DAVID GERSTEN is an architect, writer, and educator based in New York City. He is a Professor of Architecture at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union where he has served as the Associate Dean. He is also a visiting professor in the Graduate Studies division at RISD.
The largest single financial asset that the Cooper Union currently holds is its promise of free education: TO ALL. The value contained within this promise far exceeds our current endowment as well as the physical properties held by the institution including the land under the Chrysler Building.