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Marianne Desmarais

Professor of Practice - Architecture

Marianne Desmarais is an architect, educator, and visual artist who focuses on cross-disciplinary mixing to inform linked practices.  She holds Masters of Architecture I + II degrees from Tulane University and Cranbrook Academy of Art respectively, and has studied abroad at the Edinburgh College of Art. Her architectural practice, over a span of 20+ years, includes a broad range of project types from furniture to single-family residences, multifamily and educational projects, and large-scale medical facilities, all prioritizing human experience.  She maintains an architectural practice and is a Professor of Practice at the Tulane School of Architecture where she teaches core design studios and a capstone technology course.  She received the Malcolm Heard Award for excellence in Teaching from the Class of 2016 and works to combine practice with exploration and craft.  

Her art practice springs equally from architectural technique and art process to explore the intersection between drawing and the nature of materiality. 

The work seeks to amplify the relationships between constructive parts, structural response, and perception.  Recent solo shows include Polymorphs at Cole Pratt Gallery, samples + patches, an exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, and Transpositions at Staple Goods Gallery.  Her work has traveled internationally with the Imago Mundi collection for the Benetton Foundation and has been shown in venues in New York, Toronto, and Detroit.  Her solo work has been published in Ceramics Monthly and collaborative work has been exhibited as part of Metropolis Magazine's editor's picks, the International Furniture Fair in New York and Neocon World's Trade Fair in Chicago and has also been featured in FiberArts and Azure Magazine.