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Tim Culvahouse, TSA '79 publishes in Places Journal

“Impossible City: New Orleans,” by photographer Virginia Hanusik and writer Tim Culvahouse, explores the city beyond popular imagination and the legacies of Katrina. As Culvahouse writes, “If the emptiness of these photos were to lead you to think about what you don’t know about New Orleans, it would be a fine thing.”

Alumna and Board of Advisors member Jenga Mwendo, MSRED '16, has been featured in Curbed New Orleans

Lower 9th Ward organization fights blight through gardening

All about gardening, food deserts, and the Lower 9

Less than 10 years ago, 600 Charbonnet Street, which is just off of Chartres Street in the Lower 9th Ward, sat as an unkept and vacant lot. The dilapidated lot was like many other sites that were formerly homes, businesses, and community spaces in the neighborhood.

Fast-forward to 2017, and that once-lonely space is now a thriving garden that serves as an outdoor community classroom.

The Backyard Gardeners Network, a non-profit aimed at bringing communities together through planting, learning, and tranquil spaces, made that transformation possible. That action started in 2007 when a group of residents decided to no longer face community blight.

Starting the Backyard Gardeners Network

Jenga Mwendo, the founder and director of the Backyard Gardeners Network, grew up in the Lower 9th Ward, and briefly lived in New Orleans East during her adolescence. As an adult, she found herself in New York City pursuing a career in computer animation. In 2007, two years after Hurricane Katrina, Mwendo came back to the Lower 9th Ward to help revive the community that raised her.

The Lower 9th Ward had changed, says Mwendo. Areas that used to bloom with friends and residents were left unattended and broken. Searching for a way to revitalize her home, she rallied neighbors to restore a dilapidated community garden.

“I realized I was not passionate about work in computer animation,” Mwendo says. “Gardening just became a thing that inspired me. It wasn’t really a conscious connection. I saw this gardening piece as a cultural tradition that is familiar in the neighborhood. It’s a way that we can bring people together; It’s a community-building tool.”.... Full Article Here

Tulane Architecture Alumnus and Advisory Board-member Bob Hale FAIA ’77 releases new book.

Not Neutral: For Every Place, Its Story, is here!
30 years of places. 30 years of stories. One comprehensive perspective.

Book teaser - RCHS Book - Page Flip


In this explorative monograph, Not Neutral: For Every Place, Its Story, internationally-renowned, award-winning architecture and design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios evokes a dialogue between reader and designer about the increasing importance of celebrating and experiencing cities that are reflective of its cultures and ethnography. The monograph artfully showcases three decades of the firm’s work with commentary about its overarching philosophy and approach to each project from the voices of its leadership.

Chronicling the firm’s process and work through a series of supporting essays, the firm’s leadership articulates how the team identified unique qualities and memories embedded in each location to make the design tell that story. Each essay is accompanied by photographs and renderings of completed and soon-to-be-completed projects.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Rios Clementi Hale Studios designs spaces that define the culture of the city. The team’s work extends throughout Southern California and to cities throughout the country and abroad. From the award-winning Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles to the in-progress Flower Mart in San Francisco, Rios Clementi Hale Studios seeks to discover a project’s unique qualities and endeavors to design a space that tells the story of its people, culture, and history. With globalization spreading across the planet, the unique qualities that once existed within those individual places are gradually disappearing. As a result, it is Rios Clementi Hale Studio’s mission to harness the opposite mentality when approaching its projects and instead “make the world not neutral.”



Tulane Alumnus and Advisory Boardmember Scott Paden AIA '81 awarded 2017 Artisanship Award

Last Thursday evening at Preservation Maryland's annual "Best of Maryland" event, Citadel DCA's project at the U.S. Naval Academy won the Artisanship Award for heritage contractor The Tower Company. Founder, John Tower accepted the award during the ceremony held at the College Park Air Museum, site of the world's oldest airport. The year long effort for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) involved the rehabilitation of the Academy's only surving 19th century buildings, a pair of guard houses flanking historic Gate III. Battle Creek Construction was the general contractor and Citadel DCA served as the preservation architects. Conservation Solutions were the project's conservators. Full Article HERE

Alumni and Board of Advisors members Marcel Wisznia AIA '73, architect and developer, and Simcha Ward AIA '11, project manager, announce proposed co-living development on the corner of St. Charles and St. Joseph in New Orleans

New Orleans 'co-living' for service industry proposed for $35M downtown building

By Katherine Sayre,


Middle-income renters who have been shut out of luxury housing in downtown New Orleans could have a new option to move into the neighborhood -- if they're willing to give up some private living space.

New Orleans-based Wisznia Architecture and Development is proposing a $35 million, 233-suite "co-living" apartment building at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and St. Joseph Street in the Warehouse District. Renters would live in private suites with their own bathrooms and share living areas and kitchens. Most of the units are collected as four suites to one common space. 

Marcel Wisznia, the company's founder and a pioneer in downtown residentialdevelopment, said when the idea was being conceived, they thought of the apartments as "culinary lofts" similar to the artist lofts that support artists in the community.

"We want to make our focus the service industry, the restaurant industry and the hotel industry," Wisznia said. "Those workers are really being displaced and pushed further and further out of the center of our town and having to commute further and further to go to work. We think we have found a way for them to live downtown and ultimately bicycle or walk to work."

The project is called "Two Saints" for its location at the intersection of St. Joseph and St. Charles. The idea of co-living means affordability -- bringing rents within reach of middle-income renters -- and creating a more sociable living environment that's designed to have neighbors interact on a regular basis... Full Article here.



We are pleased to congratulate the Tulane School of Architecture faculty and alumni who have been recognized through the 2017 AIA New Orleans Design Awards: 

Architecture Honorable Mention and USGBC Louisiana Excellence in Sustainability Honorable Mention (Small Center)

Irene Keil RA
Judith Kinnard FAIA
Nick Jenisch 

Divine Detail Honorable Mention (Colectivo)

Emilie Taylor RA
Seth Welty RA
Sarah Satterlee 

Historic Preservation, Restoration, and Adaptive Reuse Honorable Mention (Trapolin Peer)

Peter Trapolin FAIA

Historic Preservation, Restoration, and Adaptive Reuse Merit Award and Interior Architecture Merit Award (Eskew+Dumez+Ripple)

Cynthia Dubberley AIA
Vanessa Smith Torres AIA
Kristian Mizes

Member’s Choice Award (One to One)

Charles Jones
David Merlin AIA
Matt DeCottis RA
Robert Mosby


Above Image:  Hollygrove Shade – Water Pavilion |  Small Center, Judith Kinnard FAIA, Irene Keil RA, Nick Jenisch



You can view and download the new edition of recent student work in the reVIEW, edited by Favrot Associate Professor Wendy Redfield.

Download Here


Jonathan Sharp (A ’16) admitted to inaugural class of the Free School of Architecture in Los Angeles

Founded by educator and designer Peter Zellner in 2016, the Free School of Architecture (FSA) will explore the edges of architectural education-- promoting free inquiry, free discourse and free debate. 36 students drawn from across the globe will join the recently launched, tuition-free Los Angeles based school starting on June 1st, 2017.

Jonathan Sharp was admitted to the FSA with a focus on the role of architects in today’s cultural & political landscape of Los Angeles and the rest of the country. He believes there is urgency for architects to engage more directly with the public in order to appropriately design new spaces for the future. Sharp’s interest in the “post-studio” & “post-digital” model of the Free School of Architecture lies in its potential to be a platform for young architects to link the urban experience with real-time practice as they build connections to design the future of our urban environment.

Follow the progress of the Free School of Architecture's inaugural class this summer at Students will be publishing an online and print journal documenting the efforts of the first semester.


AIA Fellows receive such a designation as the AIA’s highest honor for exceptional work by members and in recognition of their contributions to architecture and society. Congratulations to the three graduates of Tulane School of Architecture elected to Fellowship in 2017 as the newest of a growing list of Tulane alumni receiving this national distinction. FAIA Announcement Press Release.

Reb Haizlip     '79
Peter Trapolin '79
Wayne Troyer  '83 



This year’s projects reflect a particularly broad group of building types, including several with unique programs. While an interesting set of uses doesn’t necessarily equate with good design, it’s exciting to see a conjunction of both.


Faculty, Alumni and Board of Advisors mentioned in article:

Robert C. Baddour  TSA '10
Jerry J. Blanchard   TSA ‘06  
Thomas M. Brown  TSA '80
David C. W. Curtis  TSA '82
David R. Demsey  TSA '07
Alyce C. Deshotels  TSA '14
Rebecca X. Fitzgerald  TSA '17
Lauren E. Hickman  TSA '06
Wendy Weatherall Kerrigan  TSA '03
Peter J. Kilgust  TSA '10
Kristian O. J. Mizes  TSA '10
Byron J. Mouton  TSA '89
Christian E. Rodriguez  TSA '10
Steven B. Scollo  TSA '97
Charles D. Sterkx  TSA '88
Seth R. Welty  TSA '08
Will Rosenthal TSA '11
Sarah Saterlee TSA '14
Tom Holloman (fac)
Mac Ball  (BOA)
Z Smith (fac)