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Our university is committed to work that brings innovation by crossing disciplinary boundaries.

Tulane University is the only top research university located in a region that deals with the most pressing social, environmental, economic challenges. Solving these urgent problems – housing people, working with communities to bring them back, developing new scenarios to inhabit our rivers and deltas – are deeply rooted in Tulane’s identity. Our university is committed to work that brings innovation by crossing disciplinary boundaries.

Tulane School of Architecture has a long history of commitment to addressing real issues and generating new knowledge, especially after Hurricane Katrina and our leadership in helping our communities rebuild. As architects and professionals working in the built environment, trained to lead complex teams to deal with complex issues, our work is fundamentally interdisciplinary and inventive.

Research and innovation at Tulane School of Architecture is focused in two main areas: 1) Empowerment of Communities through Architecture and 2) River and Delta Urbanism, which are accomplished through professional design excellence and leadership in design education.

The school’s Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design and URBANbuild are two nationally and internationally recognized programs that provide students and faculty the opportunity to work on local community-based projects through internships, studio and class projects, and design-build opportunities. The Yamuna River Project is an interdisciplinary research program whose objective is to revitalize the ecology of the Yamuna River in New Delhi, thus reconnecting India’s capital city back to the water.

Across all programs, students engage in impactful research and work.

The Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design is the community design center of the Tulane School of Architecture. We work with community-based organizations to provide design services for constituencies who are underserved by the architecture and design professions.

URBANbuild is a design/build program in which teams of students take on the design and construction of prototypical homes for New Orleans’ neighborhoods.

View a diversity of milestones organized chronologically, and browse the various preservationists and organizations who played a role in safeguarding the incredible city of New Orleans.

Students at Tulane School of Architecture participate in design research that tackles some of the world’s most pressing contemporary problems through architecture and historic preservation.

Many of our faculty serve as authors and editors for books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and compilations.

The River and Delta Urbanism Platform is a multi-project initiative comprising the Quilmes Urban Water and Social Integration research project and the Yamuna River research projects, including the The Rajasthan Cities Studio, a Mintz Global Research Studio.