Grover Mouton has served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture for 25 years, and is the founder and director of the Tulane Regional Urban Design Center (TRUDC), housed within the School of Architecture.
The TRUDC conducts community outreach design initiatives for cities and towns throughout the Gulf South Region. Under Grover’s direction, the center has provided disaster recovery planning, cultural interpretation design, public park and landscape planning, and many other urban design-based services. The center engages community leaders, city officials, and neighborhood groups in an effort to create integrated, public supported, and implementable design solutions. The center also collaborates with the American Planning Association on large-scale urban design projects throughout China. These projects allow staff and student interns to experience architecture and planning in the world’s top growth market, including interaction with government clients, travel to China, collaborative design experience, and rapid project implementation.
Grover currently teaches Design Urbanism, a seminar that exposes architecture students to the urban design discipline through participation in real-time community outreach initiatives. Students earn public service credits by meeting with municipal and community clients, designing public projects, and presenting them to elected officials and the general public. TRUDC projects and clients have benefitted greatly from the participation of these students, documented each semester in a publication. Local projects have included designs for a waterfront park in Biloxi, MS, and town center development strategies for Mandeville, LA. Students have also collaborated on international TRUDC initiatives, including a new town design for Longpao, China, located across the Yangtze River from historic Nanjing.
Grover crafted architectural design guidelines for the City of Mandeville, LA, and sits on its Architectural Design Review Board. He has completed a number of cultural and interpretive centers, including contributions to the Civil Rights District in Birmingham, AL and the Women’s Rights District in Seneca Falls, NY. He has exhibited his drawings both internationally and throughout the United States.