The Cooper Union
Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, through outstanding academic programs in architecture, art and engineering prepares students admitted on merit to make enlightened contributions to society. The Cooper Union provides all students with full tuition scholarships, close contact with a distinguished faculty, and a rigorous, humanistic learning environment in which to develop intellectually, creatively and professionally. Admission to the B.Arch. program is based on academic records, SAT scores and completion of the School of Architecture Home Test. Please consult our website for more detailed application information and deadlines.
The Cooper Union's location in New York City in the heart of downtown Manhattan provides a stimulating professional, social and cultural context for the education of an architect as well as an urban laboratory for the study of design in society. The many cultural, educational and civic institutions of the city provide an inexhaustible resource for research and experience outside the studio and classroom. Within The Cooper Union, the School of Architecture draws on the resources of the School of Art, the School of Engineering, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the extensive library holdings of a consortium which includes The Cooper Union, New York University and the New School/Parsons.
At a time when the nature, role and scope of the architect is rapidly assuming new directions and dimensions in both social and technological domains, the school emphasizes the principles of design and their underlying human values. The architecture curriculum is designed to prepare students for a rich array of opportunities in the profession, while offering a broad cultural and intellectual foundation in the liberal arts as they relate to the design of the environment at all scales. The discipline of architecture interpreted in the widest possible sense is seen as a basis for a fully-rounded education at the undergraduate level. Students are encouraged to develop their design skills within a comprehensive framework of studios and courses that stimulate debate and research into all aspects of architecture in society - historical, aesthetic, technological, and political. There is a strong emphasis on the ethical responsibilities of the design professions towards society, and the role of the architect as interpreter and framer of the spatial needs of the community, specifically in the domain of environmental and conservation issues. Participation in student government is an opportunity for further professional and civic development.
The School of Architecture offers a five-year program leading to the Bachelor of Architecture, a first professional degree. The five-year Design sequence is carefully structured to introduce the student to the principles of architectonics, the investigation of program, site, structures and environmental and building technologies, in a comprehensive and integrated curriculum. The design sequence moves from an introduction to the basic elements of form, space, and structure, to complex institutional design problems in their urban context, culminating in a year-long thesis that demonstrates the student's ability to synthesize a comprehensive understanding of a significant architecture in society. The traditional and essential skills of drawing, modeling, and design development are complemented by a full investigation of the analytical and critical uses of digital technology. The study of world architecture and urbanism is deepened by the understanding of individual cultures, environmental, and technological issues at every scale. The theory of the discipline, past and present, is investigated through the close analysis of critical texts, and is related to the theory and practice of other arts, such as public art, film, and video. The new one-year Master of Architecture II program is a design-research post-professional degree program intended for professionals who wish to continue in practice with higher research and design skills as well as those who wish to prepare for teaching and/or study toward a Ph.D. at another institution.
- Art & Design
- History, Theory, Criticism