Studio Insider

Posted by Sam Fox School September 22, 2017


Wonder what it's really like to study at the Sam Fox School? Here's a snapshot of work being undertaken inside (and outside) the studio this year.

Students in the graduate landscape architecture studio Tropical Disturbanism, taught by senior lecturer Jacqueline Margetts & professor Rod Barnett, spent ten days in February researching watersheds in Puerto Rico. The students are working to develop propositions for ecosystem-based urban strategies that positively respond to the bioregional and geopolitical contexts. See more images here>>

Juniors studying communication design in Florence, Italy, with faculty members Becca Leffell Koren and Jeff Pike, have worked on projects in experimental typography, branding & identity, and much more. See more images of their experience here>>

Students in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design took a two-day masterclass on campus with John Fernández, PhD, professor at MIT's School of Architecture + Planning & director of the Urban Metabolism Group. Under the direction of professor John Hoal, the School now offers a Doctor of Sustainability degree, the first of its kind in the country. See more images here>>

For the final event of the semester, students in Louis D. Beaumont Visiting Assistant Professor Alix Gerber's Radical Design class offered five opportunities to enter fictional worlds and consider what it might feel like if we looked at criminal justice differently. Installations opened around campus on each day December 1-December 5, and an interactive exhibit was held in Steinberg Hall Gallery. Photo: Whitney Curtis. View the full gallery on Facebook>>

Best of luck to all our students as they undertake final reviews! Photo courtesy of Sustainable City Project.

For Art of Change: A Community Engagement Project/Better Health Through Art, first-year MFA students Elliot Head, Lara Head, and Meenakshi Jha worked with Easterseals Midwest Center for Adults with Autism to create artwork with their clients and for the organization. The course was taught by professor Ron Fondaw. Photos courtesy of Ron Fondaw.

Sophomores in associate professor Arny Nadler's Sculpture Studio: Material & Culture work with diverse processes and materials, from plaster casts, to welded forms, to temporary installations, to video. Students began the semester with an assignment to create a work that dramatically changes as you walk around it. They are now at work on independently driven projects.

As part of the fall 2018 Design for Social Impact studio, Ruby Rose, a senior in communication design, and her classmates are addressing the opioid crisis in America. Learn more in this Office for Socially Engaged Practice Sunday Spotlight>>

A drawing by Xinyi Du and Yijin Zhao for assistant professor Chandler Ahrens' Fabricated Drawings class. Courtesy of @chandlerahrens.

Snapshot of the cool work and site research from our Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design programs this fall. Big thanks to Hallie Nolan (MArch18/MUD18), visiting assistant professor Paola Aguirre, and others for the pics.

Mid-reviews are wrapping up for the MArch international housing studio. Projects are sited in Berlin, Barcelona, Santiago, Halifax, and San Juan. Photo courtesy of @samfox_gsaud.

Work by So A Ryu for professor Douglas Dowd's infamous 100 Figures Assignment in his senior illustration course. Read more about the assignment here>>

Some of our students used fall break as an opportunity to participate in Road Shows, where they met with organizations across the country and networked with alumni. Shown here, students got an up-close look at life at 1stAveMachine as part of the Art Direction & Design Road Show in New York. Check out more photos from their trip here>>

The Office for Socially Engaged Practice recently launched its "Spotlight Sundays" Instagram series, highlighting Sam Fox School students and faculty who are doing socially engaged work. First up: Alexis Vidaurretta, a junior in architecture who is also co-president of Verde and an associate in the Office of Sustainability. Learn more about her work here>>

With mid-reviews upon us, there's no shortage of interesting work in studio these days. For Barge-I-tecture: Towards an Alternative Energy Future of the Mississippi River, Cesar Rodarte designed a MMMM (Mobile Mississippi Monitoring Machine) to monitor air quality/pollution along the Mississippi River. Photo courtesy of @cdrodarte.

Team WashU's CRETE House in Denver for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. Teams are judged in 10 contests; Team WashU tied for second in the competition's Architecture contest. Photo by Stan Strembicki for @WashUSolarDecathlon.

Students prepping materials for artist Lisa Anne Auerbach, who's working in residence as the fall 2017 Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist. Photo courtesy of @washu_print.

Graduate architecture students visit the Bicentennial Museum as part of their semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo courtesy of Daniel Kozak.

Students in lecturer John Early's Drawing class working on a perspective drawing. Photo: Mary Borgman.

MUD studio XL/L field trip through the St. Louis region, including stops at Chesterfield Mall, the NGA construction site, Lafayette Square, and Laclede's Landing. Photo courtesy of @samfox_gsaud.

Textural paper studies by students in our Intro to Fashion Design classes. Photo courtesy of @wustlfashion.

Canoe trip down the Mississippi River, from North Riverfront Park to the Gateway Arch, as part of a graduate architecture option studio led by associate professor Derek Hoeferlin.

In Arny Nadler's 3D Design class, students collaborate on a final project called the "ArnyMover," where they must design and build a form that can hold and move one person, like the Ikea-inspired ÅARNADO!