2017-2018 CityStudioSTL Student Awards

Virginia Eckinger, site plan for Washington Montessori Elementary School's Learning Garden.

Posted by Liz Kramer June 14, 2018


In the 2017-18 academic year, three students from the Sam Fox School received funding to continue or complete a project that they began in a class with a community partner in the St. Louis region.

Map and Narrative Guide for the Ville Neighborhood, Will Sun and Rob Birch
The fall 2017 awardees, Will Sun, BS18, and Rob Birch, MArch17, developed a folding map and booklet for Northside Community Housing as part of the course American Cultural Landscapes, taught by senior lecturer Michael Allen. The booklet contains a map of important historical sites in the Ville neighborhood in the City of St. Louis, as well as oral histories about the experience of the neighborhood. Their work is connected to the 4theVille initiative, a partnership between Northside Community Housing, community development organizations, and local residents. Aaron Williams, who served as the community liaison for this project, noted that the students observed how challenging it would be for the community reproduce and disseminate the guide to the intended audience. Through funding from the CityStudioSTL Student Award, Will and Rob were able to print 650 copies of their guide for use by the volunteers and residents working with 4theVille and Northside Community Housing.

Garden and Growing Space at Milque Toast Bar, Amela Parcic
Spring 2018 awardee Amela Parcic, MArch18, will continue her installation and gardening efforts at Milque Toast Bar, located at 2212 S. Jefferson Ave., in the City of St. Louis. In lecturer Lynn Peemoeller’s Foodscapes seminar, Amela and her partner designed and installed a trellis tower to grow beans behind the local food-focused restaurant. The course enabled students to use food as “the agent with which to engage with and activate different urban environments.” Amela will continue her explorations by using the award to support further development of the garden space behind Milque Toast Bar, working closely with the owner to design and develop the space.

Outdoor Learning Garden at Washington Montessori Elementary School, Virginia Eckinger
Landscape architecture students in senior lecturer Rick Kacenski’s Planting Design course proposed design interventions for the garden at the Washington Montessori Elementary School, a public school located in the Central West End in the City of St. Louis. With her spring 2018 CityStudioSTL Student Award, Virginia Eckinger, MLA20, will work with assistant principal Deborah Rogers to help restore the outdoor learning classroom and garden at the school, which have fallen into disrepair. The school, which is the only public Montessori in the state of Missouri, is focused on child-centered education and wants to incorporate more scientific study into their curriculum. Virginia will help organize a volunteer day to clean-up the garden, and she will support the selection and acquisition of plants and materials for the site.

About CityStudioSTL

CityStudioSTL is an initiative inspired by Design for Excellence, the Sam Fox School's 10-year strategic plan. Offered in partnership with Washington University's Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 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 Student Awards

CityStudioSTL Student Awards are open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who propose to continue a community collaborative project from a curricular or co-curricular experience. Awards support students who wish to either complete a project begun in a course, or expand the project's original scope; priority is given to initiatives that are already underway. More information is available here>>