Sam Fox School Appoints Hoeferlin Chair of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design | News


Associate Professor Derek Hoeferlin has been named director of the landscape architecture and urban design programs at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Hoeferlin, who joined the College of Architecture and the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at the Sam Fox School in 2005, is director of the [dhd] design by derek hoeferlin. His work spans architecture, infrastructure, landscape and urban design, with a particular focus on water-based design strategies.

“From climate change and sustainability to urban density and the creation of public spaces, landscape architecture and urban design provide essential means to solve many of today’s most pressing problems,” said Carmon Colangelo, Dean Ralph J. Nagel of the Sam Fox School.

“Derek’s unique background as an architect with expertise in water management systems and land adaptation strategies, as well as his ability to work collaboratively across disciplines and his dedication to teaching and service, make him a perfect fit for his new role as president,” continued Colangelo.

“In practice and in academia, Derek has demonstrated a tremendous ability to work across disciplines while incorporating urban and ecological strategies,” added Heather Woofter, Principal of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture. architecture and urban design. “I look forward to working with him to further the distinguished reputation of our programs under the previous leadership of John Hoal and Rod Barnett.”

+StL: Growing an Urban Mosaic, hosted by [dhd], OBJECT TERRITORIES and TLS Landscape Architecture. The project, one of four finalists in St. Louis’ Chouteau Greenway Competition, recently won a National Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects. (Photo: [dhd])

About Derek Hoferlin

Born and raised in St. Louis, Hoeferlin earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University in 1997, where he won the AIA Medal, among other honors. He then studied at the Institute for Advanced Architectural Studies in Venice, Italy, and spent six years with Waggonner & Ball Architects in New Orleans, before earning a post-professional master’s degree in architecture from the University of Yale in 2005.

Beginning in 2006, Hoeferlin served as project manager for H3 Studio’s New Orleans Unified Plan (UNOP), the only officially adopted recovery plan after Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, he co-founded “Gutter to Gulf: Legible Water Infrastructure for New Orleans” with Elise Shelley and Jane Wolff. The following year, he and Ian Caine won first place in the nationwide “Rising Tides” competition, which focused on sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 2010, Hoeferlin won the Sam Fox School’s Outstanding Teaching Award, as well as a Creative Activity Research Fellowship to study water-related issues in the Mekong Delta. In 2012, he was a lead member of Waggonner & Ball’s Greater New Orleans Urban Water Feature. Hoeferlin co-organized – with John Hoal of the Sam Fox School and Dale Morris of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC – the 2013 workshop “MISI-ZIIBI: Living with the Great Rivers”, which brought together Dutch and American experts to explore the impacts of climate change in the Midwest. The following year, he became one of the core members of STUDIO MISI-ZIIBI’s winning proposal for the international design competition “Changing Course: Navigating the Future of the Lower Mississippi Delta”. In 2017, he won first prize in the “Designing Resilience in Asia International Open Competition”.

[dhd] was team leader, with OBJECT TERRITORIES and TLS Landscape Architecture, of “+STL: Growing an Urban Mosaic”, finalist of the national competition “Chouteau Greenway Competition” of Saint-Louis in 2018. The proposal won numerous awards, including an ASLA National award, multiple AIA awards, an Architizer A+ Jury Award, and a Global Forum on Human Settlements Award.

Other honors include an I-CARES grant from the University of Washington to conduct collaborative climate adaptation research in the St. Louis area (2014); a Creative Arts Fellowship from the Sam Fox School to conduct field research on river issues in the St. Louis area (2015); an InCEES grant for his field research in the Mekong, Mississippi and Rhine basins (2017); and a Divided City Fellowship to support the “Laboratory for Suburbia” research project (2019). Hoeferlin’s research is widely publicized in multiple venues, including book chapters in “Chasing the City” (2018) and “New Orleans Under Reconstruction” (2014).

Hoeferlin’s book, “Way Beyond Bigness: The Need for a Watershed Architecture” (2020) is forthcoming from Applied Research + Design Publishers.


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