Hilary Sample

Hilary Sample is an Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP, where she coordinates the Core Architecture Studios and Core III Housing Studios. She is an architect and principal of MOS Architects, which she co-founded with Michael Meredith in 2003. An internationally recognized architectural practice, MOS was the recipient of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum National Design Award in Architecture, the 2010 American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, and the 2008 Architectural League of New York Emerging Voices Award. Recent awards include: the 2015 Global Holcim Award for sustainable construction (Asia-Pacific Region), for Community Center No. 3 (Lali Gurans Orphanage); the cover of Abitare and an AIA NY State Award of Excellence, for School No. 1 (Krabbesholm Højskole); the 2014 accession of the firm’s modular, off-grid House No. 5 (Museum of Outdoor Arts Element House) into the Museum of Modern Art, Architecture and Design Collection; the acquisition of House No. 3 (Lot No. 6/Ordos) into the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago; and selection of Pavilion No. 4 (Afterparty) for the 2009 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. Recent work includes: Store No. 2 (Chamber) in Chelsea; House No. 10, currently under-construction; the competition proposal School No. 2 (Institute for Advanced Study Commons Building); and Housing No. 4 (Dequindre Cut, Detroit).

Recent and forthcoming publications, both products of and surveys on MOS’s work, include Everything All at Once: The Software, Film, and Architecture of MOS (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013); MOS: Selected Works (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016); El Croquis No. 184 (El Croquis, 2016); A Situation Constructed From Loose and Overlapping Social and Architectural Aggregates (AADR, 2016); An Incomplete Encyclopedia of Scale Figures Without Architecture (GSAPP Books, 2016); and an A+U monograph (forthcoming, 2017). Sample’s design research has been published in Imperfect Health (Canadian Centre for Architecture/Lars Müller, 2012) and in a forthcoming book, titled Maintenance Architecture (MIT Press, 2016). Her other writings on architecture, design, and health have been published in Praxis, Log, and Harvard Design Magazine.

GSAPP Conversations

Dean Amale Andraos speaks with Hilary Sample about her teaching and her work with MOS Architects. They discuss the lasting influence of Ordos 100 on the firm’s thinking, the role of representation, and how MOS pursues an inclusive way of working and thinking while maintaining a purposefully small office. Sample directs GSAPP’s Housing Studio, and speaks about the studio’s travel to Mexico, which coincided with the November 2016 Election, and the importance of considering New York City’s housing legacy in relation to global references.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4106‑15 Spring 2018
Advanced Studio VI
Hilary Sample Studio Section Via Lottery - Required for M. Arch and AAD 3rd Year
600/700 Avery
Full Semester
0 Points
A4869‑1 Spring 2018
Books, Figures, Objects
Hilary Sample
300 Buell South
M 11 AM - 1 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
A4003‑1 Fall 2017
Core Architecture Studio III
Hilary Sample Studio
500 Avery South; 114 Avery
M & TH 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM; W 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Full Semester
9 Points