The Cooper Union
School of Architecture

The work of Professor Diana Agrest was included in New York 2000, Architecture and Urbanism from the Bicentennial to the Millennium, by Robert AM Stern, Rizzoli 2007. She was awarded a grant from Elisse Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown for The Making of an Avantgarde, IAUS 1967–1984, a film for which she is writer, producer and director. Current projects include the 1.2 million sq. ft. International Film Center in Shanghai, a 40,000 sq. ft. community center in South Amboy, NJ and Green Belt South Amboy, a master plan for a 315 acre, 6.5 mile long sustainable green belt which will include facilities for activities from sports to micro- agriculture, reactivating unused railroad yards and other underutilized land.

Visiting Professor Samuel Anderson completed two projects for Colonial Williamsburg, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, as well as a Library and Museum Archive for MoMA–NY. His ongoing work includes Harvard University Art Museums. He contributed to The Planning and Construction of Book and Paper Conservation Laboratories.

Water-Works: The Architecture and Engineering of the New York City Water Supply, edited by Professor Kevin Bone was co-published by the Monacelli Press. His firm Bone/Levine Architects currently has 30 active projects, including a 200 acre grassland and river restoration incorporating sustainable structures in western CO and a 500,000 sq. ft. sustainable mixed use development with two acres of public space in the Ironbound district of Newark, NJ.

Professor Anthony Candido designed the costumes for the Nancy Meeham Dance Company for their spring performance at the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, NY.

Assistant Professor Adjunct Bennett Carlin continues work as a Senior Engineer at the Dormitory Authority of NY, overseeing quality assurance inspections and design reviews on City University projects.

Visiting Professor Manuel DeLanda participated in the Ventulett Symposium “Mystique of the Urban Construct” at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professo professor at the GSAPP at Columbia University.

Visiting Professor Marco De Michelis is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design at the IUAV University in Venice. He recently published “A Better Tomorrow,” in The Architect’s Newspaper, an exhibition review of “Yona Friedman: About Cities” at The Drawing Center, NY.

Instructor Adjunct Yael Erel moderated the program “Splice,” discussing the work of site-specific choreographers and presented “Lishma: The Structure of Creation, A Philosophical and Spatial Debate” with Roy Tzohar at the Bronfman Center for Alma NY. She is completing a townhouse renovation as part of ROART Inc.

Instructor Adjunct MariaElena Fanna launched her own practice, PorterFanna Architecture, in partnership with her husband L.J. Porter. The office recently completed two interior renovation projects in NYC and is developing a residential project in East Hampton, NY. At Peter Gluck and Partners Architects, she completed the award-winning Floating Box House in Austin, TX.

Professor Sue Ferguson Gussow authored Architects Draw: Freeing The Hand, published by Princeton Architectural Press, which will appear in their summer 2008 catalogue. The project has been supported by grants from the Graham Foundation and the Tides Foundation. Her paintings are featured on the cover and in an article in 100 New York Painters by Cynthia Maris Dantzic, Schiffer Books.

Professor David Gersten is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Maimar LLC, a multidisciplinary collaborative dedicated to the ethics of place, generating comprehensive approaches to land use that foster a balanced relationship between people and their environment. As both a member of the executive committee and a creative director, he works with strategic planning and directly with architects, engineers and land planners, overseeing all aspects of design and construction. As a visiting professor at the RISD Graduate Studies Department, he recently lead a seminar, “A Material Imagination of the Social Contract”.

Assistant Professor Adjunct Louis Katsos is construction manager for The Atelier Tower, a 47 story mixed use building, a 57-story hotel and condominium, a 28-story condominium and a 60 story mixed use building, all in NYC.

Instructor Adjunct Christoph a. Kumpusch, C.D.-IVCL.A. Ing. Mag. Arch., is the Project- and Design Architect and Junior-Research Director for the development of the airports Bratislava und Kosice in Slovakia. Professor Kumpusch became the youngest architect to be accredited as Engineer by the European Union, Federal Ministry for the Economics, Austria Section.

Visiting Professor Jennifer Lee exhibited the work of her firm, OBRA Architects, at the University of Minnesota, Fordham University, and at the Center for Architecture's “Going Public 2” exhibition in New York. She and OBRA have been featured in the MoMA series “Conversations with Contemporary Artists,” and their work was featured in publications including Top American Architects (Harry Abrams), among others. OBRA is part of the NYC Department of Design and Construction Design Excellence Initiative.

Visiting Professor Thomas Leeser’s projects include a $50 million addition to and renovation of the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC, and the World Mammoth and Permafrost Museum in Siberia. Projects include the 3LD Performing Arts Center in Lower Manhattan, and two inaugural exhibitions for Laboral Centro de Arte y Creatión Industrial in Spain.

Assistant Professor Adjunct Jana Leo de Blas is the author of The Trip with no Distance – Perversions of Time, Space and Money at the Limit of Contemporary Culture, published by CENDEAC in Spain. She recently presented the working session, "Un Lugar Bajo el Sol, the Architecture of Cultural Centers," in Buenos Aires. Her work was included in the Valencia Bienal and her actions at the MoMA–NY were featured in a Japanese weekly, New York Magazine and Log.

Professor Diane Lewis received the Gehry International Chair In Design from the Graduate School of Architecture, Toronto, with a grant for her forthcoming architectural monograph, INSIDE–OUT. She designed the exhibition for the Returning Iraq Veterans Common Ground Foundation, and held lectures at the Bauhaus Weimar, INARCH ROME, and The American Academy, Rome. Her current architectural work was featured in Surface, the New York Times, Architectural Record, and Casa Vogue & Architectural Digest Italia. Her firm, Diane Lewis Architect, was one of ten firms commissioned for The City Of The Future Design Competition, exhibited in November. She received an AIA Brunner Grant to curate the 150th Anniversary of “Timeline NY”, currently on exhibition and recently reviewed in NY Sun.

Assistant Professor Adjunct Pablo Lorenzo–Eiroa is project architect at Eisenman Architects for the Arizona Cardinals Stadium, recently featured in Architectural Record. He was interviewed for a program on Antoni Gaudi’s Güell Park, Barcelona by Cablevision and for a 50th anniversary commemorative book on the Fulbright Commission in Buenos Aires. He was a juror for the National Arts Competition of The Alliance for Young Artists.

Instructor Adjunct Professor Caroline O’Donnell launched the new architectural magazine Pidgin with Marc McQuade and Brian Tabolt. Professor O’Donnell has recently published “Diagram as Remedy: Decoding Freud’s Diagrams”, and “Unideal” in Pidgin, and "Giraffes, Gibbons and Gibson” in Log 8. Her project 'The 13th Villa' was exhibited in 'Emerging Talents, Emerging Technologies' at the 2006 Beijing Architecture Biennial.

Professor and Associate Dean Elizabeth O'Donnell’s projects included residences in Palm Springs, CA and Columbia City, NY, and offices for foundations in NYC.

Visiting Professor Ahmad Rahimian co-authored “Something Old, Something New” in the magazine Modern Steel Construction.

Visiting Professor Ashok Raiji's projects as a principal at Arup include the Kresge Foundation Headquarters in Troy, MI, anticipating a LEED Gold (or Platinum) rating, the Northeast Asia Trade Tower in New Songdo City, Korea, and the Northwest Science Building for Columbia University. He lectured at the NJIT and contributed to the new NYC Building Code and a new international standard for "Building Environment Design”.

Professor Adjunct Stephen Rustow began SRA Consultancy in 2006 to work with arts institutions and design professionals to plan, program and design the presentation of cultural collections. Recent projects include the completion of the Education Wing of the MoMA- NY (with KPF); design review and gallery design for the Museum for African Art, NY; and design of Il Gabbiano, an art gallery in Rome. He also authored the forthcoming article "Scenography and Structural Theatrics: Urban, Foster and the Hearst Tower" in the JSAH. He held the 2006–2007 Feltman Chair in Lighting.

Visiting Professor Peter Schubert’s current projects at Hillier Architecture include the East River Science Park, the LG Electronics Seocho R&D Campus, the Washington University School of Engineering, and the Duke University/National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School. He is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Architecture Foundation–NY Chapter and recently worked with Diane Lewis Architects on the City of the Future competition, sponsored by The History Channel.

The firm of Professor Ricardo Scofidio, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, received an American Institute of Architects Design Award and a Travel and Leisure Design Awards Honorable Mention for the recently opened Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Projects include a spa resort in Phoenix, the High Line park in NYC, and the expansion and renovation of The Julliard School and Alice Tully Hall as well as adjacent public spaces for Lincoln Center, NY. The work of the firm was included in over a dozen exhibitions and has been featured in over fifty publications nationally and internationally. Professors Scofidio and Diller also received an Urban Visionary Award from The Cooper Union and a Visionary Award from the Fashion Group International.

Professor Sean Sculley’s current work includes the construction of a 30,000 sq. ft. residence and contiguous indoor pool, and the planning and landscaping of its 22-acre site. In Europe, he will be researching masterpieces of landscape architecture that “I have only seen, enthralled, through the eyes of others and in my imagination.”

Professor Ysrael Seinuk’s honors include the Cuban-American ACE 2007 Project of the Year award for the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, the New York Construction Magazine Best of 2006 Public Works and Facilities award for the Bronx Criminal Court Complex, and the New York Construction Magazine 2006 Award of Merit in Rehabilitation, Renovation, and Restoration for the NY County Family Court. Professor Seinuk also lectured for the Cement League, the ASCE-Metro Section, and the NYC Department of Design and Construction.

Professor Adjunct David Grahame Shane presented the cityLAB Seminar at UCLA and lectured widely. He authored “Recombinant Landscapes in the American City" for “Site/Non-Site”, Architectural Design’s special issue on landscape, guest edited by Michael Spens, among other publications.

Professor Adjunct David Joel Shapiro, Ph.D., published his New and Selected Poems: 1965–2005 with Overlook Press. It has been reviewed in Bookforum, Brooklyn Rail, Publisher's Weekly, The New Yorker, and others. He lectured in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, at the University of Haifa, the San Francisco Poetry Center, St. Mark's Church on the Bowery, and the Kisfin conference.

Assistant Professor Adjunct Anthony Titus’s site-specific installation "Vita" was exhibited at the Bloomberg Financial Headquarters, NY. His work "Mountain XI" was shown in The President’s Gallery of The Cooper Union. His competition entry was included in Coney Island: The Parachute Pavillion Competition for the Van Alen Institute. He presented a lecture about his work for CU@Lunch.

Visiting Professor David Turnbull established ATOPIA-RESEARCH, a non-profit corporation with a humanitarian and educational mission, working on projects in Sri Lanka (Tsunami Recovery) and Sudan (civil war recovery) and the Mississippi Delta.

Instructor Adjunct Mersiha Veledar, Junior Design Architect at Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, LLP. is on the design team for the 250 East 57th Street project which includes new facilities for the High School of Art & Design, (a distinguished NYC magnet school for the arts), the Beekman Hill International School, and a new sixty story residential tower with project directors Roger Duffy, Design Partner and Senior Design Associate Scott Duncan.

Professor and Dean Anthony Vidler, wrote the preface to Public Intimacy: Architecture and the Visible Arts, by Giuliana Bruno and published Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architecture and Utopia in the Era of the French Revolution with Birkhäuser. He recently lectured at the National Arts Club; the Architectural Association, London; the University of Pittsburgh; the Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC; TU Delft, the Netherlands; and participated in the “Media and Modernity” Conference at Princeton University, the Soane Audio Guide Project for Sir John Soane’s Museum, London; and moderated The Dean’s Roundtable discussion at the Center for Architecture, NYC.

This year, Assistant Professor Adjunct Joan Waltemath exhibited her work in a solo show, "Torso/Roots" at Galerie von Bartha, Switzerland, and in group exhibitions at The Drawing Room, East Hampton, NY, the Victoria Munroe Gallery, Boston and St. Peter's College, NJ. Her work was selected for the permanent collections of the Armand Hammer Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art.

Assistant Professor Adjunct Georg Windeck was featured in the German architecture magazine Häuser. He is the project architect for a residence of several stories on 5th Avenue, a collaboration between the Hillier Group and the office of Werner Sobek NY (structural engineer). A greenhouse for the project will be the largest curved, load-bearing, insulated glass structure ever built.

Assistant Professor Suzan Wines, principal of I-BEAM Atelier, completed a condominium development on 5th Avenue, renovations of the Reem Acra Showroom, NYC and five residences. Her work was cited in New York Magazine, The Best Interiors, Aldaba, and Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises. She lectured at the Delaware College of Art and Design and lead a workshop at the Altos de Chabon School of Design, Dominican Republic.

Professor Lebbeus Woods was awarded the 2007 Architecture Award by the American Academy in Arts and Letters and exhibited his work in the Academy’s Annual Exhibition of Work. This fall, Professor Woods presented his lecture “Zaha Hadid: Drawn into Space” at the Guggenheim Museum-NY, and also lectured at California College of the Arts.

Assistant Professor Adjunct Professor Michael Young served as a visiting professor for the (G)Hosting Architecture Workshop at Shih Chien University in Taiwan. His professional activities include the O-14 Office Tower currently under construction in Dubai, for Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture P.C.

Following the completion of her Ph.D. at Princeton University, Associate Professor Tamar Zinguer is preparing her manuscript Architecture in Play: Intimations of Modernism in Architectural Toys for publication. She presented a paper, The Toy that Grows with the Boy – Erector Sets and the Fear of Collapse at the 2007 Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting. She will chair a session at the SAH 2008 meeting investigating "Architecture and the Aesthetics of Movement."

Professor Guido Zuliani’s current work includes the design of the new Pompei-Santuario Train Station, including the surrounding public square and focal points of new urban development in Pompei. The project, developed in collaboration with Eisenman Achitects, was exhibited at the 10th Biennale Internazionale d'Architettura – Biennale di Venezia, Venice. His essay “Evidence of Things Unseen” appeared in Tracing Eisenman, Complete Works, Cynthia Davidson, ed. Within the context of the reappraisal of the oeuvre of Peter Eisenman, this essay proposes an original critical interpretation of the architect’s work.

In Memoriam
We mourn the passing of long-time adjunct faculty member and alumnus (B.Arch. '69) George Chaikin, who did so much to lead the School of Architecture into the digital age. He introduced digital methods in projective geometry with tremendous intelligence and creative spirit, furthering the study of representation as a critical tool for both analysis and design.

Previous events
Professor Diane Lewis: The City of the Future
Professor Kevin Bone: Water-Works