Joel Sanders Architect

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.

Joel Sanders Featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer and PennDesign News

March 13, 2017


Following Joel Sanders’ lecture at PennDesign, Non-Compliant Bodies: Social Equity and Public Space, the evolution of Sanders’ thinking about the creation of inclusive spaces that accommodate people of different ages, genders and abilities considered out of the cultural mainstream was featured in an interview with Inga Saffron at The Philadelphia Inquirer as well as PennDesign News. In the interview titled “Reinventing the Restroom to End the Transgender Debate”, Sanders states, “We want to create safe, equitable space, not just for transgender people, but what I call nonstandard bodies. This is not just about trans people. It would be great for opposite-sex caregivers, for people with kids. We see it as an opportunity to have a broader conversation about public space.” To read the full interview in the Philadelphia Inquirer, click HERE. To read the article in PennDesign News, click  HERE.


Lecture at the New York School of Interior Design, “From Stud to Stalled!”

February 21, 2017


Joel Sanders will present a lecture at the New York School of Interior Design that traces the evolution of two decades of work on gender, identity, and design from the publication of his book of essays, STUD: Architectures of Masculinity (1996) to his recent research/design initiative Stalled! on Wednesday, February 22 at 6 pm. The talk will look at shifting cultural conceptions about masculinity, femininity, and LGBTQ rights over the past 20 years. Divided into four chronological sections that correspond to four cultural issues that have shaped Sanders’ writing and projects, this talk will provide the audience with new ways of seeing important cultural issues that resonate today. To register for the lecture, click HERE.

Joel Sanders Featured in Posture Magazine

December 22, 2016

Posture Magazine cover-web-image

Joel Sanders is featured in Posture Magazine’s third issue, dedicated to individuals who “pave the way for progress and set new standards of equality”. Sonny Oram’s article “From Stud to Stalled” describes the evolution of Sanders’ thinking about the intersection of gender and space over the course of his career.

Stalled! Receives Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts

November 18, 2016


The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature awarded Joel Sanders for his Stalled! All-Gender Bathroom Design/Research Independent Project. Stalled! confronts the practical, political, and ideological issues surrounding all-gender bathrooms and the architectural implications of gender-nonconforming space. To learn more about this project, read architect Joel Sanders and trans-theorist Susan Stryker’s essay, Stalled! Gender-Neutral Public Bathrooms, recently published in the South Atlantic Quarterly, HERE.

A|N Interview: Sanders on the Past and Future of Gender Issues in Architecture

November 17, 2016


In the The Architect’s Newspaper, Alessandro Bava, of the London-based collective åyr, interviews Joel Sanders on how gender informs the architecture of everyday life. The interview is timed with the 20th anniversary of Sanders’ book Stud: Architectures of Masculinity on queer male spaces. Sanders discusses the evolution of his research on gender and space that has led to Stalled!, his recent design/research project that addresses an urgent social justice issue of all-gender bathrooms for gender-nonconforming people. To read the full article, click HERE.