Cooper Union

Cooper Union

School: Cooper Union
Location: New York, New York
Undergraduate program: Bachelor of Architecture
Graduate program: Master of Architecture
Number of students: 111 (undergraduate), nine (graduate)
Number of faculty: 37 (full-time, proportional and adjunct)
Notable alumni: Shigeru Ban, Daniel Libeskind, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Karen Bausman, Toshiko Mori, T.J. Gottesdiener of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Snarkitecture’s Alex Mustonen
Website: cooper.edu/architecture

Strengths: Forward-thinking dean Nader Tehrani (NADAAA) oversees a focus on advanced design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration and enlightening dialogue with construction practices

The overview: The five-year BA at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art takes a broad look at the foundations of both architecture and urban planning. Launched in 2009, the post-professional masters course (an MArch II designation) attracts working professionals looking to enhance their practice via advanced research and skill development. All students are assigned a workspace in a shared studio housed in the landmark Foundation Building on the school’s bustling East Village campus. Two travel fellowships enable students to study abroad.