News & Events

Tuesday 21 April 2015  



The Admissions Committee of The School of Architecture will present and discuss a selection of drawings from the studio tests of the fall 2015 incoming students. 

A selection of images of drawings from students currently attending the 2nd - 5th years will also be presented.

Students, Faculty and Staff of The Cooper Union are invited to join us for the presentation and reception to follow.

Wednesday 22 April, 6pm
RM 315
The Foundation Building

Reception to Follow


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 Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, at 11:00 pm EST. Results will be announced by May 15th. 


Art and Architecture Parallel to Nature
Apr 23 at 6:30pm
RM 315F

Oliver Kruse will introduce the Insel Hombroich Foundation and discuss his work at this leading German cultural institution, committed to architecture, landscape and fine art. A visit to this site is a journey, perhaps even a pilgrimage, inspiring our exploration of art and a new appreciation of nature as opposed to the artificial world in which we currently live in.

Oliver Kruse received his Master of Arts from Chelsea College of Art, London in 1992. He is a visual artist and has been teaching at Peter Behrens School of Architecture in Germany, as a tenured professor since 2005. He is president of the board of Insel Hombroich Foundation and a board member of Architecture Omi in Upstate N.Y. His recent work includes large scale architecture-related sculpture as well as groundbreaking computer-generated, site-specific projects.

Located in Rm 315F
Open to All

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

Image courtesy Tomas Riehle


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

Anthrogeomorphology and the Center for Land Use Interpretation
Apr 27 at 6:30pm
Rose Aud
41 Cooper Square
Matthew Coolidge is the founder and Director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, an education and research organization based in Los Angeles. The Center produces exhibitions, presentations, tours, publications, online resources, and other public programs that examine, describe, and explain the built landscape of the United States.

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

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

Current Work
May 12 at 7pm
Rose Aud
41 Cooper Square

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


The Wendy Evans Joseph Lecture on Art and Architecture presents the work of an artist whose work is inspired by the built environment. On May 12, artist Ursula von Rydingsvard will present her recent work in this public lecture.

Ursula von Rydingsvard is a sculptor based in Brooklyn. As noted by Galerie Lelong, the meaning behind her work is rooted in personal experience. "She creates large-scale sculpture from cedar beams which she cuts, assembles, and laminates, finally rubbing powdered graphite into the work's textured, faceted surfaces. Born in Germany in 1942, von Rydingsvard and her family were among the dispossessed that, after the war, were forced to move from one refugee camp for displaced Poles to another, eventually settling in the United States in 1950. The artist's respect for organic materials and the dignity of labor, sense of loss and pain, and the persistent memories that inform her work may be traced back to these formative experiences."


Image: Ursula von Rydingsvard, Ona | photo by Piotr Redlinski

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.



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 ...

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 ...

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 ... 


SYMPOSIUM | Anthony Vidler and Joan Ockman will participate in the symposium Revisiting CASE held at the MIT School of Architecture on May 2, 2015. Conference of Architects for the Study of the Environment (CASE) was formed in 1964 by a group of young architects. The symposium will revisit the group's discussions and conversations in the 1960s and early 1970s. learn more ...

KEYNOTE | David Gersten was a keynote speaker for the conference "The Hundred Languages: A Metaphor for the Extraordinary Potentials of Children and Adults" for the NYC Encounters with Reggio Emilia held in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY on April 17, 2015. learn more ...

ARTICLE | The recent project "Bosphorus Grove" by Young & Ayata, co-founder Michael Young, for the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program - Istanbul Modern 2015, is featured in the article "Oyster-tecture: How Design Can Bring Back Marine Habitats" in Architizer, April 3, 2015. read more ...

LECTURE | Gia Wolff delivered the Wheelwright Prize Lecture on her project "Floating Cities" at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, on April 16, 2015. learn more ...


Toshiko Mori (AR '76) | lecture | "Inspired by Ed and Mary," Design-Specific: Lectures by Leaders in Design, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, April 23, 2015 

Gina Pollara (AR '91) | article | "The Looming Shadow of Luxury," Chelsea Clinton News, March 9, 2015 

OBRA Architects (Jennifer Lee, AR '97) | article | "Studio Visit: OBRA Architects," Architect's Newspaper, Issue 04, March 18, 2015 

Jean Lauer (AR '00) | article | "The Creators: Jean Lauer," Black Book, April 14, 2015 

Dan Misri (AR '00) | project architect | "Sculpture Center Renovation and Expansion," Architect Magazine, March 23, 2015 

Basar Girit (AR '05) | panelist | "Manifesto Series: .TEMP Architecture," Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York, NY, April 15, 2015 

Snarkitecture (Alex Mustonen, AR '05) | article | "Snarkitecture created this ethereal light-filled cave to calm visitors at Milan Design Week," The Architect's Newspaper blog, April 14, 2015 

David Ross (AR '01; M.Arch.II '11) | group exhibition | Drawn: Celebrating 50 Years of A. UD Alumni and Faculty Work, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, April 20-May 29, 2015 

David Huber (AR '10) | author | "Game Changers 2015: Aggregate," Metropolis Magazine, January 2015 

Alexandra Alexa (AR '14) | author | "A Toy-Like Sound Installation Takes Up Residence in a Modernist Landmark," Metropolis Magazine, March 31, 2015


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