Linda Samuels

Associate Professor, Urban Design

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Linda C. Samuels, RA, PhD, is an associate professor of urban design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches inter-disciplinary studios and seminars on infrastructural urbanism, urban history and theory, and alternative sustainability metrics.

Samuels was co-principal investigator on a grant from The Divided City initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation, entitled Mobility For All By All, which aims to increase the social and environmental benefits of the multibillion-dollar proposed MetroLink expansion for residents living along the alignment. She was a team member on the award-winning “+STL: Growing an Urban Mosaic” finalist proposal for the Chouteau Greenway Competition led by dhd, TLS Landscape Architecture & OBJECT TERRITORIES.

Previously, Dr. Samuels was the inaugural director of the Sustainable City Project (SCP), a multidisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach initiative of the University of Arizona where she worked with public and private partners on micro- to macro-scaled sustainability efforts in southern Arizona and the larger megaregion. Samuels earned her Doctorate in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Architecture from Princeton University. While at UCLA, she was a senior research associate at cityLAB, an urban think tank in UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design. Her publications include “Top/Up Urbanism” in Amplified Urbanism and “Resistance at the Trench: Why Efforts to Reinvent the 101 Freeway in Downtown Los Angeles Continue to Fail” in the Journal of Planning History (both 2017); “Stitches and Insertions” in Dana Cuff and Roger Sherman’s Fast-Forward Urbanism: Rethinking Architecture’s Engagement with the City (2011); and “Infrastructural Optimism” (2009) and “Working Public Architecture” (2010), both published in Places journal. Her most recent essay, “A Case for Infrastructural Opportunism” (2019) was published in TAD: Technology I Architecture + Design. She is currently writing a book with Routledge Press entitled Infrastructural Optimism.

Samuels’ work has been widely supported, including grants from the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, the Getty Research Institute, UCLA, the Graham Foundation, ACSA, and the LEF Foundation.