Courses: AHST 6420
Jose Cotto was born and raised in Great Brook Valley, a housing project in Worcester, Massachusetts. The son of a single mother raising four kids, he often found himself being pulled between the streets and his desire to create — art was always a means to escape, a means to forget, and a means to remember. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Fine Arts degree in Architecture, he moved to New Orleans in 2012 and completed his Master of Architecture degree at Tulane University in 2014. While at Tulane, he worked as a Public Interest Design Fellow at the Albert & Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design and participated in a few design + build projects.
Jose currently serves as the Associate Director of Place + Design Education at the Arts Council New Orleans, where he has worked since 2015. In this role, Jose has works on several creative placemaking projects and manages Youth Solutions, a youth design + build program he helped launch. Prior to the Arts Council, he served as the Director of the Idea Lab at St. Martin’s Episcopal School, collaborating with faculty and students (pre-k-12) to develop and execute design-based projects and initiatives. In his spare time, Jose can often be found with a camera in hand or working on freelance graphic design projects.