International Housing Studio: 2017-2019

Posted by Sam Fox School March 16, 2021


419 Publication

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to announce the publication of International Housing Studio: 2017-2019, which highlights the work of the 419 International Housing studio in the Master of Architecture program.

Taken by all graduate architecture students, the 419 International Housing studio draws from the diverse expertise of Washington University faculty and visiting faculty, with project sites located in different parts of the world. The studio begins with a set of rotations, where students work for two weeks in one city with one instructor before moving to another city with a different instructor, with whom they develop their project for the remainder of the semester. Students explore how each city’s climate, history, and sociocultural particularities inform the making of collective housing.

"In our International Housing Studio, faculty and students' concerns transcend any one location to consider housing necessities that dignify living," said Heather Woofter, director of the Sam Fox School's College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design. "We also consider the individual and collective program within a framework of domesticity. The work reflects the world's realities by exploring changing conditions such as those found in different family structures, economic pressures, political climates, and environmental systems."

Edited by Emiliano López (senior lecturer), Monica Rivera (professor of practice and chair of graduate architecture), and director Heather Woofter (Sam and Marilyn Fox Professor), International Housing Studio: 2017-2019 focuses on the 419 International Housing studios during that three-year span, with design projects centered on the following cities: San Juan (Puerto Rico), Halifax (Canada), Barcelona, Seattle, Dublin, Berlin, Cagliari (Italy), and Santiago de Compostela (Spain). The publication features examples of student work from each studio, city profiles, faculty bios, and scholarly essays by López and Rivera, Javier García-Germán, and Michael R. Allen (senior lecturer).

The publication was designed and produced by Desescribir. The digital version can be viewed at

Read the feature story about the publication on Archinect>>