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Student perspective: AIA Large Firm Round Table and Dean’s Forum

Tulane School of Architecture hosted the American Institute of Architects Large Firm Round Table (LFRT) and Dean’s Forum in October. Dean Kenneth Schwartz and fifth-year student Sarah Narrow compiled a wrap up of the event.


I had the honor of hosting the AIA LFRT in late October for the biennial Dean’s Forum. Deans from a number of the top schools in the United States were selected to participate alongside CEOs from major firms, who collectively employ roughly 85 percent of architects in the country.

Each dean selected a student to participate in this collaborative workshop format. One of our talented student leaders, Sarah Narrow, represented the School of Architecture brilliantly in this role. Her reflections are included below.

This event was a stimulating discussion around important issues for the future of the profession and society. It was also a chance to highlight the unique way Tulane combines excellence in design education with community engagement and innovation through a presentation of student and faculty work.


The LFRT was guided by a series of questions on diversity, inclusion and retention in academia and professional practice. I shared a table with a balance of students, deans and CEOs, bringing a range of perspectives to the brainstorming sessions.

Richardson Memorial Hall was buzzing with innovative ideas and action items for discussion and eventual implementation. By the end of the day, the group successfully completed one of the top three action items, to host the next Deans Forum at an HBCU (historically black college/university). The chair of Hampton University, Robert L. Easter, gladly took on the challenge, confirming the location for the next Forum in fall 2019.

Another major agenda item established a Large Firm Roundtable Fund for initiatives to reach and support underserved populations and high schools. This is an effort to increase exposure of the profession and promote minority access to architectural education and the field.

The forum was an incredibly inspirational experience. I was surrounded by leaders of the architecture discipline who spoke on critical issues at hand. The many conversations during the event were genuine and stimulating. I am eager to continue my involvement as a soon-to-be graduate and young professional, and I hope to help in building on some of the incredible initiatives discussed at the Dean's Forum.

Professor of Practice Marianne Desmarais opens new exhibit, samples + patches

The latest exhibition from Tulane University School of Architecture Professor of Practice Marianne Desmarais (A '95), samples + patches, reveals balance is a state between equal and opposing forces. The collection of wall sculptures opens Jan. 11 at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

Techniques from architectural practice are applied in composite textiles made of linen and wood that attempt to alter space through the manipulation of form, optics and surface. Utilizing manual and digital modes of production, resistance and collapse are explored as themes of structural response. Her work moves off the surface of the gallery walls to approach the viewer physically, to push and pull space.

Where one material is rigid, the other is soft. In combination, these qualities result in emergent forms and fluid composition. Desmarais continually pairs these contrasts to express the stillness present when tension is produced by gravity and resisted or encouraged by inscribed hinge points.

samples + patches is open from Jan. 11-April 1, with an opening event on Jan. 11 from 6-9 p.m.

Janice Barnes (A '95) responds to Metropolis article on resiliency

Janice Barnes, global resiliency director at Perkins+Will and Tulane School of Architecture alumna, recently authored a response to the Metropolis Magazine article “'Resiliency' Has Lost Its Meaning: Why We Need a More Radical Approach.”

“Resilience is truly the greatest design challenge that we have ever faced and addressing it will take lifetimes and thousands of designers,” Barnes writes. “Let’s focus our messages on how we can do more together.” Read the piece, “Metropolis Article on Resiliency is ‘a Polemic and Counter to Collective Experience in Practice,’” here.

Open faculty positions

The Tulane School of Architecture has an open position for a Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and Urban Design. For more information or to apply, please visit: We will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2018.

Gambit Weekly recognizes faculty, alumna in “40 Under 40” list

Gambit Weekly 2017 40 Under 40 Cover

Gambit Weekly’s annual “40 Under 40” list honors local movers and shakers under the age of 40. Tulane School of Architecture faculty members Aron Chang and Jackie Dadakis, and alumna Gabrielle Begue joined the 2017 class of innovative professionals.

Chang’s work as an urban designer and educator focuses on empowering citizens with knowledge and tools to reshape New Orleans’ relationship with water. He is co-director of Ripple Effect, a team of designers, water experts and teachers building water literacy in schools. Chang is also a founding member of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative (while working with Waggonner and Ball Architects) and serves on the New Orleans City Council's Environmental Advisory Committee. He is an adjunct lecturer in the Architecture program.

Dadakis is chief operating officer of Green Coast Enterprises and an adjunct lecturer in the Sustainable Real Estate Development program. Green Coast specializes in green building development and project consulting, with expertise in energy efficiency considerations for hot and humid climates. The company has helped develop more than $150 million of properties in New Orleans.

Begue (MPS '12) is co-founder and principal of the historic preservation consulting firm Clio Associates. A New Orleans native, Begue returned to the city from an 11-year stint in the New York publishing business to pursue a Master of Preservation Studies degree at Tulane. Her award-winning firm specializes in research, documentation, planning and design with practical projects which protect heritage while supporting growth and development.

View the full cohort of Gambit’s 2017 “40 Under 40” here.

Student to serve on National Organization of Minority Architects board

Left to right: Bryan Lee (LA-NOMA president), Charlie Hammerberg, Katelin Morgan, Me'osha Solsberry (NOMAS-TU president), Michelle Barrett, Dana Elliot, Kekeli Dawes (NOMAS-TU secretary), Will McCollum and Keristen Edwards.

Tulane School of Architecture student Michelle Barrett will serve as a student representative on the National Organization of Minority Architects board. In this position, Barrett will engage and support student chapters across the country and contribute to board activities. She was selected during the 2017 NOMA International Conference in Houston this month.

Eight members from the Tulane University branch of NOMA, NOMAS-TU, attended the event to learn from other chapters, network, compete and grow as a team.

“The NOMA conference was an overall success for us as an organization and even more so for us as a chapter,” said NOMAS-TU President Me’osha Solsberry. “We have many ideas and potential events that will stem from this conference…”

NOMAS-TU works to foster communication among students of all ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures through design, and increase exposure to the arts through workshops, seminars, travel and community engagement. For more information, contact Me’osha Solsberry at

School of Architecture lands top 20 ranking

The Tulane University School of Architecture is being recognized as one of the nation’s top architecture institutions for the second year in a row.

An annual ranking of accredited architecture and design schools by DesignIntelligence Quarterly placed the School of Architecture’s undergraduate program at No. 17. The publication’s America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools survey polls hiring practitioners with supervision of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design graduates.

The 2017-18 ranking is the school’s second consecutive appearance in the top 20. Dean Kenneth Schwartz notes a continued presence in the prestigious rankings shows the success of a design excellence, experiential learning and community engagement focused curriculum.

“With around 150 architecture programs in the United States, a second top 20 standing is a significant signal affirming our widely recognized tradition of excellence in design and distinctive commitment to engagement with the community throughout our curriculum,” said Schwartz.

This mission is carried out in part through the school’s well-established outreach programs. The Small Center for Collaborative Design and URBANbuild engage students in out-of-classroom learning through community projects with local organizations. On the graduate level, Preservation Studies and Sustainable Real Estate Development programs operate in a productive dialogue with Architecture.

An accompanying DesignIntelligence survey of current Tulane architecture students and recent graduates found individual attention from faculty and studio space receiving high marks. Ninety-six percent reported student to faculty time as very good or excellent, and 90 percent rated dedicated studio space similarly.

“We are honored by this recognition, and will continue to prepare students to make an impact on the built environment by imagining and molding a better, more equitable and more sustainable world through design,” said Schwartz.

New Wave features TSA Graduate Student Brandon Surtain

Ken Schwartz knows the power of potential. The Michael Sacks Chair and Dean of the Tulane School of Architecture was reading The Advocate last month when a feature caught his eye — a profile on painter and recent Louisiana State University graduate Brandon Surtain. The story featured several of Surtain’s vibrant works depicting his childhood in New Orleans. Recognizing Surtain’s talent, Schwartz contacted him through the article’s author to discuss an extraordinary opportunity: the chance to study architecture at Tulane.

Before Schwartz contacted him, Surtain was planning to work as a full-time artist for a year. A former defensive back on the Tigers football team, Surtain earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art in May.

“His paintings are architectural,” said Schwartz. “I read the article and saw that Brandon was clearly interested in studying fine art at the graduate level. I said, ‘Well, why don’t you think about architecture first?’ ” .... Full Article HERE features Tulane's URBANbuild

The house at 1924 Toledano St. in Central City is a striking gray residence with a sharply angled roofline and louvered shutters over the front windows. Inside, every inch of its 975 square feet has been painstakingly pondered, debated and studied.

The house, which recently listed on the market for $220,000 and is now under contract, is the 12th project of the Tulane University School of Architecture's URBANbuild program.

Fifteen students -- a mixture of undergrads and grad students -- designed the house in a class last fall, then submitted plans to the city and secured building permits. During the spring semester, they built it from the ground up on a vacant 30-foot-by-70-foot lot owned by Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans, the nonprofit group which partners with Tulane on the program.

For some of the students, it was the first time they'd ever lifted a hammer or fired up a power tool, much less climbed around a roof.

The class operates like a full-time job, with students expected to spend six days a week on the job site, said Tulane architecture professor and URBANbuild director Byron Mouton. Licensed general contractor Anthony Christiana serves as lead contractor.

In the fall, the students create various architectural design schemes for an affordable residence; at midterm, they vote on the one that will be built. "Then they all work together as a group on the development," Mouton said. Full Article HERE

Errol Barron FAIA Receives Artist in Residence at the Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire

“The constellation of 10 islands off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was a popular destination for New England tourism until the 1930s when the big hotel burned.
Home to writers, artists and musicians in the late 19c and early 20th c, such as American impressionist Childe Hassan, today is a marine research center run by Cornell University called THE SHOALS MARINE LABORATORY.

The Artist In Residence Program run by the Marine Laboratory was created to study how the observational techniques or artists and scientists may overlap and be shared to gain insight into the study of marine and costal life.

Found out more about the program here.