News & Events

Tuesday 3 March 2015  

The Photography of Wilfred Thesiger, Charles Butt and Edward Grazda 
Opening Reception
Mar 11 at 6:30pm
Houghton Gallery
7 E 7th Street, 2nd fl

Panel Discussion
Mar 12 at 6:30pm
The Great Hall

Presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

"Three Views of Oman is a great example of the dialogue of cultures. Rather than repeating the Orientalist approach that has weakened so many Western studies of Arabic societies, this exhibition builds a new bridge between two civilizations with different histories but shared values."
- Radwan Ziadeh, George Washington University

Collected here for the first time is a history of Oman in images. One of the most developed and stable countries in the Arab world and among the earliest adherents to Ibadi Islam, the sultanate sits along the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. From early days of world trade through the port of Muscat to contemporary engagement with international diplomacy and the West, Oman has always evoked beauty and mystery in equal measure. The Three Views of Oman exhibition reveals the country as its contours emerged over the past seventy years in an intimate portrait through the eyes of the West, as captured in images by English explorer Wilfred Thesiger in the 1940s, British Army major Charles Butt in the 1970s, and award-winning American documentary photographer Edward Grazda in the first decade of this century. The exhibition chronicles the rapid social and physical changes in Oman, as well as the changing nature of photography itself over 60 years. These original photographs have traveled to Oxford and London, England; Grenada, Spain and other destinations; this will be the only presentation in New York City.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday 2pm-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm-7pm
Exhibition on view: March 11 - April 25, 2015
Public Reception: Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30pm

Panel Discussion: The Sultanate of Oman: Geography, Religion and Culture
Thursday, March 12 at 6:30pm

Please join our distinguished scholars in a lively conversation about the interrelationship of geography, religion and culture as Oman pursues an increasingly important role in the region.

Participants include:
Introductory remarks by Elizabeth O'Donnell, Acting Dean, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Dr. Abdulrahman al-Salimi, Editor-in-Chief, Al-Tafahom, Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman

Mitra Abbaspour, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Cooper Union; Independent Scholar and Curator

Dr. Peter Kelemen, Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Dr. Mandana Limbert, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Queens College, CUNY

Moderated by Raina Sacks Blankenhorn, Curator, Three Views of Oman

Presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, The Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman and IAV.

Image: Main Gate, Muttrah - Charles Butt, 1967

Hélène Binet
Mar 5 at 6:30pm
RM 315
Foundation Bldg
Hélène Binet is one of the foremost architectural photographers of our time. Born in Sorengo, she studied photography at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Rome, where she grew up, and soon developed an interest in architectural photography.

Over a period of twenty-five years Hélène Binet has photographed both contemporary and historical architecture. Her list of clients includes architects Raoul Bunschoten, Caruso St John, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Studio Mumbai, Peter Zumthor and many others.

While following the work of contemporary architects - often from construction through completion - Hélène Binet has also photographed the works of past architects as Alvar Aalto, Geoffrey Bawa, Le Corbusier, Sverre Fehn, John Hejduk, Sigurd Lewerentz, Andrea Palladio and Dimitris Pikionis.

More recently, Hélène Binet has started to direct her attention to landscape photography, wherein she transposes key concerns of her architectural photography. Hélène Binet's work has been published in a wide range of books, and is shown in both national and international exhibitions.

Hélène Binet is an advocate of analogue photography and therefore she exclusively works with film.

Image: John Hejduk, Kreuzberg Tower, Berlin, Germany, 1988


Call for Proposals
Mar 31, 2015, 5pm
The Buckminster Fuller Institute formally announces the Call for Proposals to the 2015 Fuller Challenge. Recognized as "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award", the Fuller Challenge invites activists, architects, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, scientists, students and planners from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity's most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy.   

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Architecture students are sought for Summer Research Experiences (Internships) in Drought Resiliency and Natural Resources Issues in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin Region.

The research group has framed its overall research theme in the context of the "value of snow", in order to promote the integration of a wide range of socioeconomic and environmental research activities, ranging from shore zone studies of water quality and invasive species at Lake Tahoe, to the effects of habitat disturbance (e.g., mining, energy development, fire, vegetation change) on critical habitat for sensitive species in the Great Basin.

Primary Eligibility: Qualified undergraduates, who will have junior or senior status and will be a full-time student in the Fall 2015 term. We especially encourage applications from student attending primarily undergraduate and non-research institutions and from underrepresented groups. Participants must be citizens or permanent legal residents of the USA.

 For complete details and how to apply visit here.

You are encouraged to have your application materials reviewed by Robert Thill (
For additional questions contact

SOM INTERNSHIP  OPPORTUNITIES | Deadline: March 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


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 | The Arctic Design Group at the University of Virginia School of Architecture will be hosting the symposium Arctic States. As part of the symposium, they are requesting submissions of recent/unpublished design/research on the Arctic and related topics by students and emerging scholars from undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral level. Scholars from non-design disciplines are also strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline: March 8, 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 ...

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 ...


DESIGN COMPETITION | The Dencity Competition is a call for ideas for improving slum conditions worldwide over the coming decades. Shelter is pleased to invite architects, planners, students, engineers, designers, thinkers, NGOs and organizations from all over the world to take part in the first annual Dencity Competition. The intent of this competition is twofold: to foster new ideas on how to better handle the growing density of unplanned cities and to spread awareness of this massive problem. Contestants should consider how design can empower communities and allow for a self sufficient future. Register by March 15, 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 ... 

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.

DESIGN COMPETITION | 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 ... 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | The journal Nova Organa is accepting written and visual work that utilizes new and forgotten methods of fiction, critique, and philosophy in the creation of art/architecture theory and thinking. The next issue will use "The Scene" as an epigraph/theme. Deadline: April 15, 2015 learn more ...
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 ...

LECTURE | Anthony Vidler will be lecturing at ETH Zurich in the Department of Architecture as part of the Department Lecture Series on Architecture IV on March 10, 2015. learn more ...

INTERVIEW | Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa and Aaron Sprecher were interviewed as part of the "Leadership Profile" in Connection: The Architecture and Design Journal of The Young Architects Forum, 2014. read more ...

SYMPOSIUM | Michael Samuelian will be a speaker in the symposium Big Dreams: AIANY Global Dialogues held at the Center of Architecture, New York, NY on March 18, 2015. learn more ...

EXHIBITION AND PUBLICATION | Emmy Mikelson's work will be included in the exhibition Neoteric Abstract III held at the Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY. The show is on view April 9 - May 2, 2015. One of her paintings was also included in the recent Issue XI of The Round: A Journal of Literary and Visual Arts based at Brown University, Providence, RI. 


Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | interview | "In Residence: Daniel Libeskind," Nowness, February 23, 2015 

Kutnicki Bernstein (Lawrence Kutnicki, AR '74) | news | "This Brutalist-Looking Building May Afflict Williamsburg,", February 25, 2015 

Peggy Deamer (AR '77) | symposium participant | Export Agendas: The Global Transfer and Translation of Architectural Expertise, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, February 25, 2015 

Alta Indelman (AR '79) | news | "A Modern Classic Makes a Good Neighbor to Adjacent Historic District, Alta Indelman Architect," eOculus, February 24, 2015 

CTA Architecture (G. Douglas Cutsogeorge, AR '80) | news | "An Airstream Camps Out in a Building on the LES," eOculus, February 25, 2015 

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