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David Gersten

David Gersten is an internationally recognized artist, architect, writer and educator based in New York City. He is the Director of Interdisciplinary Learning at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where he has been a Professor, since 1991. At The Cooper Union, he has served as the Associate Dean of the School of Architecture, under Founding Dean John Hejduk, as well as, Acting Dean of the school. Gersten is the founding Director and President of: Arts Letters & Numbers, a non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to expanding the experiences  understood as education through creating new structures and spaces for creative exchange across a wide range of disciplines including: Architecture, Visual Arts, Theater Arts, Film, Music, the Humanities, the Sciences and Social Sciences. Arts, Letters & Numbers conducts workshops in educational and cultural institutions worldwide, while operating an ongoing series of programs: workshops, sessions, residencies, thesis programs, lectures, theater performances, exhibitions, events, music performances and films productions at its campus located in Averill Park, NY.

Gersten regularly collaborates with and advises international organizations, educational and cultural institutions, as well as, education policy groups on a wide range of subjects, including: art / science / humanities collaborations and the future of education. He recently: presented a keynote address entitled ‘Unlocking the Creativity of Youth’ at the UNICEF – EXPO, as well as, at the Chancellors Summit held at CAFA in Beijing.

Gersten’s works include: buildings, drawings, stories, essays, films, performances and constructions. His works have appeared in numerous international exhibitions and performance spaces and are held in the collection of the Canadian Center for Architecture, the New York City Public Library’s print collection and many private collections. He has published extensively in national and international publications on diverse areas of research including: The spaces and structures of education, emergent disciplinary geographies, spatial literacy, ethics and technology, market functionality and collective judgment, global resource distribution and the poetic / material / spatial imagination, the city and its transformations, and the linkages between: embodied experience, embodied cognition, memory, perception, language, space and education.

He has exhibited, lectured and served as a visiting professor at numerous universities throughout the world. In addition to serving as President / Director of Arts Letters & Numbers, he is currently: the Director of Interdisciplinary learning and professor at the Cooper Union, a visiting professor at Rhode Island School of Design, an International Visiting Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, in Beijing, China, a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in the UK and a member of the Board of Directors of Big Picture Learning.

Gersten is a graduate of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. He has also pursued studies in phenomenology at the New School for Social Research as well as Islamic Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Fellow, Advisory Council

Chris Rose

We know as much as our means of expression, engagement, our ‘art’ allows us to know, since we can know only what we have attempted to share, explain, present or negotiate. (From ‘Five Essays on Design’, 2006).

Chris Rose is a designer, author, academic and all-round visionary. He is known both for his work in arts-science-design collaborations and for his leadership of one of the UK’s best known multidisciplinary design programs, Three-Dimensional Design and Materials Practice, at the University of Brighton, England from 1993–2009. He brings his vision for 'seeing' things in different ways into many disciplines and for many purposes, all related to developing how we live and work for the better of all. Formerly a furniture and interior designer Chris was a member of the UK Crafts Council Index of Selected Makers and a recipient of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Guild award. He and UK furniture artist Fred Baier shared studio design consultancy Baier-Rose Design, and Rose subsequently worked with Pearl Dot Furniture in London. He was invited to manage part of the independent Parnham Studio Furniture program established by John Makepeace, and later the multidisciplinary arts and design program at the University of Brighton, where he continued to broaden the connections and working links with materials science, art-science collaboration and European cross-border projects. Chris saw links between engineering and art+design practices long before it become fashionable. His work with collaborator Caroline Baillie on programs of 'Travelling Facts' and knowledge development through the Institute of Advanced studies in Berlin, first connected  ideas on interdisciplinary design to the complexities of social justice and ethics. His work on 'Composites on Tour' for the European Society for Composite Materials supported the development of design thinking of many engineering students throughout Europe.  In 2012 Chris consulted at Aalto University Helsinki with architect collaborator Saija Hollmen on proposals for new joint masters programs for engineering and architecture, applying concepts from the cognitive sciences for visual thinkers and designers. Currently Chris shares his time between three countries: Australia, the UK and the US where he works at Rhode Island School of Design as researcher, teacher, advisor and formerly as Dean of Graduate studies. His work in Australia frames the connections between sustainable design, Aboriginal ways of knowing and biomimimetics - learning from nature. 

Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London.

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Anthony Titus

Anthony Titus was born in New York City in 1975, where he studied architecture and received a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union. He completed his graduate studies in Fine Arts at the University of Chicago in 2001. Upon returning to New York City in 2001he founded an independent studio of art and architectural practice and research.  Since 2002 he has taught architecture at The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has also acted as an invited guest and critic at Columbia University, Art Center, Parsons, Yale University and Cornell University.

In his 2009 solo exhibition Violence >Silence at Museum 52 in New York City, he exhibited a series of large scale paintings exploring the relationships between abstraction and cultural memory. He ha exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in the United States and abroad and is currently included in The 2010 Kings County Biennial, Brooklyn, New York. He  is currently engaged in writing a book and producing a series of projects which engage and explore  the relationship between contemporary art, philosophy and technology.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2012, 2013, 2016.

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