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All classes are suspended for the week of March 16. Starting the week of March 23, all classes will resume entirely online. Tulane School of Architecture (TuSA) remains open with most faculty and staff working remotely. Students can be granted access to work in the building only with prior approval from the school. At this time, we are not hosting admissions tours.

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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.

Assistant Professor Kentaro Tsubaki to receive the Journal of Architectural Education Best Design as Scholarship Article Award

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) along with the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) has recognized Assistant Professor Kentaro Tsubaki’s article, Foldout Drawing: A Projective Drawing for Fabric Forming, with the 2014 Journal of Architectural Education, Best Design as Scholarship Article Award. The award ceremony will take place during the 102nd ACSA Annual Meeting in Miami. 

The article describes how the foldout drawing, a particular form of notational drawing, emerged out of Tsubaki's studio teaching and further evolved in his research. It demonstrates the subtle, yet critical role the slow notational drawing plays in stabilizing the dynamic relationship between the ideal (design intent) and the real (fabricated outcome). It contemplates an alternative position to contemporary design-fabrication practices governed by precision and speed.

Each year the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) Editorial Board along with the ACSA Awards Committee selects two articles for the JAE Best Article Awards. These awards are selected as the JAE Best Articles from the all of the articles submitted to the journal in the award year. The JAE has for more than 58 years represented the ACSA, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, as the flagship publication of this important architecture organization.

MSRED and Architecture students compete in Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2014 Urban Design Competition

Architecture Professor Kentaro Tsubaki and Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development Program Director Christopher Calott are conducting a joint-Studio collaboration with Tulane’s Architecture and MSRED students to compete in the ULI’s annual Urban Design Competition in the Spring Semester, 2014. Additionally, Tulane students and faculty will be working with Landscape Architecture Professor Elizabeth Mossop and LSU Landscape Architecture students, along with Professional Advisor Jonathan Tate. Now in its 13th year, this preeminent student competition offers graduate students in these three fields the opportunity to work together in multi-disciplinary teams and engage a challenging exercise in responsible land use and innovative architecture, landscape architecture, real estate development, and urban design. 

Student teams comprised of 3 Architecture, 1 Landscape, and 1 MSRED student (teams of 5 students, representing 3 disciplines) will have two weeks to devise a comprehensive design and development program for a real, large-scale site full of challenges and opportunities in an exciting major US city. Submissions will consist of boards that include complete urban and architectural designs for a Downtown District, along with complete financial analysis which outlines market real estate development and feasibility. The competition will begin on January 14, 2014, when ULI unveils the site location and Program brief, with submissions due on January 28. 

The ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition is part of the Institute’s ongoing effort to raise interest among young design professionals in creating better communities, improving development patterns, and increasing awareness of the need for multi-disciplinary solutions to development and design challenges in our cities. This competition is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team will receive $50,000 and three finalist teams will receive $10,000 each. 

Envisioned as an exciting Studio initiative to promote cross-disciplinary teaching in the School of Architecture’s Programs, students’ work will also represent Tulane in a highly prestigious professional and national forum. 

Assistant Professor Kentaro Tsubaki's Smocking featured in the new book "Performative Materials in Architecture and Design"

 Assistant Professor Kentaro Tsubaki's experimental work Smocking is featured in the new book "Performative Materials in Architecture and Design" edited by Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel published by Intelect, the University of Chicago Press.

 On the closing essay "Speculation of Future Materiality," editor Ng writes; 

 "....the translation between digital and physical contexts requires hybridized methods of investigation that allows for the negotiation of physical conditions to provide feedback into the virtual realm. Hence, developing modes of representation in architecture are working to close the gap that persists between digital and analog means of material making. Smocking: Pleated Surfaces, a project by Kentaro Tsubaki featured within chapter 3, explores the tension between the precise notational drawings that signify the design process and a haptic sense of materiality evoked by unpredictable forces within the physical construct."

The book is available for purchase online in the United States through the University of Chicago Press and Amazon and in Europe from our publisher, Intellect Ltd.,id=4925/

A tale of two cities

New Wave Article: 

By: Erika Herran

“Only in New Orleans” is a phrase often used to express the uniqueness of the Crescent City. But one Tulane University professor believes there is a place with similar quirks — Kyoto, Japan.

Full New Wave Article Here

ARCH 2022/6022

Second year studio concentrates on developed architectural form and design methodologies through processes of analysis, synthesis and transformation. Students work on the conceptual frameworks for their designs, with emphasis on issues of environmental context, urban design, and cultural and technological systems and their impact on architectural form. Different approaches to the making of form are investigated, along with principles of organization, such as spatial hierarchy, circulation, structure, and site relationships.

ARCH 3214/6214

"Technology is far more than a method. It is a world in itself.
As a method it is superior in almost every respect. But
only where it is left to itself, as in gigantic structures of
engineering, there technology reveals its true nature.
There it is evident that it is not only a useful means but
that it is something that has a meaning and a powerful
form -so powerful in fact, that it is not easy to name it.
Where technology reaches its real fulfillment it transcends
into architecture."
Mies van der Rohe, From IIT address, 1950

ARCH 1011/6011

As an introduction to the basic fundamental methods and principles of architectural design, students are given an immediate experience of the design process, developing their capacity to conceive, manipulate and analyze architectural form and space. An emphasis on verbal skills, and graphic and material techniques for architectural representation, enable students to express and communicate their ideas. The studio develops the students' capacity for critical thinking through constructive evaluation.


Old Course Numbers: DSGN 1100/6010