Innovation and collaboration are at the core of our mission of interdisciplinary study and practice. We recognize that design and the visual arts play significant roles in inspiring solutions to social, cultural, and environmental concerns and have formulated an educational model that is flexible and attuned to the global realities of our complex century.
Because contemporary practice demands not only disciplinary proficiency, but also fluency across disciplines, the Sam Fox School offers multiple opportunities for interdisciplinary study, multi-disciplinary collaborative research, and problem solving on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our students develop abilities to think, communicate, and work across disciplinary lines.
Fundamental to the success of our educational model is a nationally and internationally recognized faculty. These artists, designers, architects, and scholars are distinguished by strength in their primary disciplines and are equally committed to contribution to interdisciplinary dialogue and scholarship. Out students are engaged in applying the tools of our fields to effect positive change through creative innovation and scholarship.
A passionate activist, associate professor Bob Hansman frequently guides students through the neighborhoods of north St. Louis, sharing the histories that have shaped conditions on the ground while introducing the residents who call the north side home. He talks about his city in this Q&A.