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Updated Call for Proposals
Faculty & Alumni News
Dear Colleagues and Friends:

By any measure, this has been an extraordinary semester at the School of Architecture and at The Cooper Union. It has been a semester of remarkable accomplishment and beauty, as demonstrated by the exhibitions of the Master of Architecture II Thesis projects and the exhibition of the work of Massimo Scolari, as well as one of deep concern and discussion about the very future of our beloved and historic institution. Faculty and students alike redoubled their commitment to the school, working over many weeks to develop and present a path toward a future that will enhance the school's pre-eminence in the education of architects, while reaffirming our belief in the mission of the institution.

Like the City of New York, we were very much affected by Hurricane Sandy, closing for a week for the first time in anyone's memory after the Hudson and East Rivers redrew, for a night, their historic edges. The School mourned the loss of our colleague Lebbeus Woods, while reminding each other of the community that exists here to foster original, radical, and humanistic work. And finally, with the Occupation of the Peter Cooper Suite by eleven students of the School of Art, we were reminded of the historic role that The Cooper Union has played in supporting many movements toward social justice, and we welcomed the opportunity to discuss the nature of participatory democracy vis-a-vie our Governance, as well as the effectiveness of direct action to affect decision - making and institutional change.

Through it all, students and faculty engaged, and then together returned to their studies, making works of architecture that are inspired and intelligent, taking on some of the most important challenges of our discipline and profession, imaging a future for our city and the world that is both beautiful and just.

As the winter break approaches, Dean Vidler joins me in wishing you all a holiday season filled with love, gratitude, and good work.

Elizabeth O'Donnell, Associate Dean

Environmental Design Considerations in 20th Century Architecture,
1925 - 1970  
Opening Reception
JAN 29, 2013

Exhibition Dates: January 29 - March 16, 2013
Presented by The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery
The Cooper Union 
Caption: Open Air School - Johannes Duiker, 1930

Exhibitions & Opportunities 

AIAS FORUM IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA | This year's conference includes a series of tours set in locations across Savannah's historic city center, as well as workshops on topics ranging from hybrid architectural graphics and digital modeling and portfolio preparation, to NCARB certification, IDP preparation and licensure. The event culminates with a keynote address by AIA Gold Medalist Antoine Predock. DATES: December 29, 2012 through January 1, 2013.  learn more ... 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: THE 2ND ANNUAL FOLLY COMPETITION | Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League of New York invite architects and designers to apply for Folly, a design/build studio residency (March-May 2013) leading to an exhibition at Socrates (tentatively opening June 2013). This residency was established to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture and the increasing overlaps in references, concepts, and techniques between the two disciplines.  

JURY: Michael Arad, Orly Genger, John Hatfield, Granger Moorhead, Billie Tsien.  

DEADLINE: January 7, 2013. learn more ... 

[EN]CODING ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | The architect is no longer an organizer of matter and space, but a designer of systems with multi-layered components and increasingly complex relationships. [En]Coding Architecture 2013 invites rising superstars, experienced researchers and designers to present experimental work derived through computational thinking and digital making. This conference, to be held at Carnegie Mellon University, synthesizes new trajectories for the profession within the context of tectonics, cultural philosophy, architectural theory and geopolitics. DEADLINE:  January 8, 2013  learn more ... 

CALL FOR PAPERS AND ARTWORK SUBMISSIONS: 2013 PHILOSOPHY AND THE ARTS CONFERENCE | The conference is now accepting paper and artwork submissions for the 6th annual Philosophy and the Arts Conference at Stony Brook, Manhattan, to take place on March 29-30, 2013. The theme for the conference/exhibition is Soundscapes and Territories. Submissions for both academic papers and artworks are due January 13, 2013.  learn more ...

IDEAS CITY 2013: TEMPORARY OUTDOOR STRUCTURES | For the occasion of the 2013 IDEAS CITY, Storefront for Art and Architecture jointly with the New Museum and Architizer are launching the StreetFest competition for the design, management, and construction of temporary outdoor spaces that produce new ways for collective gathering and city engagement. On Saturday, May 4, 2013, one winning entry will occupy designated outdoor space along the Bowery near the New Museum during the StreetFest. We envision fabricating a minimum of ten structures that will cover approximately 1000-1500 square feet. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 18, 2013  learn more ... 

NEW!! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SCI-FI | The journal CLOG is currently accepting submissions for their forthcoming issue: SCI-FI. While CLOG is about architecture, we encourage individuals from any field or background to contribute. We are interested in all forms of critique and commentary, including, but not limited to, images, graphics, diagrams, and/or text. Ultimately, the form of each contribution should be determined by whatever most effectively communicates the idea. DEADLINE: January 21, 2013  
NEW!! 2013 HART HOWERTON FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM | The Fellowship provides a select group of students a defined summer internship within the Hart Howerton design practice, combined with three weeks of self-directed travel.  Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture,

landscape architecture and urban design who will be entering their final year of study in September 2013. DEADLINE: January 25, 2013   learn more ...

NEW!! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: LUNCH8 | LUNCH, the student-run design journal of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, are accepting submissions of abstracts and papers for the upcoming volume, Futures for Sites Unknown. They are accepting completed work as well as abstracts for new material for Futures for Sites Unknown, to be published in May of 2013. 
DEADLINE: January 28, 2013  learn more...
NEW!! ROBERT L. OUTLAND SCHOLARSHIP + INTERNSHIP | This is a $3,000 merit based private scholarship and paid summer internship established to recognize and reward entering fifth year and graduate level students in an accredited architectural program. This scholarship and internship is specially intended for women and minority students who demonstrate their passion for architecture, design ability, and high academic achievement. Eligibility: Women and minority students only, entering fifth year or graduate level beginning Fall 2013 term (2013-2014 academic year).  DEADLINE: January 31, 2013  learn more ...
NEW!! KPCB STUDENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM | The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Design Fellows Program is a three-month work-based program that pairs top U.S. Engineering and Design students with innovative startup companies in Silicon Valley. Eligibility for the KPCB Design Fellows Program is open to outstanding students from any academic discipline, however the summer program will focus on designing and shipping beautiful products. DEADLINE: January 31, 2013  learn more ...

ARNOLD W. BRUNNER GRANT | This grant is for the purpose of advancing the study in any area of architectural investigation, which will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation is to result in a final written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen engaged in the profession of architecture or a related field and have received their first professional degree at least five years prior to the date of application. A single award of up to $15,000 will be granted. DEADLINE: February 1, 2013 by 5:00 pm EST.  learn more ... 

NEW!! 2013 SUMMER DESIGN SCHOLARS COMPETITION | Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company is accepting applications for its class of 2013 Summer Design Scholars. This is a juried selection, open to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and interior design. This full-time summer position provides competitive compensation. Housing included. DEADLINE: February 11, 2013 learn more ... 

METROPOLIS MAGAZINE NEXT GENERATION DESIGN COMPETITION | This competition was created in 2003 to promote environmental activism, social involvement, and entrepreneurship in young designers. The Next Generation Design Competition is open to any designer or architect in practice for ten years or less, as well as design students. The $10,000 prize is intended to support designers whose entries reflect considerations of inclusive design, systems thinking, sustainability, materials exploration, progressive technologies, function, and provocative form. Each design should speak to at least one or several of the 6 sub-disciplines of design supported by the magazine-architecture, urban planning, landscape design, interior design, product design, and graphic design. Interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged. DEADLINE  February 18, 2013  learn more ... 

THE ARCHITECTURAL LEAGUE PRIZE FOR YOUNG ARCHITECTS + DESIGNERS: RANGE | Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Architectural League Prize Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. The jury will select work for presentation in lectures, digital media, and an exhibition in June 2013. Winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000. A catalogue of winning work will be published by the Architectural League and Princeton Architectural Press. The Architectural League Prize is an annual competition, lecture series, and exhibition organized by the Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee. The Prize was established in 1981 to recognize specific works of high quality and to encourage the exchange of ideas among young people who might otherwise not have a forum. DEADLINE: February 19, 2013  learn more ... 


FALL 2012 LECTURES | This fall Diana Agrest delivered the lecture "The Making of an Avant-garde"  at the School of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the lecture "Architecture of Nature/ Nature of Architecture: Diana Agrest's Theoretical Work and Projects" at the School of Architecture, University of La Plata, Argentina. 

DESIGNBOOM.COM MAGAZINE | Architects Jane Harrison and David Turnbull from Atopia Research have been working closely with American organization PITCHafrica in collaboration with the Zeits Foundation, an African NGO, on revolutionizing the well-being of entire communities by opening the first 'waterbank school' near Ngare Nyiro in Kenya. read more ...

MEET THE DEANS | Associate Dean Elizabeth O'Donnell has been interviewed as part of The Cooper Union's "Meet the Deans" series. O'Donnell discusses what shaped her interest in architecture and how she is steering the school during Dean Vidler' sabbatical.  read more ...

Shigeru Ban Architects (Shigeru Ban AR' 84) | shortlisted | "Architects Selected/Shortlisted for West Kowloon Cultural District," archdaily, December 10, 2012

Danny Wills (AR '12) | article | "Graduate Directory 2012," Wallpaper, December 2012. 


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