Tulane School of Architecture Alumni Elected to AIA Fellowship

David Armentor

Feb 25, 2015

Thomas B. Braham, FAIA (TSA ’87)

Tom Braham has worked with Gensler for nearly 10 years and is a studio director in the Chicago office. His studio includes diverse talent focused on projects for a wide range of complex corporate, institutional and civic clients. Tom has served as a project director for many significant projects. He is currently working on a 484,000 SF replacement hospital for Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest, Illinois and the redevelopment of Navy Pier in Chicago. Other recent projects include a new global headquarters for Goodyear in Akron, Ohio and The Genevieve and Wayne Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. These projects have been highly recognized with a variety of AIA and other industry awards. Tom has been actively involved in leadership of the profession throughout his 28 year career. His professional service includes past President of AIA Illinois and past Region Director on the AIA National Board of Directors. 

Michael J. Bell, FAIA (TSA ’84)

Michael Bell is President of Bell Architecture in New Orleans. His firm specializes in custom residential projects. Michael received a Master of Architecture and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University, and is licensed to practice both architecture and law. He is a Past-President of AIA New Orleans and has served on AIA’s Documents Committee since 2009. Michael’s civic activities include service on the Boards of the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Trinity Episcopal School and St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, and pro bono work for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and others.


Gabriel Smith, FAIA (TSA ’88)

Gabriel Smith is a director at Thomas Phifer and Partners, where he has helped to build the practice, mentor staff and has been a leader in the design and detailing of each of the firm’s institutional and cultural projects since 2005. In two decades of practice, he has been a leader on projects that have earned over a dozen AIA Honor Awards for design excellence. Gabriel started his professional career in London at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and Norman Foster & Partners and later moved to Eskew Dumez Ripple Architects in New Orleans, where he served as Project Architect for the University of Louisiana Lafayette Art Museum, Acadiana Center for the Arts, IGFA Museum and numerous other cultural projects. While at EDR, Gabriel taught design at Tulane for seven years and remains committed to bridging the academy and professional practice. In the past decade, he has been a visiting critic or lecturer at various universities including Columbia, Parsons, Harvard, Syracuse, and Cornell. He holds a Master of Architecture II from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University.

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