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Tuesday 14 April 2015  

Xroads: The Non-Intersection of Art, Architecture and Landscape
Apr 16 at 6:30pm
RM 315F

Lee H. Skolnick seeks to synthesize art, science, and architecture to create memorable and meaningful experiences. He unlocks each project's "motivating story" to inspire imagination, curiosity, and understanding. For over twenty-five years, Mr. Skolnick has passionately developed and pursued his philosophy of "design as interpretation", wherein he seeks to unearth the unique themes and compelling concepts which characterize each project, and to translate them into concrete expression.

Mr. Skolnick also has served on the Boards of The Cooper Union, Longhouse Reserve, the Society for Environmental Graphic Design and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the National Association for Museum Exhibition, entitled Exhibitionist. He has served on panels and juries for the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Institute of Architects. He is also a frequent lecturer, instructor and author of scholarly papers and popular works, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leicester, UK.

This lecture is part of ARCH 185.06: Intersections Within Art, Architecture & Landscape, taught by Rikke Jorgensen and Oliver Kruse.

Image courtesy Lee Skolnick


Call for Proposals
April 22 by 11pm

In its inaugural year, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design's fellowship competition will take the theme of Visualizing Climate Change. We invite project proposals that focus on understanding global warming and illuminate leverage points for addressing it. Projects should aim to investigate a specific phenomenon related to climate change and its effects on geography, economics, security, and/or social stability. Each project should combine scientific research with a visual component that invents a way to represent research findings to a larger audience. The projects will be exhibited at The Cooper Union in the fall of 2015. 

Three fellowships in the amount of $1,500 per project will be awarded in the spring of 2015 for use during the summer of 2015 and the fall 2015 semester.

Applications must be submitted to The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design at the following email: by Monday, April 22nd, 2015, at 11:00 pm EST. Results will be announced by May 15th. 


with Tammy Nguyen A '07
Apr 16 at 6:00pm
RM 215F

Curious about applying for a Fulbright Grant?

Want to learn more about pursuing project-based work abroad?

Tammy Nguyen will present her experience as a Fulbright Fellow. She studied lacquer painting in Ho Chi Minh City as a way to look at Vietnamese contemporary art through the lens of a traditional medium.

Nguyen will also offer valuable insights into the impact of the experience on her life and work.

For an archive of posters of past presentations, see

Organized by the Center for Career Development

Image courtesy Tammy Nguyen, detail
The Somatopolitical Revolution To Come
Apr 20 at 6:30pm
Rose Aud
41 Cooper Square
Paul B. Preciado is a philosopher, queer activist and one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexual politics. He is Head of Research, and Director of the Independent Studies Program (PEI) at MACBA (Barcelona), and Visiting Professor at New York University and Princeton University. He is author of Contra-Sexual Manifesto (acclaimed as "the red book of queer theory"), Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics, and Pornotopia: Architecture and Sexuality in Playboy During the Cold War.

Presented by the School of Art

The spring 2015 Inter-Disciplinary lectures series is part of the Robert Lehman visiting artist program at The Cooper union.

Free and Open to the Public

The Photography of Wilfred Thesiger, Charles Butt and Edward Grazda 
On View thru Apr 25
Houghton Gallery
7 E 7th Street, 2nd fl

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

Image: Dalkut, Dhofar, Edward Grazda, 2006


Taking the Time
Apr 29 at 7pm
Scholastic Aud
557 Broadway

Co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture


Rick Joy Architects is a design-build practice that emphasizes the integrity of material, the process of making, and form. As Joy writes, his vision is to "create architecture that is regionally sympathetic and well grounded in the context and community of its place."

His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 2010; the Venice Biennale in 2012; and in "Welcome Home," a film for the exhibition House & Home commissioned by the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. in 2012. Princeton Architectural Press published the monograph Rick Joy: Desert Works in 2002.

Rick Joy Architects has won five Record Houses Awards; a Local Genius Award from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson in 2012; the National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institute/Cooper-Hewitt Museum in 2004; the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture in 2002; as well as AIA Arizona Honor Awards for Tubac House and 400 Rubio Avenue Studio in 2001. Recently named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Joy is also an Architectural League 2000 Emerging Voice and 1996 League Prize winner.


Image: Princeton Station Hall | photo by Gustavo Ramirez

Elizabeth Kray Memorial Prize
May 4 by 4:30pm

The Academy of American Poets/Elizabeth Kray Memorial Prize. This prize, named for Elizabeth Kray, former Director of the Academy of American Poets, is awarded annually for the best poem or group of poems by a student. The Academy, founded in 1934, is the largest organization in the country devoted to the art of poetry. The College Poetry Prize was founded in 1955. Former winners at the over 100 member colleges include Sylvia Plath and many of today's leading poets. Any Cooper Union student may submit entries for this prize. In the event of a tie, the award will be shared. Up to two Honorary Mentions may also be awarded. The judges are Professor Brian Swann and Professor Gwen Hyman. Students should submit entries, with a brief cover letter, including name and college address, to Cynthia Hartlin in the offices of Humanities and Social Sciences. Questions should be directed to Prof. Hyman. First prize: $100.


SAH/MELLON AUTHOR AWARDS | The SAH/Mellon Author Awards is designed to provide financial relief to scholars who are publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment. The SAH/Mellon Author Awards will provide authors with the financial resources they need to produce scholarly books in their most desirable form. The publication of a monograph continues to be the most valued demonstration of scholarly competence for career advancement and recognition in the humanities. The SAH/Mellon Author Awards jury comprises distinguished mid-career and senior scholars who are members of SAH and whose specializations cover a broad range of scholarship on the built environment. Deadline: June 1, 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 ...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Thresholds 44 (MIT Department of Architecture) is accepting submissions on the theme of Workspace. Thresholds 44: Workspace seeks to mine how the meanings of and locations for work have been historically and culturally defined, how work transposes earlier notions of labor and craft production, and how the work of artists, writers, architects, designers, and urban planners - alongside managers, psychologists, political leaders, and employees themselves - have been integral in construing the physical and mental conditions of work, rest, and play. Deadline: May 1, 2015  learn more ...

GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP | Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Deadline: September 19, 2015  learn more ... 


AIANY BOARD MEMBER | Elizabeth O'Donnell has been elected as the Public Director for Educational Affiars on the AIA New York Chapter 2015 Board of Directors. learn more ...

FILM SCREENING | Diana Agrest's film "The Making of an Avant Garde: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967-84" will be screened at the Cite de l'Architecture in Paris, France on April 17, 2015. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Agrest, Karim Basbous, Jean-Louis Cohen, Pascal Quintard-Hofstein, and Sébastien Marot. learn more ...

PANEL DISCUSSION | Michael Young is a participant on the panel discussion OOO & Architecture: Log 33 Authors in Conversation held at Parsons the New School for Design on April 15, 2015. The event is in conjunction with the publication of the Winter 2015 issue of Log. learn more ...

ARTICLE | Louis Katsos discusses developing relations between Greek-based construction supply companies and New York City in the article "Greek Construction Execs Seek Real Estate Opportunities in NYC" published in the Commercial Observer, March 26, 2015. read more ...

HONORABLE MENTION | Adam Longenbach's proposal "The City Spoke" for the 2015 Fairy Tales Competition organized by Blank Space Projects received an honorable mention. The proposals covered in an article in read more ... 

BOOK REVIEW | The publication MAS: The Modern Architecture Symposia 1962-1966: A Critical Edition (Yale University Press), for which Joan Ockman is a co-editor, was the subject of a review in Architectural Record, April 2015. read more ...

AIANY BOARD MEMBER | Ashok Raiji has been elected as the Director for Industry Affairs on the AIA New York Chapter 2015 Board of Directors. learn more ...


Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | article | "New Builds in Milan: Expo 2015, City of Culture, Fondazione Prada," Interior Design, March 27, 2015 

John P. Maruszczak (AR '75) | honorable mention | "4 Fantastical Projects Take Top Honors in 2015 Fairy Tales Competition,", March 18, 2015 

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79) | lecture | 50 Years of Advancing Design, Technology and Culture lecture series, UCLA Department of Architecture & Urban Design, April 20, 2015, Los Angeles, CA 

Yael Erel (AR '02) | group exhibition | "Lit," Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany, NY, April 10, 2015 - September 13, 2015

Stephen Martin (AR '08) | featured guide | Roosevelt Island Loop: Featured Guide Boat Tour, AIA-NY Tours, New York, NY, April 18, 2005  


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