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Bound to Happen: In Conversation with Mark West

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 12 - 2pm

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Mark West has taught architecture for over thirty years at universities in the US, Canada, and Europe, while working as an artist, inventor, builder, and researcher. He is the inventor of fabric-formed concrete techniques for architecture and engineering structures, and was the Founding Director of C.A.S.T., the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology at the University of Manitoba where he held appointments in both Architecture and Civil Engineering. He currently holds appointments as a Visiting Professor of Architecture at MIT, and Visiting Lecturer in Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Bath University, UK.

Mark West studied architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York (1980) and Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (1996). Raised in New York City, he currently divides his time between Cambridge MA, a very small island off the coast of Maine, and Istanbul, Turkey.

Lunch will follow in the School of Architecture lobby. This event will take place in room 315F and is open only to current Cooper Union students, faculty and staff.

You may watch a recording of the lecture on The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Channel

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  • 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.