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Greater New Orleans faces ongoing sea level rise and climate change and continued coastal land loss, while the August 2017 rainfall events and extensive street flooding affected thousands of New Orleans residents, and served as this year’s reminder of the many risks that this region’s citizens face day to day, even within the levees.

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.