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Opening: Archive and Artifact: The Virtual and the Physical

Oct 23 at 6:30–8:30pm
The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, The Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003
Organized by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union

Join The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture for the opening of "Archive and Artifact: The Virtual and the Physical." This exhibition celebrates The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture's experimental and influential pedagogy by presenting undergraduate Thesis projects completed at the school over the past 50 years.

Curated from materials documented in the Student Work Collection of the school's Architecture Archive, the exhibition includes physical hand drawings, born-digital drawings, and models of 35 undergraduate Thesis projects completed between 1969 and 2018. These materials are complimented by an exclusive preview of the school's Digital Access Project, an online database of the Student Work Collection that expands the exhibition's scope. The database will allow visitors to access, via computer terminals in the gallery, over 500 Thesis projects completed between the mid-1960's through 2003, including nearly 8,500 digitized records.

The exhibition represents the culmination of students' five-year design studio sequence, portraying both an endpoint of a young architect's formative education and the platform from which the next generation of architectural leaders is launched. The projects exhibited in physical and virtual form include work by graduates of the school who have become prominent architects and educators, including Stan Allen (AR'81), Peggy Deamer (AR'77), Elizabeth Diller (AR'79), Evan Douglis (AR'83), Laurie Hawkinson (AR'83), Diane Lewis (AR'76), and Daniel Libeskind (AR'70), among others.

Projects completed under the School of Architecture's founding Dean John Q. Hejduk (1975-2000), will be included as well as works from the tenures of Anthony Vidler, former Dean (2001-2013) and current Professor of Architecture, and Dean Nader Tehrani (2015-present).

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