Joel Sanders

Joel Sanders

Professor in the Practice
Joel Sanders, FAIA, is the founder of JSA/MIXdesign, an architectural studio and inclusive design think tank and consultancy dedicated to making everyday building types—restrooms, art museums, and university campuses—accessible and welcoming to people of different ages, genders, abilities, cultural identities, and religions. JSA/MIXdesign initiatives include Stalled!, an AIA award-winning project that responds to national controversies surrounding transgender access to public restrooms, as well as MIXmuseum, which collaborates with partner museums to meet the needs of diverse audiences. In addition to being Principal of JSA/MIXdesign, Sanders is a Professor at Yale School of Architecture and Yale School of Public Health, where he teaches classes that look at the intersection of architecture and mental and physical health. As the Editor of STUD: Architectures of Masculinity and Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture, Sanders’s 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 dichotomy) have on the designed environment. JSA/MIXdesign projects have been featured in international exhibitions and the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt Museum, MoMA, SF MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The firm has received numerous awards, including six New York Chapter AIA Design Awards, three New York State AIA Design Awards, three Interior Design Best of Year Awards, two ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards, and Design Citations from Progressive Architecture.
Education
BA Columbia University
MArch Columbia University

Courses

3290
Fall 2022
Body Politics: Designing Equitable Public Space
Joel Sanders
1293b
Spring 2022
Storybuilding: Inclusive Design and Public Health
Joel Sanders
3272b
Spring 2021
Exhibitionism: Politics of Display
Joel Sanders
3072a
Fall 2020
Design Research I: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
Joel Sanders
3290
Fall 2020
Body Politics: Designing Equitable Public Space
Joel Sanders
3073b
Spring 2020
Design Research II: Challenging the Built Environment
Joel Sanders
3272b
Spring 2020
Exhibitionism: Politics of Display
Joel Sanders
3072a
Fall 2019
Design Research I: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
Joel Sanders
3272b
Spring 2019
Exhibitionism: Politics of Display
Joel Sanders
1061a
Fall 2018
Post-Professional Design Studio
Joel Sanders, Sunil Bald
3290
Fall 2018
Body Politics: Designing Equitable Public Space
Joel Sanders
3272b
Spring 2018
Exhibitionism: Politics of Display
Joel Sanders
3299b
Spring 2018
Independent Course Work
Brennan Buck, Joel Sanders
1061a
Fall 2017
City Wide Ferry Terminal, NYC
Joel Sanders, Leslie Gill
3257a
Fall 2017
Techno-Sensations: Architecture, Technology, and the Body
Joel Sanders
3272b
Spring 2017
Exhibitionism: Politics of Display
Joel Sanders
1021a
Fall 2016
Second-Year Core Studio
Emily Abruzzo, Peggy Deamer, Peter de Bretteville, Martin Finio, Tessa Kelly, M.J. Long, Joel Sanders
3257a
Fall 2016
Techno-Sensations: Architecture, Technology, and the Body
Joel Sanders
3272b
Spring 2016
Exhibitionism: Politics of Display
Joel Sanders
1021a
Fall 2015
Architectural Design 3
Emily Abruzzo, Martin Finio, Tessa Kelly, M.J. Long, Joel Sanders, Peter de Bretteville
2299a
Fall 2015
Independent Course Work
Joel Sanders
3257a
Fall 2015
Techno-Sensations: Architecture, Technology, and the Body
Joel Sanders
3237b
Spring 2015
Human/Nature
Joel Sanders