PKSB Architects

Cooper Union Planning Framework


Cooper Union Planning Framework | NEW YORK, NY

Cooper Union, one of the few American institutions of higher learning to offer free tuition to its students, made a decision to develop two sites to allow for new income for their endowment, and to provide new state-of-the-art academic spaces for their engineering and art programs. In addition, they proposed to find a new design for Peter Cooper Square, home of the iconic sculpture of the school’s founder. The program called for a new office and community space building on the site of the current engineering building, and new academic building on a site occupied by a building housing the art studios, streetscape and park improvements.

The planning framework was adopted by the Cooper Union in 2000, and required rezoning of the sites, which was accomplished by Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn in 2002.  The new academic building opened in fall 2009 with the Morphosis-designed 41 Cooper Square.