In the News: March 2020

Adrian Cox, The Lost Spectral Witnesses II. Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery.

Posted by Sam Fox School March 6, 2020


Sam Fox School research fellow Jenny Price was interviewed on Public Books about the LA Urban Rangers collective, greenwashing, and her new book, Stop Saving the Planet! A 21st-Century Environmentalist Manifesto, which is forthcoming from W. W. Norton. Full story>>

The current issue of the Journal of Architectural Education includes articles on water research and infrastructure by associate professor Derek Hoeferlin, assistant professor Jesse Vogler, and alum Danika Cooper. Hoeferlin's research was supported by a Sam Fox School Creative Activity Research Grant and an InCEES grant, and was assisted by numerous WashU student and alumni research assistants, particularly Jess Vanecek (MArch17/MCM18). Full story>>

In the February issue of Domus, assistant professor Shantel Blakely published an essay, based on the journal's archives, that examines the changing perspectives on Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation at Marseilles since 1949. Full story>>

Alum Robert T. Herrera was one of twelve screenwriters selected to participate in the Sundance Institute’s eighth annual Screenwriters Intensive in Los Angeles. His project, Pink Casa, tells the story of an artistic 12-year-old girl, living in the blighted industrial neighborhoods of South Texas, who is discovered by national art media for painting every inch of their house pink. Full story>>

In this St. Louis Magazine article on the popularity of urbex photography, senior lecturer Michael Allen weighs in on what is really being captured by street photographers, whose images often document abandoned buildings and crumbling infrastructure. Full story>>

MFA in Visual Art alum Kathy Aoki recently completed a residency at the Recology AIR program in San Francisco, which culminated in a solo exhibition. Primarily using materials recovered from the waste stream, Aoki created disgraced monuments to the patriarchy comprising dioramas, sculpture, and installation. Full story>>

In this video and interview on, alum Mee Jey (MFA19) spoke about her art practice, the importance of art that engages with the community, and her experience as an immigrant in St. Louis. Full story>>

InCEES associate professor Hongxi Yin was interviewed by Fast Company and by the Chinese Global Television Network's program "Dialogue" about his research into how hospitals might minimize the spread of diseases like COVID-19 using portable furnaces. His research was also featured on Architecture & Design, an Australian media network, and in Archinect.

Robert McCarter, the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture, was interviewed on NPR about this year's Pritzker Prize winners, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell. McCarter's monograph on their practice, Grafton Architects, was released in 2018. Farrell delivered a public lecture and participated in studio visits with Sam Fox School students last fall. Full story>>

PBS' Channel Nine has released the documentary film Mid-Century Modern in St. Louis, featuring alumni Ralph Fournier (BArch52), Dick Henmi (BArch47), and Jessica Senne (MArch08), as well as faculty members Michael Allen and Eric Mumford, who participated in a panel discussion during a recent screening. The program is available for streaming through the link. Full story>>

Alum Peter Saul (BFA56) was profiled in GQ. About his sometimes explosively provocative works, Saul says, "If my painting doesn't leap off the wall, I get mad at it." His survey exhibition at the New Museum opened in New York this February. Full story>>

Alum Maya Tatsukana (BFA13) has published her first children's book, The Bear in My Family (Dial Books), about an overbearing older sibling. The work has received a starred review from Kirkus as well as accolades from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and others. Full story>>

The St. Louis American published this article by senior lecturer Michael Allen on the legacy of the late Sam Moore, a St. Louis Alderman who served the city's 4th Ward. Full story>>

In this video for WashU's new Fail Better series, student Andrew Bass describes experiencing (and overcoming) imposter syndrome while participating in the U.S. Department of Defense's new internship program, the X-Force Fellowship. Bass is a second-year undergrad studying design and computer science. Full story>>

WashU's Center for Teaching and Learning published this article by assistant professor Jonathan Hanahan on teaching, design-thinking, and the importance of resolving complex problems with simple solutions. Full story>>

LA Weekly profiles artist Adrian Cox (MFA12) and his new work, which "vibrates around a mythical journey his characters take through power, redemption and, finally, community." Full story>>

Jian Zhu (MArch19), Alex Wickes (MArch20), Dongchen Han (visiting PhD student, Tsinghua University), InCEES associate professor Hongxi Yin, and Ming Qu (Purdue University) co-authored a paper for the Journal of Architectural Engineering. The article, titled "Technical Analysis and Comparison of Formwork-Making Methods for Customized Prefabricated Buildings: 3D Printing and Conventional Methods," focuses on Lotus House, Team WashU's entry for the 2018 Solar Decathlon China. Full story>>

Anne Peabody: Sunspike, a solo exhibition by alum Anne Peabody (BFA89) is on view through May 8 by appointment only at Moreman Gallery in Louisville. Learn more>>

Shreyas R Krishnan, the Wallace Herndon Smith Distinguished Visiting Assistant Professor, was interviewed on the STL by Design podcast. She discusses her practice, life in St. Louis, and why she founded Bad Drawing Club, a group for women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks who like to draw. Full story>>

Ai Weiwei: Bare Life was reviewed in the Journal of Architectural Education. The exhibition, which included more than 35 artworks created over the last two decades, was on view this past fall at the Kemper Art Museum. Full story>>

Wall Street International magazine featured the solo shows of three members of the Sam Fox School community: Patricia Olynyk, the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art and Chair, MFA in Visual Art; senior lecturer and Island Press master printer Tom Reed; and alum Frank Schwaiger (BS62). The exhibitions are on view at the Bruno David Gallery through April 18. Full story>>

Eric Mumford, the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture, delivered the lecture Postwar Urbanism: The Heart of Cities and the New Monumentality in CIAM (Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne) as part of Ocupação Rino Levi, a conference on the Brazilian modern architect Rino Levi in São Paulo, Brazil. Learn more>>

The Blanco Public Library in Texas featured a presentation and exhibition of a calligraphic commission of the Pirkei Avot (a Jewish book of ethical teachings) by Haley Ping (BFA05) on March 7. Learn more>>

Artists Janet Evan and Emily Moorhead-Wallace (MFA10) lead a pollinator nest-building workshop at the Evanston Ecology Center on March 7. Learn more>>

Nancy Newman Rice: Recent Paintings, a solo exhibition of work by Nancy Newman Rice (BFA72/MFA74), opened March 7 at Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York. Learn more>>

In conjunction with the exhibition Umwelt, The Mutable Archive featured an interdisciplinary discussion on a performance video project by Patricia Olynyk, the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art and Chair of the MFA in Visual Art program. Panelists included Shimon Attie (2016-17 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow), Hannah Klemm (Saint Louis Art Museum), Ellen K. Levy, Rebecca Messbarger (WashU professor of Italian in Arts & Sciences), and Monika Weiss (Sam Fox School associate professor of art). Learn more>>