All students in the School of Architecture are provided individual workspace on the third floor of the Foundation Building. First-year through fourth-year students share a single 8,000 sq. ft. open studio; the fifth-year thesis class and Master of Science in Architecture students share smaller studio spaces adjacent to the main studio. This arrangement fosters a unique environment for open dialog and interaction among individual students, classes, and faculty. Each School of Architecture student has a workspace with a full-size, adjustable table for drawing, drafting, and laptop computing, as well as individual shelving. Shared worktables are also located throughout the studio. The spirit of the design studio informs and permeates the entire school, and students value its communal atmosphere.
Wireless access to the internet is available in all studios. Shared Dell workstations and Apple desktop computers are located on countertops along the west wall of the large studio.
The school does not support the principle or practice of twenty-four-hour studio access. Studios are generally open Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 12 am, and Saturday – Sunday, 9 am – 9 pm. Extended studio access may be available during the last two weeks of the semester.
All students have access to a locker on the third or seventh floors of the Foundation Building.
A small auditorium on the third floor is used for lecture classes and invited speakers. Special lectures are open to all interested Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff. Public lectures hosted by the School of Architecture are also held in The Great Hall.
Email is an essential form of communication at The Cooper Union. Each new student is assigned a Cooper Union email address during orientation. It is the responsibility of all students to regularly check and use their Cooper Union email in order to receive, in a timely manner, official school announcements, important information about registration, messages of general interest about events, exhibitions and programs, safety updates, policy notifications, etc. As The Cooper Union continues its transition to an online administrative system linked solely to a student’s Cooper Union email address, this line of communication becomes even more vital. In addition, wireless internet—accessible via a Cooper email address and password—is available throughout The Cooper Union.