Sam Fox School announces spring Public Lecture Series

Events to feature Tatiana Bilbao, Maya Muchawsky Parnas, Nicole Miller and other internationally renowned artists, architects, designers

From left: A site plan sketch and conceptual collage by Tatiana Bilbao for On Olive, the 3.5-acre residential development in midtown St. Louis. (Images courtesy of Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO)

Can contemporary urban housing coexist with sustainable landscapes?

Celebrated architect Tatiana Bilbao, in her masterplan for On Olive, the 3.5-acre residential development in midtown St. Louis, answers that question by combining lush gardens and wandering footpaths with dramatic designs, rooted in local history, by a series of internationally recognized collaborators.

On Feb. 22, Bilbao — founder of the acclaimed Mexico City-based firm Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO — will discuss her architectural practice for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Presented as part of the Sam Fox School’s spring Public Lecture Series, the talk is among 17 events featuring nationally and internationally renowned artists, architects, designers and scholars.


The series will begin Feb. 3 with a lecture by H ARQUITECTES, the collaborative studio based in Sabadell, Barcelona, followed by architect Yasmin Vobis (Feb. 4), who will launch the school’s annual Laskey Charrette. Next up will be artists Lisa Lapinski (Feb. 9) and Brian Richter (Feb. 17).

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will co-sponsor talks by artists Chitra Ganesh (March 7) and Nicole Miller (March 26), as well as by scholar Anne Anlin Cheng (March 31). Ganesh and Miller are both featured in exhibitions at the museum this spring. For more information, including visitor protocols, visit

Meanwhile, architects Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu, founders of the Oyler Wu Collaborative, will kick off the school’s annual Fitzgibbon Charrette Feb. 25. Oliver Schulze, founding partner of Copenhagen-based Schulze+Grassov, will launch The Lively City Workshop March 2. Artist Dario Robleto, whose work is featured this spring at St. Louis’ Laumeier Sculpture Park, will screen and discuss his recently completed first film March 4.

Other highlights will include talks by artists Maya Muchawsky Parnas (March 23) and Hope Ginsburg (April 1) and architects Wiel Arets (March 28), Fuensanta Nieto (April 7), Marina Tabassum (April 11) and Thomas Phifer (April 18).

Events are free and open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Please visit the Sam Fox School website for the most up-to-date information about individual events.

For more information, call 314-935-9300 or visit

A still from Nicole Miller’s mixed-media installation “A Sound, a Signal, the Circus” (2021), featuring acrobat Austin Bradley. Dimensions variable; video 12:58 min. (Photo courtesy of the artist and Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles)

Spring 2022 speakers

All events begin at 6 p.m. Central unless otherwise noted.

Noon, Feb. 3
Architecture studio H ARQUITECTES
The Historic Preservation Lecture

Feb. 4
Architect Yasmin Vobis
Laskey Charrette Kickoff Lecture

Feb. 9
Artist Lisa Lapinski
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture

Maya Muchawsky Parnas, “St. Moritz,” 2014. Carved plaster casts and calendar. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Feb. 17
Artist and designer Brian Richter
In collaboration with Fox Fridays

Feb. 22
Architect Tatiana Bilbao
Anna Schewe & Caroline Schewe Visiting Lecture

Feb. 25
Architects Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu
Fitzgibbon Charrette Kickoff Lecture

Noon, March 2
Architect Oliver Schulze
The Lively City Workshop Lecture

March 4
Artist Dario Robleto
Film screening and artist talk
In collaboration with Laumeier Sculpture Park

Dario Robleto, “The Aorta of an Archivist,” 2021. UHD video, 5.1 surround sound installation; running time: 53:00. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

March 7
Artist Chitra Ganesh
Co-sponsored by the MFA in Visual Art and the
MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture programs

5:30 p.m. March 23
Artist Maya Muchawsky Parnas
Israel Institute Visiting Artist Lecture
Wallace Herndon Smith Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

11 a.m. March 26
Artist Nicole Miller

March 28
Architect Wiel Arets
Harris Armstrong Fund Lecture

March 31
Scholar Anne Anlin Cheng
Women and the Kemper Lecture

Hope Ginsburg, Matt Flowers, and Joshua Quarles, “Swirling,” 2019. Video still from four-channel video installation with sound. Dimensions variable.12 min., 58 sec. (Photo courtesy of the artists)

Noon, April 1
Artist Hope Ginsburg
In collaboration with Fox Fridays and Laumeier Sculpture Park

April 7
Architect Fuensanta Nieto
Coral Courts Lecture

Marina Tabassum Architects, Panigram Eco Resort & Spa. (Photo: MTA)

April 11
Architect Marina Tabassum
AIA St. Louis Scholarship Trust Lecture

April 18
Architect Thomas Phifer
CannonDesign Lecture for Excellence in Architecture and Engineering

Thomas Phifer, rendering for the 900-seat TR Warszawa Theatre in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo courtesy of Thomas Phifer)
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