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Tulane to host the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH)

Dear Fellow Faculty and Students, 

On September 29th and 30th, Tulane will host the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH).  This event will bring architects, architectural historians, design educators, preservationists, and other experts in the field to our own campus for the presentation of over eighty papers on a wide range of architectural history topics from the ancient to the recent past.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get unique perspectives on design history and our built environment and network with professionals from around the region and world.

Due to the great interest in the conference, full registration will end this Friday, September 16th.  To view the list of papers and register for one day, two days, or just the keynote, visit

Best Regards,
Laura Ewen Blokker
Co-chair, SESAH New Orleans 2016


Laura Ewen Blokker
Adjunct Lecturer, Tulane School of Architecture
Principal, Southeast Preservation

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Adjunct Lecturer Laura Ewen Blokker presented "Freetown-Port Rico Historic District: Significance in National Registers Terms" at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association.  The presentation was part of a panel session with University of Louisiana at Lafayette architecture and history professors describing the history, architecture, National Register listing, and future design and development plans for the Freetown- Port Rico neighborhood of Lafayette.

Adjunct Lecturer Laura Ewen Blokker presents at The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians

Laura Ewen Blokker presented "Architect of Change: Education, Community, and Design in the Life of Ferdinand L. Roussève" to the annual conference of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in San Antonio, Texas.  Blokker's paper examined how Roussève, Louisiana's first licensed African American architect, intertwined his roles as an educator, design professional, and advocate for racial equality.  He contributed greatly to New Orleans through all three, yet his work is little known today.  Through study of collections at the Amistad Research Center, Blokker traced Roussève's career and some executed designs.  She plans to continue researching his work and hopes to raise awareness about Ferdinand Roussève and his extant buildings.  He was acutely aware that the built environment does not exist on the periphery of social conditions, but is an integral part of them.  This perspective imbued his design intent, writings, and speeches with a prescience that makes them very relevant to our architectural landscape of today.



PRST 6220


This course provides an overview of the field of architectural conservation. The study of historic building materials and the technical means used to document, diagnose, analyze and design interventions to preserve these materials. It is, in the most basic sense, the technical means by which to accomplish preservation and plays a central role in defining the field. It involves the examination and treatment of historic cultural resources utilizing an established system of principles and procedures based on a foundation of preservation theory and methodology.

PRST 6610

History of North American Architecture is intended to give students a basic introduction to the historical context of our contemporary, local built environment. The course is devoted primarily to the study of architecture within the present-day boundaries of the United States, focusing on American building types, styles, and materials.  The course begins with an overview of aboriginal structures and the earliest building methods of the first European colonists.