The Institute, its core and consulting advisors, faculty, research, student and community partners are committed on engaging cross-disciplinary conversation and reciprocal learning experience, where different views of the world and its environmental needs are expressed and real solutions imagined, created and implemented.

Core Team

Kevin Bone Director
Emma John Administrative Associate

Faculty Partners

Toby Cumberbatch SEA2M3
Dorit Aviv School of Architecture
David Turnbull School of Architecture
Andrea Pinochet Research Associate
Albert F. Appleton Senior Fellow for Sustainability

Core Advisors

Sunnie Joh
Michael Ben-Eli
Albert F. Appleton




  • 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.