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A. Hays Town exhibit curated by Professor Carol Reese opens at Hilliard Museum

Professor Carol Reese in the A. Hays Town exhibit.

Photo: T. F. Reese

A new exhibit curated by Tulane School of Architecture professor Carol McMichael Reese honoring the legacy of Louisiana architect and Tulane alumnus A. Hays Town (A ’26) opened last month at the Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“A. Hays Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana” marks the 50th anniversary of the museum’s opening in its original building, designed by Town. The exhibit focuses on the architect’s well-known residential architecture, the evolution of his work over 70 years of practice and his close relationships with clients.

The exhibition introduces visitors to Town’s design process and career through drawings, furnishings, photographs, architectural models and archival records. It also features a documentary film that draws on reminiscences from Town’s family members, original clients, second-generation homeowners and architects who have been inspired by his work.

Students from three universities, Tulane University, Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, contributed to the project. Architecture students from LSU and Tulane produced the models of Town’s houses included in the exhibition, interior design students from ULL collaborated on the exhibition design, and students in Tulane’s City, Culture, and Community Ph.D. program conducted extensive archival research and designed the interviews for the documentary film.

“Architects practicing today who know the full arc of Town’s practice most often admire his early work for its simplicity of lines, geometric clarity, and absence of architectural ornament; those design characteristics speak forcefully to contemporary professional design aesthetics,” said Reese. “However, Town’s popular—and perhaps abiding—legacy is as a regionalist who sought to create an indelible image of home in Louisiana and to implant his clear vision in its native soil that he so cherished. This is the A. Hays Town legacy that the Hilliard Museum’s exhibition shares with the public.”

The Tulane School of Architecture Dean’s Fund for Excellence contributed financial support for Reese’s work. The exhibit is on display at the Hilliard Museum through Dec. 29, 2018.

Architectural Digest features California Butterfly House renovation by alumnus

Photo by Douglas Friedman

Photo by Douglas Friedman.

Design publication Architectural Digest profiled work by Tulane School of Architecture alumnus and board member Jamie Bush (A ’93) on the iconic coastal California Butterfly House designed by architect Frank Wynkoop. Read the full feature, "AD Goes Inside Carmel's Iconic Butterfly House," here.

“Talk About Architecture” symposium videos available online

In April, Tulane School of Architecture alumni, students, faculty and friends gathered in Richardson Memorial Hall for “Talk About Architecture: Retrospect & Prospect,” a symposium organized by Favrot Professor of Architecture John P. Klingman.

Videos of the day’s sessions, including alumni forums, keynote by Professor Klingman and talks from special guests, are now available online. Photos from the event can be viewed here.

DesignIntelligence rankings survey deadline extended to June 15

DesignIntelligence has extended the deadline for its annual survey ranking America’s top architecture and design schools to Friday, June 15. Architecture professionals in supervising/hiring roles are asked to share their perspective on which schools are best preparing graduates for practice.

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Recent graduates (within 24 months) are invited to complete a survey on their educational experience and future plans.

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Alumna selected for AIA New York Civic Leadership Program

Headshot of Wells Megalli

Tulane School of Architecture alumna Wells Megalli (MAR ’17), Assoc. AIA, is one of 10 emerging architecture professionals chosen for AIA New York’s 2018 Civic Leadership Program (CLP).

The six-month mentorship and training program develops participants’ ability “to engage as designers in the civic process.” The CLP build key skills for designers who intend to work in public service or consider running for elected office. The program focuses on communication skills, community outreach and relations, and consensus building.

Megalli is a designer at Deborah Berke Partners in New York City. Find more on the CLP here.

Pelican Bomb reviews Marianne Desmarais' work, “samples+patches”

Local contemporary arts organization and publication Pelican Bomb reviewed Professor of Practice Marianne Desmarais’ (A ’95) recent work, “samples+patches,” displayed at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans earlier this year.

“Both collectively and individually, the undulating works—made from wood backed with linen—appeared as if they were blown by the wind and landed on the CAC’s wall, emphasized by their erratic positioning and each piece’s uneven curling and swelling,” wrote Marjorie Rawle in the piece. “And despite the mechanical rigidity suggested by Desmarais’ architectural forms, the movement continued as one walked past each piece, the body’s motion stirring constant shifts in shape, lighting, and color.”

Read the full article here.

Alumnus apartment renovation selected as NYCxDESIGN Awards Honoree


A New York City apartment renovation by Christopher Kitterman (A ’04) of Stadt Architecture was selected as a 2018 NYCxDESIGN Awards Honoree in the Kitchen/Bathroom category.

The NYCxDESIGN Awards is a “global design competition celebrating outstanding achievement across major areas of design.” The program is part of NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design with hundreds of events spread across the city.

Read more on Kitterman’s project here, and the NYCxDESIGN Awards here.

Tulane names renowned global architect as new dean

Iñaki Alday, the Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, has been named the new dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture, effective Aug. 1. Alday holds a degree in architecture from Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, where he served as an associate professor of architecture. He was also a lecturer and visiting professor at several other universities.

Alday joined UVA in 2011 and was chair of its School of Architecture until 2016. In 2016, he was appointed the founding director of the Yamuna River Project, a long-term interdisciplinary program with collaborators in the United States, Europe and Asia, that aims to revitalize both the ecology of the Yamuna River and the essential relationship between the river and life in Delhi. The project involves a UVA team with expertise in architecture, landscape, planning, engineering, environmental science, public-private partnerships, humanities, social and political science and economics.

“We are thrilled to bring Professor Alday to Tulane as the new dean of our School of Architecture,” Tulane President Mike Fitts said. “He is a designer of great renown and an experienced and innovative administrator. His unique ability to integrate different disciplines in confronting pressing problems in urban design and environmental degradation places him at the forefront of his field and makes him a perfect fit for Tulane.”

With his partner Margarita Jover, Alday is founder and principal of aldayjover architecture and landscape, which is known for its approach to the relationship between cities and rivers as well as for the urban and civic integration of “hybrid infrastructures” that include both natural and built elements. The firm is responsible for numerous landscape works in Spain, including Aranzadi Park, the Water Park and the Recovering of the Gallego River Waterfronts.

The European Urban Public Space Prize, the FAD Prize of City and Landscape, the Garcia Mercadal Prize, the First Prize of Urban Integration and the AZ Awards for the best Landscape Architecture are among the many honors the firm has received.

Jover, an associate professor of architecture at UVA, will join Alday on the architecture faculty at Tulane. She holds a degree in architecture from Polytechnic University of Catalonia and has served as a professor at BAU-School of Design in Barcelona and as a lecturer and visiting professor at several universities in Europe.

Alday replaces Kenneth Schwartz, who served as dean of the Tulane School of Architecture since 2008. Schwartz will join the faculty of the School of Architecture and continue his role as director of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking.

DesignIntelligence 2018-2019 surveys now open

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A note from Dean Kenneth Schwartz:

Each year, DesignIntelligence surveys hiring/supervising professionals to produce the America’s Top Ranked Architecture & Design Schools report.

This ranking of undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture, landscape design and interior architecture highlights the schools best preparing students for professional practice.

Tulane School of Architecture’s undergraduate program appeared at No. 17 and No. 14 in 2017 and 2016 respectively, and the graduate program ranked No. 22 in 2015.

Please take a moment to support Tulane's undergraduate and graduate architecture programs by filling out the survey below, or forwarding the information to the correct contact in your firm. The deadline is June 8, 2018.

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Alumnus honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy, FAIA

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Robert Ivy, FAIA (MAR ‘76), executive vice president and CEO of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), is being awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL).

This marks the first time an architect has received the Polk Award, which is given to living Mississippi-connected artists and art patrons who demonstrate an exemplary body of work over a lifetime of creating, performing, and/or supporting art.

“When it comes to making architecture more accessible to the general public, there’s really no one else from Mississippi like Robert Ivy,” said MIAL President Nancy LaForge, in a press release from AIA. “As a writer, author and commentator on architecture worldwide, Ivy now takes his rightful place in an acclaimed list of Noel Polk Award honorees.”

"As the CEO of AIA since 2011, and as an author, editor and practicing architect, Robert Ivy is a worthy ambassador for our profession,” said AIA President Carl Elefante, FAIA. “This award comes as a crowning personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi. On behalf of the AIA, I am truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor.”

Ivy joins a small list of distinguished Mississippians to be honored, including actor Morgan Freeman, writers Eudora Welty and Shelby Foote, the late artist Walter Anderson and singer Leontyne Price.

Ivy earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University. Read more on his background and the award here.