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Tuesday 3 February 2015  

The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan
Public Reception
Feb 3 at 6:30pm
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, Baitik Environs, 2006


Opening Reception
Feb 3 at 6pm
5th - 7th Floors
Foundation Bldg
7 E 7th Street
This year's Menschel Exhibition reflects the work of eleven Benjamin Menschel Fellows from the largest pool of proposals to date.

Visitors to this year's exhibition will be invited to travel imaginatively to different continents. Alyssa Davis, of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, takes you to Ghana, for example, to encounter the work of craft persons who struggle in the contradictions of global trade. Another two projects consider the islands of the Caribbean. Sam Friedberg and Andrea Recalde of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture explore the archeology of the ancient Tainos of Puerto Rico in search of the continuing traditions of agriculture and its symbolization. By jarring contrast, Maria Rodriguez-Jimenez of the School of Art and Pedro Galindo-Landeira, of the school of architecture explore the politics of "the fence," separating Guantanamo from the rest of Cuba. Two more projects focus on the world of Spain and Morocco as they meet across a Strait-in their present turmoil of migration and refugees [Emmanuela Soria Ruiz & Pedram Sazesh of the School of Art], and in their quiet, beautiful legacy of architecture using the tile work called "zellij" [Maja Hjert�n Knutson & Phong Kiwi Nguyen of the school of architecture.] Finally, Arta Perezic and Nicholas Pacula, two students of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture tell the story of their travels down the Mississippi River recording the river's industrialized fate. There are six installations in all.

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Feb 7 at 1pm
The Rose Aud
41 Cooper Sq
Organized and presented by The Architectural League of New York and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design.

The Five Thousand Pound Life: Water considers how the energy intensity of providing a clean and adequate water supply can be minimized, and how planning and design, including regional planning, urban design, landscape design, architecture, and engineering, can contribute to that goal. Los Angeles, the Great Lakes, and New York will provide case studies for the symposium.

Speakers include: Al Appleton, Hadley Arnold, Peter Arnold, Maria Arquero de Alarc�n, Ila Berman, Kevin Bone, Rosalie Genevro, Henry L. Henderson, Jen Maigret, Peter Mulvaney, Josh Newell, Stephanie Pincetl, and James Wescoat

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Image: Parker Dam on the Colorado River | photo by Charles O'Rea



On Thursday, February 5 at 2:30pm, a memorial service will be held in the Great Hall for John Huddy, who died suddenly on December 29, 2014.

A 1985 graduate of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, John was a very active member of the Cooper Union Community. He served on the Alumni Council, the Annual Fund Committee, was Vice President for Alumni Activities on the Executive Committee, and was the Class Representative for his year. In 2008, he and his wife Elizabeth were co-chairs of the annual Founder's Day Dinner Dance.

John was also a founding member of the School of Architecture Dean's Circle, and a member of the Sarah Amelia Hewitt Society, and The Society of 1859. He was honored as CUAA Alumnus of the Year 2009.

For 4 years, he was an adjunct professor at Cooper, teaching CE 450. He most recently worked for Zubatkin Owner Representation, where he was a principal architect. He also worked for Bovis Lend Lease and HRH Construction.

John was also an elected alumni representative to the Board of Trustees from 2010-2011.

Generous with his time, friendship and wicked sense of humor, John was a tireless advocate for the mission and educational aspirations of The Cooper Union. He was a dear friend of the School of Architecture who will be long remembered and deeply missed.


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

2015 Ideas City Festival
Deadline Extended!
Feb 20, 2015
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.

For IDEAS CITY 2015, Storefront for Art and Architecture is soliciting designs for a work of mobile architecture suited for hosting daring feats of oratory. The proposal will be a platform for conversation and debate; the exploration of ideas, dreams, and themes; the proclamation of manifestos; acts of intellectual communion; and declarations of dissent.

Student Opportunity
Mar 20, 2015
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is pleased to announce that the application process for our 2015 Summer Internship Program is now open.

SOM is seeking the best emerging talent to join them this summer in their Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC and London offices. Selected candidates will get hands-on project experience in architecture, interiors, structural engineering, sustainable engineering and urban design. In order to be considered, current students who are returning to study in the Fall of 2015 should apply by March 20, 2015. Details and requirements can be found here.

Decisions will be announced the week of March 30, 2015 and the internship program will run from June 8 - August 14, 2015.

For questions, please feel free to contact [email protected]



DESIGN COMPETITION | ARCH+ Journal announces the international competition "PLANETARY URBANISM - CRITIQUE OF THE PRESENT in the Medium of Information Design" open to all architects, designers, artists and students in the fields of architecture and art. The competition is in the context of the UN-HABITAT III Conference awarded by the Journal ARCH+ with the support of the Federal Foreign Office, Germany consulted by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). Register by April 30, 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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION | The 2nd Annual Globus Cork Floor Design Competition is open to Design and Architecture students in the US. Students and student groups can submit cork flooring design concepts online here to a judging committee of prominent designers and architects who will select design finalists and a winner. The winning design will highlight the unique creative possibilities of sustainable cork tiles. The winning floor will be created and photographed by Globus Cork. Registration Deadline: February 28, 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 ...

DESIGN COMPETITION: GOWANUS | The two-component competition asks participants to first map and present conditions relevant to the Gowanus area in a Gowanus Atlas and second to use that analysis as the basis for their design of an Urban Field Station that is open to the public. The Atlas, a collective mapping of the watershed surrounding the canal, will be a planning tool and local resource supported by the Field Station to facilitate the community's grassroots collaboration in the continuing evolution of the neighborhood. Registration Deadline: March 6, 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 ...

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 ...

ACSA CONFERENCE | Michael Young will be presenting two papers on "The Articulate Object" at the conference The Expanding Periphery and the Migrating Center organized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The conference will be held in Toronto, Ontario on March 19-21, 2015.  learn more ...


David Wallance (AR '80) | curator | "Edge Construction: The Future of Modular," Center for Architecture, New York, NY, February 2, 2015

Nanako Umemoto (AR '83) and Jesse Reiser (AR '81) | lecture | "Effects of Distance," UPenn School of Design, Philadelphia, PA, February 9, 2015

SITU Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | news | "Brooklyn Museum Selects SITU Studio to Redesign Museum Entry as Part of Bloomberg Connects-Funded Technology Initiative," January 2015 

Legge Lewis Legge (Murray Legge AR '90) | article | "Creek Show: Light Night," Texas Architect, January/February 2015 

Nandini Bagchee (AR '93) | article | "A Brooklyn townhouse project," Desire to Inspire, January 7, 2015 

Kevin Kavanagh (AR '95) | presenter | Facades Plus Conference, Los Angeles, CA, February 5-6, 2015 

Anthony Titus (AR '98) | group exhibition | "Accrochage," Friedman Benda, New York, NY, January 15-February 14, 2015 

Evan Douglis (AR '83) | news | "Rensselaer Among America's Best Architecture & Design Schools," At Rensselaer, Winter 2014-2015 

Michael Scaduto (AR '03) | leader | Winter 2015 ARE Boot Camp: Building Design and Construction Systems, Center for Architecture, New York, NY, January 31, 2015

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