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RSA-US Student Design Awards Annual Lecture

Friday, April 26, 2013, 6:30 - 8pm

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The RSA-US Student Design Awards is an undergraduate competition to inspire collaborative design-led social change in the areas of architecture, interiors, urban transit, industrial design, fashion and textiles connects design students and faculty with industry needs. Promoting sustainable innovation for social good: This new awards program inspires socially inclusive, change-making design that cuts across traditional boundaries.

David Turner & Peter Peyser
President Jamshed Bharucha for The Cooper Union

Event & Speaker Introduction by David Turnbull

Keynote Lecture: Kevin Owens FRSA; Design Principal for London Organizing Comittee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) was founded in 1754 to embolden enterprise, enlarge science, refine art, improve our manufactures, and extend our commerce.  Four of the signatories of the American Declaration of Independence were RSA members and Benjamin Franklin actively supported the work of the RSA.


Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • 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.