Outreach Programs & Resources
Students can participate in a number of programs as part of our broader outreach initiatives. These programs provide students and faculty with the opportunity to work on individual and group community-based projects through internships, studio and class projects, and design/build opportunities. These internationally recognized programs are key components of student-faculty learning opportunities. The local and national attention they have received is well-deserved, exemplifying Tulane University’s commitment to public service at many levels.
The Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design (formerly Tulane City Center) is nationally renowned for strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations in the Greater New Orleans community to advance high quality Public Interest Designs. The Small Center's work is driven by citizen’s ideas and input and involves the faculty and students of the Tulane School of Architecture as well as many departments across Tulane University. The Small Center’s mission has been to educate, advocate and provide design services to New Orleans neighborhoods and non-profit clients who are traditionally severely under-resourced and underserved by the design disciplines. We continue to believe in the public necessity of design and its broad and popular access to all citizens. As a result the work is characterized by deep citizen engagement in the planning and design decisions that will affect their lives.
As the primary venue for outreach projects at the Tulane School of Architecture, the center enjoys a broad range of partnerships with numerous off-campus community-based and civic organizations. Each of these partnerships provides opportunities for faculty and students to engage real issues in real communities and participate in the life of our city. Projects we have been involved with in the past have ranged in scale from small mobile neighborhood communication devices to urban scale neighborhood planning processes. We work in the realm of both private and public spaces and always recognize the importance of thinking beyond the scale at which a given project is expressed.
Follow Small Center's projects, progress, and news at their website: small.tulane.edu
Or for more information contact us by email or phone 504.314.2330
URBANbuild is a design/build program in which teams of students take on the design and construction of prototypical homes for New Orleans’ neighborhoods. URBANbuild’s partners in the development of these homes have been a number of non-profit community partners such as Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans (NHS), the Make It Right Organization of New Orleans (MIR), and Harmony Neighborhood development. Work with these organizations has exposed the School to the needs of the city’s underprivileged families as well as to what is required for the revitalization of New Orleans’ urban fabric and neighborhoods.
The program is an educational collaboration of individuals, organizations, and businesses committed to revitalizing New Orleans’ rich cultural and architectural heritage. Neighborhoods are strengthened by the rebuilding of homes; allied professionals and educators come together for a common cause, and students develop as designers with a deep understanding and commitment to the urban environment.
Over the course of the past eight years, Tulane's URBANbuild program has realized a body of work in collaboration with a number of local community partners, vendors and material suppliers. Along this journey the program attempted to develop responsible housing prototypes with reliance upon understanding of the common cultural needs of the local environment, the limits of the regional workforce and a growing awareness of what is considered to be affordable. Throughout the work of recent years, many limitations have been discovered. Even in the face of these limitations, the program has produced habitable structures for families within some of the city‘s disadvantaged neighborhoods.
The Tulane Regional Urban Design Center (TRUDC) was established with a grant from Arthur Q. Davis in the summer of 1996.
The TRUDC addresses critical issues of urban design and land use planning towards the development of a quality physical environment. The TRUDC provides institutional support to various local and regional civic officials, non-profit community groups, and other civic entities of all sizes: communities, districts, towns, and cities. Situated within Tulane University’s School of Architecture, the TRUDC conducts project-oriented research, planning ordinance & policy review; and advises clients regarding strategies for project implementation.
The primary goal of the TRUDC is to provide high quality, interdisciplinary, urban design capability. It serves as an independent catalyst for anticipating, exploring, and helping to resolve critical development issues facing cities around the globe. The work of the TRUDC expands the body of knowledge about urban design in general and urban design issues in the New Orleans and Gulf Coast region in particular.
Projects undertaken by the TRUDC range from the Mayors’ Institute on City Design South to local and regional non-profit design work for entities including the City of New Orleans, community action groups, and regional municipalities such as Covington and Mandeville, Louisiana and Biloxi, Natchez, and Moss Point, Mississippi.
To learn more about the TRUDC, visit www.trudc.com.
The Tulane School of Architecture Undergraduate Design Symposium 2017 is a case study-based analysis and discussion on the effects that global climate is having on coastal communities trying to preserve place as communities move to a new space. Through interdisciplinary lectures, break-out sessions and workshops, students will collaboratively learn about the history and effects of displacement of communities in the United States, current community movements and how to use design across disciplines to create social change.
The symposium will take place March 9-11, 2017.
Project pipeline is a program established by the National Organization of Minority Architects in 2009 designed to encourage young students to pursue a career in the Architectural profession. The program consists of summer camps that have been successfully developed by Local NOMA Chapters across the country.
The NOMA-LA Pipeline program has been designed in the spirit of our National Organizations program with the added mission of providing continuing mentorship throughout the growth of an aspiring architect. One of the first things we are told in architecture school is that we will all learn more from our peers than anyone else around us. NOMA-LA encourages everyone from high school students to firm principals to participate in our laddered program in effort to provide participants with both the opportunity to be a mentor and a mentee simultaneously. This style of program provides members with a direct mentorship from other architectural students and architects who have recent insight into pertinent issues relative to a member’s respective stage of development. The stages leading towards licensure are especially crucial to the retention minority students; our job is to provide a continued supportive hand.
To learn more about Project Pipeline, visit www.noma.net