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M. Arch. II Lecture Series: Aaron Sprecher
Student Opportunity: IDP Panel Discussion
Upcoming: Lecture by Bernard Tschumi
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Analysis as Design
On view thru Nov 26
Houghton Gallery
7 East 7 Street
Presenting analysis work completed at The School of Architecture between 1967 and 2014, this exhibition will celebrate the school's unique approach to analysis as a didactic, structural and abstract discipline. Drawing from the Architecture Archive's collection of student projects, the show will examine significant works of architecture from the Renaissance through the modern period, as well as recently completed buildings. The exhibition will present a broad range of techniques of analysis and representation, which have evolved radically in recent years-from precisely constructed hand drawings to digital drawings and virtual processes that explore new modes of analysis using a variety of materials and tools within a single project.

October 14 - November 26, 2013

This exhibition has been made possible with support from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

This exhibition is a program of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month, New York City, October 2014.

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Image: Analysis: Church at Firminy; James Miller, Peter Saltini; Design III, 1974-75
Median Space: Architecture and the Informed Environment
Nov 6 at 6:30pm
Rose Aud
41 Cooper Sq

This lecture is part of the 2014 Master of Architecture II Lecture Series.

With the development of information theories and related technologies in the postwar period, the notion of design performance became inherently associated with the ability of a given system to exchange information with its environment. Such a perception of design marked a shift from a mere representation of reality to the development of systems that would ensure the conditions for its emergence. With the increasing integration of information technologies in the design laboratory, this condition has triggered numerous projects and researches that aimed at developing environments where information would be considered as the common currency for all the constituents of the world - being organic or non-organic, living or inert, physical or virtual.

Aaron Sprecher is Associate Professor at the McGill University School of Architecture in Montreal. He is co-founder and partner of Open Source Architecture (, a collaborative research group that brings together international researchers in the fields of design, engineering, media research, history, and theory.

Introduced by Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa

Free and Open to the Public

Image: White Out, Indianapolis Art Museum, Open Source Architecture (photo credit-Chandler Ahrens)

Panel Discussion
Nov 11 at 12:15pm
Rm 715F

The Intern Development Program (IDP) is an essential step in the path to become an architect. Your journey typically begins in a school of architecture; however, it does not end there. Ultimately, through the IDP you will learn about the daily realities of architectural practice, acquire comprehensive experience in basic practice areas, explore specialized areas of practice, develop professional judgment, and refine your career goals. IDP is designed to help you realize those goals. 

The panelists will discuss IDP requirements, and explain the steps to establish your IDP record, identify your IDP supervisor, identify your mentor, document your experience, etc. 

Robert Lopez, RA, Executive Secretary New York State Boards for Architecture and Landscape Architecture 
Kimberly Tuttle, AIA, NCARB Outreach Manager, Internship + Education, NCARB 

Moderated by Michael Samuelian, AIA, AICP Vice President, Related Companies

Lecture by Bernard Tschumi
Nov 24 at 7pm
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Bernard Tschumi's buildings and theoretical writings have significantly influenced architectural form and discourse for over forty years. A recent comprehensive retrospective of his work at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, provided visitors with a visual, documentary, and experiential survey of his practice. Tschumi's design for the exhibition reflects his approach to understanding architecture, as he describes in the catalogue Architecture: Concept & Notation, "the art of inventing concepts in space through materials."

Bernard Tschumi founded his practice in 1983 in Paris after winning the Parc de La Villette competition, his first major commission. He opened Bernard Tschumi Architects based in New York City in 1988, and Bernard Tschumi urbanistes Architectes based in Paris in 2002. Notable works include the New Acropolis Museum, Athens; as well as Le Fresnoy Center for the Contemporary Arts, Tourcoing, France; and the Limoges Concert Hall, Limoges, France. Current work includes Carnal Hall, at Le Rosey, the Swiss boarding school, as well as the Muséoparc Alésia, Alise-Sainte-Reine, France, and the Paris Zoo. Other current projects include the Vacheron Constantin Headquarters addition, Geneva, and the New Hague Passage, The Hague.

Moderated by Barry Bergdoll, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA.

Free to current Cooper Union students/faculty/staff and League members; non-members can purchase tickets here

Image: Bernard Tschumi Architects, Alésia MuséoParc | photo by Christian Richters


TRAVEL GRANT | The Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Grant supports the further personal and professional development of an architect in early or midcareer through travel. Travel plans should be focused on a selected topic of interest to the individual, rather than a part of a larger humanitarian or institutional endeavor. If appropriate, the winner may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return. Deadline: November 1, 2014  learn more ...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | DOT Art commissions emerging and established artists to produce site-responsive art in collaboration with community-based organizations to be on display for up to 11 months. Interested organizations and artists are required to submit a joint application and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to receive up to $5,000 toward direct project costs and in-kind engineering support. Deadline: November 28, 2014 learn more ...

ARNOLD W. BRUNNER GRANT | In partnership with the AIA NY Chapter, the Center for Architecture Foundation administers the Brunner grant, which supports advanced study in any area of architectural investigation that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation is to result in a final written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation. Deadline: February 1, 2015  learn more ...

STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION | The 2014-2015 cycle of the I Like Design Competition's theme is the design of the 21-Century Hotel Lobby. This year's student winner will receive a paid internship at Studio3877 in Washington, D.C., for the summer of 2015 and paid housing for the duration. They also win a trip to NeoCon in June and coverage in both print and online features with Interiors & Sources. Students of all creative disciplines are welcome to participate but must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a U.S. college or university. Deadline: February 23, 2015 learn more ...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | ARQ, edited since 1981 at the Universidad Catolica de Chile School of Architecture, is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to architectural matters. Its themed, bilingual issues are published three times a year (April, August and December) in both printed and electronic domains. ARQ is accepting contributions to be published in ARQ90, on August 2015, themed: Steel Architecture. Deadline: March 9, 2015 learn more ...

REQUEST FOR NOMINATIONS | The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation received grants from the New York Building Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities to identify 100 outstanding structures and built environments in New York City, either contemporary or historic, designed and/or constructed by women. You are invited to nominate a woman or yourself. Deadline: October 31, 2014.  learn more ... 

TRAVEL GRANT | The Center for Architecture Foundation is accepting application for the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant to further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel. Travel plans should be focused on a selected topic of interest to the individual, rather than a part of a larger humanitarian or institutional endeavor. If appropriate, the winner may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return. Deadline: November 1, 2014. learn more ...

2015 BERKELEY PRIZE: STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION | Each year, the PRIZE Committee selects a topic critical to the discussion of the social art of architecture and poses a Question based on that topic. Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in any architecture degree program or majoring in architecture throughout the world (or teams of two students, one of whom may be from a collateral discipline) are invited to submit a 500-word Essay proposal responding to the Question. This year the topic is: Architects Confront Poverty. Deadline: November 1, 2014. learn more ...

CALL FOR PAPERS/TALKS | The Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Doctor of Design program are hosting an international interdisciplinary conference open to the general public. The conference focuses on 'data' and how it is steering design practices across all scales. We are looking for expressions of interest for talks from theorists and practitioners alike. Deadline: November 4, 2014  learn more ...

TEACHING FELLOWSHIP | The Architecture Program at the University of New Mexico is currently seeking applications from recent MArch, MS Arch, MDes, DDes or PhD graduates to join the faculty for one calendar year as a teaching fellow. Applicants should be no more than four years out of a graduate architecture program and looking to launch a career in architectural design education. Evidence of the capacity to be a skilled design instructor is essential, although experience teaching design studio full time is not required. The successful applicant will be hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor, with the added title of New Mexico Architecture Teaching Fellow. Deadline: November 10, 2014  learn more ...

STUDENT COMPETITION | The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), is pleased to announce the first annual AIA COTE Top Ten for Students. The program challenges students, working individually or in teams, to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The competition will recognize ten exceptional studio projects that seamlessly integrate innovative, regenerative strategies within their broader design concepts. Register by December 3, 2014. learn more ...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | PLAT Journal (Rice School of Architecture ) invites projects, images, essays and proposals for the 4.5 issue, Frequency. Architecture is more than the accumulation of inert mass. Buildings embody, direct, store, and emit energy over time; PLAT is calling the measure of these processes frequency. Deadline: December 19, 2014. learn more ...

JAE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the publication of Rem Koolhaas /OMA's S,M,L,XL, this special issue of the Journal of Architectural Education will serve as a platform to revisit, expose, and otherwise reevaluate the book's ineluctable influence(s) on the practice and writing of architecture. For this issue, we seek contributions that will shed new critical light on the influence of S,M,L,XL through multiple vantage points. Deadline: March 1, 2015  learn more ...


PUBLICATION | Anthony Vidler has contributed the article "Troubles in Theory Part VI: From Utopia to Heterotopia," in the October issue of The Architectural Review. The sixth installment in the series turns to the theory of 'space' as it was reinterpreted from its Modernist origins to serve political analysis and practice, and focuses on the work and influence of Michel Foucault. read more ...


Toshiko Mori (AR '76) | presenter | "Josef Albers: Minimal Means, Maximum Effect," Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, November 18, 2014 

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79) | speaker | "Elizabeth Diller: Beyond the Blueprints", 25 Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, IL, November 9, 2014

Cristina Aguirre-Ross (AR '81) | co-author | Midcentury Houses Today, Monacelli Press, 2014 

Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | curator | "Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture," Museum of Sydney, November 1, 2014 -  March 8, 2015

OBRA Architects (Jennifer Lee, AR '97) | installation | World Script Symposia 2014, outdoor exhibition, Sejong Cultural Center, Seoul, on view October 24 - November 2, 2014

Gerri Davis (AR '03) | featured artist | 11th Annual Garment District Arts Festival, New York, NY, October 23-25, 2014 

Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny (AR '05) | speaker | "Grow: Practice, Profession, and Career: Cultivating the Next Generation of Architectural Leaders," Center for Architecture, New York, NY, November 9,2014

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