Skip to main content
Tulane Home

Students can get a jumpstart with Summer 2020 Courses. Offerings include design, architecture, photography, drawing, making, design thinking, historic preservation, real estate, and social innovation and social entrepreneurship. View the Tulane School of Architecture Summer 2020 Course Offerings.

Continue to check the TuSA COVID-19 FAQ, and the Tulane Emergency Management page for updates.


Museum lecture features faculty work

The El Paso Museum of Art presented a lecture on Oct. 10 by Errol Barron, FAIA, entitled “The Architecture of Drawing.” The lecture considered the role of drawing, particularly hand drawing, in the design process. Professor Barron also examined the use of hand drawing in the digital age as a conceptual and iterative tool. His lecture was illustrated with examples of in situ drawings and their later influence on his architecture as well as a survey of the uses of drawings historically.

Professor Barron publishes new sketchbook on Tulane’s iconic architecture

Following the sketchbook model of his previous books, Tulane School of Architecture Professor Errol Barron recently published a reflection on the building styles, both historic and modern, throughout Tulane’s Uptown campus.

Although the book took two years to create and publish, it is a culmination of Barron’s decades spent on and around the campus. In particular, Barron taught an architecture class that tasked students with observing and drawing Tulane’s buildings.

“I used to walk students around and give them a sense that ideas don’t exist in isolation. We would connect buildings on campus with buildings that may have inspired them,” Barron said. “I would often draw with them.”

As noted in Barron’s foreword, the book is a personal, not comprehensive, reflection on the campus and its possible architectural inspirations. He used the 1984 book Tulane Places and interviews with former Tulane University Architect Collette Creppell to inform his notes and reflections on the architecture, but the vast majority of the book features Barron’s signature watercolor drawings. The size and layout of the book mimics the sketchbook style of his previous publications New Orleans Observed and Roma Osservata.

The Tulane book starts at the front of campus on St. Charles Avenue with its Romanesque Revival style, especially noticeable in Gibson Hall and Richardson Memorial Hall, and moves through four separate sections leading up to the edge of campus on Claiborne Avenue.

Additionally, the history of the Uptown campus prior to its function as a university is noted in the book’s preface, written by Richard Campanella, Associate Dean for Research at the Tulane School of Architecture and Senior Professor of Practice in Architecture and Geography.

The narrow, rectangular shape of the campus and its quads are a direct result of the land’s previous use as a plantation along the Mississippi River. French surveyors used the method of creating “long lots” to delineate land along the river, giving each plantation owner access to the river and its rich soil and elevated terrain. The administrators of Tulane acquired its sizeable section of from a large tract that once included what is now Audubon Park.

“Tulane students today live and learn within the walls of a wide variety of splendid structures built over the course of 125 years. They walk and bike within the geometry of a space directly traceable to the earliest yeas of New Orleans, 300 years ago,” Campanella writes. “The enriching experience created by this interplay of architecture and geography is beautifully captured in this volume by Errol Barron.”

Copies of the book are for sale at Octavia Books.

Professor Errol Barron, FAIA opens new exhibit, Water Land

Tulane University School of Architecture Professor Errol Barron’s latest exhibition, Water Land, examines the impact of climate change on coastlines. The collection of paintings opens Oct. 31 at Boyd Satellite Gallery in New Orleans.

The pieces were completed over two years of Barron’s travels on the eastern and southern coasts, including time spent as artist-in-residence at the Isles of Shoals Marine Laboratory in Appledore Island, Maine. The watercolor paintings incorporate other mediums such as graphite, carbon, ink and wax color.

“Now that the effects of global warming are so well known, what was once revered as a favored place to live is seen as an unpredictable domain and the effect of looking across open water can be calming or threatening,” said Barron. “These paintings suggest a nostalgic look at, or warning of, a vanishing condition.”

Water Land is open from Oct. 31-Nov. 28, with receptions on Nov. 4 from 6-9 p.m. and Nov. 17 from 4-7 p.m.

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. 

Exhibition scheduled: Errol Barron to exhibit at boyd | satellite gallery

"A Tradition of Serenity," a new book by Errol Barron

A new book written by Errol Barron FAIA, Richard Koch Professor of Architecture, has been published by Rizzoli on the work of Ongard Satrabhandhu. Mr. Satrabhandhu , a graduate of Cornell and Yale, is one of the most important architects in Thailand, recognized by the government as a “national treasure” in 2011 . His “Elephant” building of Bangkok is cited as one of the 10 most iconic office buildings in the world by Wikipedia. The new book chronicles his evolution from an ardent Corbusian modernist to the architect he is today.

Roma Osservata: By Errol Barron named as one of the top 10 books of 2013 for New Orleans readers

By Chris Waddington, | The Times-Picayune  

New Orleans and the Gulf South figured large in our 2013 reading and 10 great books rose to the top. Our selections reflect the varied tastes of our staff – and the wide range of book culture in the region. This year we include a quirky atlas, riveting reportage about a Katrina tragedy, bestselling fiction, a newly discovered diary from colonial New Orleans, and much more.

See the full list HERE

The Reading Life Interviews Errol Barron on Roma Ossevata

The Reading Life With Sheri Fink And Errol Barron

This week on The Reading Life: Bestselling author Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in A Storm-Ravaged Hospital, and architect Errol Barron, whose lovely new sketchbook is Roma Osservata, or, Rome Observed.

(Errol's segiment starts at 15:24)

Listen to the Interview HERE



It is hard sometimes to believe that until the 1960s when I was a student here, the historic fabric of this city was seen almost as a liability. The confidence and prosperity spun off by the victories over Germany and Japan in WWII propelled this country into a frenzy of modernizing often at the expense of many extraordinary buildings and neighborhoods central to our understanding of who and what we are as a culture.

There was even a slight embarrassment in the school of architecture for was mistakenly seen as an out of date inheritance -  the French quarter, the old neighborhoods - that had somehow  been spared in this city ( perhaps out of inertia as much as foresight). So great was the desire to promote international modernism.

All the pressure was on to bring New Orleans into the modern world, a worthy goal but the dangers to a deeply embedded but ultimately fragile culture were very real.

Richard Koch was one of the first architects to see what was here and he acted to call attention to what we know today is one of America’s treasures, the historic fabric of this city. He was a talented designer (and a kind, civilized, deeply respected man).  He and others  (Like John Lawrence, the dean when I was a student) recognized the value of the buildings of the 18th and 19th century and help start and organize preservation groups -  he argued for a respect of past as well as a hope for the future.

His greatest achievement arguably was his stewardship of the National Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) that produced the remarkable measured drawings and evocative photographs that documented scores of buildings, many of which were saved by these actions( WPA FORMED AND A CLEAR EXAMPLE OF THE POSITIVE POWER OF AN ENLIGHTENED GOVERNMENT ACTION.). ( by the way, I recommend these graphic treasures to our students today as a model of careful observation, documentation and clarity – they are in the library, go look at them!)

We take all this work for granted now especially since the great hurricane alerted the world to our delicate city as a treasure we almost lost and an urban world to be cherished and protected. But this appreciation was not always the case.

For me this new position has special meaning having seen the city evolve from a kind of backward embarrassment to modernism to what it is today, one of the few places in North America with a true urban character and history, as yet un trammeled by the ubiquitous homogenous culture that has had such a negative effect on the country - And I might say that has been an inspiration to architects especially those contemporary architects who deeply believe in the value of a rich idiosyncratic culture as an inspiring context for action.

Lastly this appointment has special meaning because of those that have held this chair before me beginning with my former teacher and mentor James Lamantia,  and my colleagues today, Geoffrey Baker, Gene Cizek and John Klingman. I look forward to carrying on their fine work as architects and educators and to continuing to promote the values of Richard Koch who so generously endowed this chair.

Thank you all for being here and for helping celebrate the memory of this important figure in the history the architectural heritage of our nation, our city, and our school.

Errol Barron, FAIA


Koch Chair Investiture Ceremony for Errol Barron

Errol Barron's ceremony will begin at 5pm and a reception will follow at 5:30pm in the Favrot Lobby. The reception will be held in conjunction with TGIF, which will be hosted by AIAS.