Joel Sanders Architect


November 20, 2017

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Joel Sanders is lecturing at the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna. The lecture, titled “Freud’s Uncanny Interior,” will focus on an overlooked aspect of Berggasse 19, the pivotal role Freud’s eccentric but carefully staged domestic interior played in shaping the audio/visual encounter between doctor and patient, a spatial experience that effectively blurred the boundaries between public and private, personal and professional, art and everyday life.

The lecture will draw on Sanders’ essay with Diana Fuss, “Berggasse 19: Inside Freud’s Office”, originally published in his book Stud: Architectures of Masculinity (Princeton Architectural Press, 1996) and reprinted in Toward A New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011).

The lecture is part of the programme accompanying the Sigmund Freud Museum’s special exhibition “The apartment is doing well”. The Freuds at Berggasse 19, and will take place on Tuesday, November 21st at 8pm at the Sigmund Freud Museum.

For more information on the event click HERE.

Stalled! New Writings

November 16, 2017

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Log, Harvard Design Magazine, and Architect Magazine have all recently featured JSA’s Stalled! project for gender-inclusive restrooms, which you can read more about HERE.

Log 41: Working Queer

Joel Sanders’ new essay titled, “From Stud to Stalled!: Architecture in Transition” is featured in Log 41 in a special section called Working Queer, guest edited by Jaffer Kolb. Sanders’ essay traces 20 years of his research, from its roots in queer theory to transgender studies today.

Harvard Design Magazine: Seventeen

Lori Brown’s essay “Fluids and Fluidity”, examines the history of sex-segregated restrooms and acknowledges that “design has a critical role to play in solving these problems.” Brown features Stalled! as an example of “how public restrooms could accommodate all body types–trans, the elderly, parents and children, those with caretakers, and the disabled.”

Architect Magazine

Stalled! is featured as a leading example of “a push for a new logic in multi-user public restroom design” in Architect Magazine. Joel Sanders was interviewed by Ian Spula for his article on changes to the 2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC) – one of the Stalled! initiatives includes the amendment of the IPC to allow for all-gender, multi-user restrooms.

Capsule Loft Featured in Interior Design Article + Video

October 9, 2017

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Interior Design’s September 2017 issue and online homepage features JSA’s recently completed Capsule Loft in NYC. To read the article and watch a video walkthrough of the apartment featuring an interview with Joel Sanders, click HERE.

You can also view the project on JSA’s website HERE.

Lecture at MIT, “From Stud to Stalled!”

September 28, 2017

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Joel Sanders’ upcoming lecture at MIT will propose a shift to make multi-stall bathrooms on campus accessible to people of all genders, ages, sizes, and abilities. He will be joined by Shiona Heru, a lawyer addressing the legality and cost effectiveness of implementing gender neutral bathrooms on campus, and Sonny Oram, Founding Editor of Qwear.

“From Stud to Stalled: Social Equity and Public Space” will be a joint event between MIT’s Architecture Department, the City Design and Development group, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6pm in Long Lounge (7-429).

Please join us for what promises to be a lively event. For more information, click HERE.


Panel and Conversation with Cassils at NYU, “PISSED”

September 20, 2017


Joel Sanders will participate in PISSED, a panel and conversation about art, architecture and legal action as tactics for promoting inclusivity. The event is co-sponsored by NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and Department of Performance Studies, and will take place on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

The panel will feature Cassils (trans artist, Guggenheim Fellow), Chase Strangio (ACLU lawyer for Chelsea Manning, Gavin Grimm), and Titus Kaphar (painter, Artist as Activist Fellow). The event will be moderated by Jack Halberstam, Visiting Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. The panelists will discuss crossovers in their work and address alternative futures that refuse complicity in systems of oppression. Discussion topics will include Stalled!, JSA’s ongoing research initiative for promoting gender-inclusive restrooms and locker rooms.

For more information, click HERE.

NEW PROJECT! West Village Loft

May 30, 2017


Now live on our website, the West Village Loft maintains it’s architectural integrity characterized by industrial, exposed concrete beams and tall south-west corner windows offering natural light and panoramic views of the Hudson River, while accommodating a second floor “Sleeping Capsule”. To view the full project, click HERE.

AIANY Center for Architecture Diversity x Design Event

May 19, 2017


Joel Sanders joined the AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee May 23, 2017 at the Center for Architecture. His lecture, “Non-Compliant Bodies: Social Equity and Public Space” was followed by a round table discussion. To read more click HERE.

Rizzoli Releases “New York Living: Re-Inventing Home” Featuring 25 Columbus Circle

May 2, 2017


Rizzoli Books releases “New York Living: Re-inventing Home” by Paul Gunther, Gay Giordano, and Charles Davey featuring JSA’s 25 Columbus Circle. To read more and order your copy today, click HERE.


NEW PROJECT! 219 Gardens

April 24, 2017


Now live on our website, 219 Gardens is a private residential enclave in Seoul, Korea that combines the best aspects of urban and country living. To view the full project, click HERE.

Metropolis Magazine Features Joel Sanders and Susan Stryker’s Adapted Essay “Gender-Neutral Public Restroom”

April 19, 2017


Metropolis Magazine has featured architect Joel Sanders and trans theorist Susan Stryker’s adapted essay, “Gender-Neutral Public Restroom” originally published in the South Atlantic Quarterly 115:4, Duke University Press.  The article features a new introduction describing the recent cultural and political issues surrounding trans space and a call to action for a new public restroom design that encourages all embodied subjects to freely and safely engage with one another in public space. To read the article, click HERE.