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 three AIA NY Chapter Design Awards for the Media Lounge at Yale University Art Gallery (2008), Seongbukdong Residences (2008), and 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.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 Architecture, 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 NYC, SF MoMA, and the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh.
In addition to running his studio based in New York City, Sanders is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Yale University.
Prior to joining the Yale faculty, he was the Director of the Graduate Program in Architecture at Parsons School of Design and an Assistant Professor at Princeton University. Sanders received both a B.A. and M.Arch from Columbia University.
The editor of Stud: Architectures of Masculinity (Princeton Architectural Press, 1996), Sanders frequently writes about art and design, most recently in Pin-up, Art Forum and the Harvard Design Magazine. His monograph, Joel Sanders: Writings and Projects, was published by Monacelli Press in 2005.
An active member of the design community, Sanders serves on committees and panels on behalf of the American Academy in Rome, MacDowell Colony, American Institute of Architects, Architectural League, and the GSA Peer Review.