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Tuesday 22 September 2015  

Master of Architecture II Thesis Exhibition

The criticality of this moment for re-thinking the object of architecture through a critical approach to architectural discourse is at the core of the Advanced Research Studio. Established boundaries are questioned by articulating architecture with other discourses, not as a pre-assumed necessity, but out of the questions that are raised by the studio's program and the projects produced in it.

Based on the premise that there is not a separation between theory and practice and specifically, between research and project, but rather a continuum, the studio work is based on extensive research from environmental sciences to philosophy, history, technology, arts and media, focusing on the design process in terms of the multiple forces at play in its production, thus opening the field. Transcending the limitations of a product-oriented approach, new perspectives and narratives that generate potential solutions are developed.

Topics presented within this exhibition include urban segregation in Chicago, understanding the natural disasters of tornados, an exploration of narratives of power / city as theater in Tiananmen Square, and issues of time and space in the financial market.

The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery
The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12-7pm

Image: Installaion view, Houghton Gallery
Beyond Urbanization?

Urbanization is more than the growth and physical expansion of cities. It is a process that transforms territories, changes existing reciprocities and establishes new relationships between different places. In the Shadow of the Megacity will address the wider impact of urbanization, both within and beyond the city, in an attempt to trace the present contours of the urban and imagine its future.

In the Spring, a group of scholars, officials, and practitioners gathered on Cape Cod to discuss the implications of urbanization in rural settlements, focusing on questions of land use, housing, infrastructure and ecology. We are now carrying the discussion to New York to continue the conversation and consider the agency that architecture and design may have in relation to the processes of urbanization.

Stan Allen, George Dutton '27 Professor of Architecture at Princeton University
Alexander D'Hooghe, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT
Susannah Drake, Founding principal of Dlandstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University
Dietmar Offenhuber, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, Departments of Art + Design and Public Policy

A keynote conversation will follow with Kenneth Frampton and Stan Allen.

For more information and an overview of our Cape Code symposium please visit

Symposium organizers: Tulay Atak and Teddy Kofman

Co-sponsored by the School of Architecture and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design

The Architectural League of New York

Open to current students, the Student Program offers an inside look at the architectural profession and highlights the varied and creative career paths open to graduates of architecture school. The day is broken into a morning presentations and panel discussion, followed by afternoon studio tours. 

Morning panelists include: Nadine Maleh, Institute for Public Architecture; AJ Pires, Alloy Development; Sara Valente, Stereotank and LOT-EK. 

Afternoon studio tours include: Adjaye Associates, Andrew Berman Architect, Ennead Architects, KPF, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Rockwell Group, Studio Gang, TEN Arquitectos, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners, WXY Architecture + Urban Design 

The end of the day reception will be held at Sn°hetta. 

To register for this program or if you have any questions, please email Matt Ragazzo at or call at (212) 753-1722 x13.


In Conversation with SITU Studio 

SITU was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York while its four partners; Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, and Bradley Samuels (all AR 05), were studying architecture at the Cooper Union. Transitioning directly from school to opening an office, the classmates-turned-business-partners developed a model of practice that leveraged their collective interests to create a studio uniquely equipped to explore a wide range of spatial issues.  

Lunch will follow in the lobby

Image: SITU Studio
Journey to Unexpected Solutions 

With an emphasis on collaborative problem-solving and experimentation, Heatherwick Studio's integrative approach to practice addresses the relationship between form, context, and making, frequently incorporating new materials and innovative technology in its designs. The firm works in a broad range of scales, from product design and temporary structures to infrastructure and large-scale architectural projects.

A major retrospective of the firm's work, Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, curated by Brooke Hodge, is on view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum through January 3, 2016.


Non-members of the League may purchase tickets here, beginning October 1 until 4:00 p.m. on October 8. 

The Cooper Union Alumni can purchase tickets in advance by emailing

Cooper Hewitt members may go here to reserve tickets for this event.

Image: Garden Bridge, London, 2012-18, Heatherwick Studio. Credit: Arup Copyright: Arup

DISCOUNTED TICKETS | The New Yorker Festival (October 2, 3 and 4, 2015) is offering Cooper Union students, faculty and staff discounted tickets to select events by using the promotional code EDUNYERFEST25 for 25% off. View list of select events

FELLOWSHIP FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART | The arts organization, A Blade of Grass (ABOG), nurtures socially engaged art. They provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. They evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. Deadline for submitting a Letter of Interest: November 20, 2015 learn more ... 

ACSA AWARDS | The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is call for nominations and submissions for their annual 2015-2016 Architecture Education Awards. Nominations and submissions are being accepted in several categories. Deadline: September 23, 2015 learn more ... 


FELLOWSHIP | CAA's Professional-Development Fellowships program supports promising artists, designers, craftspersons, historians, curators, and critics who are enrolled in MFA, PhD, and other terminal degree programs nationwide. Fellows are honored with $10,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers. Deadlines: October 2, 2015 and November 16, 2015   learn more ... 

DESIGN AWARD | The Architect's Newspaper is proud to announce its third annual Best Of Design Awards, a unique project-based awards program that showcases great buildings and building elements. Entrants are invited to submit completed works in 18 categories that reflect A|N's editorial coverage, as well as the interests and obsessions of our readers. From the winners of these categories, one will be chosen as Project of the Year. Register by October 9, 2015   learn more ...

CRAFT RESEARCH FUND GRANT | Since 2005, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design's Craft Research Fund grant program has advanced and expanded research about craft in the United States. The program supports innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history, explores the inter-relationship among craft, art, design and contemporary culture, fosters new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the craft field, and advances investigation of neglected questions on craft history and criticism.Types of grants include: Project Grants, Exhibition Research Grants, Graduate Research Grants, Travel Grants. Deadlines: October 2015  learn more ... 
THE 2015 ARCHITECT 50: THE TOP 50 IN DESIGN | NADAAA (Nader Tehrani, Founding Principal) was honored as the top firm in design for the third year straight in Architect Magazine.  read more ...

BLOUIN CULTURE SUMMIT | Diane Lewis is a speaker at the Blouin Creative Leadership Summit held on September 21-22, 2015.  learn more ... 

LECTURE | David Gersten presented the talk "look now away closely" as part of the Interdisciplinary Seminar at The Cooper Union on September 8, 2015. A video of the lecture is available to view. learn more ...

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR 79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR 55) | article | "Another Grand Dame: The Broad by Diller Scofidio + Renfro gives the public a private peek," The Architect's Newspaper, September 17, 2015

Ed Feiner (AR 69) | speaker | Architectural Record Innovation Conference, New York, NY, October 7, 2015

Stanley Allen (AR 81) | speaker | "Public Natures," New York Public Library, New York, NY, October 7, 2015

Situ Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR 05) | finalist | The 2015 Innovation By Design Awards Winners: City Solutions, Innovation by Design, September 2015


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