On View: Student and Faculty Work

October 17, 2011

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In conjunction with the inauguration of President Jamshed Bharucha on October 17 and 18, 2011, Cooper Union faculty and students installed work throughout 41 Cooper Square and the Foundation building. The work on view came from the schools of architecture, art and engineering.

In the colonnade of the Foundation Building, a faculty publications installation showcased recent books by, and with significant contributions from, Cooper Union professors. The display was also visible to passersby outside the building from the colonnade windows.

The School of Architecture graduate student exhibition, The Critical Moment: Architecture in the Expanded Field, remained on view in the Houghton Gallery.

Posters publicizing School of Engineering robotics projects were hung outside the Architecture Archive offices.



  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.