With the current high rate of contagiousness and infection from Omicron, we have made the decision to conduct all January classes remotely and to require, with limited exceptions, all employees without essential on-campus duties during this period to work from home through January 28th.  For more information on Covid-19 and the start of spring semester, please use this link to our Covid Response page.  

Spring 2022 All School Assembly

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 1 - 4pm

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Convocation | School of Architecture Deans, Faculty and Staff: Spring 2022 All School Assembly

Convocation | School of Architecture Deans, Faculty and Staff: Spring 2022 All School Assembly

To welcome the School of Architecture's new and returning faculty, staff and students and to launch the Spring semester, there will be an ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY on Wednesday 19 January (the second day of classes).

The convocation will begin at 1PM with an introduction by Dean Nader Tehrani followed by respective faculty and staff presentations on the Spring 2022 semester public programming, design studios and elective courses.  

You must register in advance. Please register here


Welcome and introduction by Dean Nader Tehrani

Upcoming lectures and exhibitions: Professor Nora Akawi; Steven Hillyer, Director of the Architecture Archive

Architectonics: presented by James Lowder, Nima Javidi, Kayla Montes de Oca

Design II: presented by Michael Young, Elizabeth O'Donnell, Danniely Staback

Design III: presented by Daisy Ames, Samuel Anderson, Thorsten Helbig, Florian Meier, Stephen Rustow, Tommy Schaperkotter, Jonathan Tate, Eric Teitelbaum

Design IV: Option Studios presented by Benjamin Aranda, Stella Betts, Brad Cloepfil, Mersiha Veledar

Thesis: presented by Nora Akawi, Hayley Eber

Graduate Design (second semester): presented by Diana Agrest
Graduate Design (Thesis semester): Lydia Kallipoliti

Building Technology/Construction Management/Professional Practice: presented by Sam Anderson, Jon Maass, Michael Samuelian

Elective Courses: 

Nora Akawi
Benjamin Aranda
Anna Bokov
Esther Choi
Hayley Eber, Mae-ling Lokko
Natalie Fizer, Lauren Kogod
David Gersten 
Gina Morrow, Xiaoxiao Wu
Julian Palacio
Thomas Phifer
Will Shapiro, Sam Keene, Taylor Woods
Anthony Vidler


During the Spring semester, we will continue to have two groups of M.S. Arch students in the School of Architecture. 

The group of six who began their studies - remotely in Spring 2021 and continued on-campus and in-person in Fall 2021 - will be completing their final/Thesis semester in Spring 2022. These students will graduate in May and will be eligible to participate in The Cooper Union's 2022 Commencement Ceremony. 

The group of five M.S. Arch students who began their studies in the Fall semester, will continue into their second semester of study in Spring and will complete their Thesis semester in Summer 2022. They will graduate in December 2022 and will be invited to participate in The Cooper Union's May 2023 Commencement ceremony. 


A. Full-time faculty

i. Professor Diana Agrest continues as The Irwin S. Chanin Distinguished Professor in the Spring semester. 
ii. Assistant Professor Lorena del Rio continues her leave. 

B. Chaired professorships

i. Visiting Professor Nima Javidi continues as the Robert Gwathmey Chair in Architecture in the Spring semester. 
ii. Thomas Phifer joins us for the Spring semester as the Ellen and Sidney Feltman Chair. 

C. New Faculty

Please join us in welcoming the exceptional architects and scholars who will join the School of Architecture faculty as part-time and visiting faculty to teach courses and studios this Spring semester. They include:

Stella Betts, Design IV
Joseph Choma, Structures I 
Zach Cohen, Shop Tech
Brad Cloepfil, Design IV
Natalie Fizer, Advanced Topics/Grad Seminar in Technology
Thomas Phifer, Feltman Seminar
Tommy Schaperkotter, EVT
Danniely Staback, Design II
Jonathan Tate, Design III
Eric Teitelbaum, EVT

The School of Architecture has, for decades, been a place of exploration and debate and we look forward to the conversations that will emerge with these new faculty and the ideas and practices they will bring to the virtual studios and classrooms.

E. Departing Faculty and Staff 

Assistant Professor Adjunct Austin Wade Smith

Administrative Assistant Robyn Fitzsimmons, our always cheerful and dedicated colleague, has accepted a position in the School of Engineering Dean's Office (across the street). 

This event is open 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.