Washington People: Patty Heyda

How do you restore community? Do you honor local context? Or do you bulldoze everything and try to start again? In this video, Patty Heyda, associate professor in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, discusses the history, isolation and current revival of Botanical Heights, the St. Louis neighborhood formerly known as McRee Town.

The genius of a place

For more than a century, the area between Brookings Hall and Skinker Boulevard has served as a welcoming “front door” to Washington University’s Danforth Campus. This spring, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will explore the area’s evolution, as well as the complex relationship between planning, building design and construction, with “Transformative Visions: Washington University’s East End, Then and Now.”
Diane Victor artwork

Diane Victor, drawing with smoke

South African artist Diane Victor, who is known for her delicate, ephemeral-seeming portraits of missing children, AIDS clinic patients and other vulnerable populations, will launch the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art’s spring Public Lecture Series with a free talk Monday, Feb. 5.

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum showcases modern and contemporary prints

Printmaking is a distinctive artistic practice that draws from a range of technical traditions. For many artists, this hybrid nature can lend itself to a range of experimental approaches, particularly around issues of multiplicity, seriality and mass communication. This spring, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis will present three new exhibitions that together explore the modern history and contemporary evolution of printed and editioned artworks.

University faculty among Chouteau Greenway finalists

Four faculty members from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts are among the finalists in the international Chouteau Greenway Design Competition, which aims to connect dozens of cultural and educational institutions from Forest Park to the Arch. Washington University is a partner in the greenway project.

Caves, architecture & ‘Disappearing Ground’

Where do nature and design meet? And how does one create space within evolving nature? This fall, students in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts explored those questions as part of “Disappearing Ground,” a speculative studio centering on Fogelpole Cave in Illinois.

Collaborative by design

Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis and Hillary Petrie, all 2006 architecture graduates, became friends and collaborators while students at Washington University. Now, they run the award-winning furniture design company Egg Collective in New York City.

Water, water, everywhere

Water is the key to life. But for city planners, water poses a profound question. How do we ensure residents a constant supply of fresh, clean water while also protecting vulnerable areas from flooding? This week, design professionals from around the country will gather in St. Louis for the ninth annual XTreme LA (Landscape Architecture) Challenge, hosted by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.