Joel Sanders Architect


March 16, 2018

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Joel Sanders is lecturing at University of Virginia School of Architecture. The lecture, titled “From Stud to Stalled!: Social Equity and Public Space” will discuss how his investigation of bathrooms parallels the evolution of his thinking about gender and space over the past two decades.

In his talk, Sanders will present Stalled!, a design research project that takes national controversies about transgender access to public restrooms as a point of departure to create inclusive public restrooms that meet the needs of people of different ages, genders, religions and disabilities. Sanders will treat the public restroom as a case study; one example of the way designers can make a difference by exploring the design consequences of urgent social justice issues.

The lecture will take place on Monday, March 19 at 5pm at Campbell Hall 153.

For more information on the event click HERE.

Noncompliant Bodies – Announcements

March 12, 2018

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Noncompliant Bodies is less than a month away!

The keynote has been announced for Noncompliant Bodies, which will feature Susan Stryker In Conversation with Jack Halberstam, taking place on Friday April 6 at 6:30pm.

Registrants attending the full symposium program are eligible for 10.5 AIA Health, Safety, and Welfare learning units for AIA Continuing Education Credits.

Noncompliant Bodies: Social Equity and Public Space, a symposium convened by Joel Sanders and Susan Stryker at Yale School of Architecture, explores the relationship between architecture and the demands for social justice voiced by people who have been marginalized on the basis of race, gender and disability.



Noncompliant Bodies: Social Equity and Public Space

February 22, 2018


SAVE THE DATE! April 6-7, 2018

Noncompliant Bodies: Social Equity and Public Space, a symposium convened by Joel Sanders and Susan Stryker at Yale School of Architecture, explores the relationship between architecture and the demands for social justice voiced by people who have been marginalized on the basis of race, gender and disability. The symposium will examine three architectural types: restrooms, museums, and urban streets. Our objective will be to propose alternative futures that rethink the relationship between bodies and built environments in ways that serve the goals of social equity.

Speakers will include Barbara Penner, Sheila Cavanagh, Terry Kogan, Quemuel Arroyo, Jennifer Tyburczy, Mabel Wilson, Mario Gooden, Charles Renfro, Stuart Comer, Jos Boys, Clare Sears, Elijah Anderson, Keller Easterling, Rashad Shabazz, Alison Kafer and Robert Adams. See schedule HERE.

Please register HERE.

Stalled! Symposium at Taubman College

February 6, 2018


Joel Sanders will host the Stalled! Symposium, a series of talks and workshops developed in collaboration with the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan, which will examine the impact of disability, gender-fluidity, and intersectionality on architecture and design.

Taking place on February 7-8, the symposium will feature a keynote by Joel Sanders as well as presentations from Mel Chen, Dr. Jos Boys, Robert Adams and additional panelists – a full list can be found at the link below.

To RSVP and see the full schedule, click HERE.


Awards for Capsule Loft & New Canaan Residence!

January 10, 2018

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JSA is excited to announce that we have received four awards for our recently completed projects Capsule Loft and New Canaan Residence, which you can learn more about below.

2017 Interior Design Best of Year Awards

Capsule Loft and New Canaan Residence were selected from over 1000 submissions to be recognized in the 2017 Interior Design Best of Year Awards. Capsule Loft took home the prize as Winner of the Small Apartment category. New Canaan Residence was one of four Honorees in the Residential Transformation category.

To see the full list of winners, click HERE

2017 SARA National Design Awards

Capsule Loft was selected for a Design Award of Merit in the 2017 SARA National Design Awards, hosted by the Society of American Registered Architects. Joel Sanders and Sebastian Choe attended the awards ceremony at the New Museum in late October.

To see the full list of winners, click HERE

2017 AN Best of Design Awards

Capsule Loft was selected from over 800 submissions to be recognized as the Honorable Mention in the Interior – Residential category in the 2017 AN Best of Design Awards, hosted by Architects Newspaper.

To see the full list of winners, click HERE

JSA receives AIA QUAD Award for UPenn ICA Concept Study

November 21, 2017


JSA’s UPenn ICA Concept Study was recognized with a prestigious Honor Award in the QUAD Design Award competition presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Jurors selected 29 recipients from a pool of 234 submissions, and UPenn ICA Concept Study, which is no longer in the pipeline, was one of two projects selected to receive an award in the category of Unbuilt Projects. JSA was recognized at an awards ceremony on November 9 at the QUAD (Quality United Architectural Design) conference in Albany, New York.

The 2017 QUAD Awards spanned across four AIA affiliates: AIA Connecticut, AIA New Jersey, AIA New York, and AIA Pennsylvania, the competition being open to firms residing or practicing in these states. Jurors included Tom Liebel (FAIA, Principal, Marks Thomas Architects), Heather Cass (FAIA, Cass Associates Architects) and Jon Pemdorf (FAIA, Perkins & Will.)

To learn more about the project, click HERE.

Lecture at Freud Museum: “Freud’s Uncanny Interior”

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.