Director's Letter

Fox Fridays workshop Pulp Fiction: Painting with Paper. Photo: Audrey Westcott.

Director's Letter, Spring 2020
College of Architecture
Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design
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Happy New Year! We welcome you back to school with many new and returning visiting faculty this spring. Please join us in welcoming back visiting professors Robert Cole and Michael Willis. Both Robert and Michael will be teaching in the graduate architecture options studios. We also welcome new lecturer Donna Ware, executive director of BJC planning, who is teaching a seminar about designing healthcare environments.

Also teaching a graduate options studio, we welcome José Zabala as the spring 2020 Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor. José is a founding partner at the Barcelona-based Addenda Architects (Roberto González, Anne Hinz, Cecilia Rodríguez, Arnau Sastre, and José Zabala), which is the young collaborative architecture firm that developed the project for the Bauhaus Museum Dessau, Germany. The project was commissioned by an international open competition that received 831 entries worldwide for a building designed to hold the collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. The Bauhaus Museum Dessau opened in September 2019, the 100th anniversary of the renowned German school. The Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor Lecture will take place on Monday, March 30 at 5:30p in Steinberg Auditorium.

Joining us for the undergraduate options studios, we bring back alum John Maher from MASS Design Group. John joined MASS in early 2014 and spent two and a half years working in MASS' Kigali office before moving back to Boston; he is now based in Chicago. John has led design teams on two hospital projects currently under construction in Rwanda, Munini and Nyarugenge District Hospitals, and most recently New Redemption Hospital in Caldwell, Liberia. He's worked on projects in East Africa, West Africa, South Asia, and North America. Prior to joining MASS, John was awarded two Public Service Center Fellowships from MIT for water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in Tamale, Ghana.

Fox Fridays

Every Friday, one resource facility or tool space transforms into a classroom to encourage a new culture of play, experimentation, and cross-disciplinary making and dialogue across the Sam Fox School and Washington University campus. All of the images throughout this letter are from the fall 2019 workshops.

Fox Fridays are about exploring new mediums and tools, refining skills, and diving deep into alternative processes. The workshops give students opportunities to learn from different types of makers in an environment free of the stress and anxiety of studio production. They encourage the development of communities and collaborations that bridge traditional disciplines and establish relationships outside of defined studio practices. Most of all, Fox Fridays are about celebrating the immense resources available at the Sam Fox School, sharing knowledge, and encouraging collaborative experimentation.

So pick a workshop, sign up, and forge a gateway to new possibilities. Sign-up at!

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Best wishes,

Heather Woofter
Director, College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design
Sam and Marilyn Fox Professor