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Tuesday 13 October 2015  

Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association

TONIGHT: 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: Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 1984. © Zaha Hadid. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive. 

Five Themes 

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York

The richly textured work of Nieto and Sobejano is recognized for its sympathetic response to topography and historical attributes of place, qualities lauded in the citation for the Alvar Aalto Medal awarded to the firm earlier this year: "The roots of their architecture lie in Spain, and its multi-layered history and culture. Their works speak a silent language, proving that the precondition of meaningful architecture is an in-depth understanding of local culture and the context of the design brief."

Founded in 1985, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos has offices in Madrid and Berlin. Their major works include the Madinat al-Zahra Museum, Córdoba; the San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian; the History Museum, Lugo; the Contemporary Art Centre, Córdoba; the Zaragoza Congress Centre; the Joanneum extension, Graz, Austria; and the Moritzburg Museum, Halle, Germany. The firm currently has projects in Germany, Spain, Austria, Estonia, Morocco, and China.

Free for current Cooper Union students, faculty and staff, and League members. For all ticket inquiries go here.

Image: Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian, Spain | Photo © Roland Halbe

Everything you need to know

Tuesday 20 October 12:15pm in Rm 315F

Presentation by Assistant Professor Adjunct Michael Samuelian Everything you need to know about the Intern Development Program (IDP) including upcoming changes to the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) such as: how to begin your NCARB record; new rules for counting hours towards IDP; the difference between the current ARE 4.0; and upcoming ARE 5.0

The Intern Development Program (IDP) is an essential step in the path to becoming an architect. Your journey typically begins in a school of architecture; however, it does not end there. Ultimately, through the IDP you will learn about the daily realities of architectural practice, acquire comprehensive experience in basic practice areas, explore specialized areas of practice, develop professional judgment, and refine your career goals. The IDP is designed to help you realize those goals.


DESIGN COMPETITION | 3rd Earth Architecture Competition. Nka Foundation is issuing a challenge to designers, architects and builders to use their creativity to come up with innovative designs for modest, affordable houses that can be built locally to replace the rural mud house type. The challenge is to design a mud house type of about 2400 sq feet that sleeps 8 to 10 persons to be built on a plot size of 80 x 100 feet. The construction site will be Abetenim Arts Village, near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The building should be designed for use by either musicians, theatre artists, potters, sculptors, painters, textile artists, designers, writers, or media arts practitioners. Total costs of constructing the design entry must not exceed $7,000 (USD) for materials and labor; land value is excluded from this price point. Deadline: October 30, 2015  learn more ...

TRAVEL GRANT | Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant furthers the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel. Travel plans should be focused on a selected topic of interest to the individual, rather than a part of a larger humanitarian or institutional endeavor. If appropriate, the winner may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return. Deadline: November 1, 2015 5pm 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 ... 

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 ...

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: November 16, 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 ... 

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 ...
 LECTURE | Nader Tehrani will deliver the lecture "Recent Work: NADAAA" at the University of Texas-Arlington on November 2, 2015. learn more ...

ARTICLE | David Turnbull contributed the article "Why isn't the profession seeing refugee camps as architectural projects?" for the Architect's Journal published on October 6, 2015. read more ...

CONFERENCE | Tulay Atak is a participant on the "Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies" session for the International Scientific Thematic Conference EAHN 2015 held in Belgrade, Serbia on October 14-17, 2015. learn more ...

LECTURE | Teddy Kofman will be speaker at the Jane Jacobs Forum: Sensing the City MAS SUMMIT 2015 held in New York City on October 22-23, 2015. learn more ...

Michael Morris (AR 89) | project team | "NASA has found a genius design for a base on freezing Mars," Tech Insider, September 29, 2015

Rural Urban Framework (John Lin, AR 02) | winner | 2015 Curry Stone Design Prize


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