News & Events

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Architectural League Lecture

Lecture: Sn°hetta, Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar 
Moderated by Nader Tehrani

The Architectural League's Current Work series features the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar will present Sn°hetta's work in a public lecture.

Sn°hetta is an integrated design practice of architecture, landscape, interiors, furniture, graphic and brand design, with offices in eight cities including Oslo, Norway, and New York City.

In 1989, Sn°hetta received its first commission to re-invent the great Alexandria Library in Egypt, after winning an international design competition. This was followed a decade later by another competition-winning proposal for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. In 2004, Sn°hetta was commissioned to build the only cultural building on the World Trade center memorial site, and a permanent office was then set up in New York. Sn°hetta is currently involved with more than 50 projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

This event is free for students, faculty and staff of the Cooper Union, with valid ID.

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

Architecture Summer Program Now Accepting Applications!

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union is offering two 4-week intensive courses at the college and high school level during the Summer 2016 session.  The workshop programs introduce students to foundational concepts and practices within the study of architecture, site visits, lectures, and culminate in the production of a portfolio.

The summer session will run July 5 - July 29, 2016. Admission is on a competitive rolling basis.

More information available here
Open Calls

DESIGN AWARD | NYCxDESIGN Rado Star Prize is an internationally established competition supporting young designers by giving them a platform to present their work.  Exploring the concept of lightness and "a lighter way of living," participants have the opportunity to enter the Rado Star Prize competition and finalists will have the opportunity to display their concepts during the design week at WantedDesign in Brooklyn during NYCxDESIGN and win $5000 and a Rado Watch. Contestants will be tasked to create a design project in the field of product, graphic, industrial or lighting design through innovative ideas and the use of new materials in the area of home decoration items, tableware objects and giftable ideas for the living space, all while keeping in mind the theme of "lightness."  Deadline: April 14, 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | POOL is looking for contributions that engage with the ubiquitous and overlooked table, as an allegory to framing the culture of architecture at large. We welcome essays and other content endemic to academic publishing, but also encourage unconventional media such as comics, experimental films, and syllabi. Accepted content will be published digitally on a rolling basis, as well as considered for a June 2016 print issue. Deadline: April 15, 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR SESSION TOPICS | 105th ACSA Annual Meeting: Brooklyn says "Move to Detroit" ACSA and the conference co-chairs Luis Francisco Rico-Gutierrez, Iowa State University and Martha Thorne, IE University invite paper session topics related to this conference theme. Authors of session topic proposals should submit a 500 word (maximum) description of the session, suitable for blind review, and a brief author biography that demonstrates the author's expertise in the proposal's area of focus. The annual meeting will take place in Detroit, Michigan on March 23rd through March 25th, 2017. 
Submission Deadline: April 21, 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR PROJECTS | Figment 2016 is a a three-day participatory arts event held on Governors Island, showcasing art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. The event accepts submissions from artists of all ages and experience. Deadline April 22 2016. Learn More...


OPEN CALL | Napavillion Competition 2016. NAPAVILION challenges this typical ideal of a Pavilion by providing specificity in use and non-specificity or adaptability in site. NAPAVILION is a Pavilion for a nap in any location you choose. This can be within your home, backyard, on a tree, by a tree, on top of a hill, at the foot of a hill, by a river, or floating on a river.  OBJECTIVE: Design a prefabricated structure for individual shelter. The design should have the ability to be disassembled and reconstructed. Use wood as the main material. Deadline: April 30, 2016 More info...

CALL FOR WRITING | Thresholds 45: MYTH. MIT's annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions on the topic of how architecture makes myth and how myth makes architecture. With a taste for the fantastical, thresholds 45 invites submission of scholarly articles, creative contributions from the fields of architecture, art, and literature, and narrative content which clarifies or complicates our understanding of myth + architecture. Essay submissions should be in English, approx. 3,000 words, and formatted in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. Submissions should include a brief cover letter, contact information and bio of under 50 words for each author. Text should be submitted in MS Word. Images should be submitted at 72dpi as uncompressed TIFF files.  All material and correspondence should be submitted to
Deadline May 1 2016. Learn More... 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS | COLLABORATION: Technology, Research, Practice. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the integration of education, research and practice of technologies at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando. This symposium will focus on COLLABORATION. Authors should prepare 500-words abstracts, with up to 3 supporting images, for blind peer review. Prospective papers should address one of these topics: Collaboration-Technology, Collaboration-Interdisciplinary Research, Collaboration-Practice, Collaboration-Open. Educators, Practitioners, Researchers and Students are all encouraged to submit. There will be a limited number of paper presentations. Select abstracts will be invited to submit a final paper, which must be original, unpublished material (60% new content). The papers of authors who attend the conference will be published in the Symposium Proceedings. Deadline: May 1, 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS | Building for Health and Well-Being: Structures, Cities, Systems. The 2016 Fall Conference co-chairs invite abstract submissions from the ACSA and ASPPH communities, as well as non-member practitioners and faculty that address the range of topics related to built environment and human health. Following are the topic areas to select from when creating and submitting your abstracts, along with optional 5 images: Empiricism, Epistemology, and the Ethics of Intervention; Exposures, Positive and Negative. Health as Performance Metric; Converging Pedagogies; Acupunctural Urbanism: Advocacy, Equity, and Community Based Initiatives and Making Well-Being Material: Translations to Practice. The chairs would like you to be "unconstrained" by traditional presentation formats. Deadline: May 1, 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR VIDEOS | The Hidden Lumens: Light. New York City is filled with light - an indelible stamp on its culture, architecture, and life. You're invited to submit a short video of the city's lights through your eyes. Show us what you see, of hidden gems, playful moments, or treasured icons of light. Imagery may be random, staged, caught, found, electric, funny, serious, amateur, or professional. Videos will be collected, curated, edited, and presented during the 2016 Lumen Awards Gala on June 16th, and posted online. Deadline: May 1, 2016. Learn More... 

DESIGN COMPETITION | OBJECTS  The Center for American Architecture and Design at the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce its new design Competition, OBJECTS, and its upcoming symposium The Secret Life of Buildings. The OBJECTS competition judges include Graham Harman, Ian Bogost, Leslie Van Duzer, Levi Bryant, Winka Dubbledam, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Albena Yaneva. The Symposium will also include Timothy Morton and Craig Dykers. For more information email: Deadline: May 2, 2016. Learn More...

DESIGN COMPETITION | New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition. A Philip Johnson-designed masterpiece, the New York State Pavilion was the shining star of the 1964-65 World's Fair, charming millions of visitors who flocked to Queens for the two-year celebration. From its towering "Astro-View" observation decks to the open-air "Tent of Tomorrow," it was unlike anything anyone had ever seen. Fast forward to today. After decades of disuse and deterioration, this one-of-a-kind structure is poised for a dramatic comeback...but as what? Presented by the National Trust and People for the Pavilion, and sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition is an "anything goes" approach to radically re-imagine one of New York City's most iconic buildings and a defining landmark of Queens. Submissions will be judged by a multidisciplinary jury of architects, design experts, elected officials, and Queens community leaders who will select our first place ($3,000), second place ($1,000), and third place ($500) winners. Additionally, the general public will select a fan favorite ($500) Deadline: July 1, 2016. Learn More... 
Nader Tehrani, (Arch dean/fac) | Obituary "Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016," THE COOPER UNION, April 1, 2016

Michael Samuelian, (AR '95/Arch fac) | Speaker | Hudson Yards: Designing New York's Newest Neighborhood, NY FACADES+ conference, April 21, 2016, NYC

Thomas Phifer, (Arch fac) | Speaker | Afternoon Keynote: Recent Work, NY FACADES+
conference, April 21, 2016, NYC

Frank Jacobus, (AR '98) | Article | "Emerging Voices 2016> SILO AR+D," THE ARCHITECTS' NEWSPAPER, April 4, 2016
| Article | "Emerging Voice Frank Jacobus AR'98," THE COOPER UNION

Amir Shahrokhi, (AR '05) | Speaker | Wd | From Tree to Timber, 2016 Global Dialogues TECTONIC ALCHEMY, Center for Architecture April 21, 2016, NYC

Snarkitecture (Alex Mustonen, AR '05, Daniel Arsham, A '03), | Article | "New York's Hou de Sousa to Bring Life-Size Ball-Blocks to Dupont Underground," ARCHITECT Magazine, March 21, 2016

Rayyane Tabet, (AR 08) | Group Exhibition | Wanderlust, the High Line, April 21, 2016-March 2017


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