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St. Louis

A mid-size city with an outsize creative scene, St. Louis is a confluence of rivers, people, and ideas.
Aerial view of St. Louis's Central West End.

We love St. Louis. We think you will, too.

Beloved for its distinctive red brick and its incredible urban parks, our city has deep, historic roots. This is a place that reveres its designers, artists, thinkers, and makers, and our students are lively contributors to its culture. The city is sophisticated, homey, edgy, approachable, affordable, cosmopolitan, sure of itself, and down to earth. Most of all, St. Louis is a place for you to be you.

St. Louis is a place to experience culture.

With four major art museums, two sculpture parks, 14 National Historic Landmarks, dozens of galleries and artist-run spaces, a world-renowned symphony orchestra, and a thriving literary scene, your only question will be: How can I see it all??

Saint Louis Art Museum

Located atop Forest Park’s Art Hill—and boasting a world-class art collection from ancient to contemporary—SLAM is our favorite next-door neighbor. Founded in 1879. Best place to spend the day sketching.

Pulitzer Arts Foundation

This stunning campus designed by Tadao Ando presents contemporary and historic art exhibitions. Home of site-specific works by Ellsworth Kelly (Blue Black) and Richard Serra (Joe). Also one of our regular community partners.

Laumeier Sculpture Park

Founded in 1976, this 105-acre gem is one of the first and largest dedicated sculpture parks in the country. Perfect for picnicking.

Contemporary Art Museum STL

CAMSTL exhibits work from the most innovative artists practicing today. It also hosts the Great Rivers Biennial, which showcases the work of exceptional artists from the greater St. Louis area (including many Sam Fox School faculty and alumni!).

Missouri Botanical Garden

The nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark. 79 acres of horticultural wonder, including a 14-acre Japanese garden. Don’t miss the peonies in mid-spring.


A 2.9-acre oasis in the heart of downtown, with an eclectic assortment of exciting outdoor works and a spray plaza for the pint-sized art enthusiast.

St. Louis is a place to make an impact.

We believe that art, design, and architecture are uniquely positioned to effect change. Each semester, through our Office of Socially Engaged Practice, we offer projects and courses that engage the St. Louis community. We put our skills to work for good.

St. Louis is a place to launch your career.

Three people posing for a photo at a desk in an office space filled with plants.

St. Louis is one of the most affordable, culturally exciting cities in which to launch your career. Our graduates have gotten their first public commissions here, opened their own galleries, and founded businesses from furniture design to fashion. This is where they got their start. You can go anywhere from here.

Select alumni-founded businesses + organizations

  • HOK
  • Monaco
  • Trivers
  • Cheree Berry Paper
  • Perennial
  • Arbolope

Learn more about our alumni.

St. Louis is a place to have fun.

People playing in fountains in a city park.
People will tell you St. Louis is a baseball town (go Cards!), or a hockey town (ahem, 2019 Stanley Cup winners!), but it’s also a design town, a nature town, a music town, a bike town, and a food town.

St. Louis is a place to eat!

People dining on the street outside Blueberry Hill restaurant.

St. Louis is a serious foodie heaven.

Feeling hungry after taking in all of St. Louis’ cultural wonders? There are seriously great restaurants everywhere you look. From BBQ at Salt + Smoke to Dim Sum at LuLu’s, here are a few of our students’ favorite spots to grab a bite.

Blueberry Hill
Iconic pub on the Delmar Loop. Live music, darts…even hot dog sandwiches.
Corner 17

Two words: hand-pulled noodles. (Or, is that three words?) Let’s try again: Get. Some.

Also founded by a WashU alum!

Fork & Stix
Amazing Thai food. We’ll have the Hung Lay Curry, thx.
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard
A St. Louis original. Don’t call it ice cream!
Neopolitan pies, updated classics, and oh-so-good gelato.
Farm-to-table bistro + market. Get the sea salt chocolate shortbread. No, get two.
World's Fair Donuts
A time-traveling experience to the confections of yore. I think you’ve got a little powdered sugar on your nose.
Taco Buddha
🌮 Y.U.M.
Lona's Lil Eats
Yunnan-inspired deliciousness in not-so-lil packages. Very vegan-friendly.
Balkan Treat Box
Old world favorites made in a drool-worthy culinary future. They sold out while you were reading this sentence.