EVENTS

Thursday, December 13 , 2018
Letter From the Dean

Dear Friends of the School of Architecture:
 
The end of the year is upon us, and with it a time to celebrate the students, faculty, and staff who together have accomplished so much, and in doing so have worked to foster the unique intellectual and creative culture of the school.
 
With the leadership of assistant professor Michael Young, and Jeremy Son who led the student lecture series, our events programs have been exceptionally active and vibrant, with more than 17 in-house lectures, including Hashim Sarkis, Clark Thenhaus, and Catherine Seavitt-Nordenson. In collaboration with the Architectural League of New York, we have co-sponsored and hosted eleven programs open to alumni, friends, and the public at large, including extraordinary lectures by Anna Herrington, Michael Webb, Cecil Balmond, and Harry Cobb.
 
Together we celebrated the tenth year of the William Cooper Mack Thesis Fellowship program with a public lecture and alumni reception, bringing Fabio Gramazio and Meejin Yoon to The Great Hall to speak about the intellectual evolution of digital materiality.
 
Steven Hillyer and his team in the School of Architectural Archive have expanded our exhibitions program, with an exemplary view into the history of Thesis at The Cooper Union. Archive and Artifact: The Virtual and the Physical, included original Thesis projects from 1969 to the present, as well as a preview into the ongoing development of the Student Work Collection Digital Access Project. When complete this searchable database of photographic and born-digital images will one of the most comprehensive, publically accessible resources for historical and contemporary architectural pedagogy .
 
This exhibition also prompted the Symposium THESIS NOW, co-curated by Igor Bragado and Michael Young, a public event that included Eva Franch, Stan Allen, and Joan Ockman, who joined many others in debates of the modalities of intellectual work as channeled through independent work-whether through study, search or research-towards the development of an architectural thesis.
 
The academic papers of seven of our graduate students were accepted by the ACSA for its 2018 Fall Conference. The students had developed the papers in a Proseminar course taught by associate professor Tamar Zinguar; they all traveled to Milwaukee to present their papers at the conference.
 
The student work of the fall semester 2017 Architectonics studio, coordinated by Mersiha Veledar, with teaching team Alexa Tsein-Shiang and Yasmin Vobis, was awarded the 2018 Studio Prize from Architect, the journal of the American Institute of Architects. Ours was the only undergraduate studio of the five winning entries.
 
External to our own immediate boundaries, School of Architecture students saw their work give substance to MOMA's Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia 1948-1980, delivered through five exquisitely crafted large scale models. I encourage everyone to visit the exhibition before it closes on 13 January.
 
Esteemed alumna have also broken new ground on several fronts: Peggy Deamer and Elizabeth Diller were awarded Women in Architecture prizes from Architectural Record, Peggy in the activist category and Elizabeth in the Design Leadership category. Toshiko Mori was recently announced as the winner of the 2019 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest honor given to architectural educators in the country.
 
As we launch the New Year, we are also excited to celebrate Professor Diana Agrest's publication that has recently shipped from the printer and will be available in the weeks ahead. Architecture of Nature, Nature of Architecture transcends the established disciplinary boundaries of architecture, urbanism, and landscape to present the complex processes of the generation and transformation of extreme natural phenomena; it includes essays by Peter Gallison & Caroline Jones, John McPhee and D. Graham Burnett.
 
With the reckoning of these accomplishments, I would also like to thank all of you who have supported the work of the school through a contribution to the Dean's Circle in Architecture, a fund that supports projects in exhibitions, public programs, and publications that are so critical to the culture of the school and its visibility in the broader world. Our college wide fund-raising campaign has gained both purpose and momentum as we fully commit to the return to full tuition scholarships for all undergraduate students. Exceeding our financial goals for the 2018 fiscal year, we are on track to successfully complete the Plan to Return to Full Tuition Scholarships in less than ten years' time.
 
We take this opportunity to once more before the end of year ask that each and every one of you make one more contribution to The Cooper Union. We ask our friends and alumni alike to support the mission of The Cooper Union and the School of Architecture's work in educating students for the challenges and promises of the discipline and practice; to engage people, neighborhoods, and cities toward a more just and equitable world; and to care for the planet as the home that sustains us all, through the transformative power of architecture. We ask for your participation
in our every step going forward!
 
Warmth,
 
Nader 

Nader Tehrani, Dean
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
of The Cooper Union
Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980

Students of the School of Architecture designed and fabricated five models featured in this exhibition currently on view in the 3rd Floor Exhibition Galleries at the Museum of Modern Art. The Project began as an elective class "Modeling Yugoslav Architecture," taught by Matthew Worsnick, 2016-17 MRC Fellow in Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. 

The exhibition was organized by Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and Vladimir Kulic, guest curator, with Anna Kats, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art. 

Visit the exhibition webpage here
FACULTY NEWS
Nader Tehrani, Arch dean/fac | Panelist | The Predicament of Architecture, The Architectural League, December 4, 2018, The Cooper Union, NYC

Anthony Vidler, Arch fac | Participant | "Manifesto Series: Closed Worlds," Storefront for Art & Architecture, December 6, 2018, NYC
ALUMNI NEWS
Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55/Arch fac emeritus) | Article | "Snapping point: how the world's leading architects fell under the Instagram spell," THE GUARDIAN, November 23, 2018 

Daniel Libeskind, AR '70 | Article | "Starchitect Sparkles," AIA NEW YORK: IN THE NEWS, November 28, 2018 | Article | "How Architect Daniel Libeskind Redesigned the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Star," ELLE DECOR, November 15, 2018

Peggy Deamer, AR '77 | Article | "Fifth Annual Women in Architecture Awards Honors Trailblazers,"
ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, November 27, 2018 | Essay | "The Missing Unions of Architectural Labor," HARVARD DESIGN MAGAZINE, F/W 2018, No. 46

Elizabeth Diller, AR '79 | Article | "Fifth Annual Women in Architecture Awards Honors Trailblazers," ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, November 27, 2018 

Lee Skolnick, AR '79 | Article | "New Technology in Historic Buildings," AIA NEW YORK: IN THE NEWS, November 28, 2018
OPEN CALLS & OPPORTUNITIES
NEW

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS | 43rd Annual MET Section Geotechnical Seminar: Reaching New Heights and Depths calls for abstracts for an upcoming one-day specialty seminar to be held in Manhattan on geotechnical engineering. Please email your abstracts to Gabriela Lara at glara@geiconsultants.com. Deadline: December 14, 2018. Learn More...  

OPEN CALL | 2019 Wassaic Summer Residency offers artists, writers, filmmakers, dancers and more the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural community. Deadline: January 14, 2019. Learn More...  

PRIZE COMPETITION | 2018 CHICAGO PRIZE: CROSSING THE LINE The Chicago Architectural Club prompts designs in apprehension or crossing of material or immaterial lines as investigations or interventions of the urban political fabric. Deadline: January 21, 2019. Learn More...  

CALL FOR APPLICANTS | Rotch Traveling Scholarship is an annual two-stage design competition that results in one person traveling the world for at least six months studying architecture. Deadline: January 25, 2019. Learn More...  

CALL FOR PAPERS | The AHRA 16th Annual Conference in Dundee encourages submissions from architects, urbanists, planners, community activists, and policymakers, alongside scholars and practicioners from related fields. Deadline: February 1, 2019. Learn More...

CALL FOR ENTRIES | League Prize 2019: Just invites young architects and designers to submit work to this annual prize competition organized to recognize visionary work. Deadline: February 11, 2019. Learn More...  

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | CIEE Conference: Opening Doors to Increase Diversity in Study Abroad Less than 30% of students who study abroad are from underrepresented groups and actionable ideas   are necessary to make all aspects of education more equitable. Deadline: February 11, 2019. Learn More...  

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | FIGMENT NYC 2019  is a free participatory arts event that celebrates creativity by challenging artists and participants to find new ways to create, share, and dream. Deadline: April 7, 2019. Learn More...
DEADLINE APPROACHING   

IDEAS COMPETITION | arch out loud: WASTE, LAGOS LANDFILL STADIUM asks participants to design a multipurpose stadium at the former Olusosun Landfill. Deadline: December 17, 2018. Learn More...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | /narratives/ publication is an annual print publication with a quarterly digital output featuring architectural projects, products, places, and people tapping into the contemporary built environment in Ghana and abroad. Deadline: December 31, 2018. Learn More...

OPEN CALL | Festival Architecture RADICAL 2019 invites students possessing design utopias to investigate fundamental tenets to redesign architectures at a level of impact of the Bauhaus constructions in their time. Deadline: December 31, 2018. Learn More...

FACULTY SEARCH | The Design School If you have a passion for teaching design at an university focused on innovation, here's your chance. The Design School is looking for a lecturer in Graphic Visual Communication, an Assistant Professor of Architecture and an Assistant Professor in Industrial Design. Deadline: January 4, 2018. Learn More...

CALL FOR FELLOWS | THE HUMANITIES INSTITUTE - LUESTHER T. MERTZ LIBRARY is pleased to offer two full-time, residential Research Fellowships for 2019 for current Ph.D. students or recent post-doctoral researchers. Deadline: January 7, 2019. Learn More...

DESIGN CHALLENGE | Eleven: PLASTIC WORLDS is an effort to fight plastic waste in our waters. We invite creatives and visionaries from all around the world to join in and fight plastic pollution through raw creativity, imagination and talent. Deadline: January 11, 2019. Learn More...
ONGOING  

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS | New Museum: IdeasCity New Orleans is a civic platform that explores the future citys with art and culture as a driving force. The program is organized as a residency of emerging practitioners working at the intersections of urbanism, art, design, technology, and community activism. Deadline: January 15, 2019. Learn More... 

CALL FOR SUBMISISONS | LOG 46 access unsolicited submissions of previously unpublished work, including, but not limited to, writings, drawings, and photos. Deadline: January 30, 2018. Learn More... 

DESIGN CHALLENGE | Metals in Construction Magazine: Create a New Urban Pathway challenges designers, architects to submit your vision for a pedestrian bridge that navigates efficiently between two sites. Deadline: February 1, 2019. Learn More...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | The Journal of Architectural Education Issue 73:2 : WORK With Architectural work increasingly undervalued and often unrewarding, is it possible to reevaluate the nature of what we do, how we perform tasks, and recalibrate the labor of those in related fields and for ourselves? Deadline: February 1, 2019. Learn More...

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Toptal Scholarships for Women awards $10,000 and a year of mentorship to five future female leaders who want to change the world. Entries will be judged on the originality of the idea, your plan for making it happen, and your passion for the cause it represents. Deadline: March 31, 2019. Learn More...

CALL FOR APPLICANTS | The Lyceum Fellowship Competition presents the opportunity to propose a welcoming place of sanctuary in the form a new arrival center on Angel Island for new immigrants as well as a place of reflection for past immigrants and the communities within which they now live. Deadline: March 22, 2019. Learn More... 

                                                                                         

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