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Tulane is working with students who have difficult personal circumstances that would make leaving campus a challenge or will face complications in online learning once they return home. In response, we have set up the Tulane Student Emergency Aid and Assistance Fund to address current student needs.

Earth Lab design-build studio wins national Architectural Education Award

Earth Lab, a design-build project completed by Tulane architecture students, faculty and staff at the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, was recently awarded a national 2020 Architectural Education Award, by the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

Designed and built during the Small Center's Fall 2018 studio at the Tulane School of Architecture, the project was one of three awarded in the ACSA's Design-Build category this year. The studio integrated research on local vernacular building traditions, and involved working closely with a diverse group of local stakeholders. Throughout, the studio sought to combine, hybridize, and discover new possibilities for architecture at the intersection of advanced digital fabrication technologies and sustainable, vernacular methods.

Earth Lab is a multipurpose outdoor classroom, event space, and community facility run by the local nonprofit organization Groundwork. The project provides a new space for the nonprofit, which educates local grade school students about environmental conservation, water management, and urban agriculture. Earth Lab takes cues from the local urban fabric and simultaneously creates a distinctive, vibrant, colorful space befitting the work of the nonprofit. Anchoring the project is a 410 square foot outdoor classroom and gathering space, framed by two 16-foot concrete gable-profile walls, and paved with custom concrete tiling. The walls and pavers are dyed blue with pigment in varying proportions, to create a gradient from dark blue at the ground, to nearly white at the top of the gables. Patterned relief on the surface of the concrete walls was created through the application of a custom set of CNC (computer numerically controlled) form liner.

Earth Lab was designed, built, and constructed in a single semester by a team of 14 students, led by Assistant Professor Adam Modesitt and Nick Jenisch, Adjunct Lecturer and Project Manager at the Small Center. The architecture students on the team were: Michelle Barrett; Kay Curtis; Dana Elliot; Jacqueline Esmay; Jared Faske; Dylan Goldweit-Denton; Clayton Hakes; Emily Kanner; Bryn Koeppel; Riley Lacalli; Caroline LaFleche; Collin Moosbrugger; Margaret Swinford; and Max Warshaw.

Read more about the Earth Lab project on the Small Center website here. Read more about the ACSA 2020 Architectural Education Awards here.

Tulane School of Architecture announces new assistant professors, visiting assistant professor

Photo: Adam Modesitt, Elizabeth McCormick and Carrie Norman.

The Tulane University School of Architecture is pleased to announce Adam Modesitt, Carrie Norman and Elizabeth McCormick as new full-time faculty members for the fall 2018 semester.

Modesitt and Norman will serve as tenure-track assistant professors. Modesitt specializes in digital design and fabrication, and Norman works in the areas of design theory and representation. McCormick is transitioning from an adjunct lecturer position to visiting assistant professor, focusing on building design and technology.

“We are excited to welcome Adam, Carrie and Liz into these new roles,” said Dean Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA. “Their expertise, experience and enthusiasm will be great assets to the Tulane School of Architecture community.”

Adam Modesitt

Modesitt’s interests focus on adapting, hybridizing and repositioning digital workflows to reengage architecture’s traditions and histories. He taught previously at the New Jersey Institute of Technology College of Architecture and Design and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Prior to teaching full time, Modesitt was a project director at SHoP Architects and a project manager of the Barclays Center Arena in Brooklyn, New York. He also held positions at Preston Scott Cohen Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Foster + Partners in London. Modesitt received a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Wesleyan University and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University.

Carrie Norman

Carrie Norman is a co-founder of the New York and Chicago-based design collaborative Norman Kelley. The practice’s professional and theoretical work re-examines architecture and design’s relationship to vision, prompting observers to see nuance in the familiar.

Norman received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with honors from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University. She is a licensed architect in the state of New York and previously worked as a senior architect with SHoP Architects in New York City. She has taught design studios and representation seminars at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Barnard College and the University of Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth McCormick, LEED AP

McCormick is an architect and researcher whose work aims to reduce mechanical cooling loads in hot-humid climates by enhancing building façade systems. She joined Eskew+Dumez+Ripple as the 2017 research fellow after completing her Master of Science in Building Technology degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

McCormick received Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design. She practiced in Santa Fe, Seattle, Boston, Houston and Singapore before relocating to New Orleans. Her work explores climatically sensitive and contextually appropriate building enclosure designs that connect the occupant to the outdoors and reduce dependence on mechanical conditioning.

ARCH 4253/6253

This seminar is a companion course to the Small Center Design Build* studio. The course will focus on methods of assembly and will give students knowledge of different materials and their detailing/assembly. The first half of the semester will focus on building skills and gaining knowledge through experimentation, while the second half of the semester will serve as support to the design build studio’s fabrication project.