41 Cooper Square

Page Tools

41 Cooper Square | Notes of Interest

41 Cooper Square, the new academic building for The Cooper Union in New York City, aspires to manifest the character, culture, and vibrancy of both the 150 year-old institution and of the city in which it was founded. The institution remains committed to Peter Cooper’s radically optimistic intention to provide an education “as free as water and air” and has subsequently grown to become a renowned intellectual and cultural center for the City of New York.

41 Cooper Square aspires to reflect the institution’s stated goal to create an iconic building—one that reflects its values and aspirations as a center for advanced and innovative education in Art, Architecture and Engineering. Internally, the building is conceived as a vehicle to foster collaboration and cross-disciplinary dialogue among the college’s three schools, previously housed in separate buildings.

A vertical piazza—the central space for informal social, intellectual, and creative exchange—forms the heart of the new academic building. An undulating lattice envelopes a 20-foot wide grand stair which ascends four stories from the ground level through the sky-lit central atrium, which itself reaches to the full height of the building.

This vertical piazza is the social heart of the building, providing a place for impromptu and planned meetings, student gatherings, lectures, and for the intellectual debate that defines the academic environment.

Additional Credit

Associate Architect: Gruzen Samton, LLP
Project Contributors: Jonathan Rose Companies, LLC ; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc; John A. Martin Associates, Inc.; Goldstein Associates, PLLC; IBE Consulting Engineers; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc; Steve Rosenstein Associates, Inc; Pentagram Design Abbott Miller; Auerbach Pollock Friedlander; Syska Hennessy Group, Inc; Barnes Wentworth; Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers; Arup Fire; Berzak Schoen Consultants, Ltd; Van Deusen & Associates; Gordon H. Smith Corporation; Henshell & Buccellato; Atelier Ten; Synergy Engineering; Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin, Inc
Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Inc
Landscape Architects: Signe Nielsen
Acoustics: Newson Brown Acoustic, LLC

Photo Credit

© Iwan Baan

41 Cooper Square

Jury Comments

A lot of attention was paid to the façade and the treatment of the interiors and it shows in how this project frames the timelessness with the intention of the building.

41 Cooper Square is so optimistic and wonderfully celebratory as you move through it.

This has a spirit and aura to it that’s extremely hard to capture and goes beyond most buildings.

2012 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Jury

  • Rod Kruse, FAIA, Chair
  • BNIM Architects
  • Des Moines
  • Barbara White Bryson, FAIA
  • Rice University
  • Houston
  • Annie Chu, AIA
  • Chu & Gooding Architects
  • Los Angeles
  • Dima Daimi, Assoc. AIA
  • Rossetti
  • Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Harry J. Hunderman, FAIA
  • Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
  • Northbrook, Illinois
  • Scott Lindenau, FAIA
  • Studio B Architects
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • Kirsten R. Murray, AIA
  • Olson Kundig Architects
  • Seattle
  • Thomas M. Phifer, FAIA
  • Thomas Phifer & Partners
  • New York City
  • Seth H. Wentz, AIA
  • LSC Design, Inc.
  • York, Pennsylvania

Footer Navigation

Copyright & Privacy

  • © The American Institute of Architects
  • Privacy