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  • Forest Park Master Plan. Image from H3 Studio.
    Forest Park Master Plan. Image from H3 Studio.

John Hoal


Chair, Urban Design


Givens 109

Campus Box 1079

PhD, MA and MAUD, Washington University in St. Louis; B Commerce, University of South Africa; BArch, University of Natal, South Africa


John Hoal is professor and chair of urban design, and teaches both studio and theory courses in architecture and urban design. His main research relates to the morphology of the contemporary city, and to the philosophy of architecture and the city. His private practice both in the United States and South Africa has included large-scale urban design and landscape projects, as well as recreational and institutional buildings.

From 1993-1997, Hoal was Director of the Mayor's Institute on City Design for the Midwest. From 1993-2000, he was the Director of Urban Design for the City of St. Louis, during which time he directed numerous major projects. He is the founding principal of the design and planning firm H3 Studio, one of five firms selected to lead the Unified New Orleans Plan, the only formally adopted post-Katrina recovery plan. H3 Studio has completed numerous neighborhood and downtown revitalization plans throughout the country, as well as the design for the implementation of the master plan for improvement to Forest Park in St. Louis; the St. Louis Downtown Action Plan; and the 200-square-mile conservation, heritage, and recreation corridor known as the Confluence Greenway System, for which the firm won the 2004 AIA National Honor Award for Urban and Regional Planning. Other national awards received include the 2002 Congress for the New Urbanism National Award for Excellence in Regional Planning, the 2002 Outstanding National Planning Award from the American Planning Association for the Confluence Master Plan, the 2000 Honor Award for Planning from the American Society of Landscape Architects for the St. Louis Downtown Action Development Plan, and the 2000 Outstanding Planning Award for Implementation from the American Planning Association for the Forest Park Master Plan.

In 2012, Hoal led the organization of URBANISM(S): Sustainable Cities for One Planet, a symposium designed to discuss and debate the future of urban design education and practice in a rapidly urbanizing world. In 2013, he collaborated with assistant professor Derek Hoeferlin and organized MISI-ZIIBI: Living with the Great Rivers, an international design workshop investigating climate adaptation strategies along the Mississippi. Hoal is currently leading STUDIO MISI-ZIIBI, a team of national and internationally known experts in the Changing Course Design Competition, a global design competition to improve river management and the rebuilding of the lower Mississippi River Delta.