International Housing Studio: 2014-2016

Photos courtesy of Desescribir.

Posted by Sam Fox School November 29, 2018


The Sam Fox School is pleased to announce the publication of International Housing Studio: 2014-2016, which highlights the research and work of graduate architecture's 419 studio.

Part of the three-semester core sequence for graduate architecture students, the 419 studio draws from the expertise of WashU faculty working in different cities around the world to provide students a unique opportunity to engage with—and make connections between—housing design projects in sites across the world. During the first six weeks of studio, students take part in three rotations, each focused on a different international city. Faculty are asked to construct a unique project framework based on their own ideas and experiences of housing and architecture, immersed in the culture conditions of their home cities.

“Because housing is one of the biggest challenges facing architects, our faculty came together to structure a core studio with a holistic design approach—one that is inseparably dependent upon culture, domesticity, the city, infrastructure, and nuanced ways of understanding the economic and political shaping of one of the most distinct architectural projects of collective expression,” said Heather Woofter, director of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design.

Edited by Woofter and senior lecturer Emiliano López, International Housing Studio: 2014-2016 focuses on the 419 studios during that three-year span, with design projects centered on the following cities: New Orleans, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Berlin, Chicago, Halifax, Athens, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Island of Tabarca, Vlora (Albania), Seoul, and Niseko (Japan). The publication features examples of student work from each studio, faculty bios, city profiles, and scholarly essays by López, Eric Mumford (the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture), and Patrick Gmür.

The publication was designed and produced by Desescribir. It costs $25 and is available for purchase at the Campus Bookstore or by emailing Mary McGinley at