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In memory of Albert C. Ledner, A '48

Photo by Catherine Ledner.

Influential modernist architect Albert C. Ledner (A ‘48) passed away Nov. 13 in Manchester, N.H. at age 93. Ledner, a Tulane School of Architecture alumnus, was renowned for his work in New Orleans and New York. Ledner's life was profiled in the New York Times article, "Albert Ledner, Architect With a Quirky Sense, Dies at 93."

Gambit Weekly recognizes faculty, alumna in “40 Under 40” list

Gambit Weekly 2017 40 Under 40 Cover

Gambit Weekly’s annual “40 Under 40” list honors local movers and shakers under the age of 40. Tulane School of Architecture faculty members Aron Chang and Jackie Dadakis, and alumna Gabrielle Begue joined the 2017 class of innovative professionals.

Chang’s work as an urban designer and educator focuses on empowering citizens with knowledge and tools to reshape New Orleans’ relationship with water. He is co-director of Ripple Effect, a team of designers, water experts and teachers building water literacy in schools. Chang is also a founding member of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative (while working with Waggonner and Ball Architects) and serves on the New Orleans City Council's Environmental Advisory Committee. He is an adjunct lecturer in the Architecture program.

Dadakis is chief operating officer of Green Coast Enterprises and an adjunct lecturer in the Sustainable Real Estate Development program. Green Coast specializes in green building development and project consulting, with expertise in energy efficiency considerations for hot and humid climates. The company has helped develop more than $150 million of properties in New Orleans.

Begue (MPS '12) is co-founder and principal of the historic preservation consulting firm Clio Associates. A New Orleans native, Begue returned to the city from an 11-year stint in the New York publishing business to pursue a Master of Preservation Studies degree at Tulane. Her award-winning firm specializes in research, documentation, planning and design with practical projects which protect heritage while supporting growth and development.

View the full cohort of Gambit’s 2017 “40 Under 40” here.

Miami library art exhibit features work by alumnus Jacob Brillhart

Hattersley House - Miami, Florida - Watercolor by Jacob Brillhart

Photo: Hattersley House - Miami, Florida - Watercolor by Jacob Brillhart.

Work by Jacob Brillhart (A ‘99) is featured in “Flat Land: Four Architects Drawing Miami,” an art exhibit considering Miami’s struggle to accommodate growth, conflicting interests and natural threats in an area surrounded by water. The series is presented by Miami-Dade Public Library as part of an artist-in-residence program.

The four architects and artists, Brillhart, Rocco Ceo, Victor Deupi and Tom Spain produced drawings, watercolors and paintings which, “project this place (Miami) on the ‘other’ flat land of their canvas and paper,” (Miami-Dade Public Library) and bring to light the city’s unknown spaces.

Brillhart is founder of Brillhart Architecture based in Miami, Florida. In addition to his practice, Brillhart is a painter, author and professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture.

Flat Land runs though Jan. 2, 2018 at the Miami-Dade Main Library. Learn more here.

Angela O’Byrne, FAIA (A '83) speaks at AIA Women's Leadership Summit

Alumna Angela O'Byrne, FAIA spoke at the fifth biennial 2017 AIA Women's Leadership Summit in September. O'Byrne is president of the New Orleans-based international firm Perez. Read more on O'Byrne's talk and the Summit here - Architect Magazine: "How to Advance in Architecture and More from the 2017 AIA Women's Leadership Summit"

Alumni work included in AIA Chicago exhibition

Photo courtesy Nicholas Cecchi.

Work by Nicholas Cecchi, AIA (A ’10) and Emily Handley, Assoc. AIA (A ’10) is featured in AIA Chicago’s Functional Objects by Architects, a pop-up exhibit in conjunction with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. FOBA, “showcase(s) smaller-scale projects that are tactile, aesthetically intriguing and grounded in utility,” (AIA Chicago).

The 27 objects on display in a transformed shopping center storefront represent the architects’ diverse talents. Cecchi’s pieces include Lumiere le Roc and Vase le Roc, both explorations into spatial tiling designed through an iterative, algorithmic process. Handley's piece, Triangulated Depths, is a quilt which, “explores the intersection between digital design and craft techniques.” A unique fabrication process using paper templating allowed for maximum cutting and sewing precision.

Work by former Tulane School of Architecture faculty members Clare Olsen and Thaddeus Zarse also appears in the exhibit. For more information, click here.

Summer 2017 Newsletter

The Summer 2017 newsletter is now online! This edition celebrates our donors and the opportunities their support creates while highlighting the work of students, faculty and alumni. Click here to read.

Jing Liu (A '04) and firm win international Reinventer La Seine competition

Place Mazas proposal

Photo: laisné roussel et SO-IL (Weiss images)

Jing Liu (A ’04) and her firm SO – IL in collaboration with Laisné Roussel architects won Paris’s Reinventer La Seine competition for the Place Mazas site. Reinventer La Seine is a call for projects for various locations along the Axe Siene, “to invent new ways of living, working and travelling on and along the water.” Place Mazas is an underused site located at a strategic intersection of future development.

The team’s winning proposal, L’Atelier de l’Arsenal, integrates Place Mazas into the historical fabric of Paris while presenting a new, flexible urban strategy.

More on the project from a SO – IL press release:

“The proposal features three new public spaces; a seven-story wood structure with co-living and social housing units; and a building that will accommodate public facilities including co-working spaces, a fabrication lab, and a multi-purpose room for cultural activities. An exterior terrace will offer ample views to the river and the Parisian cityscape.

Our design also incorporates Aurore, a homeless facility already established on site. It hosts space for the Yacht Club of Bastille as well as new waterfront activities, like a public swimming pool and pools for biodiversity research and water quality monitoring.

L’Atelier de l’Arsenal integrates into the urban landscape and gives the public a new access to the site. It is a collaborative effort between architects, developers, program consultants, and residents that is built on community.”

Read more.

Alumnus’ Planning Magazine article inspired by Preservation Studies research trip to Cuba

Planning Magazine

Recent Master of Preservation Studies graduate J. Marshall Brown (MPS’16) shares his thoughts on Cuba’s “accidental sustainability” in the latest issue of Planning Magazine. The article is based on a lecture by Orlando Inclán, architect and planner with the Office of the City Historian in Havana and founder of La Habana Re-Generación, which Brown attended during a research trip to Cuba with the Preservation Studies program. Read the full article here (courtesy American Planning Association).

Nick Gelpi (A ’02) brings hybrid, wood-based concrete research to his own back yard

Wood-based concrete tiles on Nick Gelpi's house.

Photo: Courtesy Nick Gelpi/

The wave-like, textured concrete tile exterior of Nick Gelpi’s (A ’02) Miami home is a conversation starter that questions and reimagines an “inescapable building material” of the tropics.

The Florida International University professor and owner of Gelpi Projects was recently featured in Dwell Magazine for his work as the first person in North America to test a new wood-based concrete. This hybrid material, developed in Belgium, utilizes a mineralized wood core to be more insulating and 70 percent lighter than normal concrete.

A grant allowed Gelpi and his students to find a local wood source, test formulas and develop applications for the material. The team utilized the invasive Melaleuca tree for the wood core, transforming an environmental problem into a building solution.

Fueled by personal investment and a new intimacy with concrete, Gelpi took his wife’s suggestion to test the material in their home remodel. “At first, I didn’t quite see how it could fit into our renovation,” he noted. The couple considered new construction, but chose to renovate the existing structure. “This was a nice first step to see how we could integrate it into a renovation, how we could change the performance of the wall section, and then how it could begin to influence things beginning to happen on the interior of the house.”

The result is a dynamic exterior of three-inch-thick hybrid concrete panels and food for thought regarding the applications of an industry mainstay. “…It’s a material that people don’t question very much. We think it does one thing well, but I think it is something that could be fine-tuned and has certain qualities to it that could be explored.”

Read Dwell Magazine’s full feature on the project here.

Morris Adjmi noted for conscientious design in New Orleans, New York

The Standard at South Market

Photo: The Standard at South Market via Domain Companies/

Tulane School of Architecture Board Member Morris Adjmi, FAIA, TSA ’83, is attracting media attention for design work in New Orleans and New York City.

Adjmi and his New York-based firm, Morris Adjmi Architects, were recently highlighted in The Architect’s Newspaper, Tulane Magazine and Financial Times for projects in both cities.

A New Orleans native, Adjmi returned home to design The Standard at South Market, a luxury condominium and retail space. As he told Tulane Magazine in a recent feature story, Adjmi was excited to shape a modern skyline while honoring the city’s deep cultural and community roots. "I wanted to relate history to the modern condition, but in a way that wasn't referential or derivative. Like a restaurant that will be inventive with Creole cuisine, we're trying to take the best of the historic and combine it with best of what we have."

In New York City, a unique inverted cast-iron façade project completed by Adjmi’s firm caught the eye of The Architect’s Newspaper for careful and subtle design. “I think that it is both very modern and respectful of the neighborhood,” said Adjmi when commenting on the approach in the article. “It doesn’t feel like trying to copy the immediately surrounding buildings too literally but at the same time it questions and highlights how these buildings came together.”

Read more about both projects below.

The Architect’s Newspaper - Inverted facade pays tribute to history of cast iron architecture

Tulane MagazineRe:Defining NOLA

Financial TimesNew Orleans: condo towers rise in the Big Easy