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Master Drawing Class lead by Sue Gussow as Benefit for School of Architecture
School of Architecture Students win Norden Grant
Open Calls and Opportunities
Faculty & Alumni News

Twelve Years of Service as Dean
Dean of the School of Architecture from 
For the past twelve years, Anthony Vidler has engaged and empowered the faculty and students of the School of Architecture to continue to challenge the very definition of professional education in architecture. He has been an intellectual force and inspiration, teaching required courses such as History of Architecture and Introduction of Urban Histories and Theories, to many seminars that included "Inventing Architectural Modernism, 1945-Present", "The Critical Edge: Walter Benjamin and the Arts of Modernity" and "Notebooks: Sketching the City". He has been a rigorous and insightful design critic, from Architectonics through Thesis. He has drawn brilliant new faculty to the school and supported continuing faculty to develop new courses, challenging all to evolve the curriculum, strengthening the school's commitment to drawing and model making by fostering explorations in the potentials of new computational and digital methods as both analytic and synthetic tools.

He has insisted on facing the growing problems of the world, including environmental degradation, sustainability of cultures, civic instability and threats to social justice, through the lens and action of making architecture. He has supported a re-invigorated exhibitions program, including a remarkable exhibition celebrating the history of the school itself on the occasion of The Cooper Union's sesquicentennial in 2009. He was the resolve behind our new post-professional degree program, integrating this unique program into a unified school with a strong community and sense of identity. And through it all, Dean Vidler has challenged and inspired each of us through his own exceptional creative work. Beautifully conceived books that are a pleasure to read, illuminating lectures, and probing exhibitions. He has been one of the greatest minds and indefatigably creative spirits, and one of the greatest observers and interpreters of architecture for almost 50 years.

Through Anthony Vidler's dedication and leadership the School of Architecture today finds itself strong, confident, fiercely relevant, and still the model for the education of architects the world over.

Master Drawing Class with
Sue Ferguson Gussow
October 3, 10, 17, 24
The Cooper Union
Pre-Register Now



Professor Emerita Sue Ferguson Gussow (A'56) has taught drawing at The Cooper Union for over 40 years. This special Master Drawing Class benefiting The Cooper Union will include four intense evenings

of drawing instruction and critique.

Thursdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24
6:30 to 9:30 pm | Classes held at The Cooper Union

The only pre-requisite is the love of drawing.

Pre-register now with a minimum contribution of $1,500 ($1,800 after 9/9)
Proceeds to benefit The Cooper Union Annual Fund and the School of Architecture.  

Enrollment is very limited! Deadline to register is Friday, September 27.

Please contact Jennifer Durst at 212.353.4165 or




Awarded to Current 
School of Architecture Students


The Architectural League of New York announced this year's recipients of Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grants: Jeffery J. Roberson for a project entitled "Dom Hans Van der Laan and the Plastic Number" and Alice Colverd (AR '16) and Alexander McLean (AR '15) for "Tokyo's Pantry: Tsukiji and the Commodification of Market Culture."

Colverd and McLean will map and study Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, which was recently slated for relocation in preparation for the city's bid for the Olympic games. Their project will document the flows of goods in and spatial organization of the market in its surrounding neighborhood, highlighting "broader shifts in the place of food in the city and the role and relevance of face-to-face exchange."


The Deborah J. Norden Fund, established in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden, awards travel grants of $5,000 annually to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies. For more information on the fund and past winning projects, visit here.

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Image: (left) A schematic showing the flow of goods to and from Tokyo's Tsukiji Market; (right) Staircase in the public atrium of the St. Benedict abbey at Vaals, The Netherlands, designed by Van der Laan. 


DESIGN GRANT | Enterprise's Pre-Development Design Grant provides funding for design exploration during the early stages of affordable housing development. Carrying the project from inception to the beginning of schematic design, these grants enable development teams to define project goals, identify challenges and explore multiple design solutions. Armed with new ideas and expanded partnerships, developers complete the process equipped to make more informed decisions that lead to higher quality projects. The grant funds a rigorous integrative design process in the early stages of development, beginning with a visioning and architect competition and followed by a charrette to strengthen the project's overall green approach. Deadline: July 10, 2013 learn more ...

DESIGN AWARD | Public Architecture, in partnership with AIA San Francisco and Interface, is proud to inaugurate a national award recognizing exemplary projects that serve the public good. The Social Impact Design Award is a unique opportunity for architects and designers to share the impact of their work and to promote the significant relationship between quality design and social outcomes. Deadline: July 18, 2013 learn more ...

DESIGN COMPETITION | The Hurricane Sandy Task Force is pleased to launch REBUILD BY DESIGN, a multi-stage regional design competition to promote resilience for the Sandy-affected region. The goal of the competition is two-fold: to promote innovation by developing regionally-scalable but locally-contextual solutions that increase resilience in the region, and to implement selected proposals with both public and private funding dedicated to this effort. Deadline: July 19, 2013 learn more ...

DESIGN COMPETITION | ONE Prize Award aims to explore the social, economic, and ecological possibilities of urban transformation. This year's competition is set in the context of severe climate dynamism. The ONE Prize is a call to deploy sophisticated design to alleviate storm impact through various urban interventions such as: protective green spaces, barrier shorelines, alternative housing, waterproofing technology, and public space solutions. We wish to reinvigorate infrastructure and repurpose spaces towards environmental adaptation in order to put design in the service of the community. The ONE Prize seeks architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds. Registration and Submission by August 31, 2013. learn more ...


ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW GRADUATE AWARD | Submissions are now open for The Architectural Review's 2013 Global Architecture Graduate Awards (GAGAs). Send your graduating project and you could win a 2,500 cash prize and have your work published in the pages of the special October issue of The Architectural Review. Deadline: July 5, 2013 learn more ... 


ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW GRADUATE AWARD | Submissions are now open for The Architectural Review's 2013 Global Architecture Graduate Awards (GAGAs). Send your graduating project and you could win a 2,500 cash prize and have your work published in the pages of the special October issue of The Architectural Review. Deadline: July 5, 2013 learn more ... 


DESIGN COMPETITION | The Workplace of the Future Design Competition asks the design community to imagine what our work lives will be in 2020. The first annual Workplace of the Future Design Competition is presented by Metropolis Magazine and Business Interiors by Staples.Deadline: July 31, 2013  learn more ... 


JAE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | The JAE invites unpublished text-based (Scholarship of Design) and design-based (Design as Scholarship) submissions for publication in the Spring 2014 issue (Volume 68:1) that explores how architectural praxis and pedagogy are being transformed by techniques, modes of inquiry, issues, discourse, and operational tactics drawn from other disciplines. Deadline: August 1, 2013. 


COMPETITION | 54 Jefferson, once home to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, has been closed to the public since 1994. It needs a purpose. It needs your idea. Jurors will include Reed Kroloff, Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and former editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine. Register by August 1, 2013.  learn more ...  


VILCEK PRIZE FOR CREATIVE PROMISE IN DESIGN | The Vilcek Foundation awards the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise to encourage and support young immigrants who have already demonstrated exceptional achievements and who often face significant challenges early in their careers. Deadline: August 14, 2013  learn more ...    


CONFERENCE SUBMISSIONS | The Mediated City conference offers a platform for multiple and diverse examinations of the city. It aims to bring people together from diverse backgrounds and fragment, multiply and reconfigure our readings of the city; to offer multiple and conflicting discipline perspectives. Deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2013.  learn more ... 

PUBLICATIONS | Anthony Vidler was the guest editor with Peter Eisenmann for LOG 28. He also contributed the articles "In conversation with Peter Eisenmann" and Taking Stock: Architecture 2013" for the issue. Vidler was interviewed in The Cornell Jounrnal of Architecture 9: Mathematics and his book The Scenes of the Street and Other Essays was highlighted in the article "So You Want to Learn About: Le Corbusier" in

CORNELL PUBLICATION | Michael Young was a contributor to the recent issue of The Cornell Journel of Architecture 9: Mathematics.  learn more ...

LOG 28 PUBLICATION | Lydia Kallipoliti contributed the article "It is our obligation to translate the emerging ecology of the cloud" for the Summer 2013 issue LOG 28. learn more ...

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55) | news | "Six Design Teams Shortlisted for New U.S. Embassy in Beirut," The Architect's Newspaper blog, June 20, 2013

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55) | article | "A bubble that can't be burst," The Globe and Mail, June 14, 2013

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79) and Ricardo Scofidio (AR '55) | article | "Mr. & Mrs. Architect," New York Magazine, June 26, 2013

Toshiko Mori (AR '76) | article | "Slide Show: Women's Voices / Women's Work," Architectural Record, June 2013

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79) | article | "Architecture is a technology that has not yet discovered its agency," Log 28, summer 2013

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79) | interview | "Times Talks Luminato Festival Video: Liz Diller," The New York Times, June 15, 2013

Reiser + Umemoto (Jesse Reiser, AR '81; Nanako Umemoto, AR '83) | news | "Reiser + Umemoto Break Ground on Taipei Pop Music Center," The Architect's Newspaper blog, June 21, 2013

Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96 | co-curator | "Colombia Transformed/Architecture = Politics," Center for Architecture, New York, NY, July 11 - October 26, 2013

FREECELL (John Hartmann, AR '00) | article | "Lots of Opportunity: Three finalists announced for temporary structure at the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis," The Architect's Newspaper, June 13, 2013

Lior Galili (AR '06) | folio | Recent inclusion of a drawing in the Architectural Review online folio. June 2013


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