2017 CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grants

Fall 2016 Segregation by Design students and faculty at the exhibition opening in Olin Library.

Posted by Liz Kramer May 10, 2017


The Sam Fox School has awarded two 2017 CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grants, which are intended to encourage community-engaged teaching in St. Louis.

Faculty proposed mutually beneficial collaborations involving organizations, agencies, or individuals outside of Washington University. A jury of faculty and community engagement staff awarded funding up to $2,000 to support the following fall 2017 courses:

Segregation by Design: A Historical Analysis of the Impact of Planning and Policy in St. Louis (A46 ARCH 457B)
Taught by assistant professor Catalina Freixas and Mark Abbott of Harris-Stowe State University, the second iteration of this course seeks to examine the role of planning and design in fostering and maintaining segregation in American cities, including St. Louis. Students will create specific neighborhood plans to address challenges facing St. Louis communities, supported by mentors from both design and the humanities. In the inaugural year of this course, students explored a particular neighborhood in the St. Louis region, analyzing and mapping historical, demographic, and environmental data. Each team then made a proposal to mitigate issues of segregation faced by the community. The course is presented as part of The Divided City, a four-year urban humanities initiative organized by the Sam Fox School and the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences, with support from the Mellon Foundation. More information about The Divided City is available here.

Constructing Ideas (A46 ARCH 462N)
This course, led by visiting professor Jan Ulmer, will examine the design and construction process as research. Students will work with UrbArts, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for marginalized artists and youth, fueled by the belief that empowering artists will uplift communities. UrbArts will develop a list of requested displays, such as stages, walls, or desks. Following in-depth exploration of the artwork and experience of UrbArts, students will develop and realize these displays to support the organization’s mission and programs. The final displays will be completed for UrbArts' First Friday celebration in December 2017, and the built installations will be available for use by organization in the future. The course will run in fall 2017. For a previous iteration of this course, which ran in fall 2016, students designed and realized interactive, site-specific spatial statements on vacant lots in the Grand Center neighborhood.

About CityStudioSTL

CityStudioSTL is an initiative inspired by Design for Excellence, the Sam Fox School’s 10-year strategic plan. Originally offered in partnership with Washington University's Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Gina and Bill Wischmeyer, BA69/MArch71, this program has supported a series of community engagement and outreach projects in the city of St. Louis over the past several years. More information is available here>>

About CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grants

CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grants are open to all teaching faculty affiliated with the Sam Fox School. Funding may support existing community-engaged courses, adding a component of community-engaged teaching to an existing course, or developing and executing a new community-engaged course. Students must be involved in socially engaged and collaborative work with a St. Louis-based partner. Grant applications are typically due in the spring semester. More information is available here>>