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Current Work: Winka Dubbeldam | Archi-Tectonics
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On view: M. Arch. II Thesis Exhibition
Annual Student Program
Master Benefit Drawing Class with Sue Ferguson Gussow
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Climate Change in the American Mind
Oct 2 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street
Anthony Leiserowitz
With responses by Dale Jamieson, Paul Lewis, and Kate Orff

Presented by the Architectural League of New York and hosted by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.

In the opening event of The Five Thousand Pound Life, Anthony Leiserowitz will frame the different ways in which Americans perceive the threat of climate change, how we understand our collective and individual capacity to address it, and how willing we are to act on our understanding. Leiserowitz will dissect and examine the underlying values that are reflected in our various views of climate change, and the extent to which our views are based on cultural predispositions rather than scientific data. As the director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, Anthony Leiserowitz has led research studies, repeated over a number of years, that have identified "six Americas," each responding differently to climate change. His work is based on the premise that communication about climate change can only be effective if it is based on an understanding of the factors that influence how that communication is received.


Image via Flickr User London Permaculture

Winka Dubbeldam
Oct 10 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Founded by Winka Dubbeldam in 1994, Archi-Tectonics pursues elegance and innovation in the exploration of both form and sustainability in projects such as the folded glass structure of the 497 GW Project in New York. The firm's international practice spans project types from residential design and commercial interiors to large-scale mixed-use towers-all exemplifying Dubbeldam's abiding concern with "three fields of investigation: armature, surface, and interface."

Recently completed projects include the Brewster Carriage House and the Vestry Building, both in Manhattan; the American Loft Tower, Philadelphia; a redesign of the ground floor of the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam; and residences in New York and Germany. In design or under construction are an orphanage and school in Liberia; the Xian Media Center in China; and the GHM hotel and condominiums in Philadelphia. Archi-Tectonics was recently awarded the commission for the Yulin Culture and Art Center, a multi-purpose cultural development in China, and is directing a collaborative crowd-sourced urban design for downtown Bogota.


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Image: Archi-Tectonics-Downtown Bogota // My Ideal City, Exhibition, AEDES Gallery, Berlin, Germany | 
image courtesy of Archi-Tectonics

Sam Vernon (A '09)
Oct 1 at  12PM
Alumni Space
Student Residence
3rd Floor
Spanning a range of media, Sam Vernon employs drawing, painting, photography, and printmaking to pay homage to the past and revise the traditional ghost story, addressing questions of postcoloniality, racialization, sexuality, and historical memory. 

This year Vernon was named by The Huffington Post as one of 30 under 40 Contemporary African American Artists to watch. She is a 2010-11 A.I.R. Emerging Artist Fellow and recipient of the A.I.R. Emma Bee Bernstein Fellowship. Her first solo exhibition "Think On It-Then Lay It Down For Good" was on view at A.I.R. Gallery spring 2011. In 2010, Vernon was selected by the City of New York's Department of Transportation to execute Intersections, a large-scale mural installed under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO, summer 2011. 

Vernon is currently pursuing an MFA at Yale University in Painting/Printmaking. To learn more about her work, see 


Sponsored by Career Center and Alumni Affairs 


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






CALL FOR PROPOSALS | What is the next important question in the architectural discourse of professional practice and/or education? What burning issues should the Journal of Architectural Education be addressing? The JAE invites provocative proposals for Issue 68:2 to be published in the fall of 2014. Proposals may be broadly framed or specifically situated but should clearly state the intended premise and scope of the suggested topic. Deadline: October 1, 2013  learn more ...

SAH FILM AND VIDEO AWARD | The SAH Award for Film and Video was established in 2013 to recognize annually the most distinguished international work of film or video on the history of the built environment. The most important criterion is the work's contribution to the understanding of the built environment, defined either as deepening that understanding or as bringing that understanding to new audiences. A second criterion is a high standard of research and analysis, whether the production was for a scholarly audience, a general audience, or both. A third criterion is excellence in design and production. Deadline: December 1, 2013 learn more ...

FOUNDATION FOR LANDSCAPE STUDIES 2014 BOOK PRIZE | Foundation for Landscape Studies 2014 Book Prizes | There are two prizes for publications on landscape and garden design awarded for 2014. The John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize is awarded to books published in the last three years that have made a significant contribution to the study and understanding of garden history and landscape design. The David R. Coffin Publication Grant supports the research and publication of a book in the field of landscape studies. learn more ...

DESIGN COMPETITION | The Living Cities design competition asks professionals and students in architecture and engineering to share their vision of multi-use residential towers for the 21st century. All proposals must use a steel structural system, be 30 to 40 stories, and be sited within the five boroughs of New York. Considerations of changing workforce demographics and tenant lifestyle amenities with the role that a building's form and features play related to constructability and sustainability are vital. Sponsored by Metropolis magazine. Deadline: January 3, 2014  learn more ...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: SAH | At its 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, the Society of Architectural Historians will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Society's founding. The Society invites its members, including graduate students and independent scholars, representatives of SAH chapters and partner organizations, as well as future members to chair a session at the conference. Deadline: January 15, 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 | 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 ...   

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 ...

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. Applications are reviewed monthly and outstanding applicants may be contracted by Gensler when an opportunity opens. Deadline: Ongoing.   learn more ...  


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 ...


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 ...   
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. This year the topic for the Essay Competition is: The Architect and the Healthful Environment. 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 ... 


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 ...

PANEL DISCUSSION | Louis Katsos served as the panel moderator for the event "New York City Housing Development, Design and Construction 2014," sponsored by the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce in New York City on September 26, 2013. learn more ...

EXHIBITION | Katerina Kourkoula's project, An Aeolian Sense, and Sofia Krimizi's project, 6 BCR (building code requirments), were included in the group exhibition "Great 2013: Their First Buildings" at Megaron, Athens, Greece, during summer 2013. learn more ...

LECTURE | Aida Miron with Sven Eggers presented the lecture "Mean Ambiguities: The Wall House and The Cooper Union" on September 19, 2013 at The School of Architecture as a continuation of the 2010 Faculty Talk: After Berlin: Artifact Myths. learn more ...

PANEL DISCUSSION | Michael Samuelian was a panelist for the First Day on the Job: Alternative Career Paths on September 22, 2013 held at the Center for Architecture, New York, NY. learn more ...

CONFERENCE | Lydia Xynogala will present her paper "S, Sulfur: Building, Material, Program" at the Artefacts Annual Conference titled "Modern Chemistry and Material Science: Artefacts Tell the Story. The conference will be held at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia on October 8, 2013.
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VIDEO SCREENING AND NEW SCHOOL EVENT | Emmy Mikelson's work will be included in the 20/92 Video Screening at Crane Arts in Philadelphia on September 26, 2013. She will be giving a presentation on the exhibition she co-curated, "And Another Thing," at the Rogue Frequency symposium at The New School on September 28, 2013. 

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | symposium participant | Practical Utopias at All Scales: The Diversity of International Work in Asia, Center for Architecture, New York, NY, October 2, 2013

Peggy Deamer (AR '77) | editor | Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present, Routledge, 2014

Nicholas Agneta (AR '80) | panelist | First day on the Job: Finding Mentors, Center for Architecture, New York, NY, September 22, 2013

Ian Tornay (AR '89) | solo exhibition | "Ian Tornay Paintings", Bowery Gallery, New York, NY, September 3-28, 2013


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