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Lecture by Bernard Khoury / DW5 Bernard Khoury

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 7 - 9pm

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Yabani. Courtesy of DW5 Bernard Khoury

CURRENT WORK: Bernard Khoury, Bernard Khoury/DW5
“Where the Hell Are the Arabs?”

Bernard Khoury will present the work of his firm, founded as an independent practice in 1993.  As an architect, Khoury is preoccupied with presentness; he writes about the work of his firm: “I have given up on fantasizing on the future of cities.  My work is not about the past and it is certainly not about the future.”

Bernard Khoury studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (B.F.A/B.Arch). He received a Masters in Architectural Studies from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In 2001, he was awarded by the municipality of Rome the honorable mention of the Borromini prize given to architects under 40 years of age. In 2004, he was awarded the Architecture + Award. In 2008, he was a visiting professor at the Ecole polytechnique Federale de Lausanne; he has lectured and exhibited his work in academic institutions in Europe and the U.S including a solo show of his work given by the International Forum for Contemporary Architecture at the Aedes Gallery in Berlin (2003) and numerous group shows including YOUprison at the Fondazione Sandretto in Turin (2008) and SPACE at the opening show of the MAXXI Museum in Rome (2010)

Co-sponsored by the Architecture League of New York

Admission is free for League members and The Cooper Union students/faculty/staff, and $15 for non-members.

  • 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.