The Society for Environmental Graphic Design published a blog post on Cooper Union alum Abbott Miller, who was tapped to design the signage on the school's new academic building. He chose something from the Foundry Gridnik type family (you know, the thinking man's Courier).
Miller used dimensional type to engage and activate multiple planes and architectural surfaces. The building identity, for example, is optically extruded letterforms that appear "correct" when seen in strict elevation, but distort as the profile of the letter is dragged backwards in space. The top half of the letters, appearing on one plane of the canopy, are dimensional, while the bottom half are cut out of another plane, echoing the transparency of the building's skin of perforated stainless steel.
Exactly what I was thinking.