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Joel Sanders Papers

Call Number: MS 2095

Content Description

The records consist of project records produced by Joel Sanders Architects (JSA) and the academic and research files and slides of Joel Sanders. There is some overlap between JSA project files and the academic research files. The research interests of Joel Sanders often led to projects and exhibitions carried out by Joel Sanders Architects. Early research notes and writings of a project can be found in the academic files, and project records documenting the realized project or exhibition can be found in the JSA project files.

Series I is comprised of project files for JSA, including sketches, drawings, photographs, audiovisual material, and other project records, including correspondence, contracts, memoranda, notes, proposals, and reports.

Series II is comprised of academic files, including administrative and course files from courses taught by Joel Sanders at the Parsons School of Design, Princeton University, and Yale School of Architecture; notes documenting Sanders’ undergraduate and graduate career; lecture transcripts and notes; grants and proposals; and drafts and research notes for two of Sanders’ major publications and presentations, Curtain Wars and Stud.

Series III is comprised of slides used for lectures and research by Joel Sanders.


  • 1975 - 2018
  • Majority of material found within 1990 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Researchers withing to obtain an additional copy of non-commercially produced items for their personal use should consult the ordering reproductions information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site. Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joel Sanders, 2018.


The collection is arranged in three series: I. Joel Sanders Architects project files, 1990-2015. II Academic files, 1977-2002. III. Slides, 1987-1995.


73.67 Linear Feet (67 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The records consist of project records produced by Joel Sanders Architects (JSA) and academic and research files and slides of Joel Sanders.

Biographical / Historical

Joel Sanders is the principal of Joel Sanders Architect (JSA) and MIXDesign. JSA, founded in 1989, is an architecture and interior design studio. MIXDesign is an inclusive design think tank and design consultancy that makes “public spaces and everyday building types like restrooms, university campuses, workplaces and art museums accessible and welcoming to people of different ages, genders, races, religions, and abilities.”

Sanders is also a professor in-practice and the director of post-professional studies at the Yale School of Architecture. He is the editor of Stud: Architectures of Masculinity and co-editor of Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture. Sanders’ scholarly research and writing investigates the relationship between culture and social space and explores how to address issues of equity and inclusion through design.

Information obtained from: and

Guide to the Joel Sanders Papers
compiled by Jessica Quagliaroli, Rachel Mihalko, and Camila Tessler
December 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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