Michelle Lederer AR’92

Running for: Council & Nominating Committee

Campaign Statement

I welcome the opportunity to strengthen the connection between Cooper Union and its alumni through serving on the CUAA.  In 2019 and 2022 I served on the John Q. Hejduk Award Committee.  In 2020 I was elected to the Cooper Union Alumni Council.  In 2022 served on the nominating committee.  In 2023 it would be my privilege to serve on the alumni council for a second and final term.  John Hejduk believed in the ‘social contract’, and I can do my part to honor the social contract by giving back to this unique institution. 


Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cooper Union and went on to get her master’s degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.  Since then, she has immersed herself in the world of professional practice where she has worked for some of New York’s most influential architecture firms including Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Beyer Blinder Belle and Gruzen Samton.  Over the past four years she has worked for the associate architect in the offices of Grimshaw Architects, Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Gensler.  She has worked on high profile projects of civic importance such as the new terminal A at Newark Airport, terminal 4 at JFK Airport and a new state of the art research and testing laboratory in New York City, planned to be built on the Harlem Hospital campus.  In 2018, her Cooper Union thesis project was included in Archive and Artifact: The Virtual and the Physical, an exhibition that presented selected thesis projects completed at the school over the past 50 years.  Michelle’s student work is also included in the online digital database that makes the school of architecture archive available to the public.