LETTER FROM THE DEAN
Leadership in the School of Architecture

I write to formally announce that, after serving 18 years as Associate Dean, Elizabeth O’Donnell is returning to her role as a member of the faculty while passing the proverbial baton at the School to her colleague, Assistant Dean Hayley Eber (AR 2001). Over the course of these 18 years Elizabeth has served the school with unparalleled dedication, and at every level of focus and detail. During the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years, she also served as Acting Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, at one of the most difficult times in Cooper Union’s institutional history.

In reflecting on their time working together during his deanship, Professor Anthony Vidler said:

“Elizabeth was appointed Associate Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture in the Fall of 2001. It has to be said that without Elizabeth’s reasoned, calm, judicious, and caring guidance, the school would not have been able to face the loss of its first Dean, John Hedjuk, and certainly, I, as the second Dean, would have had no certain guide for a world that was unalterably changed by the catastrophe of 9/11 that faced us this first year, and the increasing demands of the profession and society afterwards. Her dedication to the enduring idea of The Cooper Union – its traditions, practices, and ideals – was, and has always been, constant; her commitment to necessary change, technologically and socially, has been equally unremitting.
 
 As Associate Dean she has been the voice that balances stability and progress in the curriculum, advocacy of the original social and cultural stances bound into Peter Cooper’s charter, as well as a sense of the emerging challenges of the technological and global world order. During the first twelve years of her Deanship, she piloted the school, and myself, through the most challenging years we have experienced; her relations with generations of alumni and alumnae, her understanding of the demands of the profession, her agility in adaptation, and her firm leadership in the negotiations over accreditation requirements, are only one side of her talents. Above all, I celebrate her deep support of our students at every level, in every individual crisis and career despondency: her ability to listen, respond, and guide.
 
This is all in the context of an administrator who is also a great teacher of architectural design, technology, and structures. At Cooper, it goes without saying, administration means nothing if not backed by the strongest intellectual and professional abilities. Elizabeth speaks with authority because she is an architect through and through, with all the instincts that are— ethically and aesthetically—the best that the profession can offer.
 
I will miss her as a colleague in the trenches of administration, but welcome her as a colleague in the teaching and nurturing of architecture.”        

It is a rare occasion for anyone to lead for eighteen years. In the case of Elizabeth O’Donnell, she has done so without the due credit that is bestowed on the many who have had to shoulder the kind of responsibilities she has successfully assumed for all of these years. From my brief perspective, she has not only been instrumental in my education as a dean, but indeed, she also persuaded me to consider what seemed like a folly of a decision some five years ago. Of the many challenges she has faced, perhaps the steadfast leadership Elizabeth offered during the uprising against The Cooper Union’s prior president best demonstrated her poise and balance, and kept the school moving forward with the kind of ethic for which she is so well-known.

For me, the easy part of stepping into my position was being able to inherit the kind of talent, commitment, and pedagogy whose continuity she was able to maintain through those rocky years. On a more personal level, I have had immense pleasure in sharing time with her, both on and off the record; she has been a mentor, partner, sister, and colleague in the truest sense to me, and I can think of few people with whom I can have such a depth of laughter and trust. Gladly, I will not have to say I will miss her, as I intend to keep her very close to us, focused on the pedagogical transformations on which we have been collaborating, with the hopes of her continued contributions in the coming years.

Looking ahead, Elizabeth will teach as a proportional-time faculty member, support the transition of leadership to Hayley and continue to be a force to be reckoned with at The Cooper Union. The School of Architecture thanks her for her deep commitment to leadership, education, the discipline of architecture and to The Cooper Union.

Nader Tehrani, Professor and Dean
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
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Anthony Vidler, Arch fac | Panelist | Architecture Exchange with Jacques Ranciere, Virginia Tech, The Cooper Union, November 16, 2019, NYC

Lydia Kallipoliti, Arch fac
| Book Review | “Full Circle,” On The Architecture of Closed Worlds, PIN-UP Magazine No. 27, fall/winter, 2019

Joan Ockman, AR ’80/Arch fac
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Michael Young, Arch fac | Panelist | Architecture Exchange with Jacques Ranciere, Virginia Tech, The Cooper Union, November 16, 2019, NYC

Lauren Kogod, Arch fac | Advisory Committee Member | Architecture & Collective Life, 16th Annual International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association, University of Dundee, November 21-23, 2019, Dundee, Scotland     

Michael Morris, AR ’89/Arch fac
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Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR ’79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR ’55/Arch fac emeritus) | Featured | “10 Great Grid Ceilings,” INTERIOR DESIGN, November 14, 2019

Chris Benedict, AR ’86 | Panelist | “DISCUSSION PANEL: Dreaming About Energy,” AIA Brooklyn, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 6:30PM, November 20, Brooklyn, NY

Gina Pollara, AR ’91 | Article | “Japanese ‘cult’ artist Tetsuya Ishida depicts Japan’s relentlessly conformism and technology’s control at Wrightwood 659,” CHICAGO TRIBUNE, November 13, 2019

Austin Sakong, AR ’04 | Speaker | Case Studies in Preservation and Adaptive Reuse for Academic Buildings, Center for Architecture, November 18, 2019, NYC
Joseph Bedford, AR ’07 | Session Chair/Presenter | Architecture & Collective Life, 16th Annual International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association, University of Dundee, November 21-23, 2019, Dundee, Scotland | Panelist | Architecture Exchange with Jacques Ranciere, Virginia Tech, The Cooper Union, November 16, 2019, NYC             

Dasha Khapalova, AR ’07 | Lecture | "On the Steps Events Series: Fabrizio Barozzi and Dasha Khapalova," The Making of Practice, Cornell University School of Architecture, Art, Planning, November 14, 2019, Ithaca, NY

Lydia Xynogala, AR ’09 | Paper Presenter | Architecture & Collective Life, 16th Annual International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association, University of Dundee, November 21-23, 2019, Dundee, Scotland
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