Elizabeth O'Donnell and Lorena del Rio: The Public Program

Tuesday, February 11 | 6:30PM
Room 315F

Elizabeth O'Donnell and Lorena del Rio will discuss terms which, whether in practice or teaching, define the architectural program in public and urban contexts. 

The In Conversation series is intended as a format for faculty to discuss issues that are affecting the school, the discipline, or the theories, cultures and practices of architecture. 

This event is open to current Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff. Room 315F.
Ines Weizman: Dust & Data. Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years

Thursday, February 13 | 6:30PM
Room 315F

In this talk, architect and theorist Ines Weizman will look at the history of the Bauhaus framed by two material concepts: dust & data. While dust foregrounds new approaches to the material analysis of objects and ruins, data designates new approaches to managing the enormous amount of information accumulated about the subject over the years. It will present a reading of the history of the Bauhaus as an entangled problem — the multiple historiographies of the Bauhaus and the story of a global architectural history of modernism within which it is located. The complex trajectories of Bauhaus migration — its architects, artists, documents, objects, and of course its ideas — have splintered across a fragmented world. In this talk Ines Weizman will present her latest edited book which collects essays that unearth new details about the history of the school and reveal the perspectives of marginalized, dislocated, silenced, and dispersed voices that have gone unheard – until now. These include the voices of queer architects, of the (too) few women practitioners, of those in the global South who studied at the Bauhaus or were influenced by its ideas, and the perception of the school beyond the Iron Curtain of the Cold War.

The lecture will be introduced by Prof. Anthony Vidler and moderated by Prof. Anya Bokov.

This event is open to current Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff. Room 315F.

Image Credits: Nanoscopic material investigation, copyright Centre for Documentary Architecture, 2019.
Bryan Young: Working Title

Tuesday, February 18 | 6:30PM
Room 315F

Young Projects LLC is a design studio founded by Bryan Young in New York City in 2010, whose work includes buildings, interiors, objects, material prototyping and furniture. Geometry, pattern, texture and spatial complexity play a significant role in creating an ambiguous architecture. The studio explores a variety of methods: breaking traditional techniques for fabrication, hand pulling plaster, growing crystals and burning things, to name a few.

Young Projects’ work has been widely published and has received numerous awards including this year's The Architectural League of New York Emerging Voices Award.

This event is open to current Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff.
Nivola in New York: Figure in Field

January 23 through March 15
Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery

An exhibition of the work of Italian sculptor Constantino Nivola (1911-1988), known for his large-scale bas-reliefs, murals, and free-standing sculptural installations created in collaboration with architects. The exhibition is the first-ever to tell the story of Nivola's built New York City projects through maquettes and sculptures, original drawings, site-specific photographs, and related ephemera. The exhibition also features a timeline outlining 62 projects that Nivola made in collaboration with architects over approximately 40 years. This exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Costantino Nivola Foundation.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Image: Apartment Building Lobby, 1955. Raymond Loewy, Designer. 1025 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.
KoningEizenberg Architecture: Neighborhood

Wednesday, February 26
Room 315F | 7:00PM

Architect Julie Eizenberg will present her firm’s projects for Current Work.

The Santa Monica-based firm KoningEizenberg was founded in 1982 by Australian architects Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg. The firm describes an “inherent pragmatism” underlying its design process, “driven by tight budgets and a commitment to environmentally responsive design.” It aims to work with clients “to reveal new possibilities for the design of housing and neighborhood places that strengthen community.”

The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Karen Stein. Stein, an architectural consultant and writer, is executive director of the George Nelson Foundation.

This lecture is co-sponsored with The Architectural League of New York.

Tickets are free for Cooper Union students and faculty with valid ID, and League members.
Faculty and Staff News
Anthony Vidler, Arch fac | Resident | 2020 Resident American Academy in Rome

Nora Akawi, Arch fac | Conversation | “Ines Weizman in conversation with Nora Akawi: Modernism Across the Sykes-Picot Line,” Storefront for Art and Architecture, February 14, NYC | Lecture | “Staged Encounters: Displacement,” Princeton Mellon Initiative, Princeton University, February 25, Princeton, NJ

Rica Studio (Iñaqui Carnicero and Lorena del Río, Arch fac) | Lecture | Spring 2020 Lecture Series, MIT Architecture, February 20, 2020, Cambridge, MA
Tamar Zinguer, AR ’89/Arch fac | Presentation | Model Desert, Sandbox Monument, CAA Annual Conference, February 14, 2020, Chicago, IL

Diane Lewis, AR ’76 (deceased) | Feature | “5 open houses in Greenwich Village to check out this weekend,” CURBED.COM, January 10, 2020

Lea Bertucci, Arch staff | Resident | 2020 Artist in Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts
Alumni News
Gina Pollara, AR ’91 | Contribution | RIVERCROSS, Post Post Works, New York, 2020

Dasha Khapalova, AR ’07 | Article | “Architecture Faculty's Firm Wins Unbuilt Design Award,” CORNELL AAP ARCHITECTURE ART PLANNING NEWS, January 15, 2020

Peter Ballman, AR ’08 | Article | “Architecture Faculty's Firm Wins Unbuilt Design Award,” CORNELL AAP ARCHITECTURE ART PLANNING NEWS, January 15, 2020
Laura Genes, AR ’14 | Contribution | RIVERCROSS, Post Post Works, New York, 2020

Arta Perezic, AR ’15 | Publication | RIVERCROSS, Post Post Works, New York, 2020
Open Calls & Opportunities

UWM Department of Architecture Fellowship is a one-year teaching commitment to develop a thematic body of work within the context of studio teaching which focuses on innovative design praxis. Deadline: February 16

The CCA’s Doctoral Research Residency Program supports PhD candidates in pursuing archival research based on our collection. Applicants must be nominated by their respective home institution. Deadline: February 28

The CCA’s Curatorial Internship Program is designed to share the CCA’s expertise with students and young professionals in architecture, the design disciplines, the arts and the humanities who are interested in exploring editorial and curatorial work in architecture. Deadline: March 9

The 2020 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge is a professional competition that celebrates excellence in interior design by students in both residential and commercial categories. Deadline: March 15

Stanford University Shimizu Visiting Professor Position is a one-time teaching commitment for the winter quarter (January 4 - March 19) of 2021 to foster connections with other programs and deepen the conversation around architectural pedagogy. Nominated faculty please email letters of interest, course proposal, and portfolios in a zipped file smaller than 10MB too: Deadline: March 31

The City and Complexity Conference: London 2020 Five decades after complexity theory was first applied to our reading of the city, this conference revisits its consequences. Abstracts Submissions: April 1

Dezeen Awards 2020 welcomes entries for its third edition of international awards. Eight new categories have been introduced this year including landscape project, infrastructure project, bar interior, restaurant interior, large retail interior, small retail interior, architectural lighting design and exhibition design. Deadline: June 9


Jane’s Walk Tee-Shirt Design This year we are seeking designs to feature on our 2020 Jane’s Walk t-shirt. Local New York-based artists are encouraged to apply. Deadline: February 11

New York State Council on the Arts is looking for advisors who are committed to arts diversity to read and evaluate grant applications. Individuals who have worked closely with and within diverse communities are encouraged to apply. Deadline: February 14

The AIAS: In Studio Portfolio challenges AIAS members to share their portfolios to inspire those looking to enhance their professional portfolios. Deadline: February 15

IESNYC 2020 Student Lighting Competition Students enrolled in a NYC based college or university in fall and spring semester lighting classes are eligible. Deadline: February 16 

American Roundtable A new Architectural League initiative, which will bring together on-the-ground perspectives on the condition of American communities and what they need to thrive going forward. Deadline: February 18

AIANY Excelsior Awards 2020 provide a model of excellence for state-funded building design, professional practice, and advocacy. Deadline: February 21

Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation Traveling Grant is a $6,000 award to enable undergraduate students in architecture to travel abroad for a focused study of a historic place, period, or architect. Deadline: March 1

Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation Graduate Fellowship provides two $6,000 awards for students in graduate degree programs in architecture, art history, interior design, historic preservation and the decorative arts. Deadline: March 1


Creativetime Emerging Artist Open Call invites artists working in all mediums to submit proposals for a new public art commission, to be presented in New York City in 2021. Deadline: March 15

AEC Model Competition calls for 3D models saved in Revit, IFC, DWG, ACIS, 3DM or CATIA formats for a chance to win cash prizes. Deadline: March 15, 2020

Superscape 2020 is a biennial prize that seeks to explore new models of urban living within a 30 year timeline. Deadline: March 16

JPG: Workspaces for Tomorrow gives students and young professionals in the field of architecture and design the opportunity to consider the evolving role of work in our society, and how our work spaces could be transformed. Deadline: March 20, 2020

Be Original Get out of the classroom and into the field. We give design students the chance to get on-the-ground experience so that they can learn first-hand what it takes to make authentic design. Deadline: March 27

NYSCA Architecture + Design Support The Cooper Union offers sponsorship to faculty, staff or teams' independent projects for the 2020 New York State Council on the Arts Architecture + Design Grants Program. Projects cannot be part of curriculum or commissioned work. If you would like application support, please contact Siri McDonald . Deadline: March 28

Legendary Bird Home 2020 tasks participants to present innovative designs for a bird house that can be built at home using sustainable materials and methods. Registration Deadline: April 14

The 2020 Deborah J. Norden Fund , a program of The Architectural League of New York, awards up to $5,000 annually in travel grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies. Deadline: April 19

BELT TIGHTENING - Bungalows for the Millenial Family  Learning from the history and design of bungalows and utilizing the standard Chicago lot, design a new housing prototype for Chicago. Deadline: May 22

The SARAs 2020 celebrate design excellence in architecture and design through an annual Awards Program which attracts entries from individuals, firms, and students from around the world. Deadline: July 15

Dubai 2020: Rapid Cities - Responsive Architectures is a conference coinciding with EXPO 2020: design, planning & construction in the modern world and exploring contemporary design and construction. Abstracts Deadline: June 30