Political illustrations of the past

Thousands of photographers, videographers and writers will descend on Washington University in St. Louis Oct. 9 to cover the presidential debate. But in mid-20th-century America, another sort of journalist was part of the media mix — the illustrator. The Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library features hundreds of images of politicians, the electoral process and American voters.
Students work on architecture projects as part of the Sam Fox School's Alberti Program. (Photo: James Byard/Washington University)

Alberti Program introduces kids to power, potential of architecture

Architecture shapes our environment – but studying architecture shapes how we see, understand and interpret the world around us. Over the last 10 years, the Alberti Program in Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts has introduced hundreds of kids, ranging from 8- to 15-years-old, to the power and potential of architecture and design.

Video: Inside an installation

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum boasts one of the nation’s finest university collections. This time-lapse video offers a behind-the-scenes look at the installation of “Real/Radical/Psychological,” the largest display of the permanent collection in the museum’s history.
Alum Erik L'Heureux recently won the prestigious Wheelwright Prize from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Designing for the tropics

Thanks to a Wheelwright prize from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design award-winning architect Erik L’Heureux is traveling to some of the world’s fastest growing cities along the equator to study how urbanization and tropical climates impact design.
Xopher Pollard, BFA ’05, is an architect in Chicago and president of WUpan, the WashU Pride Alumni Network.
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Creating a network

When he’s not helping design critically lauded commercial buildings, Xopher Pollard, BFA ’05, is overseeing another, equally important construction project: building bridges between Washington University and its LGBTQIA alumni.

Sam Fox School, Kemper Art Museum celebrate 10th anniversaries

On Friday, Sept. 9, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will mark the 10th anniversary of the school’s founding and the opening of the Museum’s Fumihiko Maki-designed building. The celebration will include food, music, an exhibition showcasing the museum’s permanent collection and a special one-night-only project by celebrated alumna Ebony G. Patterson.
Layla Ali, "Untitled (Acephalous series)," 2015. Gouache, acrylic, watercolor, and pencil on paper, 40 x 51 inches. © Laylah Ali, Images courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY.

Sam Fox School fall Public Lecture Series

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art will launch its fall Public Lecture Series Sept. 14 and 19 with architect Xiaodu Liu and artist Dario Robleto. Subsequent speakers will include legendary illustrator Seymour Chwast and celebrated alumni Laylah Ali and Tom Friedman.
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Building better health care

For all the advances of modern medicine, health-care architecture has long been guided by custom and intuition rather than research and testing. That’s changing, thanks to an emerging field known as evidence-based design, said Xiaobo Quan, director of Washington University’s newly formed Center for Health Research & Design.
Franz Ackermann (German, b. 1963), "Untitled (yet)," 2008–9. Oil on canvas, 109 5/8 x 216 1/8". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase with funds from the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation, 2011.

‘Real / Radical / Psychological: The Collection on Display’ opens Sept. 9

A collection is not a static thing, a project to be finished. A collection lives and breathes and evolves over time. This fall, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum — one of the oldest university museums in the nation — will mark the 10th anniversary of its Fumihiko Maki-designed facility with an ambitious, building-wide installation. “Real / Radical / Psychological: The Collection on Display” steps back from a decade of thematic presentations and, for the first time, presents the esteemed permanent collection in chronological fashion.
Bruce Lindsey, dean of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, works with students in Givens Hall. (Photo: Joe Angeles/Washington University)

Washington People: Bruce Lindsey

Bruce Lindsey, dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art’s College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, discusses the challenges, benefits and responsibilities of architectural education. In July, he began his term as president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
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