Joel Sanders Architect
  • Project Team
  • OUT Magazine Features Joel Sanders Architect
  • April 01, 2014
  • The April issue of OUT magazine features Joel Sanders Architect. The article titled "A Stud's Life: How Voyeuristic Living Became Mainstream" describes how Sanders' forward-thingking design ideas are becoming established trends in contemporary spaces. Click HERE to read more.

  • Joel Sanders and Barry Bergdoll Speak at "Cocktails and Conversations"
  • March 28, 2014
  • Sanders & Bergdoll, curator of architecture at MoMA, will speak together at "Cocktails & Conversations," a lecture series co-sponsored by cultureNOW and the AIA NY Chapter's Architectural Dialogue Committee. A custom drink inspired by Sanders' work will be created especially for the occasion by notable bartenders Toby Cecchini and Eben Klemm. Click HERE for event information.

  • Joel Sanders Lectures at University of Illinois School of Architecture
  • March 17, 2014
  • Sanders will be lecturing at the University of Illinois School of Architecture. The lecture will explore how digital technologies impacts spaces today.

    Monday, March 17, 2014
    "Audio-Vision: Digital Technologies and the Public Realm"
    5:30pm - Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall

  • UPenn Education Commons wins 2013 Interior Design Best of Year Award
  • December 12, 2013
  • Education Commons, a wired, multimedia learning environment at the University of Pennsylvania, is the winner of the 2013 Interior Design Best of Year Award for category Education: Library. Conceived as a loungescape, the library transforms an unfinished shell space beneath the bleachers of Franklin Field Stadium into a flexible library where students can shift between studying and social networking as they access information over the course of a day.

  • SuckerPUNCH features Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall
  • December 2013
  • Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall, an 80,000 sqm corporate headquarters and cultural complex to be built in Kunshan, China, is featured in SuckerPUNCH. This first-place winning design breaks down the scale of the given superblock by subdividing the site into a sequence of human-scaled indoor and outdoor public spaces that seamlessly integrate the surrounding city while preserving the single identity of the entire complex.

  • On the Boards: Ichon Rex
  • December 2013
  • Construction has begun for Ichon Rex Residential Complex, a 5.7 acre project in Seoul, Korea slated for completion in 2014. The complex weaves together towers, landscape and a shared community facility. JSA’s design for the public spaces animates the urban ground plane and defines the transition from the dense urban fabric lined with retail on the northern boundary of the site with the expansive Han riverfront bordering the south. 

  • Joel Sanders Delivers Lecture at FIT
  • November 09, 2013
  • Joel Sanders delivered a lecture on "Closet Space: Philip Johnson, Paul Rudolph, and the Runway" on Saturday, November 9 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in conjunction with the exhibit designed by JSA, "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk."
  • World Architecture News features Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall
  • November 01, 2013
  • World Architecture News features Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall as an EcoWAN project. The culture park’s green roof helps mitigate the heat-island effect of the podium’s horizontal surface. The tower’s elongated facades maximize favorable southern and northern light while minimizing solar heat gain from the short east and west exposures to create a healthy working environment for PPMG staff. The Tower is clad in a solar screen composed of horizontal and vertical louvers whose spacing and depth are calibrated to shade the different faces of the slab based on sun angles.

  • Al Jazeera America features Mobisle
  • October 29, 2013
  • Mobisle, a green floating edge of planted islands that buffers the coast against rising seas and storms, was recently featured in Al Jazeera America. Conceived in collaboration with Balmori Associates, Mobisle presents a solution to defend against natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy. They can also be used for urban agriculture as well as public space. Click here to read the full article.

  • ArchDaily features Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall
  • October 04, 2013
  • Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall, an award-winning commercial and cultural complex to be built in Kunshan, China, was featured in ArchDaily this month. JSA collaborated with FreelandBuck to design a looping mixture of culture and commerce that defines the perimeter of a central outdoor atrium on a large urban site. The Book Mart dramatically crowns the entire complex and serves as a base for the tower as well as cultural park where the general public and employees can come together. The tower is clad with a striking pattern of diagonal louvers that both provide solar shading and mark the tower as a visual icon on the city skyline.

  • JSA and FreelandBuck win Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall competition
  • October 2013
  • Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG), one of the largest media and publishing companies in China, has announced that JSA and FreelandBuck won first prize in an invited international competition. The winning proposal for the Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall­—an 80,000 sqm corporate headquarters and cultural complex to be built in Kunshan, one hour west of Shanghai—consists of a 20-story office tower perched upon a five-story podium organized around four 'cultural cores' that respectively house theaters, exhibition halls, a fitness club and an education center. A retail loop, comprised of affiliated stores, restaurants and cafes, spirals around each cultural core, allowing culture and commerce to mix.

  • "A Queer History of Fashion" featured in FastCoDesign
  • September 13, 2013
  • FastCoDesign's Carey Dunne summarizes the highlights of "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk," an exhibition designed by JSA, in her article A New Exhibition Plays Tribute to Fashion's Queer History. Spanning 300 years and featuring 100 ensembles, from the foppish 'macaroni' menswear of the 18th century to Gaultier’s cone bras and skirts for men, the show is the first to examine fashion history through a queer lens. This groundbreaking exhibition is on view at MFIT until Jan 4, 2014.

  • New York Times reviews "A Queer History of Fashion"
  • September 11, 2013
  • In the Sept 11 issue of the New York Times, "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk," an exhibition designed by JSA, was reviewed by Guy Trebay in his article In Search of a Gay Aesthetic. Trebay writes, "To suggest the implicit reciprocal relationship between gay culture and high fashion, Mr. Sanders constructed a white catwalk to display mannequins dressed in high-fashion clothes. Beneath it runs a purple platform for displaying styles associated directly with gay subcultures: fashion's straight ego and its lavender id. 'The subcultural planes turn upward,' disruptively, Mr. Sanders said."

  • 25 Columbus Circle receives 2013 SARA Design Award
  • September 2013
  • 25 Columbus Circle, a flexible, open duplex apartment that combines the best aspects of loft and traditional apartment living, was named a winner of the 2013 Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Design Award. Interior partitions never intersect the curtain wall, allowing residents to freely circulate around the apartment's perimeter and enjoy panoramic views of Central Park to the east and the Hudson River to the north.

  • Bedford Residence wins 2013 American Architecture Award
  • September 2013
  • Bedford Residence, a house that uses a unified material palette to weave interior and exterior, was named a winner of the 2013 American Architecture Awards. Selected by a jury of Greek architects and professionals, winning projects “exhibited conceptual strengths that solve critical aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns, as well as the requisite functional, environmental and sustainability concerns.”

  • "A Queer History of Fashion" featured in September issue of W Magazine
  • September 2013
  • "A Queer History of Fashion: from the Closet to the Catwalk," an exhibition designed by JSA and mounted by the Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology, is featured in the September issue of W Magazine. On view until Jan. 4, 2014, the exhibition traces the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ individuals over the past 300 years. JSA's concept centers on a continuous "runway" linking two adjacent galleries, establishing the reciprocal relationship between gay sub-cultural styles and high-fashion.

  • MoMA Cut 'n' Paste Exhibition features Kyle Residence
  • July 2013
  • Featured in the MoMA Cut 'n' Paste exhibition, the Kyle Residence will be on display from July 10 - December 1. Sanders reinterprets the modernist concept of transparency according to the constraints of the contemporary American suburb. When viewed from the outside, a high-tech utility wall establishes visual privacy, but when viewed from the inside, the Astro-turf roof and glass enclosed lap-pool construct views of a synthetic “nature”.

  • Bedford Residence featured as House of the Month in Architectural Record
  • July 2013
  • The July issue of Architectural Record features Bedford Residence as House of the Month. Joel Sanders Architect, in collaboration with Balmori Associates, creates a scheme that connects inside and outside with a uniform material palette that weaves house, landscape, and pool house. For example, stacked bluestone appears throughout the residence, in the living room as a fireplace wall, and again as an enclosure that brackets the Pool House on one end while slowly folding itself into the pool at the other end. To read the full article, click here.

  • Bedford Residence wins 2013 RA Design Award
  • June 2013
  • Bedford Residence won a 2013 Residential Architect Design Award for Renovation. Recognizing the material continuity from indoors to outdoors, the judges appreciated the "thoughtful way the materials go through the house" and its "appealing complexity and richness." To read more, click here

  • JOEL SANDERS ARCHITECT
  • With a wide range of award-winning projects in its portfolio, from residential and commercial interiors to housing and public parks, Joel Sanders Architect creates innovative and sustainable environments in response to today's rapidly changing culture.

    Our medium-sized office, led by Principal Joel Sanders, guarantees that each and every commission receives direct and personal attention from the leader of the firm. At JSA, we pride ourselves on forging close collaborative relationships with our clients with the goal of creating budget-conscious, yet distinctive designs that express the specific needs and identities of our clients.


  • Projects by JSA have received numerous design awards, including five AIA NY Chapter Design Awards for The Commons (2011), House on Mount Merino (2009), Media Lounge at Yale University Art Gallery (2008), Seongbukdong Residences (2008), and 2012 Olympic Equestrian Center (2005). JSA received two Design Citations from Progressive Architecture, for the “Kyle Residence” in 1993 and “Peekskill Artists Housing” in 1994. The firm has received grants from the New York State Council of the Arts, National Endowment of the Arts, and the Boston Society of Architects. In addition, the studio's designs have been showcased in numerous international publications including Architect, Architectural Record, The New York Times, L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, Wallpaper*, Dwell, Interior Design, and A+U. Projects by JSA have been exhibited internationally, including "Un-Private House" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, "Folds, Blobs, and Boxes" at the Heinz Architectural Center in Pittsburgh, "New Hotels for Global Nomads" at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and "Windows" at the National Design Museum, Washington DC. Recent exhibitions include "Glamour" at SF MoMA, the XIV Bienal Panamericana de Quito, and "Open House" at the Vitra Design Museum and Art Center, Los Angeles. Drawings and models created by JSA belong to the permanent collections of MoMA, SF MoMA, and the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh.

  • Joel Sanders, Principal, RA, AIA
  • In addition to running his studio based in New York City, Sanders is a Professor of Architecture at Yale University.

    TEACHING
    Prior to joining the Yale faculty, he was the Director of the Graduate Program in Architecture at Parsons School of Design and an Assistant Professor at Princeton University. Sanders received both a B.A. and M.Arch from Columbia University.

    WRITING
    The editor of Stud: Architectures of Masculinity (Princeton Architectural Press, 1996), Sanders frequently writes about art and design, most recently in Pin-up, Art Forum and the Harvard Design Magazine. His monograph, Joel Sanders: Writings and Projects, was published by Monacelli Press in 2005. Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, co-edited with Diana Balmori, was released by Monacelli Press in 2011.

    PUBLIC SERVICE
    An active member of the design community, Sanders serves on committees and panels on behalf of the American Academy in Rome, MacDowell Colony, American Institute of Architects, Architectural League, and the GSA Peer Review.

  • Andrew Ashey, Associate,
  • Andrew Ashey brings to JSA his in-depth knowledge and experience as a Senior Architect in executing projects from design through construction completion, proven through the completion of two recent institutional projects and multiple residential renovations. Mr. Ashey also brings to the table his specialty in application of digital media in design. His passion for progressive thinking in design is extended through his commitment in teaching.

  • Josh Dannenberg, Associate,
  • Josh Dannenberg brings to JSA his extensive experience in institutional and residential projects and advanced digital design techniques. A graduate of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and recipient of the 2008 AIA Merit Award for Graduates, Mr. Dannenberg has over 10 years of professional experience as a Designer and Project Manager for built work at multiple scales, as well as award-winning international design competitions. As an educator, he has also held teaching positions at University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Princeton University, and the Boston Architectural Center.

  • Jean Suh, Associate, LEED AP
  • Jean Suh has successfully led various projects at JSA both local and abroad, in all phases of design and construction at JSA. Ms. Suh has also been in charge of all FF&E services for universities and private offices including the Academic Resource Center at NYU, and Activate Headquarters. Ms. Suh is also a LEED Accredited Professional, enhancing JSA’s sustainable initiatives.

  • Awards
  • Residential Architect Renovation Merit Award
  • for Bedford Residence, 2013
  • American Architecture Award
  • for Bedford Residence, 2013
  • Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Design Award: Interiors
  • for 25 Columbus Circle, 2013
  • ENR New York Best Projects
  • for NYU Bobst Library, 2013
  • International Property Award
  • for 25 Columbus Circle, 2013
  • Interior Design Best of Year Education: Library Winner
  • for UPenn Education Commons, 2013
  • Interior Design Best of Year Residential: Pool House /Outdoor Honoree
  • for Bedford Residence, 2012
  • ALA IIDA Library Interior Design Award
  • for Princeton Julian Street, 2012
  • Interior Design Best of Year Institutional: Library Honoree
  • for Princeton Julian Street, 2012
  • AIA NY Merit Award
  • for The Commons, 2011
  • International Architecture Award
  • for Seongbukdong, 2011
  • Korean Architecture Award
  • for Seongbukdong, 2011
  • AIA NY State Award of Excellence
  • for House on Mt Merino, 2010
  • AIA NY State Award of Excellence
  • for Broadway Penthouse, 2009
  • AIA NY Honor Award
  • for Gangbuk Park, 2009
  • AIA NY Merit Award
  • for House on Mt Merino, 2009
  • ID Best of Year Eco-Residential Award
  • for Broadway Penthouse, 2008
  • Society of American Architects (SARA) Design Award
  • for Broadway Penthouse, 2008
  • AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter Honor Award
  • for House on Mt Merino, 2008
  • AIA NY Merit Award
  • for Seongbukdong, 2008
  • AIA NY Honor Award
  • for Yale Media Lounge, 2008
  • Architype's Notable Projects
  • for F.I.T., 2007
  • AIA NY Honor Award
  • for 2012 Olympics, 2005
  • First Impressions, General Services Administration
  • 2004
  • New York State Council on the Arts, Design Arts
  • 2004
  • 41st PA Design Awards, Citation
  • 1994
  • 40th PA Design Awards
  • 1993
  • Best Environments Award, I.D. Magazine
  • 1993
  • Emerging Voices, The Architectural League
  • 1993
  • ACSA Design Award
  • 1992
  • Creative Time's Art in the Anchorage
  • 1988
  • Competitions
  • Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall, First Prize
  • Kunshan, China, 2013
  • Beirut House of Arts and Culture
  • Kunshan, China, 2009
  • Quito Parque Del Lago
  • Kunshan, China, 2008
  • Gangbuk Grand Park Competition, Second Prize
  • Seoul, Korea, 2008
  • University of Houston Art Museum
  • Houston, TX, 2007
  • Ten Li-Ring Competition, Finalist
  • Seoul, Korea, 2007
  • The City of the Future: A Design and Engineering Challenge
  • New York, NY, 2006
  • Master Plan for St. Louis Downtown Riverfront
  • New York, NY, 2006
  • National AIDS Memorial, Design Competition
  • New York, NY, 2005
  • First Impressions, General Services Administration
  • New York, NY, 2004
  • F.I.T. Competition, Second Prize
  • New York, NY, 2003
  • Competition Diomede, Finalist
  • New York, NY, 1994
  • Glass House Competition
  • New York, NY, 1991
  • Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition, Honorable Mention
  • New York, NY, 1991
  • AIDS Life Center Competition, Special Mention
  • New York, NY, 1990
  • East Hampton Airport Competition, First Prize
  • New York, NY, 1989
  • Formica 2000X Competition, Third Prize
  • New York, NY, 1988
  • Artemide Lighting Competition, First Prize
  • New York, NY, 1987
  • Fellowships
  • Arcus Endowment, Visiting Scholar
  • UC Berkeley College of Architecture, 2010
  • MacDowell Fellowship
  • 2007, 2000, 1999
  • Research Grant
  • Boston Society of Architects, 2004
  • Sao Paulo Brazil Grant
  • US Consulate, 2003
  • Larry Kramer Initiative
  • Yale University, 2003
  • Arcus Endowment
  • 2002
  • Technical Assistance
  • New York State Council on the Arts, 1995
  • Community Development
  • New York State Council on the Arts, 1995
  • Building for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Arts, 1994
  • Artist's Fellowship
  • New York Foundation for the Arts, 1991
  • Travel Grant
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 1991
  • Independent Projects Fellowship
  • New York State Council on the Arts, 1989
  • The International Exhibition of 100 Architects of the Year
  • Shanghai, September 2013
  • Cut 'n' Paste
  • MoMA, 2013
  • The Exhibition of 100 Architects of the Year
  • November 2011
  • XIII: BA11: Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires
  • Centro Cultural Recoleta, October 2011
  • 2011 AIA NY Design Awards
  • Center for Architecture, October 2011
  • Highlights from the Department of Architecture and Design
  • Art Institute of Chicago, May 2010
  • Cut: Revealing the Section
  • SF MoMA, February 2008
  • 2008 AIA New York Design Awards
  • Center for Architecture, 2008
  • Figuration in Contemporary Design
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, 2007
  • Open House: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living
  • Vitra Design Museum, Art Center, 2006-2007
  • The City of the Future
  • The History Channel, 2006
  • 2005 AIA NY Design Awards
  • Center for Architecture, 2006
  • Vanishing Points
  • Henry Urbach Architecture Gallery, February 2005
  • Bienal de Architecture
  • Quito, Ecuador, November 2004
  • Glamour: Fashion, Industrial Design, and Architecture
  • SF MoMA, 2004
  • Picture This: Windows on the American Home
  • National Building Museum, Washington DC, 2003
  • Metropolis: New York
  • Sao Paulo Biennale, 2003
  • New Hotels for Global Nomads
  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, 2002
  • Big Brother: Architecture and Surveillance
  • National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece, 2002
  • 3rd Anniversary Exhibition
  • Henry Urbach Gallery, December 2001
  • Folds, Blobs and Boxes
  • Carnegie Museum of Art, 2001
  • Un-Private House
  • MoMA, MAK Vienna, Walker Arts Center, UCLA Hammer Museum, 1999-2000
  • Berlin Metropolis
  • Jewish Museum, December 1999
  • Luster
  • Henry Urbach Gallery, June 1999
  • Selections from the Permanent Collection
  • MoMA, Summer 1998
  • Architecture at the Edge
  • American Academy in Rome, Spring 1998
  • Light Construction
  • MoMA, Barcelona Museum of Modern Art, 1996
  • House Rules
  • Wexner Center for the Arts, September 1994
  • Monumental Propaganda
  • World Financial Center, July 1993
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