Anthony Candido


Professor Candido graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology where he studied architecture and planning under the directorships of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Ludwig Hilberseimer. He received an award for excellence in the study of architecture from the Henry Adams Fund, A.I.A., Chicago.

Professor Candido’s first teaching assignment at The Cooper Union was in 1959 where he introduced the Block Project to his Architectonics class. The Block Project was derived from his still life paintings of his painter’s table. Candido has been teaching regularly at The Cooper Union since 1978. Over the years, he has taught ARCH 111, Architectonics, ARCH 121, Design II, ARCH 131, Design III, ARCH 151, Thesis, Two and Three Dimensional Design, Life Drawing and Construction. He currently teaches ARCH 185, Crossings, a seminar on which the focus is the use of a sketchbook as a repository of initial insights, their development and content.

Professor Candido has a broad range of experience in painting and architecture. From 1954-1957 he worked for I.M. Pei as a designer. His achievements in that capacity were: a single support 180 foot diameter steel and glass umbrella for Roosevelt Field, the first published design for the GSA Buildings, Platform and Mall in S.W. Washington D.C. and the prototype concrete structure used extensively by Mr. Pei. In 1969 he traveled to Japan for Davis & Brody to supervise the design and construction of the U.S. Pavilion, at EXPO ’70 to which he made major design contributions.

He has exhibited his paintings at The Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, Galerie de L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Lorient, France, The International Design Forum, Asahikawa, Japan, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the Attitudes Gallery, Denver. Candido has exhibited his work at various New York galleries, including The Painting Center, The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery of The Cooper Union, The Phillipe Briet Gallery, 101 Wooster DNC Exhibition Space, Betty Parsons Gallery, Spectrum Gallery, St. Mark’s Church on the Bowery, and The Area Gallery.

A monograph, Tony Candido: Night Drawings 1956 was published by The Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1993. Professor Candido’s artworks and writings are also included in the publications Education of An Architect, Loka II, 1976, Casabella, October 1997, New World Writings #13, 1958. His archive is with the Smithsonian Institute’s Archives of American Art. In 2002, Candido was nominated for a Chrysler Award.

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