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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.


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.