End of Year Exhibitions 2014-15

End of Year Exhibition, 2014-15

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This has been a consequential year in the history of The Cooper Union. Even as structural change has come to the institution, debate continues on its impact, both to the historic mission and values of the school, and to the question of higher education as a public good. In this year, as we anticipate the successful conclusion of the Dean Search, the School has recommitted itself to architecture as a social, intellectual and creative project. The historic ethos of The Cooper Union informs the school at every level, and the design studio is, more than ever, a place of community and debate, of analysis, experimentation, precision, hard work and risk-taking. Projects seek to clarify what is fundament to the discipline of architecture while drawing in questions of urgency and consequence for the individual and humanity.

Elizabeth O’Donnell, Acting Dean 2014-15

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  • 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.