Massimo Scolari, view of Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 2012, New York. Copyright: Massimo Scolari, Photo: Pat McElnea.
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 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 1960's. These proposed works 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, they 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.
Anthony Vidler is dean and professor of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union. He gained his BArch and DArch 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, which traveled to the Yale British Art Center, Yale University; the Tate Britain; the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. His most recent publications include Histories of the Immediate Present (MIT, 2008), James Frazer Stirling: Notes from the Archive (Yale, 2010) and Scenes of the Street and Other Essays (Monacelli Press, 2011). He is a fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Director of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive, Steven Hillyer completed his BArch degree at the Cooper Union in 1990. He has since been involved in curating, designing, and installing over twenty-five exhibitions at the college and abroad, presenting the work of, and often working directly with, such notable architects as Raimund Abraham, John Hejduk, Louis I. Kahn, Josef Kleihues, Daniel Libeskind, Michael Webb, and Lebbeus Woods, as well as the artists Mary Kelly and Robert Slutzky, and the photographer J. Henry Fair. Hillyer's international work includes exhibitions at Prague Castle, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Senior Coordinator of Special Projects at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive, Sara Jones has worked at the Archive since 2007, and has been responsible for the research, design, and curation of numerous exhibitions at the 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 informative text panels and signage.
Founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, an inventor, industrialist and philanthropist, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers outstanding academic programs in architecture, art, and engineering for undergraduates, all of whom are admitted solely based on merit and awarded full scholarships for their studies. To this day, Cooper Union is considered a pioneer for its academic, as well as its public programming, which serves to enrich the community at large.