Running For: Council

Campaign Statement

When I first was elected to the CUAA council, the Cooper community was in crisis, and the future viability of the school was in doubt. Cooper was drifting rapidly off course due to actions by the board of trustees and the president. I strongly supported the lawsuit brought by the Committee to Save Cooper Union, and I drafted the letter from the CUAA council appealing to the State Attorney General for decisive intervention. In the end, we prevailed, and the consent decree we now operate under gives Cooper a fresh chance at restoring our historic mission of free education as well as maintaining the intensely focused and intimate learning environment that defines the Cooper culture. We are in a much better place now than we were three years ago, but our future success depends on continued vigilance and active alumni participation. In that spirit I would be honored to serve for a second term on the CUAA council.


Born in Virgina, Brian Rose moved to New York in 1977 to attend Cooper Union. In 1980 he photographed the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and in 1985 he began photographing the landscape of Iron Curtain border. After living in the Netherlands for 14 years, Rose returned to New York and has produced a trio of books about the city. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with urban planner, Renee Schoonbeek, and his son Brendan, a senior at the Bronx High School of Science.

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