Emilie Taylor Welty
Director of Architecture
Design-Build Manager, Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design
Favrot III Professor of Practice
Emilie Taylor Welty is a leader in design build and public interest design. Emilie brings experience and praxis in her teaching of equity-focused, community-engaged, design/build studios. She is an architect and professor of practice at the Tulane School of Architecture where she serves as the architecture program director. Welty has led over thirty applied research projects, teaching design/build studios that make a positive impact in New Orleans neighborhoods. The community-based work of the Small Center includes award-winning and transformative projects such as Grow Dat Youth Farm and Parisite Skatepark. Welty recently received a Collaborative Practice Award for her work with Small Center from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and an interdisciplinary research prize from the SOM Foundation with colleagues Tiffany Lin and Dr. Lisa Molix. Her teaching and practice advances community partnerships that create opportunities for faculty and students to engage real issues in the community through design, teaching students how to be better designers, makers, and citizens. Welty's education includes a technical building background at the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master in Architecture at Tulane University. She is also the cofounding Principal of Colectivo, a design/build firm in New Orleans.