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Tulane University Launches the Country’s Only MBA/Sustainable Real Estate Development Degree Program

The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University has announced a partnership with the Tulane University School of Architecture to meet the increasing demand for business professionals equipped with the tools for a career in real estate development. The MBA/MSRED will offer students an unrivaled preparation with a broad foundation in business disciplines as well as specialized knowledge from the country’s only master’s degree program in Sustainable Real Estate Development.

“With the exponential growth of the real estate market, prospective real estate professionals must combine business expertise with an understanding of the social and environmental costs of development,” says Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School. “The MBA/MSRED program builds upon the rigorous core of the Freeman School’s nationally ranked MBA program to create a comprehensive and holistic approach to sustainable development.”

In conjunction with Tulane’s School of Architecture, the program awards students an MBA and a master’s degree in Sustainable Real Estate Development. Through the real-world application of theory to current real estate development projects, graduates will be prepared for the rapidly evolving challenges facing the industry. Students will be equipped to successfully manage in all areas of real estate development – finance, analytics, design, management and consulting – with both the qualitative and quantitative skills needed to make informed business decisions.

“We are disrupting how real estate has been taught to drive change in the educational landscape of this field,” says Casius Pealer, director of Sustainable Real Estate Development and Shane Professor of Practice at the Tulane School of Architecture. “We want students to analyze the implications of technology, environmental changes and urbanization to better understand how political, ecological and cultural forces impact real estate development. By creating an interdisciplinary program, our alumni can anticipate the long term social and financial effects of development.”

The MBA/MSRED is an accelerated two-year, full-time program delivered during the weekday from the historic Tulane University campus in Uptown New Orleans as well as the Freeman School’s new facility in vibrant downtown. Students will benefit from Freeman’s small cohorts, active learning environment, and direct engagement with industry leaders. Freeman is also offering new real estate specializations in its full time and Professional MBA programs, as well as in its 10 month Master of Management program.

For more about the program and to apply, click here.

Preservation alumna launches online French Quarter archives

Alumna Brook Tesler (MPS '14) has launched a new online portal that archives a wide range of documents for properties, buildings and structures in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The Vieux Carré Virtual Library is a map-based electronic archive of tens of thousands of Vieux Carré Commission (VCC) images, documents, and records. It is designed to preserve historic artifacts from deterioration and natural disaster, while also connecting the public to the inner archives of the VCC as an integrative educational and planning resource.

This project is an ongoing initiative of the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to support the VCC in preserving and protecting not only the French Quarter’s invaluable historic architectural heritage, but also its tout ensemble, or its quaint and distinctive character and ambiance. The website project was developed in partnership with Tesler Preservation Consulting and the City of New Orleans, funded in part by grants from the Ella West Freeman Foundation and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

To view the Vieux Carré Virtual Library, click here. Hear more about the project by watching the WWL-TV news story here. Read The New Orleans Advocate story here.

Alumnus firm wins AIA New York Honor Award in Urban Design

Tulane Architecture alumnus Derek Hoeferlin (’97), principal of St. Louis based derek hoeferlin design (dhd), received an AIA New York 2019 Honor Award in Urban Design for the firm's project +StL: Growing an Urban Mosaic. The project was an urban and landscape proposal for St. Louis, Missouri, and was one of four multi-disciplinary finalist teams for the “Chouteau Greenway Competition” in 2018, sponsored by Great Rivers Greenway in St. Louis. Additionally, the project will be published in the Spring issue of Oculus and exhibited at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan between April 15 - June 29, 2019.

"Receiving validation from outside St. Louis, and from the highly competitive AIA New York chapter no less, not only lends credibility to the merits of our proposal, but maybe more importantly the award helps advance the vision of the long-term project, regardless of whether we won the competition or not," Hoeferlin said. "To achieve such vision, our proposal advocates to visibly and physically join North and South St. Louis neighborhoods at the central east-west corridor that spans between the Arch/Mississippi River and Forest Park/Washington University. The +StL figure builds on connectivity and investment planning already underway by local partners, and also provides a multidimensional armature for future projects by the client, Great Rivers Greenway, and many others."

Hoeferlin’s firm was a co-lead team member with New York/Hong Kong based OBJECT TERRITORIES and Berkeley based TLS Landscape Architecture. To read more details about the proposal and the AIA New York award, click here.

Architectural Digest recognizes alumnus as a 2019 top designer

Architectural Digest named Tulane School of Architecture alumnus and Board of Advisors member Jamie Bush (M '94) among its AD100. The honor recognizes design legends to young talents carving out a space of their own:

"If the legendary decorator Michael Taylor was the father of the “California look,” then Bush might justifiably be described as a progenitor of the New California look—a style predicated on reverence for natural materials, with all their inherent imperfections, as well as artisanal craftsmanship, pronounced texture, and simple, bold gestures. Though his work is focused on the realm of interiors, Bush’s training as an architect is evident in his respectful embrace of historic structures by the likes of John Lautner and Pierre Koenig as well as a host of contemporary architect collaborators. His acute eye and easy manner have made Bush a go-to designer for myriad Hollywood potentates and titans of Silicon Valley."

See the writeup in Architectural Digest here.

Alumnus prefab work wins national awards

Maziar Behrooz, TSA '85, and his firm MB Architecture received several awards in 2018 for the project Bard College Center for Experimental Humanities. The building was named runner-up in Dwell magazine's 2018 Best of Design awards in the prefab category. DrivenxDesign also gave the project awards in two categories: DrivenxDesign New York, Public & Institutional, Gold 2018, and DrivenxDesign Now, Social and Community-Oriented Design, Silver 2018.

For more information about the project on, click here.

Click here for the DrivenxDesign New York award page, and click here for the DrivenxDesign Now award page.

Tulane School of Architecture programs rank among nation’s best

The Tulane School of Architecture is named a top institution in a recent prominent national ranking of architecture and design schools.

Tulane’s undergraduate architecture program placed at No. 16 and the graduate program at No. 31 in the “Most Admired Architecture Schools” category of DesignIntelligence Quarterly’s 2018-2019 America's Top Ranked Architecture & Design Schools survey. This is the undergraduate program’s third consecutive appearance in the top 20.

The annual survey polled more than 6,000 industry hiring professionals on which accredited schools they most admire and hire from, and how recent graduates are performing in key focus areas.

“As a small school with young programs, this solid ranking is impressive,” said Iñaki Alday, School of Architecture dean. “Most importantly, we are on a positive track, building our reputation among our peers and professional firms.”

The DesignIntelligence rankings are the most widely recognized among architecture and design schools and are referenced by many prospective students.

“Recognition in the rankings is great for our visibility, but our focus is the strength and innovative character of our mission,” said Alday. “Tulane has always been an intellectually independent and forward-looking school, committed to positively impacting and transforming the world and our community. The challenges that we are facing in both are urgent and require our full attention.”

Fall 2018 News

Fall 2018 News Cover

Fall 2018 News from the Tulane School of Architecture is now available online. Meet our new dean, get to know four impressive new faculty members, see what students, faculty and alumni are up to, and more in the pages of the annual publication.

A note from Dean Alday

Tulane School of Architecture Dean Iñaki Alday

This month, global architect Iñaki Alday joined the Tulane School of Architecture as dean.

Dear alumni and friends of the Tulane School of Architecture,

I want to start with a deep thank you for your commitment and love for the school over the years, and let you know how excited I am to be part of this special group. The task of dean is an enormous honor and responsibility, and I welcome your help. The continued progress of the school will require the collective effort of students, staff, faculty and alumni.

I also want to thank Dean Schwartz for his remarkable accomplishments during the last 10 years, which placed the school in a significant position in the academic and community realms.

My hope is to get the opportunity soon to thank you personally, and to learn about your trajectory before and after graduating, and your aspirations for the school.

We have a great group in Richardson Memorial Hall, many of whom you know already. I want to introduce you, at least through this letter, to some extraordinary additions to the tenure track faculty.

Margarita Jover joins the school as associate professor, bringing a substantial multidisciplinary practice with international awards and a new book, “Ecologies of Prosperity.” Adam Modesitt, an assistant professor coming from New Jersey Institute of Technology, is one of the young national leaders in digital fabrication. Carrie Norman, assistant professor from UPenn and Columbia, is principal of Norman Kelley, which was recently awarded a United States Artist Fellowship in Architecture and Design. And the 2018 Favrot Visiting Professor is our well-known colleague Bob Hale, FAIA of Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles.

I am excited and confident about the potential of the school. It is unique already, and it is in a very positive dynamic. I am convinced that our collective duty (and desire!) is to keep pushing for excellence without reservation. Excellence is about ideas and commitment, so I am not worried (yet) if we are not the wealthiest (yet). We will have the best ideas and the best architectural education, and we are getting ready for the challenges ahead.

Tulane School of Architecture is the heart of the Gulf Coast, in which all the challenges of human inhabitation of the planet are at stake. At our school, we have the opportunity to define the role of architecture in front of climate change, coastal and riparian crisis, the process of urbanization under these circumstances, and the challenges for social and environmental justice. This is a historic moment in the best possible place on earth to be an architect and an educator. That is why I did not hesitate to join Tulane as soon as I received the opportunity, and why I am so confident in having your support.

I look forward to working with you.


Dean and Koch Chair in Architecture

Alumni and students help lead design camp for local youth

Photo: NOMA-LA Project Pipeline

Richardson Memorial Hall buzzed with energy earlier this month as New Orleans-area middle and high school students got a crash course in design and its power to drive community change at the 2018 National Organization of Minority Architects-Louisiana Project Pipeline summer camp.

Guided by local architect and architecture student mentors, 31 participants explored major design concepts through hands-on activities. The curriculum centered on how architecture intersects with social change movements, such as racial and gender equity.

The three-day workshop was part of Project Pipeline, a national NOMA youth initiative to build a pipeline of talented black students and other students of color pursuing careers in architecture.

Chris Daemmrich (A ‘17), one of the lead mentors, first interacted with project in 2013 as a Tulane student - and was hooked from the start.

“It was incredibly energetic and was a vision of architecture not just as it is, but as it should be,” said Daemmrich. “Not just a room in which women, black people and other of people of color are represented, but a room where the relationships between architecture, power and the structure of society are openly discussed.”

Project Pipeline is a year-round effort for NOMA-Louisiana. The organization recruits professionals and college students to serve as mentors and lead weekly design workshops in local schools. Many Tulane architecture students are involved with the project through the university’s student NOMA chapter, NOMAS-TU. This group was founded in 2016 by Bryan Bradshaw (A *17), Javier Gonzalez (A *17) and Kyle Novak (A *17).

Current students Keristen Edwards, NOMAS-TU president, and Michelle Barrett, a representative on the national NOMA board, were both heavily involved with this year’s camp.

“I love working with kids and introducing them to design and what that means, and that they can do it,” said Barrett. “A lot of times, especially minority students, they aren’t exposed to this kind of thing. So especially when it’s coming from someone who looks like them, it’s really good.”

To learn more about Project Pipeline, visit

More than the ‘pretty police’

Article via Tulane's New Wave publication/Faith Dawson. Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano.

Note: Danielle Del Sol is an adjunct lecturer in the Tulane School of Architecture Preservation Studies program.

As a journalist, Danielle Del Sol (MPS '11) learned about the importance of historic preservation from working a real estate news beat and seeing how preservation fits into a scheme of affordable housing and neighborhood quality of life.

Del Sol eventually turned that beat into a career change: In February, she was named executive director of the Preservation Resource Center in New Orleans, leading the city’s premier organization devoted to preserving and restoring local architecture and neighborhoods.

New Orleans has plenty of historic housing stock, but some of the city’s problems aren’t unique, Del Sol said. Other places struggle with excessive blight, a lack of affordable housing and water-management issues. As executive director, she intends to lead the 44-year-old organization in addressing these issues, working with other cities to find solutions.

“Saving as much of what we have is a huge deal to us,” she said. “When it comes to tear-downs, people kind of have a mindset: ‘We have plenty. We can get rid of a few and it doesn’t matter.’ But the reality is that enough people say that, and we end up losing an incredible amount of historic structures,” said Del Sol, who in 2011 earned a Master of Preservation Studies in the School of Architecture and who also serves as an adjunct lecturer there.

In the meantime, Del Sol wants New Orleanians to know that the Preservation Resource Center is ready to help tackle issues that people face every day, such as renovations that require less maintenance and increase energy savings—all while staying true to the historic nature of the city’s well-known and -loved architecture.

“People think we’re the ‘pretty police’ … but it’s not just about that. A historic property is an investment that everyone shares in,” she said.

To that end, Del Sol is working with local agencies to incentivize New Orleanians to maintain their properties along preservation guidelines, especially since cheaper construction alternatives can be attractive to renovators.

“If it’s been there for 100 years, there’s a reason it’s been there 100 years,” she said. “It’s solid.”