John Kleinschmidt & Andrew Sternad


John Kleinschmidt and Andrew Sternad are intern architects at Waggonner & Ball Architects in New Orleans, where they have focused primarily on water management, infrastructure, and spatial planning projects for the region.

Kleinschmidt, a native of Fort Atkinson, WI, and Sternad, a native of Norcross, GA, each earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Architecture from Washington University (Kleinschmidt in 2008 and Sternad in 2009). Both were winners of the School’s Frederick Widmann Prize, awarded annually to architecture students who have shown high levels of academic achievement and design ability. Much of their current professional and personal work stems from their participation in New Orleans-based design studios at Washington University that paralleled Waggonner & Ball’s efforts to rebuild the city by focusing first on water-related issues.

As leaders in Dutch Dialogues, the firm’s pro bono water planning advocacy effort, Kleinschmidt and Sternad have worked with multidisciplinary teams of Dutch and American experts to re-envision New Orleans as a delta city that incorporates water into its urban planning strategies. Currently they are key designers on a Waggonner & Ball-led team of firms working on the Integrated Water Management Strategy for Greater New Orleans, a first-of-its-kind integrated water plan for the region that builds on the work of Dutch Dialogues.

For their collaborative partnership “Shallow,” Kleinschmidt and Sternad design projects that thematically parallel their professional work. They have widely exhibited speculative proposals and physical interactive installations dealing with water and landscape in the Mississippi Delta.

Kleinschmidt and Sternad remain actively involved with Washington University, facilitating New Orleans-based projects such as “Gutter to Gulf” studios led by assistant professor Derek Hoeferlin and a recent design/build project at an urban farm.