The Helix Files for First Patent

By: Allison Littman

The Helix has officially filed for its first patent and we couldn’t be happier for Emerson Climate Technologies. We knew that this Innovation Center would be game-changer in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry (HVACR). Collaboration between Emerson Climate Technologies, Fox Architects, and the University of Dayton has resulted in a unique facility designed to solve problems faced by the HVACR industry of today and the future. Great design yields fantastic results!

To learn more about the patent, click HERE.

To get an inside look at The Helix, click HERE.


Renderings of the Past

By: Allison Littman

You don’t see renderings quite like these anymore! This was found by a Fox team member while in Kansas City on a project. It’s a Veterans Hospital from 1949. What great attention to detail!


Arrived Perfect – Opening Reception Tonight

By: John Berendzen

Yesterday I received a call from a friend who got an early viewing of the installation “Arrived Perfect (Assembly Required) Sculpture and drawings by Tad Gloeckler.  I’ve been told the exhibition is not to be missed: moreover, Professor Gloeckler is giving a talk tonight (October 13th) about the exhibition from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The opening reception runs till 8:00

This exhibition is in the Morton J May Foundation Gallery on the campus of Maryville University.  Hope to see you there!


Tad is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia.  from Tad’s Website

“Tad Gloeckler’s work resembles furniture, jewelry or architecture in the same way that Lewis Carroll’s “Hunting of the Snark” resembles children’s literature; it can be appreciated as a light hearted diversion at first, but with successive readings it reveals a dark and critical underside that makes us stop and wonder which other of our diversions might not be so lighthearted as well. Each time we look again, there is another layer just beneath the surface whispering in our ear.”

Take a Closer Look at The Helix

By: Allison Littman

Didn’t make it to the Grand Opening of The Helix this year? Don’t worry – We’ve got you covered.


Exceptional Teachers

By: John Berendzen

Way back in the dark ages I attended Washington University as an undergrad (later as a grad student).  One of the things that impressed me about Wash U was the abundance of phenomenally great professors.  I need to qualify this a bit.  All the professors were good.  Some were great.  Several were “beyond great” – world class people that changed your life.  Wash U has these folks coming out of the woodwork.  I had several.  If you were in the School of Architecture in the 80’s like me, you knew professors like Jim Fitzgibbon (he was the real “most interesting man in the world” long before the Corona guy came on the scene) and Leslie Laskey.  Probably no one shaped my architectural education more than Professor Laskey.  And there was Sarantis Symeonoglou with the Department of Art History and Archeology.

I had lunch with Professor Symeonoglou recently.  It was the highlight of my week.  He filled me in on the progress on his latest book, and we looked over his drawings reconstructing the Palace of Odysseus.  As background, every undergraduate student at the time needed a certain amount of credits from the A&E department.  I lucked into Professor Symeonoglou’s intro class.  Some things he told us I’ve never forgotten, like his advice that the reconstruction of the Parthenon would have been better if they’d used the old methods of joining the stones with metal ties encased in molten lead, instead of the titanium being used.  (Sometimes the old tried and true methods are preferable, even today.)  I had other classes with the Professor, including one on the archeology of the Bible.  Every thing he said, the way he said it – was just so interesting.   It’s amazing how some things can stay with you, 30+ years into the future.


Professor Symeonoglou with his drawings of the Palace of Odysseus

The Helix – Accelerating the Next Generation of Innovation

By: Allison Littman

Emerson Climate Technologies’ “The Helix,” designed by Fox Architects, has created a new standard of innovation. The Helix innovation center is advancing research and education for the global heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry.

With thanks to Emerson’s newest innovation center, The Helix, “future heating, cooling and refrigeration technologies will solve problems traditional systems can’t thanks to industry-wide collaboration and innovation led by Emerson.”

Did You Know?
The Helix can consolidate the prototype creation process to only 90 days or less with the unique features of the facility.

Click Here to learn more!


Jesuit Archives in the News

By: Allison Littman

Check out the latest from Fox Architects as featured in the St. Louis Business Journal. The article discusses our work on the Jesuit Archives and Research Center in the Central West End. Go to Article

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Tim Hortons O’Fallon Opening

By: Allison Littman

Do you have a sweet tooth and live in the Metro East area? You’re in luck! Friday, August 12, 2016 marks the grand opening of Illinois’ first Tim Hortons located at 450 Regency Park Drive in O’Fallon. Every seat in the café and bake shop was filled during this morning’s festivities. Guy Phillips of Y98 broadcasted live on location this morning, while KMOV’s Steve Harris gave a fantastic tour to local viewers. The celebration included giveaways for the first 250 local veterans or active duty military members, along with a free panther-themed donut for O’Fallon Township High School students.

Eric Sigurdson, President of area developer Show Me Hospitality shared, “We are very pleased to enter the Metro East market with the Tim Hortons brand – O’Fallon is an exciting city for Tim Hortons, especially on the vibrant Green Mount Road corridor. The location provides for easy access during the morning commute and accommodates our 24-hour drive-thru nicely.” Show Me Hospitality selected St. Louis’ own Fox Architects to design the newest addition to the Tim Hortons brand.

Tim Hortons OFallon

Tim Hortons OFallon


Coffee and Life

By: John Berendzen


Design Competition

By: Adnan Omeragic

Recently, we entered an architectural design competition in which we were tasked with designing a memorial to commemorate the Baltic Way. On the 23rd of August 1989, approximately two million people joined hands to form a 373-mile human chain through the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Their goal was to demonstrate a united front against the occupation of the Soviet Union that had been in place since World War II.

The Baltic Way was an act of nonviolent protest on an extraordinary scale. It demonstrated the power of people to instigate change through constructive and collective action, united in their desire for independence. Standing Together, as we named our design, used this enlightened language of strength to inform its architectural approach to the Baltic Way memorial. The memorial operates at two scales. From a distance, it serves as a recognizable landmark within the urban fabric: a symbol of civic pride and celebration of Baltic history. At a smaller scale, the memorial engages with visitors and provides information about the people and events of the Baltic Way.

The power of the Baltic Way lay in its sheer magnitude. Standing Together explores the concept of the many comprising the whole, using the accumulation of individual elements to create a mass that is monumental yet porous. Hundreds of thin columns stand arranged along a scaled-down version of the Baltic Way route. The columns densify around the points of the three capital cities, where the most people congregated for the event, and thin out in the intermediate areas where fewer people stood. The result is a dynamic field of repeated elements that, seen from a distance, reads as a single entity. The columns echo other vertical elements in the immediate urban context: the rows of trees lining the streets; the spires on nearby churches; the masts of the sailboats on the Daugava River in summer.

Below are the presentation boards we submitted. We would love to hear your thoughts!

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