Recent Projects

Segregation by Design
Fall 2016 Architecture seminar led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas and professor Mark Abbott (Harris-Stowe State University)

Students from WashU and Harris-Stowe State University came together for this transdisciplinary seminar on issues of segregation, urban policy, and sustainability. Students worked in small teams to research and propose interventions for specific St. Louis neighborhoods. Learn more about the seminar here>>

 

Propaganda to Decoration: Public Expression, Individual Voice, and the Persistence of Hope
Fall 2016 Art Practice course led by professor Lisa Bulawsky

Students explored printmaking's inherent political and philosophical underpinnings as the "democratic medium," developing projects that related to the presidential election and the University-hosted Presidential Debate on October 9. Students executed three unique proposals that employed creative strategies for civic engagement, emphasizing hope and voice. Learn more about the course here>>

 

Voice: vote, dammit. Campaign
Fall 2016 communication design studio led by lecturer Scott Gericke

vote, dammit. was a student-led grassroots design and communication campaign targeted to students on campus, encouraging them to both register to vote and to get out to vote. The campaign consisted of social media engagement, environmental and public engagement, and print collateral. Learn more about the studio here>>

 

Content to Cover: The Design of Books with Prison Performing Arts
Spring 2016 design studio led by professor Ken Botnick

For this studio, students partnered with Prison Performing Arts' Alumni Theatre Company to develop an illustrated book of poetry, theater, and other work by participants. Students illustrated the participants' work and designed the final publication, which is available on demand for printing. Learn more about the studio here>>

 

Art Center in North St. Louis
Spring 2016 graduate architecture studio led by visiting professor Jan Ulmer

Students explored opportunities for radical adaptive reuse of the Mullanphy Emigrant Home in Old North St. Louis as a visual and performing arts space for the nonprofit organization UrbArts. Concepts sought to challenge what the 149-year-old building and space could become, and provide inspiration for an UrbArts campaign to acquire and redevelop the building. Learn more about the studio here>>

 

Interaction Design: Understanding Health and Well-Being
Spring 2016 interdisciplinary design course led by senior lecturer Enrique Von Rohr

Students used human-centered approaches to tackle health-related interaction design challenges from local collaborating organizations. Teams followed a process of research, synthesis, prototyping, and design, and delivered a final presentation to stakeholders. They were challenged to observe and understand behaviors of their target audiences, as well as relationships between people and objects, in order to create meaningful connections and processes. Learn more about the course here>>

 

Public Lab River Rat Pack
Spring 2016 architecture seminar led by assistant professor Derek Hoeferlin

Undergraduate and graduate students participated in group fieldwork to document and map the Mississippi River, utilizing tools developed by Public Lab, a nonprofit organization that gives communities access to inexpensive DIY scientific mapping techniques. Completed work was curated into an exhibition and added to a public database of open-source geo-spatial research. Learn more about the seminar here>>

 

Seating Aggregation Landscape (SAL)
Spring 2016 undergraduate architecture design-build studio led by assistant professor Chandler Ahrens

In this studio, students developed a seating and shade structure to enhance a proposed soccer field for Nahed Chapman New American Academy, which serves recent immigrants in kindergarten through tenth grade. Working with local professionals, the team took safety and social considerations into account to create its proposal, then used digital tools to design and fabricate an iconic piece. Learn more about the studio here>>

 

St. Louis eco-BLOCK™
Spring 2016 undergraduate architecture studio led by senior lecturer Don Koster

Prompted by a desire to rethink the reconstruction of American cities, this studio worked to develop the feasibility of a new model for urban redevelopment, the eco-BLOCK™, which approaches redevelopment of inner-city blocks for Net Positive Urban Living, focusing on integrating ecological, social, and economic systems to increase beauty, efficiency, and community. Informed by thorough research, the students designed housing and mixed-use proposals to test new models for development. Learn more about the studio here>>

 

Design for Social Impact with Grace Hill Settlement House
Fall 2015 Special Topics in Communication Design course led by assistant professor Penina Acayo

For this course, students worked in collaborative teams to tackle complex, socially conscious design challenges. Following a preliminary project, they immersed themselves in two service sites run by the Grace Hill Settlement House, identifying human-centered, cost-effective opportunities to deploy communication design to improve wayfinding and access. View images of students' final proposals and learn more about the course here>>

 

Olive Link Sculpture Park
Spring 2015 master class led by professor Ron Fondaw

The Olive Link Sculpture Park is connected to a broader effort to reinvent Olive Boulevard as a destination within University City. The City's Department of Community Development commissioned four MFA students to create discrete sculptural works of public art for a vacant lot. The pieces are installed near the intersection of Olive and Midland Boulevards. Learn more here>>

 

Visual Journalism and Reportage Drawing
Spring 2015 communication design studio led by professor Douglas Dowd

Students in Visual Journalism and Reportage Drawing partnered with local organizations to learn about their work and develop visual journalism stories. Each student developed a complete narrative and visual representation of the individuals and environments central to their organization. The final work was publicly exhibited in Olin Library and shared with partner organizations. View the final work here>>

 

Art, Ecology, and Community in University City
Spring 2015 Master of Landscape Architecture studio led by professor Rod Barnett and senior lecturer Jacqueline Margetts

Using Geographic Information System technology to produce site-based intervention maps, students worked with officials from University City Community Development to explore, critique, and re-engineer landscape to fit environmental and cultural conditions. Ultimately they proposed interventions on two sites in the area surrounding Olive Boulevard. View images and learn more about the studio here>>

Interaction Design for Employee Health & Wellness
Spring 2015 seminar led by Enrique Von Rohr, senior lecturer and director of research and technology

Students in this seminar explored how designers can create useful and desirable interactions between people and digital products and services. For their main project, students employed human-centered research methods to develop a series of digital design solutions for improving the health and connectivity of employees at BJC HealthCare’s Center for Clinical Excellence. View images from the final proposals here>>

Schools That Can St. Louis: Design Thinking Workshops
Spring 2015 outreach workshops led by the Sam Fox School's Heather Corcoran and Liz Kramer, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis' College of Education

The Schools That Can St. Louis Regional Council teamed up with the Sam Fox School and UMSL to develop a series of design thinking workshops for St. Louis educators, allowing participants to apply this rigorous, creative problem-solving methodology to the wicked problems facing school leaders. Learn more>>

Documentary Photography & Social Practice
Spring 2015 Art Practice course led by professor Stan Strembicki

Photography students explored the objectivity of the photographic document, producing work for a partner (Better Family Life), as a contextual exploration (through work in Old North St. Louis), and through their own exploratory lens. Final projects focused on contemporary issues of each student’s choosing. View more information and images here>>

 

Metamorphic Cities: Sustainable Strategies for Adaptive Reuse
Fall 2014 graduate architecture studio led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas

Downtown STL, Inc. and the Sam Fox School partnered to explore adaptive reuse possibilities for the Railway Exchange Building, working in cooperation with the owners of the iconic structure. Students developed innovative design ideas to reimagine the 21-story high-rise building, reinvigorate the surrounding area, and contribute to the continuing transformation of downtown St. Louis. View their final proposals, a video overview of the course, and additional media coverage here>>