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Tulane School of Architecture 2016 Newsletter

Rose Fellowship Opens Post in New Orleans

In the months following Hurricane Katrina's arrival in the Gulf South, students, faculty, and staff across the Tulane spectrum found themselves searching for meaningful ways to engage in the recovery of their communities. The School of Architecture reoriented its curriculum and is now a leader in socially conscious community-based design work through the efforts of the Tulane City Center (now Small City Center) and UrbanBuild programs. As a student, I was fortunate enough to be a participant in those programs, which shook my understanding of how architecture can be a tool of engagement - and left me floundering for avenues to pursue those passions post-graduation.

The Rose Architectural Fellowship is a vehicle specifically designed to foster emerging designers who wish to work in that vein, and I had the good fortune to find myself working with them as a recent graduate. I was placed under the tutelage of David Perkes at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and at the Biloxi Housing Authority, working on residential rebuilding projects along the Gulf Coast.   In technical terms, I was able to expand my knowledge of architectural practice and better understand the financing mechanisms required to move public-scale projects into reality.   The real takeaway, of course, was not technical; it was the sense of the meaningfulness of the work and a better perspective of how architecture can be helpful- and in which instances it can not.  

I say all of this- and give a bit of my background- because a new Rose Fellowship post has been announced in New Orleans, and I know that there are many young architects and designers who've been moved by TSA programs and now finding themselves in the shoes that I was once in.   If you'd like to know more about the post- or my take on the fellowship- I'll be co-hosting an informal brown bag session with the Rose Fellow Program Director, Christopher Scott on Thursday, June 30; information below.

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Seth Welty 
Adjunct Lecturer

The Tulane tower that never was

A cloud of mystery shrouds a rendering in the Southeastern Architectural Archive at Tulane University. The image pictured here is an undated sketch of a nonexistent bell tower with connecting breezeways to Tilton Hall at left and Gibson Hall to the right.

The entry reads: “Moise Goldstein (1882–1972), architect; Proposed Carillon Tower for Tulane University, St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA.; Never built. Architectural rendering. Undated.”

“I guess it’ll be a mystery as to whether the tower was drawn by request or if it was just an idea that may never have been presented.”   -  Milton Scheuermann Jr.

Goldstein, a 1902 graduate of Tulane, practiced architecture in New Orleans and along the Gulf South for nearly 50 years. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Tulane School of Architecture and the design and construction of several campus buildings including Dinwiddie and Jones halls.

Milton Scheuermann Jr. (A ’56) had a long-standing relationship with Goldstein after working as his intern while a Tulane student. Scheuermann says that while the drawing is definitely done in Goldstein’s style, he believes it was actually drawn by Goldstein’s silent partner Nathaniel Courtland Curtis.

“Considering the way the human figures are dressed, I would say this rendering was likely done sometime between 1915 and 1925,” says Scheuermann.

That might be a solid guess. Gibson Hall was completed in 1894, and Tilton Hall followed in 1902.

Closer inspection by Scheuermann, who worked as an adjunct professor at the Tulane School of Architecture before retiring in 2015 after 56 years, revealed that the positioning between the two buildings is not feasible from a construction standpoint.

“I looked at the composition of the building using Google map’s aerial view, and the positioning of the tower as drawn wouldn’t work,” says Scheuermann. “I guess it’ll be a mystery as to whether the tower was drawn by request or if it was just an idea that may never have been presented.”

This story originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Tulane magazine.


Design Intelligence Survey

Dear Tulane School of Architecture Alumni and Friends,

The architecture programs of the Tulane School of Architecture have a long and distinguished national reputation for delivering a preeminent education in the field at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Design Intelligence tracks the quality of design education nationally by asking for your professional opinion as to which schools best prepare students. Please take 5 minutes to fill out this year’s DesignIntelligence survey and support our national ranking. The survey ends Friday, June 10

Now that we have converted our five year program back to a B.Arch. degree, Design Intelligence lists Tulane as an option in the ranking of undergraduate architecture programs. Our graduate M.Arch.I program was ranked #22 last year, in part because of the support of our alumni and friends. We hope to maintain that ranking or improve upon it this year, and for our undergraduate B.Arch. program to be ranked as well.

How you can help:

Spread the news and send this link to anyone you think should provide their input. The rankings matter for many reasons.

Best wishes,

Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA
Favrot Professor and Dean

Marianne Desmarais Receives Malcolm Heard Award for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Adjunct Lecturer Marianne Desmarais RA, LEED AP BD+C, for receiving the Malcolm Heard Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Desmarais was selected by Tulane School of Architecture's Class of 2016 for her dedicated and tireless commitment to the student body.


New Wave features URBANbuild 11

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Rebuilding New Orleans one house at a time

Photos by Sally Asher

Founded in 2005, the goal of URBANbuild is to address New Orleans’ deteriorating neighborhoods and to provide students the chance to work together on the design, development and construction of affordable housing. The program is run by Tulane's School of Architecture and by senior professor of practice Byron Mouton and adjunct lecturer Sam Richards. 

Students spend the fall semester in the classroom designing a home and drafting construction documents. The spring semester is spent onsite, where students work in a fast-paced, 15-week timeframe to construct the home. They are active in the entire construction process, from clearing the site to laying the foundation to hanging the sheathing and siding to installing the roof.

“URBANbuild has been one of the most important moments in my architecture education,” says fourth-year architecture student Chesley McCarty. “It is so rewarding to look back and see a real-life finished product that someone will eventually live in, not just some model made of chipboard and pretty pictures hanging on the wall.”

This spring, URBANbuild celebrates its 11th house, located at 2117 Toledano.