Faculty portfolios

  • Patty Heyda, FLOODPLAN, Third Place Designing Action International Competition, Nashville, TN.
    Patty Heyda, FLOODPLAN, Third Place Designing Action International Competition, Nashville, TN.
  • Patty Heyda, Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Zlaty Andel, Prague. Image AJN.
    Patty Heyda, Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Zlaty Andel, Prague. Image AJN.
  • Patty Heyda, How to Build a City (Mutations, Actar) Ed. R. Koolhaas.
    Patty Heyda, How to Build a City (Mutations, Actar) Ed. R. Koolhaas.
  • Patty Heyda, CKA/ NBBJ, Anacostia Waterfront Framework Plan, Washington, D.C.; Image WRT, NBBJ.
    Patty Heyda, CKA/ NBBJ, Anacostia Waterfront Framework Plan, Washington, D.C.; Image WRT, NBBJ.
  • Patty Heyda, Big Box Revival, First Place, International Building, Problem or Solution? Competition.
    Patty Heyda, Big Box Revival, First Place, International Building, Problem or Solution? Competition.
  • Patty Heyda, Farm K, 18 x 18 Oil on canvas, 2017.
    Patty Heyda, Farm K, 18 x 18 Oil on canvas, 2017.

Patty Heyda

Associate Professor

Givens 210

Campus Box 1079
Biography 

MArch II Distinction, Harvard University; BArch/MArch, Tulane University

 

Patty Heyda is Associate Professor of Urban Design and Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and co-author of Rebuilding the American City (Routledge, 2016) with David Gamble. She is an urban designer, architect, artist, educator and author. She studies politics and design in American cities, with a focus on contemporary erasure urbanism, displacement and the normalized processes reproducing intense inequality—in St. Louis in particular. Heyda’s scholarship fuses creative drawing, mapping and formal design practices with planning, history, critical urban theory, law, and political economy to depict sites according to the reality of forces shaping them.

At Washington University, Heyda teaches studios and advanced seminars in the architecture and urban design graduate and undergraduate programs. She leads the urban design minor, and in fall 2018, she served as interim chair of the urban design program. Heyda also teaches and collaborates across the humanities at Washington University, including in the departments of Anthropology, Sociology, and History. She holds a courtesy appointment in the American Culture Studies (AMCS) program. She is on the advisory board of the Mellon Foundation-funded Divided City Humanities and Design initiative, and from 2011-2017 she ran the popular cross-disciplinary City Seminar on cities and emerging urban research topics and methods.

Heyda’s book, Rebuilding the American City, is a lucid, behind-the-scenes view of American urban design and implementation strategies and tensions through the lens of 15 different cities. The book was featured nationally on NPR’s Here and Now with Robin Young and reviewed in APA’s Planning magazine. Currently, Heyda and Gamble are working on Rebuilding American Towns (Routledge/provisional title). Heyda has been a featured speaker at the AIA National Conference on Architecture; the Missouri History Museum; the Witte Museum in San Antonio; Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice; Harvard University GSD, Georgia Tech, University at Buffalo; and Indiana University, among numerous other outlets, as well as in documentary films and on public television media. Heyda’s publications include Erasure Urbanism in Architecture is All Over (Columbia University Press), and other chapters or articles in Urban Infill/ Diagrammatically (Kent State CUDC), the Journal of Architectural Education JAE, Conditions; MONU and City Observer, among others. Her Roman Operating System project, conducted with Rem Koolhaas and colleagues, was published and exhibited internationally in Mutations (Actar) and Content (Taschen). Currently, Heyda is completing Ferguson Primer, a graphic, spatialized account of the fragmented, politicized American suburb (as a new space of political action).

Heyda’s approaches are drawn from experiences practicing professionally with Paris-based Ateliers Jean Nouvel, in a transitioning eastern European context; and in the U.S., designing large-scale, complex framework plans in Washington, D.C. and St. Louis. Her own St. Louis-based design practice has earned national and international recognition and awards from AIA Boston/BSA, AIA St. Louis, ThinkSpace, the Nashville Civic Design Center, and other organizations.

Heyda governs the prestigious international $50,000 James Harrison Steedman Memorial Fellowship in Architecture at the Sam Fox School. She serves on the boards of the University’s Association of Women Faculty and the regional Metropolitan Research Exchange. Previously, Heyda taught at Harvard University and Northeastern University.

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