Michael Morris, Analysis: Heidi Weber Pavilion, Design III, Fall 1986. Courtesy of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive, The Cooper Union.
In 1971, The Museum of Modern Art presented the pedagogy of The Cooper Union's School of Architecture in the exhibition, Education of an Architect. Since then, the school has maintained a vibrant exhibitions program critical to the continuous evolution of the pedagogy while impacting the broader architectural community.
At the center of the exhibitions program is the School of Architecture Archive, a unique educational resource that includes an extensive collection of faculty developed projects and student work dating from the 1960s. These exhibitions, with accompanying symposia and publications, continue the school's practice of presenting faculty and student work in rigorously conceived and exceptionally designed exhibitions that challenge the profession and advance the public understanding of the discipline of architecture. Constituting a new version of The Education of an Architect, these exhibitions confront new design questions commensurate with contemporary issues, toward an architecture that might foster and sustain a more ecologically, socially, and culturally just global society.
Massimo Scolari is an educator, scholar, editor, artist, and designer. He was professor at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice until 2000. He has served as visiting professor at the Cooper Union, the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, Technische Universität (Vienna), Harvard University, Royal College of Art, and the Royal Danish Academy. Since 2006, he has been the Davenport Visiting Professor in Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture. Scolari has been editor of Controspazio, Casabella, Lotus International, Eidos, and a collection of books on architecture. He has held exhibitions in Europe, Japan, Russia, and the United States. His works are in the collections of MoMA, Deutsches Architektur Museum, and the Centre Pompidou. He realized installations for the Venice Biennale five times between 1980 and 2004, and the Milan Triennale in 1973 and 1986. From 1989 to 2011, he designed furniture for Giorgetti.
Sara Jones, senior coordinator of special projects at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive has worked at the Archive since 2007 and has been responsible for the research, design and curation of numerous exhibitions in Cooper Union's Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery. In creating these exhibitions, she has been intimately involved in each step of the process, including historical research, assisting with curation, and graphic design. Jones's role in shaping these exhibitions will include research, design, layouts, installation, and developing a graphic language for all information text panels and signage.
Elizabeth O'Donnell is acting dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. She previously served as the school's associate dean for eleven years. Professor O'Donnell graduated from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture after studying at the University of Minnesota and Antioch College and will complete a Master's of Education at the City University of New York in 2014. She was instrumental in the realization of the Cooper Union exhibition Coming to Light: The Louis I Kahn Monument to Franklin D. Roosevelt for New York City, which led to the construction of Kahn's design on Roosevelt Island.
Steven Hillyer is the director of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive. He began working on School of Architecture exhibitions as a student in 1987. Since his graduation in 1990 from the Chanin School, he has participated in curating, designing and mounting thirty exhibitions at the college and abroad, working with or presenting the work of such notable architects as Raimund Abraham, Carlo Scarpa, John Hejduk, Louis I. Kahn, Josef Kleihues, Daniel Libeskind, Michael Webb, and Lebbeus Woods. Hillyer has also mounted exhibitions at Prague Castle, the Netherlands Architecture Institute and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA).
Anthony Vidler is a professor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. He gained his BArch and Dipl.Arch from Cambridge University, and a PhD in history and theory from TU Delft. Vidler taught at the Princeton University School of Architecture from 1965 to 1993. In 1993 he was appointed chair of the Department of Art History, UCLA, before joining the Cooper Union in 2001. He has curated several exhibitions, most recently, Notes from the Archive: James Frazer Stirling, Architect and Teacher, Yale British Art Center, Yale University, The Tate Britain, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, and the CCA.
Guido Zuliani graduated from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in 1980 and became a registered architect in 1982. He worked as a researcher at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia until 1985. He has been teaching at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture since then. Zuliani worked closely with the Archive in the realization of the school's 2012 exhibition on the work of architect Carlo Scarpa. He has worked on architectural projects of numerous scales, collaborating numerous projects with the architect Raimund Abraham. He recently worked as project architect for the office of Eisenman Architects.
Sarah Burrell recently joined the Architecture Archive staff as the special projects associate. Burrell graduated with first class distinction from Massey University (Wellington, New Zealand) in 2011 with a Master's of Design specializing in participatory performance. Since graduating she has worked among many areas within art and design; lecturing in Spatial Design at Massey University while also pursuing her own practice in exhibition, installation, and performance. In 2011 and 2012 she was program manager for The Performance Arcade, a public waterfront display of installation, performance, live art, and digital media.
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a selective private college that occupies a singular place in America's education and social landscape. The college has, since its founding in 1859, provided an opportunity for working men and women, and recent immigrants of little economic means to gain an undergraduate education in art, architecture, and engineering. Each of its three schools admits students on the basis of merit alone.