In Conversation | Michael Young + Bryan Young: Sheets, Decks, Levels

Friday, April 2, 2021, 12 - 2pm

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This event will be conducted through Zoom. Please register in advance here. Zoom account registration is required.

Michael Young and Bryan Young are brothers and also architects, teachers, sons-of-teachers, music lovers, products of 1980s southern California suburbia, post-punk, rock collectors, of skateboards, of sometimes high-scores, or forts and other things that they will be discussing.

Michael is an assistant professor at the School of Architecture. He is a founding partner of Young & Ayata. He currently teaches Thesis and Representation III. Bryan is an assistant professor adjunct at the School of Architecture. He is the founder of Young projects. He currently teaches Design II. Both Michael and Bryan’s studios received the Young Architects Prize from the Architectural League of New York (2014 and 2013).

The In Conversation Lecture Series is predicated on the need for discourse that involves faculty, students, and the greater community, alike. Short presentations will be given by the invited faculty in response to the lecture topic, and will be followed by a student-moderated Q&A period. 

There is a time and place for the expert monologue. This lecture is not it. 

This event is free and accessible to the public. 

  • 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.