the environment into consideration, it is often approached in a statistical manner that further disembodies the reality of living within an environment. The compartmentalization of reality into mathematical and quantitative formulas has allowed Architecture’s relation to the environment to be reduced to a machinelike function, relinquishing a continuous and living moral responsibility to the land and instead, handing good grades to architects that solve atomized technological equations. Similarly, architects of the capitalistic eco-imaginary (as Douglas Spencer puts it) use collage and rendering to peddle fantasy worlds of sustainability that avoid the real problems at hand, circumvent plausible solutions, and can only be achieved in their intangible dreams.  

It is clear that the architectural method, in its current methods of abstraction, needs reevaluation. Thus, questions must be raised: What is being left out? What is being ignored? What methods of analysis, representation, documentation, and integration does Architecture need to embrace to face our epoch? What are the modes and practices that allow us to marry questions of environment and architecture?

This year’s Student Lecture Series will culminate with the publication of a journal that allows for critical writings by students in response to the thematic statement as well as direct responses to the series’ lectures.

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.

  • 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.