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Annie Peyton, TSA 11, awarded prestigious Luce Scholarship

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Carolyn Scofield

Annie Peyton, a 2011 graduate of Tulane University, won a prestigious Luce Scholarship for 2016-2017. Peyton, who graduated with scholarly honors from Tulane’s School of Architecture, is currently in Thailand where she is working with a small landscape architecture and urban design firm.

Peyton spent two months in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand going through a language immersion program. She then moved to Bangkok to work with LandProcess, a firm that designs landscape projects focused on the public realm. She also helped teach an undergraduate landscape architecture studio class at a university in Bangkok during the fall semester.

Before the Luce program, Peyton spent a year in Rwanda as a Global Health Corps fellow.

“This international experience has been valuable to me as both a designer and a person. University classes were really just the beginning of my education,” Peyton says.

The Luce Scholars program was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in a variety of fields. Applicants require institutional endorsement and only 15-18 Scholars are placed each year. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia. It’s unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know the continent.

Pythian Market to Open in CBD Late Summer 2017

New Orleans developers Green Coast Enterprises (GCE), the investment company ERG Enterprises and the Crescent City Community Land Trust are bringing its own version of a food market to the Central Business District, in downtown New Orleans. Titled the Pythian Market, the new food hall will be located on the ground floor of the newly renovated Pythian Building, which is a historic 1909 building located at 234 Loyola Avenue.

The Pythian Market covers 11,000 square feet, with three entrances around the building. It will have a commissary kitchen on site, and the hall’s ventilation is configured to permit some wood fire cooking. The market is currently working on a plan to allow individual vendors to sell alcohol, perhaps limited to beer and wine.

In the eyes of Green Coast President Will Bradshaw (MSRED Faculty), the Pythian building’s location between the CBD and the medical district makes it a gateway, and one primed for a new social attraction as more apartments and hotels and hospital-related development comes together. Naturally, he wanted food to serve as a cornerstone for the project.

The market is following in the footsteps of several other successful food halls that have recently opened in New Orleans, including St. Roch Market located in the St. Roch neighborhood, and Roux Carre located in the Central City neighborhood. Similar to these other establishments, the Pythian Market provides opportunities for small entrepreneurs to test restaurant concepts.

Green Coast Developer Manager Gina La Macchia (MSRED alumna) has also played a critical role in the development of the Pythian Building and Pythian Market.

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Of Washington, DC and West Palm Beach, FL, died on July 4, 2016 in West Palm Beach. He is survived by his partner of 52 years, Joseph Yakaitis. Arnold was the only child of Anna Gossi and Arnold J. Prima Sr., who predeceased him. He was born in New Orleans, LA in 1936 and graduated from Tulane University School of Architecture and served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He moved to Washington, DC to study at The Catholic University of America where he obtained a Master Degree in Urban Design. His professional career in Washington included working with Mariani & Associates, at The American Institute of Architects (AIA) where he was a Fellow, as well as with the U.S. Department of Defense. His community and volunteer services included participation with So Others Might Eat (SOME), Hannah House, Tulane Alumni Association, and Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. Ignatius Chapel, 3513 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Following the Mass, there will be a buffet luncheon reception in the Holy Trinity McKenna Center.


Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design

On January 10, 2017, the Tulane City Center was re-dedicated as the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design. The Center was founded in 2005 and has completed over 85 projects with countless students, faculty, and community partners in the city of New Orleans. Through their generosity, Albert and Tina Small have made it possible for us to continue to connect with students and engage with the community in the work of collaborative design. Included below are some of the remarks that were made at the dedication ceremony: 

Kenneth Schwartz, Dean of Tulane School of Architecture

We are gathered here today not only to celebrate the many successes of the former Tulane City Center, but to begin a new era of community engagement and solutions-oriented partnerships as the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design. For over a decade, the Tulane City Center has developed a flexible, nimble approach to the unique design challenges—and overwhelming potential—that the city of New Orleans presents. Again and again, we have successfully provided the community with dynamic solutions that regard the distinctive nature of the city as a source of opportunity, one that offers our students and faculty at the School of Architecture and the staff of the Center a chance to perform collaborative design work that helps our city’s neighborhoods to thrive.

And every step of the way, Sonny and Tina Small have been our most ardent supporters and devoted friends. Today, I am excited to celebrate this new chapter for the organization as the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design. I look forward to building upon our exceptional history of thoughtful design research, interdisciplinary dialogue, and targeted built work at this critical moment for our city. 

Chesley McCarty, student 

I recently had the honor of serving as a fellow here at the Small Center. This past summer was full of learning lessons and reality checks, and of difficult conversations that I wasn’t used to confronting. I had just completed my fourth year in architecture school, and for a moment there I thought I had it all figured out. I had studied abroad, I worked on the URBANbuild house, I had completed all of my community service requirements and more. The record would show that I was on track to enter the architecture field with the tool kit I would need to engage critically with the client, the community, the end user, and for the most part, things were shaping out alright.

During the first week of the fellowship, we each attended a conference at the University of Virginia called “Design Futures,” a conference on “public interest design” that entailed a week of seminars and discussion groups on how the built environment has perpetuated problems of race, gender, economic and social inequality. We critically engaged these topics with strangers and peers in ways that I had not yet done before back on the uptown campus, and we dove deeply into questions about privilege and discrimination. This conference and these conversations set the stage for how much of the summer would unfold. 

Shortly after the conference, I wrote a blog post titled “Redesigning A Design Education,” as both a reflection and a manifesto for myself, my colleagues, and my very limited readership. I was critical of the blame that was so quickly directed towards the built environment - what about the developers? the clients? The politics of it all? But I knew that as an architecture student and budding designer, I needed to own up to my privilege, education, and my knowledge to ensure that the future of design was a more inclusive and collaborative practice. In order to do this, I proposed two approaches. The first involves actively engaging the end user group directly and consistently throughout the design and implementation process, leading to a collective consensus on the ultimate design. This, as I learned throughout the summer while working with a local non-profit organization to develop some brochures on the affordable housing crisis in New Orleans, is far easier said than done -  it requires patience, humility, and very strong active listening skills. The second approach, and perhaps the one that I find myself leaning on more as I look beyond graduation, is that in order to really see some of these radical changes that are necessary for the built environment to become a healthier and more inclusive place, we cannot only engage the community; we must also engage developers, the patrons, the policy makers, the business owners, or better yet, we have to become them.

As we begin to think about how we can prepare many disciplines to address both our ethical and carbon footprint, it is time that we seek a change in our education, and places like the Small Center serve as a model for trans-disciplinary education. Here, an amazing team is preparing young designers to see that the built environment is at the forefront of many issues we grapple with each day - issues of shelter and affordable housing, sexual orientation, maintenance of tradition and heritage, education, health care - and they are showing that students do have the power to change these things, but only when they accept that their role as an architect is larger, or actually perhaps smaller, than what they might have learned in the classroom. 

My fellowship last summer shaped my understanding of architecture and my future as a designer. I learned that I can use my design degree to become a consultant, a politician, and sociologist, a developer; in fact, the very essence of a public interest designer demands that my architecture hat be one of many hats that I own and wear consistently. I am grateful to Sonny and Tina Small for investing in this education and collaboration, and for not only providing a space where a new form of education and architectural discourse can take shape, but for helping to empower students and give them the tools that they need to become engaged citizens, creatives, listeners, thinkers, and designers. With the work and approach of the Small Center and similar projects beginning to take hold around the country, and with so many students choosing to work with the Small Center throughout their tenure at Tulane and to allow lessons here to infiltrate their work, practice, and values, I am excited to see what the future of design and the next layer of the built environment will look like.  

Maggie Hansen, Director of Sonny and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design

Thank you all for being here today. I’m so glad to celebrate with so many friends, allies, and collaborators – locally and nationally. And I am grateful to the Small family for their generosity. Over the past eleven years, the Smalls have seen the Tulane City Center grow into what we are today, and we thank them for their advice, dedication and support along the way, and now, into a long future. 

Since its beginning, Tulane City Center has used a nimble approach to addressing complex problems with good design. We bring together the expertise of Tulane School of Architecture faculty, student, our staff, a wide range of experts, and the knowledge and expertise of engaged community members and in collaboration these teams advance community-driven ideas. Our work has been as small as a simple neighborhood map that encourages people to explore the local flavors of Bayou Road, and as large as a neighborhood planning process, often evolving over many years, with layers of complexity.

Our work is developed from strong partnerships with organizations that are deeply rooted in their community. When we are at our best, these true partnerships result in designs that celebrate the specific local context and the exceptional people who live and work here.  True collaboration takes time to develop trust, to push past niceties – we bring our role as designer but also our role as friend and neighbor. These are lasting relationships, and we recognize that continued partnership is critical to chipping away at the larger systemic issues that we are all grappling with. Our partnership continues after construction concludes; we are here to take the calls when there is a problem with the building, or a client wants us in city hall to help plead a case, or there is a wedding, a birth, or a crawfish boil. 

Our students experience how one small change in the city’s fabric can catalyze change of larger systems, and they see that good designers are also good citizens. And we are excited that students like Chesley represent the next generation of design leaders, who step up to the challenge of working with humility and openness to new models of practice.

We are excited to build on the rich history of collaborative work and to push ourselves further. In the years ahead, we will continue to engage local youth programs, build the field of public interest design and encourage a more diverse pipeline of young designers to enter the field and improve our world. The Small Center for Collaborative Design has the capacity to not only change New Orleans, but to contribute to long-term positive change by bringing together design and civic engagement. 

Beth A. Jacob named 2017 Richard Morris Hunt Prize Fellow

Beth A. Jacob (MPS ‘12), an adjunct lecturer in the Tulane School of Architecture, has been named the 2017 Richard Morris Hunt Prize Fellow by the American Architectural Foundation and the French Heritage Society. 

As the 2017 Fellow, Jacob will spend six months in France studying how public markets can serve as catalysts for urban revitalization, and investigating French approaches to the preservation and adaptive reuse of these distinctive structures. Jacob’s topic builds upon her previous research into the origins and development of New Orleans’ public market system, the focus of her MPS master’s thesis. Jacob is a principal at the historic preservation consulting firm Clio Associates LLC in New Orleans. She holds a Master of Preservation Studies from Tulane University and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Created in 1990, the Richard Morris Hunt Prize offers mid-career design professionals an intensive six-month exchange experience showcasing best practices and recent scholarship in the area of architectural heritage conservation. Named for Richard Morris Hunt (1827-1895), the first American architect to graduate from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the Prize alternates each year between a French and American architect specializing in historic preservation.

More information on the Prize is available at or

Jacob Brillhart ‘99 wins AIA award and ArchDaily feature


Don’t Build Boring

I posted a question and observation on Facebook the other day after I passed what seemed like yet another large, dark box added to the New Orleans landscape. Buildings designed to manage costs and pragmatically handle a few of the needs of future condo owners and first floor retail and restaurants tenants. Full Article HERE

Bockman Forbes Design / Suite 222 Architecture, L.L.C.
Brian Bockman (A*95)
Julie Ford (A'05)
Jack Forbes (A*93)

Albert Architecture
Jared Bowers (A'08)
Christopher Frederic (A'11)
Logan Leggett (A'16)
Dan Akerley (A'14)

Studio WTA
Wayne Troyer (A'83)
Tracie Ashe (A'02)
Julie Babin (A'06)
Ross Karsen (A'06)
Toni DiMaggio (A'03)
Daniel Kautz (A'09)
Natan Diacon-Furtado (A*14)
Ray Croft (A*14)
Alyce Deshotels (A*14)
Mary Catherine Bullock (A*14)
Evan Amato (A*14)

Eskew Dumez Ripple
Jose Alvarez (A*97)
Max Katz (A'16)
Wendy Kerrigan (A*03)
Noah Marble (A'05)
Michael Nunnink (A'16)
Ian O'Cain (A'13)
Christian Rodriguez (A'10)
Vanessa Smith-Torres (A*13)
Guan Wang (A'13)

C.Carl Westerman (A'93)

Byron Mouton (A'89)
Emile Lejeune (A'13)
Daniel McDonald (A'13)
Hannah Berryhill (A*17)

Joseph Kimbrell (A*09)

Tom Holloman Faculty

TRUDC hosts the 2016 Regional Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design

The Tulane Regional Urban Design Center (TRUDC) recently hosted the 2016 Regional Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD South), representing its 11th turn as host of the lauded national program. MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors.

Experts in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, real estate development, transportation planning, and urban design joined mayors from across the Midwest and South regions in two-and-a-half-day discussions and offered pragmatic advice on how the mayors could approach the design and development challenges facing each of their cities.

The event was attended by Eastpointe, MI Mayor Suzanne Pixley; Germantown, TN Mayor Mike Palazzolo; Gretna, LA Mayor Belinda Constant; Gulfport, MS Mayor Billy Hewes; Meridian, MS Mayor Percy Bland; and Natchez, MS Mayor Daryll Grennell. The 2016 MICD South Regional Session included participation and leadership by several TSA faculty and staff, including leadership by TRUDC Director Grover Mouton, Project Manager Sergio Padilla, Small Center Project Manager Nick Jenisch, MSRED Director Casius Pealer, and MSRED student Andrew Moore.

Joining the mayors and MICD Director Trinity Simons at this session was a distinguished group of Resource Team members: Portland Development Commission Senior Project Manager Leila Aman; Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill Senior Urban Designer Robert Bracken; New Orleans Downtown Development District Director of Economic Development Leigh Ferguson; City of New Orleans Director of Place-Based Planning Bill Gilchrist; Preservation Design Partnership Principal Dominique Hawkins; Rhode Island School of Design Landscape Architecture Department Graduate Program Director Suzanne Mathew; and TSA’s Mouton & Pealer.

The 2016 MICD South Regional Session was sponsored in part by United Technologies Corporation. For more information, visit and


Two Tulane Alumni Firms Featured in Memphis

Crystal Bridges Mueseum photo

Lee Askew FAIA, TSA '66, and his firm and Mary Haizlip and her firm with partner Reb Haizlip, TSA ‘79, are featured in BuildDirect Blog's curated list, The 15 Best Architects in Memphis. Congratulations to Lee and Mary (and Reb by extension)!

Nick Gelpi, TSA '02, of GELPI Projects to Exhibit at Design Miami

Gelpi Projects Press Release




Nick Gelpi
Design Miami/ UN Talks
Building Legacy: Designing for Sustainability 
December 1
st at 3pm 
Design Miami Tent

Design Miami/ partners with the United Nations on the launch of Building Legacy: Designing for Sustainability. The new platform aims to build momentum and a new movement for green infrastructure - one that will be designed and constructed in a manner that protects people and the planet for future generations.The platform will emphasize building and producing for people’s sustainable futures and will bring together designers, architects, developers and    producers to promote concrete solutions. Working to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Building Legacy is a platform for the infrastructure, architecture and design communities. The program kicks off with the Building Legacy Opening Night Preview, by invitation only, and features four Building Legacy Talks at the fair.



Textured Light
3D Printed Light Modules, Small Drawings, LED Lights
20’ x 4’


PEREZ Contemporaries Penthouse


The Pérez Art Museum Miami Contemporaries Penthouse, a partnership between SATELLITE and PAMM that will    take place onsite at SATELLITE, will offer robust arts programming during standard fair hours as well as after-hours  (10 p.m. until late) musical curation for which NYC outsider music venue Trans-Pecos has been tapped to create a pan-  stylistic survey of current musical practice in America. Linking up with record label Loma Vista (Iggy Pop, Marilyn  Manson), visitors should expect performances from local rapper Denzel Curry’s ULTcrew; NYC punk phenomena Show Me the Body and Sick Feeling; Baltimore-based queen rapper Abdu Ali; and more.  Our penthouse activation will have all the intimacy of a house party with some of the most refreshing new musical talent on the scene.

The Parisian Hotel (Next Door to Aqua)

1510 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach, FL