Graduate Thesis Coordinator, History + Theory
John Cooper is History + Theory Faculty at SCI-Arc. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and Art History at the Courtauld Institute before being elected a Mellon Fellow at Yale where his doctoral dissertation 'The Dancing Image' was awarded the Sylvia Ardyn Boone prize for the university's best dissertation on African history and culture. Cooper received an M.Arch from Princeton University and in 2018 worked for Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the Mile Long Opera on the High Line, New York. His research and teaching in the history and theory of architecture is rooted in the practice of fieldwork, the production of apparatuses, the representation of the unrepresentable, and investigating the radical potentialities of the metamorphoses of the body in space. As a Soane Fellow at the Sir John Soane's Museum in 2019, Cooper reconstructed the visual display apparatus of Sir John Soane's lectures on architecture delivered at the Royal Academy between 1809 and 1836. Cooper's latest work (forthcoming in 'RES', 2020) analyses the problem of the representation of the moving body in two dimensions in the late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century colonial visual culture in India, England, and the Caribbean.