Making is Design: In Conversation with Situ Studio

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 12 - 2pm

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SITU Studio fabrication shop

SITU Studio fabrication shop

SITU Studio will present recent work followed by a conversation with Dean Nader Tehrani on Tuesday 6 October at 12pm in RM 315F.

SITU was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York while its four partners; Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, and Bradley Samuels (all AR 05), were studying architecture at the Cooper Union. Transitioning directly from school to opening an office, the classmates-turned-business-partners developed a model of practice that leveraged their collective interests to create a studio uniquely equipped to explore a wide range of spatial issues.  

The practice is comprised of three divisions: SITU Studio, an architectural design firm; SITU Fabrication, a specialized digital fabrication company, and SITU Research, an organization dedicated to interdisciplinary spatial practice.  A collaborative and horizontal organization provides a landscape for creative cross-pollination between the divisions.

SITU was selected as one of six interdisciplinary teams to participate in the current MoMA exhibition Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities and recently presented L+ as part of a design study, Re-envisioning Branch Libraries co-sponsored by the Center for an Urban Future and The Architectural League of New York.  Built projects include Design Lab at the New York Hall of Science; Heartwalk, a public art installation made from salvaged boardwalk planks collected in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and has recently redesigned the lobby of the Brooklyn Museum.  The firm was a recipient of the 2014 Emerging Voices Award from The Architectural League of New York.   

Suggested readings: Interview with the Architectural League of NY, Out of Control: Experiments in Participation

A lunch reception will follow in the 3rd floor lobby. 

This event is open only to current Cooper Union students, faculty and staff.

  • 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.