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The LOOP Pavilion wins a Merit Award from the AIA Gulf States Region 2016 Honor Awards

The LOOP Pavilion, designed and fabricated by City Center, has won a Merit Award from the AIA Gulf States Region 2016 Honor Awards for exemplary design.

A City Center design/build studio worked with community partner LOOP [Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program] to design and construct a shade pavilion on Scout Island in City Park. LOOP engages urban students in outdoor education programs through adventure-based activities on their challenge course in City Park. 

City Park and the staff of LOOP reached out to the TCC when they recognized a need for program expansion and support. Their site was difficult to access and far from any seating, storage or shaded gathering spaces. After engaging LOOP staff to assess needs, students designed a shade pavilion that incorporates storage and seating into a large shade structure used for gathering before and after challenge course activities. The design is inspired by the tree canopy surrounding the challenge course. It uses blank aluminum traffic signs as a modular, exterior grade unit to create an abstracted, high-performing canopy overhead. In keeping with the context of the adjacent ropes course structure, the canopy is suspended with steel cable from a larger steel structure in a way that creates an undulating complex curve. The seating is built into an earth berm created by reusing railroad ties from the St. Charles Ave. streetcar line. The studio partnered with TSA’s Milhaus CNC lab to design and fabricate the joints that hold the aluminum canopy together.

The pavilion allows LOOP to provide better, safer programs for the students with whom they work and allow revenue generating options by attracting professional groups to use the course. In 2014, LOOP won a Merit Award in Divine Detail from the AIA New Orleans.



Scout Island, City Park 

Project Leads

Emilie Taylor, Sam Richards

Project Team

Dan Ackerley, Madison Baker, Casey Bemis, Michelle Carroll, Rachel Conques, Jose Cotto, John Coyle, Maggie Easley, Ellen Hearle, Emma Jasinki, Kate Luxner, Sarah Satterlee, Meredith Zelenka 

Partnering Organization

LOOP, New Orleans City Park

Special Thanks

Dash Lumber, Tulane School of Architecture’s Milhaus, Regional Transit Authority, Walter Zehner


AIA New Orleans, Award of Merit 2014, Divine Detail
AIA Gulf States, Award of Merit 2016, Architecture

Felipe Correa (TSA 00) published Beyond the City: Resource Extraction Urbanism in South America

Presenting five case studies from South America, this foundational book examines the roles played by architecture and urban design in large territorial transformation projects, which remake landscapes but leave a questionable legacy when resource-extraction projects move on.

During the last decade, the South American continent has seen a strong push for transnational integration, initiated by the former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who (with the endorsement of eleven other nations) spearheaded the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), a comprehensive energy, transport, and communications network. The most aggressive transcontinental integration project ever planned for South America, the initiative systematically deploys ten east-west infrastructural corridors, enhancing economic development but raising important questions about the polarizing effect of pitting regional needs against the colossal processes of resource extraction. Providing much-needed historical contextualization to IIRSA’s agenda, Beyond the City ties together a series of spatial models and offers a survey of regional strategies in five case studies of often overlooked sites built outside the traditional South American urban constructs.

Implementing the term “resource extraction urbanism,” the architect and urbanist Felipe Correa takes us from Brazil’s nineteenth-century regional capital city of Belo Horizonte to the experimental, circular, “temporary” city of Vila Piloto in Três Lagoas. In Chile, he surveys the mining town of María Elena. In Venezuela, he explores petrochemical encampments at Judibana and El Tablazo, as well as new industrial frontiers at Ciudad Guayana. The result is both a cautionary tale, bringing to light a history of societies that were “inscribed” and administered, and a perceptive examination of the agency of architecture and urban planning in shaping South American lives.

Correa is an associate professor of urban design and Director of the Urban Design Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His previous books are Mexico City: Between Geometry and Geography and A Line in the Andes, which won first prize in the Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism Category at the 2014 Pan American Architecture Biennale. He received his BARCH in 2000 from the Tulane School of Architecture.

Beyond The City - By Felipe Correa

Felipe Correa - Press Release

BAR Architects promotes Bradley Sugarman, TSA '93, to Senior Associate

Bradley Sugarman AIA, LEED, AP, brings over 20 years of planning and designing multifamily, commercial and hospitality projects. His experience includes the master plan for the 15 acre mixed use project Foster Square in Foster City; Foster Square Senior Housing, an affordable senior housing development within Foster Square; and the mixed use/ residential Alameda Point Parcel 11 in Alameda. He received his master of architecture from Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans.

Press Release

Gina Reichert (TSA '97) selected as a 2016 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow

Nine Fellows will join Co-Hosts Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center Arts Summit on Monday, April 25, 2016  Over the course of a year, Fellows will work with the Kennedy Center to promote their work and develop new artistic ideas and initiatives that further Citizen Artistry within their own communities.  Press Release 


Keely Williams: TSA '08, MPS '09 restores the Catahoula Hotel

Ian Mcnulty

On a once-abandoned block, new CBD hotel and cafe has an old New Orleans feel, modern global flavors



Amid the rising tide of so many new projects in the CBD, the Catahoula Hotel is a small one that feels like it’s been here all along.

Built in a pair of 19th century townhouses trimmed with cast iron, a passing glimpse through the windows shows a living room-sized lobby, candle-lit tables, bartenders mixing drinks and, maybe, a hint of the courtyard in back.

But if can evoke old New Orleans, the flavors coming from the bar and the hotel’s tiny kitchen are much more modern. In particular, they’re inspired by Peru, an exemplar of global cuisine, with artful ceviche on the menu, pisco on the drink list and a contemporary feel across both.

The Catahoula is a 35-room boutique hotel from local developers Keely Williams and A.J. Brooks, and it’s been a work of restoration. The property had been crumbling, and indeed its entire block had been deserted for at least a decade before work started here in 2014. The long-abandoned NOPSI building stands across the street, and now that property too is being converted into a hotel.

As more redevelopment gets rolling around it, Williams and Brooks said they wanted their project to serve as a neighborhood amenity as well as lodgings. As such they designed the first floor to meld lobby with lounge and espresso bar with eatery. It’s all done at a small scale, with the bar taking up most of one room, tables arrayed in another and that courtyard flowing out to the converted carriageway that leads to guest rooms.

The Catahoula Hotel will also have an open-air tiki bar on its third floor roof, which should open later this spring and will be accessible to the public. Tiki has been a calling card for the hotel’s food and beverage director, Nathan Dalton. He previously ran the bar at Felipe’s Taqueria, where he made tiki drinks and the Peruvian brandy pisco as much a bar staple as tequila. Many of the specialty drinks at the Catahoula Hotel revolve around pisco too. There’s the classic pisco sour, of course, but also a singularly refreshing pisco and tonic with grapefruit ice cubes that progressively change the drink’s flavor as they melt. That’s nothing, however, next a list of what Dalton calls “experience drinks,” or elaborate concoctions that are intended to be the center of attention while they last.

One example is mixed with “miracle fruit,” a berry with a temporary tongue-twisting effect that makes sour, acidic or bitter flavors taste sweet. Another, dubbed the “drunk tank” isn’t so much a beverage as a shared tasting platter of alcohol rendered in the form of slush, popsicles, gummy candy and cotton candy.

By comparison, the kitchen’s menu of Peruvian dishes plays it straight, but even traditional Peruvian cuisine can feel exotic, with a mix of Latin, Asian and native Andean influences.

The Catahoula Hotel keeps it casual (you order at the bar) and the menu is fairly short. It’s also distinctive, starting with quinoa salads, Peruvian-style ceviche and tiradito (a sort of crudo and dressed with special chile sauces), a few causas (or sculpted cylinders of whipped, golden potato with seafood or more vegetables) and sandwiches filled with chicharron or smoked pork sausages (or vegetarian alternatives).

Dana Honn, chef the nearby Carmo, is working as a consultant here with chef Billy Lacrosse, and from a galley kitchen the size of a walk-in closet they are producing some beautifully wrought, vividly flavorful plates.

These menus, those “experience drinks,” and the rooftop tiki bar to come make clear that the Catahoula Hotel is aiming for its own niche in downtown New Orleans. That it starts by bringing some historic buildings back to life and turning the lights on again on a long-neglected block makes it all the more welcome.


The Catahoula Hotel

914 Union St., 504-603-2442


'Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale,' by Jimmy Stamp TSA '04

Jimmy Stamp TSA '04 recently published 'Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale,' co-authored with Robert A.M. Stern. The book comes out this month from Yale University Press.

MSRED Spring 2016 Newsletter

Corey Squire, TSA '12, featured in Texas Architect

Lake|Flato Architects

Corey Squire (TSA '12) has an article in the January/February 2016 edition of Texas Architect about Lake|Flato Architects' use of energy-monitoring devices to identify and remedy energy problems in some of their clients' homes after they are built, and how energy-monitoring devices can help designers and consumers be more informed about their energy choices. He is Sustainability Coordinator at Lake|Flato Architects. Check out the complete January/February issue of Texas Architect

Andy Spatz, TSA ’73 sends update on 1900 Greenwood Project

wareHOUSE(1) 1900 greenwood PROJECT UPDATE 

The finishing phase of the project is in full swing. The first sequence of the PAINTING contractors work is 75% complete. This phase entails surface preparation work, priming, patching and the first finish coat. The TILE contractor has completed their first sequence and return to the job once cabinets (bath vanity and kitchen cabinets) are installed. As with the rest of the trades, they will work from south to north. The DRYWALL contractor has finished their initial phase and returns when we are ready to infill the construction break-thru’s that temporarily link the units. The HVAC contractor is about 50% complete. The furnaces have been set, flue piping installed and much of the exposed ductwork has been hung. The ORNAMENTAL IRON contractor started steel stair/loft rail installation at the beginning of last week and is also well underway.
NEXT…PAINTING, HVAC, TILE and ORNAMENTAL IRON continue their rotation. FLOOR finishing (low VOC epoxy over existing concrete first floor) starts at the south end of the project this week. CABINETRY is delivered mid-week followed by CARPENTRY installation. The CONCRETE contractor also starts units 1- 3 entries, exterior ADA ramp and aluminum skin related concrete elements…lotsa stuff.  Photos and Videos Here


Andy Trivers TSA ’69 Receives National Trust/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

3010 Apartments Receives National Trust/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Trivers Associates is excited to announce that the 3010 Apartments renovation is the recipient of the prestigious National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The award recognizes efforts that advance the Nation’s historic preservation goals while providing affordable housing and economic development opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents... Full Article