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A note from Dean Schwartz on Hurricane Harvey

August 31, 2017

A message from Dean Kenneth Schwartz:


The people of Texas facing the devastation from Hurricane Harvey are on the forefront of our minds. This week, I began conversations with several Tulane School of Architecture faculty who were involved in mobilizing the Tulane City Center, URBANbuild and other early research efforts after Hurricane Katrina to discuss how we may be able to help. These conversations will no doubt continue in the months and years to come.

We will organize ways for all who are interested to learn more and get involved, including meeting with student leaders to see how they might participate. I met with local AIA leadership and several leading architects in our community who were involved as professionals in the aftermath of Katrina. I have also been in contact with the presidents of our five national organizations in architecture (ACSA, AIA, NCARB, NAAB and AIAS).

I reached out to the deans of the Houston-area architecture schools (University of Houston, Rice University, Prairie View A&M University and Texas A&M University) to offer our sympathy, and most importantly, our support. It is too early to tell the status of each school and their plans for next steps. However, they know we are interested in aiding their efforts in appropriate ways.    

The recovery from this tragic event will be hard. We are committed to supporting schools of architecture in the affected areas in the most meaningful ways possible, while considering the unique needs of each school and community. Updates will be provided as they become available.