Joel Sanders

Principal at MIXdesign / JSA
New York, NY
United States

Joel Sanders (he/him), FAIA, is Principal of JSA/MIXdesign and Professor at Yale School of Architecture. JSA (Joel Sanders Architect) is an award-winning, LGBTBE-certified, full-service architecture and interior design firm specializing in arts, academic, and residential design. JSA brings more than 20 years of experience designing award-winning museum, gallery, and exhibition design projects, which have explored the relationship between embodied experience and social justice. In 2018, Sanders founded MIXdesign, a division of JSA that acts as a think tank and design consultancy with a team of recognized experts in different aspects of diversity that is dedicated to creating design solutions that make public building types like art museums, restrooms, and university campuses accessible and welcoming to people of different ages, genders, races, religions and abilities. Sanders is a Professor-in-Practice at Yale School of Architecture where he is the Director of the M.Arch II Program. Prior to joining Yale, he was an Assistant Professor at Princeton University and the Director of the Graduate Program at Parsons School of Design. Sanders received both a B.A. and an M.Arch. from Columbia University. 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 dualism) have on the designed environment.