Faculty portfolios

  • “+STL: Growing an Urban Mosaic” finalist proposal for Chouteau Greenway competition. Full credit below.
    “+STL: Growing an Urban Mosaic” finalist proposal for Chouteau Greenway competition. Full credit below.
  • Faculty advisor, First Class Meal, winning proposal for Urban SOS: Fair Share competition. Full credit below.
    Faculty advisor, First Class Meal, winning proposal for Urban SOS: Fair Share competition. Full credit below.
  • Mapping and analytical model for MUD711 infrastructural urbanism studio taught by Linda Samuels. Full credit below.
    Mapping and analytical model for MUD711 infrastructural urbanism studio taught by Linda Samuels. Full credit below.
  • Infrastructural Urbanism // Virgin Hyperloop One studio collaboration led by Linda Samuels. Full credit below.
    Infrastructural Urbanism // Virgin Hyperloop One studio collaboration led by Linda Samuels. Full credit below.
  • Mobility For All By All collaborative community projects. Full credit below.
    Mobility For All By All collaborative community projects. Full credit below.
  • Smart Energy City, I-11 Supercorridor Studio taught by Linda Samuels at the University of Arizona. Full credit below.
    Smart Energy City, I-11 Supercorridor Studio taught by Linda Samuels at the University of Arizona. Full credit below.

Linda C. Samuels

Associate Professor

Phone: 
314-935-6200
Campus Box 1079
Biography 

PhD in Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles; MArch, Princeton University; BDes, University of Florida

 

Linda C. Samuels, RA, PhD, is an associate professor of urban design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches interdisciplinary studios and seminars on infrastructural urbanism, urban history and theory, and alternative sustainability metrics. Recent studio partners include Virgin Hyperloop One (LA/LV), Food Forward (LA), Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LA/Detroit), Bistate Research Institute (St. Louis), and Dutchtown South Community Corporation (St. Louis).

Samuels was co-principal investigator on a grant from The Divided City initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation, entitled Mobility For All By All, which aims to increase the social and environmental benefits of the multibillion-dollar proposed MetroLink expansion for residents living along the alignment. She was a team member on "+STL: Growing an Urban Mosaic," the award-winning finalist proposal for the Chouteau Greenway Competition led by dhd, TLS Landscape Architecture, & OBJECT TERRITORIES.

Previously, Samuels was the inaugural director of the Sustainable City Project (SCP), a multidisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach initiative of the University of Arizona, where she worked with public and private partners on micro- to macro-scaled sustainability efforts in southern Arizona and the larger megaregion. Projects ranged from the I-11 Supercorridor spanning three universities and 500 miles to the SLUG: Sustainability Laboratory and Urban Garden design/build with City High School transforming their 12’ x 125’ alley.

Samuels earned her Doctorate in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Architecture from Princeton University. While at UCLA, she was a senior research associate at cityLAB, an urban think tank in UCLA's Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Her publications include "Top/Up Urbanism" in Amplified Urbanism and “Resistance at the Trench: Why Efforts to Reinvent the 101 Freeway in Downtown Los Angeles Continue to Fail" in the Journal of Planning History (both 2017); "Stitches and Insertions" in Dana Cuff and Roger Sherman's Fast-Forward Urbanism: Rethinking Architecture's Engagement with the City (2011); and "Working Public Architecture" (2010) published in Places journal. Her most recent essay, “A Case for Infrastructural Opportunism” (2019) was published in TAD: Technology I Architecture + Design. She is currently writing a book with Routledge Press entitled Infrastructural Optimism.

Samuels' work has been widely supported, including grants from the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, UCLA, the Graham Foundation, ACSA, and the LEF Foundation.

Image captions

1. "+STL: Growing an Urban Mosaic" finalist proposal for Chouteau Greenway competition with dhd, TLS Landscape Architecture & OBJECT TERRITORIES.

2. "First Class Meal", winning proposal for Urban SOS: Fair Share competition developed by Anu Samarajiva, Irum Javed, and Lanxi Zhang. Faculty advisor: Linda Samuels.

3. Mapping and analytical model for MUD711 infrastructural urbanism studio taught by Linda Samuels. Opportunity corridors map by Thomas Klein and Christine Doherty.

4. Infrastructural Urbanism // Virgin Hyperloop One studio collaboration led by Linda Samuels. Mapping and proposal by Tyler Bassett and Christina Batroni.

5. Mobility For All By All collaborative community projects. (top and bottom left) Sunni Hutton, Hip-hop Transit; (top right top) Alix Gerber + Umeme Houston, Sewcial Impact Project; (bottom right) Creative Reaction Lab, Community Design Apprenticeship Program

6. Smart Energy City, I-11 Supercorridor Studio taught by Linda Samuels, University of Arizona, 2014. Work by Bernardo Terán.