May, 2009: A group of fresh graduates of Washington University in St. Louis Graduate School of Architecture in collaboration with the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group put together an exhibition of select thesis projects that specifically addressed issues of adaptive reuse and urban redevelopment. Inviting local community members, professors, and government officials, the exhibition was a one night event where the designers could have an intimate dialogue outside of the enclaves of academia. The exhibition was met with a positive response from attendees who were appreciative of the opportunity to view some of the work coming out of the school. Unfortunately, all too often student work goes unnoticed in St. Louis despite the architecture school’s ranking of 5th in the nation. The city chronically suffers from ‘brain loss’ as the majority of its graduates do not stick around after graduation- a real shape considering that students are required to base their last year of research and design on a St. Louis site. The exhibition was a rare opportunity for thoughtful work to be shown to interested parties with the hope that further dialogue would be born and more opportunities for events like this to be spread.