In the News: March 2021

Posted by Sam Fox School March 23, 2021


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Students from associate professor Patty Heyda’s undergraduate architecture and urban design studio, titled "Climate Action Now! Energy and Design for the Cities We Need," are participating in a Green New Deal Superstudio multi-university review on March 29. The virtual event is led by Columbia University GSAPP, and will also feature studios from Pratt Institute, NC State University, and Carnegie Mellon University.

Assistant professor Petra Kempf will deliver a talk titled Flex(ing) Place >Compact< as part of the Storytime Lecture Series on April 2. The series is presented by the graduate core studio at MIT Architecture. Diving into the cosmos of crossing lines, the act of drawing sets out to record passages through space and time to construct place—pathways that form a journey in which a site is constructed.
Snapshots are taken, negotiations are conducted, measurements may turn into facts, material surfaces, and connections are being discovered—a line is put into action as another one is overdrawn, and fades away: a new storyline emerges. Within this context, Kempf will explore how urban citizens confront current forms of urbanization while coming to terms with, and contributing to, the production of "commoning" by revealing their political potential in forming a constantly emerging body of interactions.

In this interview, Stefanie Greenfield (MArch90), principal at CambridgeSeven, discusses current renovation projects she’s leading in Boston and Cambridge, with a focus on how she was introduced to the challenge of working with existing spaces, how she developed an appreciation for unique urban settings, and why it's important to preserve them. Learn more>>

Episode 2 of The Gratitude Project includes a spotlight on senior lecturer Gay Lorberbaum, noting her work as co-founder of the nonprofit Building Futures as well as the experiential learning courses she's taught for WashU students in all disciplines, in which they develop hands-on curriculum for children at local elementary and middle schools. Learn more>>

Several exhibitions open in-person at Bruno David Gallery on March 27, from 3-8p Central: Then & Now, reaturing the work of professor emeritus Leslie Laskey; Cast and Gummies Tame Stones, featuring the work of Sara Ghazi Asadollahi (MFA-VA19), and Blueprint Kit for Lilly, featuring the work of lecturer Heather Bennett. The shows will remain on view through March 29. Learn more>>

The virtual group exhibition The Feminist Connect features work by Amy Chaiklin (BFA77), among others. Presented by Les Femmes Folles, the show is on view through March 31. Learn more>>

Archinect previews the Exhibit Columbus design presentations taking place virtually this month. The events invite the public to preview design concepts of thirteen site-specific, future-oriented public installations and experience the design process first-hand. As one of the chosen University Design Research Fellows, Derek Hoeferlin, associate professor and chair of landscape architecture and urban design, will present during the 9-11a session on March 19. Check out his presenter profile on Archinect, and register to attend his presentation here>>

The Saint Louis Art Museum has acquired 833 works, mostly contemporary prints but including drawings, collages, and photographs, from Ted and Maryanne Ellison Simmons (MFA92). This St. Louis Post-Dispatch story profiles the couple, as well as the works acquired by SLAM. Learn more>>

St. Louis Magazine highlights the works of several local artists that have been produced during the pandemic, including Quinn Antonio Briceño (MFA-VA22), Song Watkins Park (MFA-VA18), Edo Rosenblith (MFA-VA17), and Sara Ghazi Asadollahi (MFA-VA19). Learn more>>

Get to know actress Kristin Bauer van Straten (BFA98)—best known for her best for her role in shows like Once Upon a Time and True Blood—in this profile from TV Over Mind. Learn more>>

Professor John Hendrix has been named Educator/Illustrator of the Year by 3x3 magazine. Hendrix is chair of the MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program. In this Q&A, he talks about his professional path as an author and illustrator, his experiences teaching in the Sam Fox School, and his advice to graduates entering the illustration field today. Learn more>>

Susan Barrett (BFA89/BA89), the founder of St. Louis art spaces such as Barrett Barrera Projects, projects+​gallery, and projects+exhibitions, spoke with Elle Decor about her latest venture—Guest House—a new, 8,000-square-foot arts club that accommodates visiting artists. Learn more>>

Esquire magazine profiles architecture alum Daniel DuGoff (BA10), founder of the fashion brand Homoco, a queer swim brand that draws on the legacy of the Homes Oil Company, the DuGoff family’s now-defunct gas station chain. "Homoco plays both etymologist and historian," writes Murray Clark, "celebrating the codes and the sanctuaries of the queer past, and thus commemorating the men who needed them most." Learn more>>

Discover San Francisco: Inclusion by Design with Michael Willis (BA73/MArch76/MSW76​) is an online discussion of the intersection of the built environment and economic opportunity, with reflections on the importance of equity and inclusion in urban design. The event will take place on March 11 from 12:30–1:30p Central via Zoom. Learn more>>

Sister Monuments, part of a series of panel discussions on two works by associate professor Monika Weiss, kicks off March 12. The series is taking place in conjunction with the exhibitions Monika Weiss – Monument / Anti-Monument at CEL and Monika Weiss: Nirbhaya at the Centre for Polish Sculpture in Orońsko. It is presented by Creative Exchange Lab: Center for Architecture & Design STL (CEL). Learn more>>

The 2021 Atlanta Biennial: Of Care and Destruction, which includes work by Myra Greene (BFA97) and others, is on view through August 1 at Atlanta Contemporary. Learn more>>

Monica Rivera, professor of practice and chair of graduate architecture, will deliver the Allen Eskew Endowed Fund Lecture, titled Human Inhabitation & Aging: Living Collectively, at 5:15p on March 8. The lecture is presented by the Tulane School of Architecture. Learn more>>

St. Louis Magazine profiles senior lecturer Michael Allen, his efforts to study and preserve St. Louis’ built environment, and the ways he pushes back against the traditional view of preservation. “The whole reason we’re preserving things is to tell the story of this country," says Allen, also director of the Preservation Research Office. "So if we’re omitting the parts that are unpleasant or the record of injustice in the past, well, then we’re not telling the full story." Learn more>>

This Hyperallegic article spotlights Helen Kornblum's (BA59/MSW61) donation of 100 photographs by women artists from her renowned collection to the Museum of Modern Art. The major gift spans over a century of work; among the 76 artists represented are early modernists such as Claude Cahun and Gertrud Arndt, as well as contemporary practitioners like Catherine Opie and Carrie Mae Weems. Kornblum is a member of the Sam Fox School National Council. Learn more>>

Associate professor Linda C. Samuels is among the featured speakers at the Midwest-UK Climate Action Dialogue, presented by the British Consulate-General in Chicago and the Midwest Climate Summit. The event will take place from 9-11a Central on March 3 via Zoom. Learn more>>

As part of the Mark S. Wrighton Research Award on Aging 3MT Competition, DrSU candidate Bomin Kim and other doctoral candidates will compete to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. Cash awards will be given to the "judge's choice" and "winner's choice." The event takes place from 4-6p Central on March 3 via Zoom. Learn more>>

Firstlings + There is a Fly on a Plate, a two-person show featuring ceramic sculpture and drawings by associate professor Arny Nadler and Ivan Albreht, opens 6-9p March 5 at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. The exhibition is on view through April 2. Learn more>>