Visiting Lecture | Tei Carpenter: Lively Things

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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

The lecture will discuss Tei Carpenter / Agency—Agency’s recent work that explores the life of materials, infrastructures and designed elements within larger environmental transformations and within the everyday.

This event will be moderated by Daisy Ames.

Tei Carpenter is an architectural designer, educator and founder of Agency—Agency, an award-winning New York City and Toronto-based architecture and design studio. The practice works on projects at a variety of scales including buildings, infrastructures, objects, and environments. She is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto where she teaches design studios and seminars. Her design and research work has been supported by a number of international organizations including the New York State Council on the Arts and BMW Mini. Agency—Agency has been honored as a Next Progressives by Architect Magazine, selected as one of the 2018 New Practices New York by the American Institute of Architects, and recently featured in Domus Magazine’s list of the Best 100 Architecture Firms.

This event is free and open to the public. 

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  • “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.