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Current Work: OFFICE | Kersten Geers
Student Opportunity: First Day on the Job
On view: M. Arch. II Thesis Exhibition
Annual Student Program
Master Benefit Drawing Class with Sue Ferguson Gussow
Open Calls and Opportunities
Alumni News
Film Screening and Q&A
Sept 20 at 7PM
Rose Aud
41 Cooper Square

This stunning film takes you on a hypnotic journey, reaching to the past to understand the origins of the catastrophic environmental transitions we now face. Over two years, director Matt Anderson traveled 16,000 miles to document firsthand our modern industrial world and the environmental destruction in its wake. In the process, he discovered exciting strategies to help humanity transcend the coming ecological and psychological crisis.

Some of today's most progressive thinkers, from anthropologists and bio-architects to psychologists and journalists, collectively recreate a story of humanity and the history of Earth, illuminating a desperately needed new path for us to take. Fall and Winter is a survival guide for the 21st Century.

Grace Lee Boggs, Bruce Damer, Chellis Glendinning, Stanislov Grof, Chris Hedges, John Jeavons, William Kotke, Richard Manning, Micahel Reynolds, Joseph A. Tainter


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Kersten Geers
Sept 23 at 7PM
Rose Aud
41 Cooper Square
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Founding principals Kersten Geers and David Van Severen opened OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen in Brussels in 2002. OFFICE aims "for a literal architecture," which the firm defines as "direct and precise spatial proposals, [or] formal compositions without ironic provocation." As exemplified in "After Party," the firm's installation for the Belgian pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale, this emphasis on effect, tectonics, and experience over program and rhetoric demonstrates OFFICE's belief in "phenomenological experience"-personal and sensory-as a basic function of form and space.

Recent work includes a computer shop and office in Tielt, Belgium; the Chamber of Commerce in West Flanders, designed in collaboration with Bureau Goddeeris and Bureau Bas Smets; and OASIS, an installation at the 2013 Sharjah Biennial 11 in the U.A.E. In addition to numerous residences, the firm has also completed the Bridge for the Handelsbeurs in Ghent and the competition-winning speculative scheme for a border-crossing center for pedestrians walking between the United States and Mexico.

Moderator: Annabelle Selldorf is the founder and principal of Selldorf Architects, and serves as the President of The Architectural League.


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First Day on the Job
Sept 22, 9AM-6PM
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
The AIANY and the regional Schools of Architecture are hosting First Day on the Job, a social networking day of topic-based discussions. 

First Day on the Job is a one-day program at the Center for Architecture targeting new graduates and emerging professionals. The program will address best practices in the "new normal" of architectural practice. It is a multilayered event to connect students, interns, professionals, and faculty from the NY State Architectural Schools through a series of topic-driven discussions. 

Michael Samuelian will participate in a discussion of alternative career paths for architects. 

There is a $5 commitment fee. 

The program is organized by AIANY Professional Practice Committee, including Nicholas Agneta (AR '80). The Cooper Union is a sponsor and participant in this program through The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and the Center for Career Development. 


M.ARCH.II 2012-2013
Advanced Design Studio 
Thesis Exhibition
On view through
October 5
Houghton Gallery
7 East 7 St, 2nd Fl


Professor: Diana Agrest, FAIA 

Instructor: Lydia Xynogala


This exhibition presents the work of the Master of Architecture II graduate studio, focusing on the Thesis projects but presenting a selection of work from the entire academic year. The work represents an approach which, without prescribed boundaries, challenges the established frontiers of architecture through critical and visionary responses to contemporary issues, while simultaneously thinking and re-thinking architectural discourse itself. Time has been the subject of the studio, focusing on the Urban Dimension and Nature. 


Based on the subjects developed in the previous semesters, individual thesis proposals were made on subjects of each student's choice, developed with extraordinary drawings and models. 


Between Land and Water: Mangroves and Anaerobic Natural Structures. 

Military Urbanism: The City as Enactment of Segregation: Cape Town, South Africa 

Clouds as Environment: Transformational Tools: Sahara Dessert, Sudan 

The Three Gorges Dam In China: The Real And Filmic. Based On The Film Still Life By Jia Zhangke 

Colliding Matter: Meteoric Impact and its Effects: Meteor Crater, Arizona 

Fluctuating City: Topography of Population Activity in Manhattan 

City of Waters: Floods in Bangkok, Thailand 


Exhibition on view September 12 at 6:30pm, through October 5

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 12-7pm



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Image: (Project title) Growth in Anoxic Conditions 

Architectural League of New York
Oct 5, 11AM-5:30PM
Beginning at: 
Trespa Design Center
62 Greene Street
The Architectural League of New York's annual program for architecture students offers an inside look at the architectural profession. The program highlights the varied and creative career paths open to graduates of architecture school. 

The day includes a panel discussion featuring a diverse group of dynamic young architects, afternoon studio tours at some of the city's most interesting firms, and an end of the day reception at Ennead Architects. 

Studio visits to: Allied Works Architecture; Architecture Research Office (ARO); Balmori Associates; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; HOK; Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF); LOT-EK; and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Panelists include: Matthew Berman, workshop/apd; Christine Gaspar, Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP); and Steve Sanderson, CASE


The Cooper Union students receive FREE admission and should register by emailing  




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





DESIGN COMPETITION: THE FLOREY BUILDING, JAMES STIRLING | The Queen's College Fellows seek a dedicated team who are inspired by Stirling's exhilarating vision. The challenge: to use advances in technology to update the building, provide modern facilities and achieve exemplary energy design. Expressions of interest by October 9, 2013. learn more ...


2014 BERKELEY PRIZE: ESSAY COMPETITION | The Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Design Excellence endowment was established in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design to promote the investigation of architecture as a social art. Each year the PRIZE Committee selects a topic important to the understanding of the interaction of people and the built world that becomes the focus of the Essay Competition. This year the topic is: The Architect and the Heathful Environment. The Committee poses a Question on this website related to the topic. Students enrolled in any accredited undergraduate architecture program or diploma in architecture program throughout the world are invited to submit a 500-word essay proposal in English responding to the Question. Deadline: November 1, 2013  learn more ...


GENSLER INTERN PROGRAM | Gensler is currently reviewing applications for our Global Intern program. Gensler invites global students to join our creative studio environment as we redefine what's possible through the power of design. Full-time, 12-15 week paid internship opportunities in the Global Intern program may open throughout the year (most are available between June and September). Applications are reviewed monthly and outstanding applicants may be contracted by Gensler when an opportunity opens. Deadline: Ongoing.   learn more ...
DESIGN COMPETITION | To launch The Architect's Newspaper's Southwest edition and to kick-off YKK AP's expansion in the region, AN and YKK AP are inviting architects, designers, artists, and students to enter an Astrodome Reuse Design Ideas Competition. Top five winners will receive cash prizes and be published in AN Southwest. Register by September 17, 2013  learn more ...  
STUDENT OPPORTUNITY | A 20% discount on textbooks is being offered through September 18th. Now until September 18th use discount code DRK79 and receive 20% off all titles. Offer valid only with web orders at,, or 

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. Deadline: September 30, 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 Extended: September 23, 2013. learn more ... 
OPEN CALL: RESIDENCY IN FINLAND | Arteles Creative Residency Program in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. Residenies for 1 to 3 months. Accepted fields of study include: Visual Arts, Media Art, Music and Sound, Performing Arts, Design, Architecture, Literature Research, Philosophy. Deadline: September 27, 2013   learn more ...


DESIGN COMPETITION | Warming Huts v. 2014 is launching a Call for Proposals to select design teams to create three (3) new, unique shelters for the Forks Rivertrail, on the Assiniboine River, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Deadline: September 30, 2013 at 2pm CST   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 ...   
DESIGN COMPETITION | Blank Space will soon be launching the world's first narrative-based architecture competition. 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 ...

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79) | keynote | Architectural Record Innovation Conference 2013, "Smart Cities: Design, Technology & Urban Life", New York, NY, October 3, 2013

Lee H. Skolnick (AR '79) | news | "Buffalo Gem to Be Reborn as a New Cultural, Hospitality, and Architectural Center," eOculus, September 11, 2013

Jeffrey Hou (AR '90) | session leader | Adaptive Metropolis Symposium, University of California, Berkeley, September 28, 2013

Jeffrey Hou (AR '90) | lecture | Now Urbanism, Citopia Now: 2013 Urbanize! Festival, Vienna, October 5, 2013

Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | lecture | "Soviet Modernism: From Generic to the Iconic," Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island, September 18, 2013

FREECELL (John Hartmann, AR '00) | winning submission | PXSTL urban design-build competition, sponsored by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, eOculus, September 11, 2013

Alexis Rochas (AR '02) | symposium participant | "Lebbeus Woods is an Archetype," SCI-Arc, Los Angeles, CA, October 11, 2013

Tao Sule-DuFour (AR 02) | fellow | 2013-2014 SARUP Research Fellow, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny (AR '05) | panelist | "Panel: Craft and 3D Fabrication," Architectural Record Innovation Conference 2013, Smart Cities: Design, Technology & Urban Life, New York, NY, October 3, 2013

Sean Gaffney (AR '12) | finalist | Timber England design competition, as part of Urban Timber exhibition, BSA Space, Boston, MA, organized by Boston Society of Architects/AIA 


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