MArch Student Work

RECENT STUDIOS & SEMINARS

Infrastructural Urbanism / Infrastructural Futurism: For this options studio led by associate professor Linda C. Samuels, MArch students are working in collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One and the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce to create symbiotic, mega-regional infrastructure proposals for the future hyperloop segments between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and St. Louis and Kansas City. Learn more>>

Fabricated Drawings: In this seminar led by associate professor Chandler Ahrens, MArch students examined the way information technology affects the way we perceive the built environment and the way we represent it. The seminar focused on digital fabrication tools, techniques, and image theory to uncover new methods of producing physical drawings. Learn more>>

School Design for Resilience: In this seminar led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas, graduate and undergraduate architecture students developed real-world design solutions for a planned 100,000-square-foot elementary school in Eureka, Missouri. Working in collaboration with FGM Architects and local PK-12 educators and students in the Rockwood School District, the students’ proposals addressed resilience and included a “shocks and stresses analysis” to evaluate the building, community, and environment. Learn more>>

2017 Solar Decathlon: Over the course of two years, more than 100 students from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES) worked with industry partners to design, fabricate, and construct CRETE House, Team WashU's entry in the 2017 Solar Decathlon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The solar-powered, 995-square-foot residence, which was built almost entirely from pre-cast concrete, tied for second in the competition's architecture contest. Faculty advisors from the Sam Fox School included Hongxi Yin (InCEES associate professor), Pablo Moyano (assistant professor), and Ryan Abendroth (senior lecturer). Learn more>>

Inclusion and Neighborhood Resilience with IISTL: MArch students explored the urban context of the International Institute of St. Louis' former building on South Grand Boulevard, proposing adaptive reuse projects that include market-rate, affordable, and refugee housing, as well as creative programs to serve the surrounding neighborhood. Learn more>>

PXSTL Studio: MArch students worked with visiting assistant professors Andres L. Hernandez and Amanda Williams, the winners of the 2015-17 PXSTL competition, and with lecturer Jonathan Stitelman on a project related to the spring 2017 PXSTL public intervention in Grand Center. Students investigated, researched, and experimented with ideas of building and unbuilding by repurposing reclaimed bricks. Learn more>>

Structural Substances + Algorithmic Assemblies: MArch students worked in groups to design and fabricate three separate installations using digital fabrication and modeling tools. Each project is site-specific but has the opportunity to be digitally and conceptually re-calibrated to address new sets of site parameters. The studio was led by lecturers Jason Butz and Lavender Tessmer. Learn More>>

Art Center in North St. Louis: For a studio led by visiting professor Jan Ulmer, MArch students explored opportunities for radical adaptive reuse of the Mullanphy Emigrant Home in Old North St. Louis as a visual and performing arts space for the nonprofit organization UrbArts. Concepts sought to challenge what the 149-year-old building and space could become, and provide inspiration for an UrbArts campaign to acquire and redevelop the building. Learn more>>

Digital and Analog Fabrication: MArch students explored whether expanding polyurethane spray foam could be adapted to nautical applications as part of a digital fabrication studio taught by lecturer Jaymon Diaz. Students worked in pairs to design and construct a half-dozen small watercraft prototypes. Two of those prototypes were then integrated and refined to create the final design, which students constructed in the School's digital fabrication lab. Learn More>>

ACCUMULUS: MArch students designed and assembled a site-specific installation for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis as part of a digital fabrication studio taught by lecturers Jason Butz and Lavender Tessmer. ACCUMULUS finds its form through the accumulation of small modules hanging above the space, similar to the formation of a cumulus cloud, to designate not only a transitional space but also a gathering place—a place for us. Learn More>>

SECUROCRATIC FRONTIERS: Taught by visiting assistant professor Stephen Mueller, this studio suggested that recent developments in energy extraction technologies and resource logistics in the domestic interior have enabled a newly minted "securocratic" territory, where military interests and national security concerns are distributed across an expanded field of everyday life, and are shaping urban scenarios and energy infrastructure in the domestic interior. Students developed final project proposals for transformative architectural and urban interventions for prototypical sites in this emerging frontier. Learn more>>

Metamorphic Cities: Sustainable Strategies for Adaptive Reuse: MArch students in this studio, led by assistant professor Catalina Freixas, responded to a call for innovative design ideas to reimagine the 21-story Railway Exchange Building, reinvigorate the surrounding area, and contribute to the continuing transformation of downtown St. Louis. Learn more>>

PROTO/LOGICS | Urgent Typologies: MArch students set out to mine new and constructive relationships between emergent infrastructures and contemporary urban protocols in the "contested landscape," interrogating the history of oil and energy production in the United States in order to open new possibilities for the future of American cities. Learn more>>

Studio Confluence: MArch students designed, fabricated, and constructed a new avian observatory near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers for a studio led by Andrew Colopy and Ken Tracy. Learn more>>