In the News: April 2020

Posted by Sam Fox School April 13, 2020


Heather Woofter, director of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, was interviewed by Archinect on the institutional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Sam Fox School faculty and staff are actively redesigning the studio experience," says Woofter, "inventing new models of practice to fit the resources at hand, and flexibly addressing a-synchronized learning styles with students from a host of different time zones." Full story>>

Associate professor Derek Hoeferlin, chair of landscape architecture and urban design, and associate professor Linda C. Samuels contributed articles to Places journal as part of the series "Field Notes on Pandemic Teaching." Samuels' article reflects on learning culture in a time of distance, while Hoeferlin's article explores the need to reimagine the rules of global engagement.

Professor D.B. Dowd was featured in the article "Why Drawing Is the Perfect Hobby to Start in Quarantine" on Aleteia. “It fosters close observation, analytical thinking, patience," says Dowd, "even humility.” Dowd's book Stick Figures: Drawing as a Human Practice was released in 2018. Full story>>

Em McPhie, a Sam Fox School student and the news editor for Student Life, interviewed Carmon Colangelo, the Ralph J. Nagel Dean, for this article in the newspaper about students' experience with online learning this semester, and planning for the fall. Full story>>

Sam Fox School student Megan Lemaire was featured in this NBC News article on how Americans are stepping up to foster and adopt shelter animals during the pandemic. Full story>>

Umwelt, a three-person show featuring work by MFA in Visual Art chair Patricia Olynyk, the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art, was reviewed in SciArt. The exhibition opened at Brooklyn's BioBAT Art Space in November. Full story>>

Armour, the student-run style and culture magazine of Washington University, published this feature article on the Kemper Art Museum's spring exhibition Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art. Full story>>

William E. Wallace, the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, was a featured guest on Episode No. 439 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. Wallace is the author of Michelangelo, God’s Architect: The Story of His Final Years and Greatest Masterpiece. Full story>>

Alum Larry Pijut, who earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in construction management from WashU, was recently promoted to vice president of architecture and engineering operations at KAI Entrerprises. Full story>>

Landscape architecture research fellow Rod Barnett recently completed a three-year research project for the Whitaker Foundation. The first phase resulted in the publication of The St. Louis Parks Project, a book that identified eight St. Louis parks for redesign and development. The second phase proposes a new design for Loretta Hall Park in North St. Louis, dedicated to the reduction of atmospheric carbon. Called The Carbon Garden, the park is designed as an outdoor laboratory in which scientists could conduct environmental research in public space, involving the local community and passers-by in their research. The project involves the EcoHealth Network, the Living Earth Collaborative, and other members of the WashU community.

Associate professor Chandler Ahrens' book Instabilities and Potentialities: Notes on the Nature of Knowledge in Digital Architecture (Routledge, 2019) was reviewed in the Journal of Architectural Education. Co-edited by Aaron Sprecher, the book explores our post-digital culture to better understand its impact on theoretical discourse and design processes in architecture. The cover was designed by visiting assistant professor Becca Leffell Koren. Full story>>

Greg Bailey, MFA19, was awarded Best in Show for National Gallery West’s submission-based exhibition Due West. Bailey's work is an ongoing investigation of the Black mass within postcolonial spaces such as the Caribbean. Full story>>

Lyndon Barrois Jr., MFA13, has been appointed assistant professor of art in the area of painting at Carnegie Mellon University. A 2020 recipient of the Sam Fox School's Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award, Using magazines, advertising, cinema, and vernacular imagery as primary subjects of inquiry, Barrois breaks down and reconfigures the language of print, design, and popular culture in his multimedia practice in order to investigate underlying ideology, ethics, and conceptions of identity. Full story>>

Communication design alum Aaron Sidorov served as an art director for Instant Doctor, a short film from New York creative shop The Bloc and Brazilian filmmaking collective The Youth that imagines a world without human doctors. The work can be viewed online through this link>>

"The Contagion of Everyday Life," an essay written by Jeannette Cooperman for The Common Reader, includes reflections on the influence of art by Patricia Olynyk, the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art and chair of the MFA in Visual Art program. “The power of the visual can’t be overemphasized,” Olynyk notes, “particularly in times of contagion.” Full story>>

The Santa Fe Reporter profiles art alum Andrew Woodard, owner of Process Art Studio, who is heading up New Mexico Makers United, a movement by local makers to hand assemble 3D-printed and laser cut face shields and get them to the hospitals and clinics across the state that need them. Full story>>

Robert McCarter, the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture, served as the guest editor of Architecture Research: Confluences (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture) in late 2019. The issue includes an essay by MArch/MUD/MSAS alum Colleen Chiu-Shee titled “Reinventing the Collective for Ethical Design: The Theoretical Confluences of Fumihiko Maki’s ‘Collective Form’ and Thom Mayne’s ‘Combinatory Urbanism." Full story>>

Associate professor Mary Ruppert-Stroescu was interviewed on the podcast Cliterally Speaking. She discusses her fashion journey, which took her from a farm in Southern Illinois on to Paris, Morocco, Oklahoma State University, and finally, here, to the Sam Fox School. Full story>>

Home for MJ, a student project created in a course led by architecture and MArch/MCM alum Traci Sooter, FAIA, was awarded a 2019 Best of Design award by The Architect's Newspaper in the Student Work - Group category. Sooter is a professor at Drury University's Hammons School of Architecture. Full story>>

A shingle-style weekend home near Sag Harbor designed by art alum Ryan Lawson was featured in Architectural Digest. Lawson founded his interior design studio in New York in 2005. Full story>>