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Opening Reception
May 27, 5-9PM
Foundation Bldg
and 41 Cooper Square

This annual exhibition transforms the classrooms and studios of The Cooper Union into galleries showcasing work from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the School of Art, and the Albert Nerken School of Engineering.

Located in The Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, and 41 Cooper Square.

Exhibition Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 7pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Free and open to the public. 



Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925-1970 
May 16 at 6PM
Peter Cooper Suite
8th Floor
7 East 7 Street
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design will host a book launch on Friday 16 May in the Peter Cooper Suite. 

Kevin Bone, Editor, with Steven Hillyer and Sunnie Joh 
Published by The Monacelli Press

Lessons From Modernism examines twenty-five works of architecture completed between 1925 and 1970 through the lens of sustainability. Through an analysis of the influence of nature and the environment in architectural design, this book provides new insights into works by a diverse selection of architects, including Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph, Jean Prouvé, and Oscar Niemeyer, illustrating how these architects integrated environmental concerns into their designs and exploring the extent to which these practices have produced environmentally performative and distinctive architecture. These buildings demonstrate the importance of the aesthetic of clarity and utility that characterizes twentieth-century modern architecture. This aesthetic, and these values, inform the contemporary green building movement today. 

The book is a development of the exhibition Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Considerations in 20th Century Architecture, 1925-1970, held in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery from January 29 - March 23, 2013. The publication will be available for purchase beginning May 13, 2014 via The Monacelli Press and the School of Architecture websites. Please contact Sarah Burrell ( 

Assistant Professor Michael Young

April 2014

Kutan Ayata and Michael Young, Young & Ayata, have been awarded The Architectural League Prize 2014.

In 2008, Kutan Ayata and Michael Young co-founded Young & Ayata in order to "explore novel formal and organizational possibilities in architecture and urbanism." The Brooklyn-based partnership is committed to experimentation, and views "the reality of contemporary building as a provocation to the progression of experiments in form, material, and technology." The firm's work consists of both commissions and experimental research, as they seek to engage "with contemporary cultural issues that influence and are influenced by our environment."

The Architectural League Prize is one of North America's most prestigious awards for young architects and designers. The Prize, established in 1981, recognizes exemplary and provocative work by young practitioners and provides a public forum for the exchange of their ideas.

Image: Villa Al-Mezhar | courtesy of Young & Ayata

2014 BERKELEY PRIZE | The primary goal of the The Berkeley Teaching Fellowship is to support innovative thinking by architecture faculty as they work to focus their students' attention on the social, behavioral, and physical characteristics of the users of the buildings and spaces they design. Deadline: May 31, 2014  learn more ... 


FELLOWSHIP | The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture will be supporting two Junior Fellows in residence for 2014-15.  The Fellowships are open to architects, engineers, and educators at any stage including recent graduates or those looking to go from practice to teaching. They are ultimately seeking candidates who are creative, engaging, and motivated to work in our unique environment of two historic campuses with a small student body of two dozen students. Deadline: May 1, 2014 learn more ...  


CALL FOR ESSAYS: COMMON SHARE | Urban Omnibus announces their third annual writing competition, this year on the topic of common ownership, private property, and the sharing economy. With this competition, UO invites writers to infuse the discourse around structural economic change with narrative, theory, history, or humor. Deadline: May 12, 2014  learn more ...  


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS | The 2014 Saratoga Design Conference"s theme for their inaugural conference is "New Practice /New Design", an exploration of the dramatic changes we are seeing in the practice of architecture and the innovative design work that results. The Design Conference's main goal is to impart practical and theoretical knowledge that will allow attendees to expand the areas of practice they engage in and do more relevant and innovative design work. Deadline: May 16, 2014 learn more ...


2014 AIANYS DESIGN AWARDS | AIA New York State, the state organization of The American Institute of Architects, has recognized outstanding works of architecture through its annual Design Awards Program each year since 1968. The purpose of the program is to celebrate achievements in design excellence by New York State architects; to generate greater public interest in architecture; and to honor the architects, clients and consultants who work together to create and enhance our built environment. Registration: May 18, 2014 learn more ...  


 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | As part of the transformation of the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a green technology and sustainable manufacturing complex, ONE Lab, a new school for design and science, will establish a collaborative teaching facility and public outreach center for socio-ecological design, to open in 2015. ONE Lab is seeking design proposals for the Smart Dock that are both symbolic and buildable . Register by June 30, 2014   learn more ...


STUDENT FILM CONTEST | The National Fenestration Rating Council is celebrating 25 years of service by calling students in the U.S. and Canada to submit an original short film exploring the important role windows, doors, and skylights play in everyday life. Creativity is encouraged and all genres are welcome. Deadline: August 1, 2014 learn more ...  


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Issue 10 of the Cornell Journal of Architecture invites you contribute a ghost story, a haunted house, a virtual reality, or a distillation that engages the spirit's complex and inevitable inhabitation of architecture. Deadline: August 1, 2014  learn more ...
DESIGN COMPETITION | This international competition aims to rethink and redesign one of the most iconic streets in the world-42nd street in Midtown Manhattan. The competition is intended to encourage architects, planners, and urban designers from around the world to develop creative proposals for remaking this important but noisy, traffic-clogged street into an enhanced, world-class pedestrian environment and public space that is served by a high-quality, low-floor, modern surface light rail tram. Register by September 8, 2014   learn more ... 



EXHIBITION | Elizabeth O'Donnell and Cristina Goberna have been included in the group exhibition "Letters to the Mayor" held at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. The exhibition presents fifty letters written by international architects to the political leaders of more than 20 cities around the world. Each letter provides a space of reflection for the architect to present ideas and methodologies and express some of the concerns and desires that might contribute to action within political spheres. The exhibition opens April 29 and will be on view through May 24, 2014.  learn more ... 



Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | news | "Dispatch from Milan: Where Architects Live," Architectural Record, April 8, 2014

Stanley Allen (AR '81) | panelist | Rubin Global Studio Taipei: Exhibition & Symposium, Syracuse University Fischer Center, New York, NY, May 2-3, 2014 
Jesse Reiser (AR '81) and Nanako Umemoto (AR '83) | panelist | Rubin Global Studio Taipei: Exhibition & Symposium, Syracuse University Fischer Center, New York, NY, May 2-3, 2014

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | article | "Divinely-Inspired Architecture,", April 20, 2014 
Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | news | "Dispatch from Milan: Where Architects Live," Architectural Record, April 8, 2014

Murray Legge (AR '90) | article | "Wood Blocks and Steel Feathers: Architecture at SXSW," Architectural Record, March 18, 2014 
Gina Pollara (AR '91) | article | "Comment> Coming to Light," The Architect's Newspaper, April 21, 2014
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