COVID-19: Stories of Innovation & Community

Posted by Sam Fox School March 25, 2020


Out of the extraordinary circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have no doubt that compelling, important work will emerge from our faculty, staff, and students. This page is your hub to learn about the ways our Sam Fox School community is working together to find creative, Innovative ways to engage our disciplines and to build a global community. Check back often, as we will update this page regularly. Have a story to share? Contact

Architectural Research to Address COVID-19

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak, a group of researchers led by Hongxi Yin, the InCEES associate professor in advanced building systems and architectural design in the Sam Fox School, is exploring whether using portable furnaces to sterilize contaminated building exhaust might help to stem the contagion. You can read about Yin's research in this story, as well as in coverage from Fast Company, Chinese Global Television Network, Architecture and Design, and Health Management.




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(posted 3-24-2020; view on Instagram) Welcome back from the extended spring break! Good luck to all of the faculty, staff and students on their first week of virtual learning. Our very own @washuaias has captured some of the student workspaces for our new digital ways! #samfoxschool. #wustl_official

A Message from @samfoxschool: We're In This Together!

(posted 3-17-2020; view on Instagram or Facebook To our beloved Sam Fox School and WashU community: We know how rough these last few days have been. And, we know that this is not the only challenge many of you are facing in this moment. Spring is our favorite time of year—we emerge from our coats and the cold and the gray to find ourselves awash in the green and the new. Normally at this time, we’d be welcoming newly admitted students and their families for campus visits. We’d see the results of years of hard work in our students’ end-of-year exhibitions at the Des Lee Gallery, in Steinberg, Givens, and Bixby, and at the Kemper Art Museum. And, we’d seriously be celebrating every colorful, blooming thing emerging from the earth. This year, we must do everything from afar. It is not the same. It will not be easy. We miss your camaraderie and your chaos. But this is only temporary. And, we will learn to do many new things together this spring, some of which we would have never learned otherwise.

In the coming weeks, we will look forward to sharing many new things with you here: new student and faculty work, new interviews and virtual tours, new ways of staying connected from our distant, scattered outposts (and, of course, some new stories from Sam, the Sam Fox fox, on Instagram!).

We will be here for you in every way we can be, and we know that you will be here for each other. Important resources are available for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors on our website. We appreciate your kindness and your courage. Onward!

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