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Tuesday 13 January 2015  

Featured Design Competitions
Open Calls and Opportunities
Faculty and Alumni News


The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan
Opening Reception
Jan 27
Houghton Gallery
7 East 7 Street

Traveling in Kyrgyzstan, photographer Margaret Morton became captivated by the otherworldly grandeur of these cemeteries. Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan exhibits the photographs she took on several visits to the area and is an important contribution to the architectural and cultural record of this region.


Architecturally unique, Kyrgyzstan's dramatically sited cemeteries reveal the complex nature of the Kyrgyz people's religious and cultural identities. Elaborate Kyrgyz tombs combine earlier nomadic customs with Muslim architectural forms. After the territory was formally incorporated into the Russian Empire in 1876, enamel portraits for the deceased were attached to the Muslim monuments. Yet everything within the walls is overgrown with weeds, for it is not Kyrgyz tradition for the living to frequent the graves of the dead. 


On view January 27 - February 28, 2015


Public Reception: Tuesday, February 3, 6:30pm


The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery 

The Cooper Union 

7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor 

New York, NY 10003 

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12-7pm 


Presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union


Margaret Morton was awarded a NYSCA Architecture + Design independent project grant in 2007. Her Cities of the Dead project has been featured on the Architectural League of New York website as an ongoing report on sponsored NYSCA grantees.

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Margaret Morton, Tomol Environs, 2007

Bamiyan Cultural Centre
Submissions due
Jan 22, 2015
After a long period of turmoil, Afghanistan is beginning its second decade of democratic governance.

While the rehabilitation process in Afghanistan typically focuses on infrastructure, rebuilding can also advance the goal of national unity by promoting positive public discourse and cross-cultural understanding. As a result, ethnic diversity can be seen as a collective benefit, rather than a source of fragmentation and conflict.

To this end, UNESCO and the Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan, with the generous financial support of the Republic of Korea, are implementing a project to build the Bamiyan Cultural Centre. The Centre will be located near the boundary of the World Heritage property, the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley. The purpose of the project is to promote heritage safe-guarding and cross-cultural awareness, and thereby contribute to the broader aims of reconciliation, peace-building and economic development in the country.

The competition is an open call for proposals based on an anonymous design submission. Architects, engineers, designers and students can develop and submit a proposal for the Cultural Centre in Bamiyan, as individuals, companies or joint ventures. One team member must be a licensed / registered architect. Participation in the competition is free and is open to all without restriction of country of origin.

Coordinated by Koukaba Mojadidi (AR '01) as the Architect for UNESCO Kabul, Culture Unit. 
The Jury, comprised of National and International experts, will shortlist the entries and select the winning project design. The jurors included Zahra Breshna, Ajmal Maiwandi, Young Joon Kim, Robert Knox, and Elizabeth O'Donnell.

Image: Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Fairy Tales II
Submissions due
Jan 23, 2015
After the record breaking success of Fairy Tales 2014, with entries from over 50 different countries, registration is now open for the second edition of the competition.

Fairy Tales is a single phase competition. Participation is open to architects, designers, writers, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives worldwide. Individual or group entries are permitted. Multiple entries per individual or team are permitted, but each submission must be registered and paid for separately. The indication of a group leader is mandatory. Proposals do not need to be generated exclusively for this competition, but they must address the intent of the competition and should not have been published elsewhere before. The official language of the competition is English. All proposals must be submitted in English.

Jurors included Anish Kapoor, Paola Antonelli, Karim Rashid, among other leading artists, architects and designers.

Discounted Student Registration ($30). Students will be required to enter their University or College, and their .edu email address.

Image: Fairy Tales, 2014

Young Architects + Designers: Authenticity
Submissions due
Feb 17, 2015
Call for Entries

Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Architectural League Prize Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. Established in 1981 to recognize visionary work by young practitioners, the Architectural League Prize is an annual competition, lecture series, and exhibition organized by The Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee.  

Deadline: February 17, 2015

for Individuals in the Arts
Jan 28, 2015
The Foundation Center
79 5th Ave, 2nd Fl
Gain an overview of foundation fundraising for individuals working in the arts. If you are an individual involved in the creative arts and looking for funding to complete a project, mount an exhibition, put on a performance, or anything else arts-related, Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts will show you how to:

* Identify funders supporting individual artists 
* Explore the option of fiscal sponsorship 
* Create a step-by-step plan to find funding for your needs as an individual grantseeker 

Space is limited. Register online below or in person.




CALL FOR NOMINATIONS | The Buckminster Fuller Institute announces the launch of the 2015 cycle of The Fuller Challenge through the public invitation to recommend a project that demonstrates a design strategy with significant potential to solve some of humanity's most pressing problems. BFI is looking for visionary social and environmental solutions from across the globe for "socially responsible design's highest award" and a cash prize of $100,000. To recommend a project that demonstrates excellence in comprehensive problem solving and anticipatory design, please enter the project name and contact information via this link:  RECOMMEND A PROJECT

DESIGN COMPETITION | On the occasion of IDEAS CITY 2015, the biennial Festival created to explore the future city and to effect change-Storefront for Art and Architecture, along with the New Museum and the New York City Department of Transportation, is launching a Competition for the design and construction of an outdoor structure-a work of "Street Architecture" that facilitates new forms of collective gathering and engagement with the city. Registration Deadline: January 23, 2015  learn more ...  

TRAUMA-INFORMED DESIGN CHALLENGE | The Scattergood Foundation is calling for design proposals that create a low-cost, high-impact product that promotes resilience in a shelter environment. Research has shown that approximately 92 percent of women in family homeless shelters have experienced severe physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. Homeless shelters often lack the capacity to help their guests deal with that trauma. The winning design will be implemented at Jane Addams Place, a shelter in West Philadelphia that creates a safe place for mothers and children after becoming homeless. Deadline: January 30, 2015 learn more ...

ONASSIS FOUNDATION RESEARCH GRANTS | In 1995 the Foundation established an annual programme of grants and scholarships for research, study and artistic endeavour within Greece. The educational programme is intended exclusively for non-Greeks: members of national academies, university professors of all levels, PhD holders, post-doctorate researchers, post-graduate students and doctoral candidates, artists, and teachers of Greek language, literature, history and culture in both primary and secondary education. Deadline: January 31, 2015 learn more ...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | PLOT Journal is accepting submissions for PLOT Volume 4, WASTE STREAM. PLOT is the annual journal of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at City College's Spitzer School of Architecture. This year's edition examines waste and its nuanced interpretations, along with its potential productivity. WASTE STREAM attempts to connect these meanings to cyclical processes and explore the complexities of waste. Deadline: February 2, 2015 learn more ...

COMPETITION: CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL | The Chicago Architecture Biennial announces the Lakefront Kiosk Competition, organized in partnership with the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago. In keeping with the mission of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Lakefront Kiosk Competition is an opportunity to support innovative architectural work and to use the city-more specifically, the iconic shoreline of Lake Michigan-as a laboratory for architectural experimentation. Deadline: March 23, 2015 learn more ...

STUDENT FELLOWSHIP | The 2015 Hart Howerton Fellowship Program is available to both undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture and urban design who will be entering their final year of study in September 2015 and provides students with an opportunity to enrich their educational experience. Deadline: January 23, 2015   learn more ...

CALL FOR PAPERS | FAmagazine: Research and Projects on Architecture and the City, proposes an international Call for Papers concerning topical themes and problems in the debate on architecture and the contemporary city. FAmagazine is a scientific Open Access magazine, which publishes bi-lingual articles in ITA-ENG. Participation in the Call is open to national and international architectural academics (PhDs, researchers, professors and architects). Deadline: January 30, 2015 learn more ...

YOUNG DESIGNER APPLICATION | ICFF Studio is now accepting applications to their scholarship program, now in its 10th edition. It is a juried competition created as a platform for young designers to showcase their existing prototypes to manufacturers, retailers, and the media. To be eligible to enter, the designer must have a working prototype that is not currently in commercial production. The participants' individual display booths are created by New York design studio, Truck, at ICFF in New York City, May 16-19. Deadline: January 31, 2015 learn more ...

OPEN CALL: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE | Arts Letters and Numbers is welcoming creative thinkers to invest their time in individual, focused and exploratory work at our facilities Upstate, New York in Averill Park near Albany. Our wood and metal shop at the Mill and our Residence next door are now open and active year-round. There are a limited number of private bedrooms and studio spaces available so we encourage residency candidates to apply to the program at least two weeks prior to your intended arrival. Residency durations may be 1 week to 3 months. Deadline: Rolling Basis  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 ...

CALL FOR ENTRIES | AIA New York's annual Design Awards Program recognizes outstanding architectural design by AIA New York Chapter members, New York City based architects in any location, and work in New York City by architects around the globe. The purpose of the awards program is to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to achieve design excellence. Deadline: February 6, 2015  learn more ...

STUDENT COMPETITION | The IESNYC is celebrating the 15th year of the Student Lighting Competition. This year's theme, RESIDUAL SPARKS challenges students to construct a 3-dimensional study demonstrating how light is interwoven with time and memory. Students currently enrolled in a NYC based college or university are eligible. Deadline: February 8, 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 ...

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 ...

STUDENT COMPETITION | The Illuminating Engineering Society New York City (IESNYC) is celebrating the 15th year of the Student Lighting Competition. This year's theme, RESIDUAL SPARKS challenges students to build a 3-dimensional study on how light is interwoven with time and memory. What we have seen is imprinted in memory, and affects how we view the world. The lights of our childhood become the inspiration for new technologies. Memories serve as sparks for bright new creations that can pay homage or serve to challenge an original concept. Deadline: March 3, 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 ...

RSA-US STUDENT DESIGN AWARDS | RSA-US Student Design Awards (SDA-US) is an awards program to inspire collaborative, multidisciplinary design-led social change which connects design students and faculty with industry needs. This program is open only to undergraduate students currently enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States. Deadline: March 18, 2015   learn more ...

LECTURE AT YALE | Anthony Vidler will deliver the lecture "The Brutalist Epoch: Histories, Theories and Criticisms" at the Yale University School of Architecture on January 15, 2015. learn more ...

EXHIBITION | Sue Ferguson Gussow has work included in the group exhibition "Line, Color and Surface" at the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ. The exhibition is on view through February 21, 2015. learn more ...

LECTURE | The founders of Freecell Architecture, Lauren Crahan and John Hartmann, spoke at The Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University as part of the 2014-2015 Lecture Series in November 2014. learn more ...


Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR'55) | news | "The Cooper Hewitt Reopens after Three Years of Work by 13 Design Firms," eOculus, December 17, 2014

RKTB (Carmi Bee, AR '67) | article | "Full Houses at East Clarke Place Court," eOculus, December 17, 2014

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | group exhibition | "Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, November 15, 2014-November 1, 2015 

Peggy Deamer (AR '77) | convener | "Feminism and Architecture Part 2: Women, Architecture and Academia," Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, April 3-4, 2015 

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79) | contributor | "2014 Books Roundup: What If...? The Architecture and Design of David Rockwell," Architectural Record, December 2014 

Cristina A. Ross (AR '81) | co-author | "2014 Books Roundup: Midcentury Houses Today," Architectural Record, December 2014 

Jeanine Centuori (AR '83) | article | "Daydreamers on Elm St. foresee creative future," News & Record, December 19, 2014 

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | news | "2014 in Review: Top 10 Newsmakers," Azure Magazine, December 18, 2014 

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | exhibition catalog | "2014 Books Roundup: Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture," Architectural Record, December 2014 

David Heymann (AR '85) | author | "Tracks: A Walk in the Arctic," Places Journal, December 2014

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson ( AR '94) | project | Structures of Coastal Resilience: Jamaica Bay, NY,

OBRA Architects (Jennifer Lee, AR '97) | group exhibitions | "Soup for Two: How to Easily Solve the Difficult Urban Problems with Architecture" in Urban Manifesto 2024 at Boan Art Space; "Young Architects Forum Korea" in Archive at the On Ground Gallery, both exhibitions in Seoul, Korea. Currently on view.

OBRA Architects (Jennifer Lee, AR '97) | interview | "Buildings of the Week: Casa Osa, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rico.", January 2015

Jaeho Chong (AR '09) | project | "An Architecture of Gaze," Imagineer: A Needle Woman, Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir, Space, 2015

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