Ann is the director of the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design and a professor of practice at the Tulane School of Architecture. As director, she oversees programs and projects, executes strategic initiatives and nurtures key relationships of the center. She has 15 years of experience building partnerships across campus-community boundaries to amplify community voice and support meaningful change. As an educator, scholar and administrator, she is focused on facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration and shaping built, natural and social environments that impact health and wellness in rural and urban settings. This work has ranged from managing multi-faceted projects on climate change adaptation and resilience to facilitating strategic planning and design thinking efforts for philanthropy. Much of her work falls at the intersection of design, equity and ecology.
Ann teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses—all require students to engage with complex societal challenges. As a professor, she asks students to consider a wide range of interdisciplinary scholarship and facilitates learning environments where students take ownership of their learning as individuals and a collective. Ann holds a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and political science from Dickinson College. In 2012-2013, she was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.