Designed in 1907 by the New Orleans architecture firm of Andry and Bendernagel to house the Tulane Medical College, Richardson Memorial Hall is located on the St. Charles Avenue side of campus, on the oldest and most beautiful quadrangle at Tulane. The five story brick and limestone building is a fine example of the Richardsonian Romanesque style buildings that define this area of the campus. Richardson Memorial Hall is building #4 on the Tulane University Uptown Campus Map.
Thomson Hall, named after J. Herndon Thomson, is located on the second floor of Richardson Memorial Hall. It is recognized as the main lecture hall in the School of Architecture and is used to facilitate major lectures and events, as well as student pinups and reviews. Thomson Hall seats approximately 200 people and is beautifully lit on three sides by windows with plantation shutters that may be closed for presentations or open to allow in natural light. The room is equipped with a wide format HDMI projector and a wireless microphone setup that is projected through a Bose sound system, all of which is controlled from a loft area in the rear of the room.
Richardson Memorial Hall’s spacious main rooms on either end of the third, fourth and fifth floors are used as studios. Every student in the school is assigned a personal desk in one of these studios each semester and the studios are accessible at all hours for design and other course work. The studios have windows on three sides, high ceilings and open trusses and are fully networked. Each studio has at least one desktop computer available for student use that is loaded with a selection of design software, including AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Microsoft Office.
Classrooms throughout the building include both small and large seminar rooms, lecture and exhibition halls, and special purpose rooms. Each classroom is equipped with HDMI compatible projectors or large format digital displays.
The lobby of Richardson Memorial Hall is constantly in use for classes, reviews, exhibitions, and meetings. Students and faculty frequently use the two Saarinen round table and chair sets for informal meetings or as a place to work on projects. The space is also used as overflow review space and is equipped with pin up spaces and two 55" LCD displays for school notices and student presentations.
The mezzanine on the second-floor stairs houses a rotating exhibition of student, faculty, and staff work. The gallery space features rotating exhibits when classes are in session. Guest exhibitors from the New Orleans creative community also show their work here. The exhibit is curated by the Lectures, Exhibits, and Events Committee
The Drawing Board is a snack bar and café located on the ground level of Richardson Memorial Hall. Open weekdays from 8am-2pm, The Drawing Board offers meals, snacks, and beverages to architecture students and visitors from nearby buildings. Patrons can choose between the seating area inside the building or the shaded patio in front of the School.