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For the months of June - August The School of Architecture eNewsletter will be published bi-weekly.   


Two Successful Summer Programs Conclude
Master Drawing Class Benefiting The Cooper Union
Call for Volunteers: Architectural League of New York
Open Calls and Opportunities
Faculty & Alumni News
The School of Architecture
Applications will be accepted until
November 15, 2013


The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture 

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 


The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture invites nominations and letters of application for the position of Dean, the academic and administrative leader of the School. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a private institution that has been dedicated exclusively to preparing students for the professions of Architecture, Art and Engineering since 1859. Within the larger institutional context, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture occupies an exceptional position as an intensive laboratory for innovative pedagogy, original research and distinguished scholarship. 


The School of Architecture seeks for the position of Dean an individual who can provide the leadership necessary to carry forward its distinguished standard of excellence. It is the Dean's role to affirm the mission of the School of Architecture, while overseeing the continued development of its programs and the evolution of its curriculum. The Cooper Union currently faces significant challenges, which in turn provide exceptional opportunities to reaffirm and advance the School's strengths and values. The Dean will champion the School's interests, both within the Institution and in the broader professional and academic realms. 


Candidates must demonstrate a significant contribution to the culture of architecture, through their work in education, practice, and/or history and theory. A professional degree in architecture, regardless of current professional or academic position, is a requirement of candidacy. 


The position is a full-time academic and administrative appointment at the rank of full professor, with tenure. The salary is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications. Letters of application should include a brief statement of intent and a detailed curriculum vitae. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2013. No telephone inquiries, please. Applications will be reviewed in confidence. The Cooper Union is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE) by choice. Materials should be addressed to: 


Diana Agrest FAIA, Chair 

Dean Search Committee 

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture 

c/o Director of Human Resources, The Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003 or by e-mail: 


 Download the PDF of the full text of this announcement.  



Introduction to Architecture

Masterclass in
Digital Architecture

In accordance with the Faculty Plan submitted to the Board of Trustees in December 2012, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture launched two 2013 Summer Programs in Architecture to extend the reach of the School's preeminent position in architectural education.  


The Introduction to Architecture course was designed to provide college students who are or have been pursuing other disciplines with a comprehensive introduction to the culture, practice and history of architecture via the unique studio culture that has characterized and fostered the pedagogy of the School of Architecture for over thirty years. Many of the students in this inaugural class were from the tristate area, but students also traveled from other states and Canada. Students were pursuing or had completed undergraduate degrees in Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Finance among others, and were interested in the course to develop a portfolio for admission to graduate programs in architecture. Some students came with little prior knowledge of architecture while others had experience interning for architecture firms and interior designers. The breadth of diversity in experience inspired a dynamic studio environment while providing students with a challenging and supportive arena to analyze, discuss, and make architecture.

The Masterclass in Advanced Digital Architecture provided an intensive studio environment with a rotating faculty leading weekly workshops on architecture. The Masterclass students also had a range of prior experience in the study of architecture and all shared an intense desire to push the field of digital architecture by challenging both assumed ideas and modes of operation. Students in the class came from across the nation as well as from Tehran, Iran.

Selections of projects from the 2013 Summer Programs in Architecture will be on view on The Cooper Union website in the coming weeks.  


 Images: Masterclass in Digital Architecture, Christine Williams (left); Introduction to Architecture, Batrek Yassa (right)


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.
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




2013 Beaux Arts Ball Workshops
Workshop dates:
Aug 17 - Aug 25

The Architectural League of New York requests volunteers to participate in costume, puppetry, and procession-making workshops run by Processional Arts Workshop (PAW). The material produced in the workshops will be used as performance pieces in a choreographed procession designed for The Architectural League's 2013 Beaux Arts Ball, scheduled for September 28. Volunteers will fabricate, customize and, if desired, wear their pieces to the Beaux Arts Ball, and will receive discounted or free tickets in gratitude for their help (discount details outlined below). Volunteers may keep their personalized costumes, although the large puppets will remain in possession of The Architectural League.

The workshops will occur daily from Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, August 25 in The Architectural League's office in SoHo: 594 Broadway, Suite 607. Each workshop is divided into two, three-hour-long sessions. Volunteers are encouraged to attend multiple sessions, although all degrees of participation are appreciated.

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VIDEO OPEN CALL | Crane Arts (Philadelphia, PA) announces The 20/92 Open Video Call for a juried one night video screening to consist of up to sixty videos, each one minute in length. All submissions will be formatted to fit the gallery projection system, which casts a continuous image at 20' x 92'. The 20/92 Video Call Screening will take place in the Icebox Project Space on September 26, from 6-9pm. Deadline: August 31, 2013. learn more ... 
BARRIER BEAUTIFICATION OPEN CALL | The DOT, in collaboration with the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit and New York Cares, invites artists and designers to submit proposals to produce murals for barrier sites citywide. Individual artists and artist teams are eligible to apply, but must submit a single application. Selected artists are granted $2,500 to finalize a design, produce stencils to translate the design onto the barriers and lead volunteers in the implementation process. DOT and New York Cares provide all the necessary materials to paint the murals. Deadline: September 6, 2013. learn more ...

DOT ONGOING OPEN CALL | The DOT collaborates with organization-artist teams to present short-term interventions at a DOT owned and maintained site within the five boroughs. Projects that remain installed for at least 3 months and are produced in conjunction with a not-for-profit organization are eligible to receive up to $1,500 towards project costs to cover installation and removal of the artwork. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. learn more ... 
PRODUCT DESIGN | Frameri announces an eyewear design competition. Designers are asked to design frames around Frameri's innovative lens shapes for a chance to have their design put into production. Deadline: September 9, 2013. learn more ... 
DESIGN COMPETITION | Blank Space will soon be launching the world's first narrative-based architecture competition. Fairy Tales is an open, international, ideas competition that challenges creatives from all professional realms to develop visionary, narrative-based design proposals. The proposals will combine text-based architectural fairy tales with innovative graphic representations. This includes renderings, typical architectural drawings (plans, sections, elevations), and diagrams, combined with a text-based narrative, that combine together to form a unique architectural fairy tale. Early Registration Deadline: November 8, 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 ...    


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | CLOG is accepting submissions for their upcoming issue: MIAMI. The largest city in the southeastern United States, Miami has long been subject to a range of unique forces-natural, political, and cultural-which have brought both booms and devastating busts. 

Deadline: August 15, 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.  Registration and Submission by August 31, 2013. learn more ...  


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Interior Design is now accepting submissions for their "Best of Year 2013." Product and project submissions deadline: September 6, 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 ... 


DESIGN COMPETITION | The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and HP are pleased to announce the 5th Advanced Architecture Contest, on the theme of SELF-SUFFICIENT HABITAT. The competition is open to architects, engineers, planners and designers who want to contribute to progress in making the world more habitable by developing a proposal capable of responding to emerging challenges in areas such as ecology, information technology, architecture, and urban planning. Deadline: September 30, 2013  learn more ...   

DESIGN COMPETITION | Badi 2013: International Green Building Design Competition. We wish the participants explore the possibilities of the green architecture's future on the criteria of energy conservation and architecture design. Registration deadline: October 10, 2013.  learn more ...  

LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES | Elizabeth O'Donnell was interviewed as part of a video documenting the Little Free Libraries project where she discusses The Cooper Union's project. The Libraries project was part of the New Museum's 2013 Ideas City Festival. Participating Third Year Design students Maja Knutson (AR '15) and Chris Taleff (AR '15) are also featured in the video. Little Free Library/NYC is a joint project of PEN World Voices Festival and The Architectural League of New York, and is realized in collaboration with Little Free Library, LTD.  learn more ...

DESIGN COMPETITION FINALIST | EFGH, a New York-based architectural design practice founded by principals Hayley Eber and Frank Gesualdi, is one of three teams invited by the competition jury to develop a full design proposal for an innovative and engaging street-level venue for Van Alen Institute. The teams were selected from a highly competitive international Call for Portfolios. learn more ...

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | article | "Untangling the Maze: Libeskind designs a peace center in Northern Ireland," The Architect's Newspaper, July 26, 2013

Curtis B. Wayne (AR '75) | review | "Book Review: The Shape of Things that Work," Archidose, August 9, 2013

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | article | "Update: Aspen Art Museum/Shigeru Ban Architects,", August 10, 2013

Daniel Hirtler (AR '84) | article | "Library and Gallery Built From Rubble of Burdett Grange,", July 31, 2013

Surroundings (Sandra Donner, AR '98; Kenneth Francis, AR '97) | news | Top 10 Designs for the Seaholm Intake Design Idea Competition, Austin, Texas, July 29, 2013

Andrejs Rauchut (AR '10) | news | Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship to Latvia in Architecture

Dustin Tobias (M.Arch.II '10) | publication | The project "Breathing Bowels" featured in Performative Materials in Architecture and Design, edited by Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel, 2013 Intellect Ltd. 


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