Joel Sanders Architect



JSA is a NGLCC-certified LGBT Business Enterprise.

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.