In the News: November 2020

Stephen Yablon Architecture, Chelsea District Health Center.

Posted by Sam Fox School November 30, 2020


Landscape Architecture Magazine features a review of Dark Matter, a research by design thesis by John Whitaker (MLA21) that received an Award of Excellence in the 2020 National ASLA Student Awards. "With arresting images and a somewhat unconventional project type, Dark Matter dazzled the jury," Zach Mortice writes. Learn more>>

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, the latest novel by New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab (BFA09), was named to the New York Public Library's Best Books of 2020 list. Learn more>>

Eater New York spotlights Both And, a Brooklyn-based dining collective founded by Sachi Nagase (BFA17) and Katie Yun (BFA17), a team with Michelin credentials. They are expanding access to their pay-what-you-wish fine dining meals, adding takeout and delivery options, and incorporating community support into their growth. Learn more>>

The Landscape Architecture Foundation's newsletter highlights WashU's involvement in its Green New Deal Superstudio. Under the direction of associate professor Linda C. Samuels, Master of Urban Design (MUD) studio participants mapped pressing social, environmental, and energy-related issues at the mega-regional, regional, and local scales. Learn more>>

Published by Reedy Press, the newly released book St. Louis in Watercolor: Living History in the Gateway City features watercolors by BFA alum Marilynne Bradley and vignettes by Jennifer L Grotpeter. The collection of iconic paintings of beloved landmarks includes the usual suspects, such as The Muny, Gateway Arch, and The Magic House, as well as less expected sites, such as the Endangered Wolf Center, Rosati-Kain High School, and Hendel’s Cafe. Learn more>>

Jenie Gao (BFA09) was recognized with a Live Forward Award, which honors individuals in the Dane County, Wisconsin, region who are dedicated to creating a community with a healthy environment, a just economy, and social well-being for all. Awardees will be honored at the Sustain Dane Summit on December 3. Learn more>>

Senior lecturer Michael Allen is quoted in a pair of St. Louis Magazine stories, one focused on landscape design in suburban neighborhoods, and the other reflecting on other types of models, outside of a merger, to inspire better cooperation between St. Louis city and county.

Fifty-Fifty (the art collective of professor Lisa Bulawsky and alum Laurencia Strauss, MFA13) collaborated with Dimitry Saïd Chamy on the socially engaged project Portable Memories in Rising Seas, on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The work asks audiences to consider what they want to remember when sea level rise and climate change have usurped the places we call home. Visitors are encouraged to contribute a portable memory of their own through this link.

Associate professor Mary Ruppert-Stroescu discusses her research and the future of sustainable garment design on Allison Hoenes' How Fitting podcast. Learn more>>

Diana Hosley Burchfield (BFA65) received an Audubon Artists Gold Medal of Honor for her watercolor titled A Walk in the Park. Learn more>>

Associate professor Derek Hoeferlin participated in the roundtable discussion Resources and Territories as part of Urbanism Beyond Corona, Part 1, an online conference presented by the California College of the Arts' Architecture division. Learn more>>

Others Who Struggle with Nature, featuring new work by Lyndon Barrois Jr. (MFA13) and his first solo presentation in New York, opens Novewmber 18 at the Rubber Factory in New York. Learn more>>

Tune in to Montez Press Radio at 5p CST November 20 for a radio interview with Canal Street Research Association (CSRA), a temporary office founded by Jack Radley (BFA19) and Constanza Valenzuela that examines counterfeit culture in relation to contemporary notions of property. Learn more>>

Buzz Spector: Alterations, an exhibition by professor emeritus Buzz Spector, spanning the artist's career from the 1970s to the present, opens November 20 at the Saint Louis Art Museum. On view through May 31, the show includes drawings, altered books, postcard assemblages, collages, and more. Learn more>>

New Vision, a newspaper in Kampala, Uganda, featured a story on research in Nakasero Market conducted by students from the Sam Fox School and Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) during last summer's Kampala Workshop. The workshop, led by visiting assistant professor Jonathan Stitelman and Doreen Adengo (principal of Adengo Architecture and lecturer at UMU), was part of the summer 2020 Global Urbanism Studio. Learn more>>

John Yau reviews Peter Saul: Crime and Punishment, the first New York survey of work by Saul (BFA56), for Hyperallergic. The exhibition is on view through January 3 at the New Museum. "Saul has no interest in preaching to the choir," Yau writes. "For him, no one is innocent, nor—more importantly—can anyone claim to be. He sees through our self-righteousness, which is why we need him. He won’t let us get away with our self-regard and sense of importance." Learn more>>

Fashion designer, photographer, and entrepreneur Scott Sternberg (BA97), founder of Band of Outsiders and Entireworld, recently participated in a virtual conversation for WashU alumni, parents, and current students. The special conversation, moderated by associate professor Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, can be viewed on YouTube. Learn more>>

Patricia Olynyk, the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art, has been named the inaugural Medicine + Media Art Fellow at the UCLA Art|Sci Center. The fellowship will act as a conduit for advancing new projects and artistic research that reimagine the medicalized body, corporality, notions of embodiment, post-humanism, and the effects of our environment on our sense of bodily presence and well-being in the world. In addition, she was a featured speaker for the ecoart TECH dialogue on November 12, and she joined two other WashU faculty teaching the spring 2021 Beyond Boundaries Art of Medicine course to discuss their research, the connections that led to their collaboration on the course, and advice for first-year college students on the Beyond Boundaries podcast.

Assistant professor Jonathan Hanahan will present on Fox Fridays: Low-Risk Experimentation with A-typical Technologies at the AIGA National Design Conference: Design Education Symposium at 12p EST November 13. Learn more>>

Associate professor Aggie Toppins published “Can We Teach Graphic Design History without Chronology?,” a thought experiment aimed at criticizing the status quo in the writing and teaching of design history, in AIGA Eye on Design. Learn more>>

Stephen Yablon (BA75) is founder of Stephen Yablon Architecture, which was awarded the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award for its transformation of the Chelsea Health Center. Presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the award is the most prestigious national honor in historic preservation. Learn more>>

Designer and architect Jessica Wilpon Kamel, a BFA alum, was central to a collaboration between her studio, RonenLev, and architect Elizabeth Roberts to bring new life to a dilapidated 1836 family home in Manhattan’s West Village. The project is featured in Architectural Digest. Learn more>>

WashU's Office of Sustainability has updated its virtual tour of campus sustainability features to include the various buildings and elements of the recently completed East End project, including Weil Hall. The interactive GIS map-based tour features 24 stops. Follow along on foot or online. Learn more>>

Associate professor Patty Heyda is participating in the ACSA Administrators Conference Panel on Effective Exchange: PEDAGOGY WITH PARTNERS at 2:30p CST November 5. Heyda will speak about a model of non-place-based partnership, drawing on the work of her interdisciplinary course In\Visible STL from the past two years. Learn more>>

Zlatko Ćosić (MFA11) will be participating in several upcoming film screenings. His film DESCEND will screen at the St. Louis International Film Festival (November 5-22) and at Limestone Coast Video Art Festival, Mount Gambier, Australia (November 6-December 6), and his films COLORBOARDING, 180, SHIFTED, and PIZZICATO will screen at IMAGE PLAY, International Video Art Festival, Portugal (November 5-6).