Student Work

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The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture has a unique history of documenting student work as an integral part of recording its pedagogy and history. The practice of documenting student work was originally established by John Hejduk (AR '50) and Roger Canon (AR '70) in preparation for the publication Education of An Architect: A Point of View, which coincided with an exhibition of the same name held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1971. In the following decades, the School of Architecture Archive was established with student work comprising the largest portion of its collection. In addition to the documentation of models and drawings from the school's annual End of the Year Exhibition, student work is collected throughout the year in order to maintain a comprehensive record of the school's unique and rigorous curriculum.

Selected Graduate Design Studio Projects

Selected Undergraduate Design Studio Projects

End of Year Exhibitions

  • 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.