City Tech Architecture Professor Receives Peter Cooper Public Service Award & Inducted into Cooper Union Hall of Fame

Professor Agustin (Tim) Maldonado, Architectural Technology Department, received the Peter Cooper Public Service Award for exemplary service to the public on June 2, 2017, in Cooper Union’s (CU) Rose Auditorium in the New Academic Building on Cooper Square. At that same event, he was inducted into the Cooper Union Hall of Fame, joining other CU graduates such as Daniel Libeskind (designer of the WTC masterplan), Liz Diller and Robert Scofidio (High Line architects), Toshiko Mori (former Architecture Chair at Harvard), and Irwin Chanin (Chanin Building at 42nd & Lexington).

Professor Maldonado, FARA, NCARB, graduated from the Cooper Union School of Architecture and received a M.S. in Tropical Architecture from Pratt Institute. He also earned an Advanced Hospital Planning Certificate from Columbia University and the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. 

Professor Maldonado has an active private architectural practice covering a wide range of residential and commercial projects, as well as master planning and feasibility studies. His designs have been built throughout the United States and in England, Germany and Central and South America.

Professor Maldonado has been a guest speaker at Pratt Institute, Cornell University, City College, Bank Street College of Education, Centenary College, New York Institute of Technology, the Somerset Art Association and the Architectural Forum of the Hamptons. He served as President of the New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects.

Professor Maldonado has taught at City Tech since 1974 and was Chair of the Architectural Technology Department for 18 years. He has also served as the Interim Dean of City Tech’s School of Technology and Design. By instituting a policy of service learning in the department, he has helped many architecture students understand civic responsibility and appreciate their special roles as architects in the ongoing betterment of our city and the environment.

Selected Public Service Projects by Professor Maldonado and his students:
• As the only architect and one of the four members of the Tudor City Historic Preservation Committee, Professor Maldonado played a pivotal role in the designation of Tudor City and its parks as a National Historic District. His students produced detailed models, drawings and slide presentations, moving the project through the lengthy land marking process. Students experienced the power of grass roots initiatives and how their work can make a difference.
• Conducted studies for the Metro Tech Business Improvement District in Brooklyn, NY. Components of the plan entailed renovation of storefronts, sidewalk improvements, graphics and historic restoration. Students developed presentations and exhibited their work at the corporate headquarters of Chase Manhattan Bank in Manhattan and at the Brooklyn Union Gas Headquarters.
• Prior to the actualization of the “new” Times Square, supervised students in preparing a video illustrating proposals for the West 42nd Street redevelopment. This study, which also included models and drawings, was exhibited at the Port Authority of New York. Student work illustrated the need to preserve existing functions within the intensive new construction being planned.
• Working with the East Midtown Coalition, his students produced shadow studies and architectural models that resulted in the significant lowering of building heights for the proposed ten-acre development site along the East River directly south of the United Nations. The huge scope of the project and the concessions obtained were documented in the New York Times, 2004-08.
• Supervised student work on the development of a master plan and hospital building for Medical Mission International. The project, located on a thirty-acre site in rural El Salvador entailed a surgical center and clinic, housing for visiting doctors, an administration building, a school, workshop facilities and a chapel. It was showcased in a Channel 75 documentary (CUNY), “Study with the Best” in 2008. Link
• The Village of Greenwood Lake, led by its mayor, partnered with City Tech in order to turn a four-acre parking lot at the water’s edge into a vibrant and useful public space which transformed the Village. Students also developed a master plan for the town.
• Students developed proposals and explored rebuilding possibilities for St. Nicholas Church, destroyed in the 9/11 catastrophe. Their work received significant press attention and the story was carried by the New York Times. (learn more)
• Working with the Urban Design Studio, supervised students in preparing innovative solutions for the revitalization of Chinatown. Working with community leaders, students developed animations, videos, drawings and models that would bring to life the concept of “gateways to Chinatown,” a broad-based effort to preserve the cultural identity of Chinatown.
• An exhibit at Brooklyn Borough Hall featured 40 student projects focused on transforming underutilized areas of Downtown Brooklyn from Borough Hall to the East River. Projects address street planning, building design and way finding. (learn more)
• Working with Industry City and Sunset Park in Brooklyn, our students developed multiple proposals for the development of the area and the underutilized waterfront. Models were prepared and exhibited at Industry City’s headquarters, highlighting the exciting possibilities for dramatically improving the area.
• Developed a master plan for the expansion of St. Catherine’s Academy in the Bronx. Models, renderings and animations were produced and presented at their fund-raising event last year.

A comprehensive listing and images can be found here.