News & Events

Tuesday 29 September 2015  


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.


ATTENTION COOPER STUDENTS FACULTY AND STAFF: Seating is limited you must RSVP by emailing no later than THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER.

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

Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 13, 6-8pm

This exhibition features formative works by architects who are among the most celebrated figures today-including John Hejduk, first Dean of the School of Architecture, Cooper Union professor Michael Webb, Cooper alumni Daniel Libeskind, as well as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi. Highlights range from Eduardo Paolozzi's appropriations of pop culture to the technological utopianism of Archigram's David Greene and Webb to the gestural mark-making of Libeskind and Peter Wilson.

Drawing Ambience highlights the collection of drawings assembled by the late Alvin Boyarsky during his pivotal tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London. Boyarsky argued that architecture was not only a profession but also an artistic venture-a practice that comprises drawing and publication as much as it engages design and construction. During his time leading the school, he orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program, a sister to the exhibition and publication program simultaneously being developed at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture by late Dean John Hejduk, that situated drawing as not only a representational tool, but as a form of architecture in its own right. Drawing Ambience explores Boyarsky's role as a collector of drawings and also, metaphorically speaking, of the ideas and people that have come to define a key moment in architectural history.

Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2015.

On view October 13 - November 25, 2015

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12-7pm

Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, 7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor, between Third and Fourth Avenues

Image: Superstudio, New-New York, 1969. Superstudio. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive.

2016 NATIONAL STUDENT STEEL BRIDGE COMPETITION | An opportunity for Architecture students to work with Engineering students on The Cooper Union's entry in the 2016 steel bridge competition. If interested, please contact Professor Tzavelis at

DESIGN COMPETITION | Metals in Construction magazine invites architects and engineers to redesign the facade of 200 Park Avenue, one of New York City's most recognized landmarks, with the goal of achieving greater energy performance. The magazine will award a $15,000 cash prize to the design judged to exhibit the most innovation, energy efficiency, and aesthetic integrity. Deadline: November 15, 2015 learn more ...

FELLOWSHIP | Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for funded research fellowships, to be held during the 2016-2017 academic year. The fellowships are intended to fund collections-based research at Bard Graduate Center or elsewhere in New York, as well as writing or reading projects in which being part of Bard Graduate Center's dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable. Deadline: November 15, 2015 learn more ...

RICE UNIVERSITY VISITING SCHOLARS | These positions are for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Visiting Scholars receive a stipend commensurate with rank, benefits eligibility, and an allowance for research and relocation to Houston. Primary obligations include an active participation in all aspects of the Rice Seminar and collaborating on spatial humanities projects currently underway at Rice. Applications are open for the 2016-17 Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Faculty and the 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows. Deadline: December 4, 2015 learn more ... 

CALL FOR PAPERS | In conjunction with its spring exhibition of the work of Charles Simonds, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University announces a call for papers for a symposium to take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Proposals are sought from academics, professionals, and students alike. Interdisciplinary papers and those from related fields (i.e. literature, anthropology, and history) are very welcome.Applicants are asked to submit a CV and an abstract of 500 words to Submissions are due December 15, 2015. learn more ...

CALL FOR ENTRIES | Curbed announces their call for entries for the nation's top up-and-coming designers-as-yet-under-the-radar professionals showing extraordinary promise in challenging the status quo of the architecture and design industry. They are accepting nominations for the 2015 Young Guns and 2015 Groundbreakers. Deadline: October 1, 2015  nominate now ...

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 | 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 ... 

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 ... 
KEYNOTE | Nader Tehrani will be a keynote speaker at the 2015 ACADIA Conference themed "Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene." The conference will be held in Cincinnati, OH, on October 22-24, 2015. Tehrani was also interviewed in the fall issue of The Cooper Union Pioneer.

NEWS | Elizabeth O'Donnell and Nader Tehrani were included in the Architect's Newspaper's editorial "Season of Change" for September 24, 2015. read more ...

SPEAKER | David Gersten will be a featured speaker at the 4th Annual Biennial Meeting of the Babel Working Group. The conference, "Off the Books: Making, Breaking, Binding, Burning, Leaving, Gathering," will be held at the University of Toronto on October 9-11, 2015. learn more ...

DESIGN COMPETITION | Geofutures at Rensselaer School of Architecture comprised of Muhammad Ahmad Khan (student); Chris Perry (program director), Ted Ngai, Fleet Hower, Kelly Winn, Lydia Xynogala (program faculty) received 2nd Place for their project Urban Swales: Subterranean Reservoir Network for Los Angeles in Archinect's Dry Futures design competition. learn more ...

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR 79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR 55 | news | "First Look at the Broad, L.A.'s Newest Architectural Marvel," Interior Design, September 16, 2015

Toshiko Mori (AR 76) | article | "A Tour of NYC's Newest Subway Station with its Architect,", September 21, 2015

Bradley Samuels (AR 05) | speaker | "Making is Design," World Maker Faire New York, New York Hall of Science, New York, NY, September 27. 2015

Stephen Martin (AR 08) | tour guide | Modern Minimalism and Louis Kahn: An architectural tour of Four Freedoms Park, Docomomo US, New York, NY, October 10, 2015


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