Joel Sanders Architect


Stalled! is an interdisciplinary design/research project for inclusive public restrooms for all people, irrespective of ability or disability, gender identity, or age. A game changing solution to an urgent national issue, Stalled! proposes an innovative approach to thinking about the relationship between embodied difference, social equity, ecology and public space. The project is an outgrowth of Joel Sanders and Susan Stryker’s essay published in the South Atlantic Quarterly, Duke University Press, “Gender-Neutral Public Restroom” in 2016. Our interdisciplinary team consists of Joel Sanders, trans theorist Susan Stryker, legal scholar Terry Kogan, policy analyst for accessibility Quemuel Arroyo, and accessibility consultant Victoria Lanteigne. Read more about the Stalled! team below.

Joel Sanders is the Principal of his award-winning New York based studio JSA and a Professor of Architecture at Yale University. Editor of STUD: Architecture’s of Masculinity and Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, Sanders writings and practice have explored the complex relationship between culture and social space, looking at the impact that evolving cultural forces (such as gender identity and the body, technology and new media, and the nature/culture dualism) have on the designed environment. Most recently, Sanders is collaborating with transgender historian and theorist Susan Stryker on a design/research initiative to come up with an economical and viable prototype for safe practical gender-neutral bathrooms that will foster diversity. Their co-authored essay “Stalled: Gender-Neutral Bathrooms,” is published in the South Atlantic Quarterly 115:4, Duke University. JSA projects have been featured in international exhibitions and permanent collections of MoMA, SF MoMA, Art Institute of Chicago and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The firm has received numerous awards, including New York Chapter AIA, New York State AIA, ALA / IIDA Library Interior Design, Interior Design Best of Year, and Design Citations from Progressive Architecture.

Susan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. A founding figure in the field of transgender studies, Susan’s scholarship on trans and queer topics includes work on the spatial dimension of embodiment, identity, and community. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Arcus Endowment for the Study of Sexuality and the Built Environment and on the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Mid-Market Street Project Area Committee, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of GATE: Global Action for Trans* Equality.

Terry Kogan is currently a professor of law at the University of Utah and has spent the last decade considering issues surrounding the legal and cultural norms that mandate the segregation of public restrooms by sex. Terry has written extensively on bathrooms and gender segregation from a legal perspective. His latest scholarship addresses North Carolina House Bill 2, which requires that public restroom access be based on biological sex, not gender identity. Most recently, he submitted an amicus brief that was to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court for the transgender restroom case – G.G. v. Gloucester Cty. Sch. Bd.

Quemuel Arroyo is the first person at New York City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to hold the title of Policy Analyst for Accessibility and ADA Coordinator. He is also a New Yorker with a disability, who is committed to innovative solutions for barrier free urban space that fosters diversity.

Victoria Lenteigne is a Senior Accessibility Consultant with Steven Winter Associates, a firm nationally known as a specialist in code, ADA, and universal design.