design & architecture

Chandler Ahrens at CEL Center for Architecture + Design StL.

Design week events:
Chandler Ahrens at CEL Center for Architecture + Design StL.
On Sunday, September 20th, 2015, St. Louis, Missouri. Architect and professor Chandler Ahrens will give a presentation and answer questions relating his debut installation Klimasymmetry, Locating Thermal Tactility at CEL’s Washington Avenue gallery that debut earlier this month, for Design Week StL.

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CAM exhibition at CEL


Spring 2015 Graduate Architecture studio project for Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis

When: Thursday August 20th, 2015 @ 5:30-7:30pm
Where: CEL – 3307 Washington Ave. St Louis, MO

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HSSU Masterplan

CEL is collaborating with Harris-Stowe State University on their masterplan project Some of the outcomes we hope to see are the followings: Neighborhood outcomes: a neighborhood that is financially stable a diverse community (mixed-income/financial diversity, demographic, gender, ethnicity, race) productively engaged citizenry a community that is integrated into the region/connectivity aesthetic neighborhood (nice appearance) a […]

St. Louis Follies Ideas competition

The St. Louis Follies Competition was conceived by Jasmin Aber as an outgrowth of the Market Street Charrette, an intensive, weekend-long design session sponsored last October by the St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Aber organized the follies competition with Heather Woofter and Sung Ho Kim — both assistant professors of architecture as well as principals of the firm Axi:Ome llc. All three served on the competition jury, which Aber chaired. Other jurors included Eric Mumford, Ph.D., associate professor of architecture and Director of the Urban Design Program; Adam Whiton of MIT’s Media Lab; Carl Ray Miller, associate professor at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Kevin McGowan of McGowan/Walsh Urban Developers.

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Build Your City in Clay – A Summer Youth Workshop

CEL is excited to host a summer youth clay workshop titled:

Build Your City in Clay – handbuilding with clay

When: first workshop starts on July 11
Location: CEL Center for Architecture + Design StL

For more info. and/or registration: email: or by calling: 314 256 9317

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Design as a Social Act: An Oral History Documentary By Susanne Cowan and Ayda Melika

Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:30-8:00pm Creative Exchange Lab (CEL), Grand Center, 3307 Washington Avenue This documentary film shows how the social upheaval and design shifts of the 1960s to 1980s led to the development of social approaches to designing the built environment. The documentary draws on ten oral history interviews with designers and researchers of […]

Buildings = Energy Exhibition

Scientists tell us that climate change is very real, man-made and linked to our built environment.  City living may be a sustainable approach, but our cities are already feeling the effects of global warming. This change is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases, or “carbon emissions,” into the atmosphere. One of the primary sources […]