Giving Back

David Armentor

Oct 13, 2014

The Tulane School of Architecture has been tremendously fortunate in so many ways, including our distinguished tradition of excellence in design, the increasing diversity and relevance of our programs, and a track record of community engagement that is the envy of other schools throughout the United States. In addition, we have seen inspired generosity from many of our alumni. The Summer 2014 School Newsletter features a number of alumni and the ways they have chosen to give back; it also features a “Donor Roll” that includes every person or entity that has given to the School since my arrival in July of 2008. You can read more about our alumni's generosity and other school news in the Summer 2014 Newsletter on issue.

This past weekend, I came across a very relevant article in the New York Times regarding alumni giving back to their schools. While we have seen some amazingly generous Tulane alumni stepping forward over the past several years, we are hoping that more alumni will give back to the School. The year before I came to Tulane, 4.9% of alumni gave, and last year (FY2013), we were slightly over 10%. We are awaiting the results from FY14. The average for Tulane University as a whole is 22%, and I would like to see the School of Architecture exceeding the university average. Please consider supporting the School – 100% of your gifts come to us, and we use them to support opportunities for students, faculty, and our work with community partners. As a powerful example, we have opened our new 7,000 sq. ft. Tulane City Center facility on Baronne Street in Central City – whose launch has been entirely supported by a few generous individuals and Johnson Controls, Inc. We would not have this key resource for our community work were it not for their support.

For more information on how you can give back to Tulane School of Architecture, please visit us at:

Thank you for your consideration,

Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA
Favrot Professor and Dean

Kenneth Schwartz
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