Zach Cohen

Assistant Professor Adjunct

Zach Cohen is an architectural designer, researcher, and educator. His research and teaching examine the ways in which architects can use digital fabrication to reimagine both the immaterial and physical labor of architectural design. Zach has previously taught at MIT, City College, Pratt Institute, and The Ohio State University, where he was the Christos Yessios Visiting Assistant Professor from 2019 to 2021. Zach was also previously a Research Lead at the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT. In addition to teaching at Cooper Union, Zach is partner of the Brooklyn-based architectural design practice, commoncraft, and is co-editing a book on how architects conceptualize digital fabrication called "Homing the Machine."

Zach's CV can be found here.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.