The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis is a leader in architecture, art, and design education. We are advancing our fields through innovative research and creative practice, excellence in teaching, a world-class university art museum, and a deep commitment to addressing the social and environmental challenges of our time. Through the work of our students, faculty, and alumni, we are striving to create a more just, sustainable, humane, and beautiful world.
The School encompasses four academic units—the College of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, College of Art, and Graduate School of Art—and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, each of which has its own unique history. We offer 15 unique degree programs for both graduate and undergraduate students, supplemented by a number of creative research centers, including Island Press and the Office for Socially Engaged Practice. We have an enrollment of over 800 students and draw on the expertise of over 70 full-time faculty and over 50 visiting and part-time faculty who expand our connections to contemporary global practice.
Carmon Colangelo, the Ralph J. Nagel Dean, reflects on the current opportunities and challenges facing architects, artists, and designers, and how our School is working to address them.
The Sam Fox School as we currently know it evolved over several years. Read more about the history of the School and major milestones.
Ralph J. Nagel Dean, Sam Fox School; E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts
William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator, Kemper Art Museum
Director, College & Graduate School of Art; Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman, Jr. Professor of Art
Director of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design; Sam and Marilyn Fox Professor
Each fellow will create a public work for the Sink or Swim Climate Futures exhibition, opening this fall.
Hyperallergic interviews alum Elana Mann (BFA03), known for her protest art, on the Supreme Court Decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Alum Alicia Ajayi (MArch15/MSW15) is one of seven fellows in the inaugural cohort. The program is organized by the Architectural League of New York and Urban Design Forum.
The “Made to Model” initiative at this springs’ Fashion Design Show culminated in an unforgettable night for 15 St. Louis area kids
Students in the MFA Illustration & Visual Culture program have studios in Weil Hall.
Givens Hall is home to some of the undergraduate architecture studio spaces.
The Sam Fox School strives to increase the diversity of our community, nurture an inclusive learning and work environment, and promote a culture and ethos that values diversity, inclusion, and equitable success. We consider it an essential mission and responsibility of the School to engage critical societal issues in St. Louis.
Our community of architects, artists, and designers—including alumni, parents, and friends around the globe—is what makes the Sam Fox School so dynamic. You are the foundation for our continued success, and your generous support today will make a difference to every one of our students and faculty.
The Sam Fox School is dedicated to assisting students and alumni in developing the necessary skills for a lifetime of successful career management. In addition to WashU’s main Career Center, the School has its own Career Development office, with specialists in architecture and art + design.