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Best of Architecture New Orleans 2019 features alumni, board member, former faculty

Several alumni and friends of the Tulane School of Architecture are prominently featured in the 2019 listing "Best of Architecture" by New Orleans Magazine.

As John Klingman, the author of the piece and Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Tulane, writes: "This year’s outstanding projects are quite diverse; they are all different in terms of use, building type and neighborhood. Perhaps this is indicative of the strength and vision at work in New Orleans architecture today. What all of the featured projects have in common is the evidence of great design energy combined with demonstrated professional competence in the service of the people and institutions of our city."

The affiliated architects and designers include:

  • Trapolin-Peer Architects: Peter Trapolin (A'77); Ashley King (A'98); Shea Trahan (A'13)
  • Lee Ledbetter & Associates: Lee Ledbetter (former adjunct faculty)
  • Manning Architects: Dominic Willard (A'03); Michelle Carroll-Barr (A'14)
  • studioWTA: Wayne Troyer (A'83); Natan Diacon-Furtado (A'14); Daniel Kautz (A'09); Ross Karsen (A'06)
  • Gould Evans Architects: Robert Riccardi (A'91 and Board of Advisors); Curtis Laub (A'06); Jenny Renn Key (A'15); Brian Webber (A'15); Elaine Damico (A'18)

To read the full story a see pictures of the projects, click here.

Tulane launches nation’s first 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.

“New Orleans is an exceptional place to study real estate development because of its storied history, ongoing redevelopment and rapid growth,” says Matt Schwartz, co-chief executive officer of The Domain Companies.  “Our rich architectural history and dedication to preservation blends with the innovative development strategies currently driving the reinvestment in and revitalization of the city, making New Orleans an exceptional incubator for learning.”

Information Session scheduled: Career Day

Archinect Features - Deans List: Kenneth Schwartz of Tulane School of Architecture


The Deans List is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school’s programming, as defined by the head honcho – giving an invaluable perspective into the institution’s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment. For this issue, we spoke with Kenneth Schwartz, the Dean at Tulane University's School of Architecture.

Before Hurricane Katrina, the 100+-year old Tulane School of Architecture was primarily concerned with architectural design with an emphasis on historical preservation at various times during this history. The school did not focus as much on progressive community-oriented design projects as they do today. Since the 2005 disaster, the school has changed its focus to encourage its approximately 300 students to become actively involved in the design issues of the surrounding community, resulting in a hands-on approach that immerses students in the often thorny problems of the wider world. In New Orleans’ case, architectural students must grapple with building in historically impoverished neighborhoods that have also not fully recovered from the effects of Katrina. Kenneth Schwartz, who has been at the school’s helm since 2008, has made Tulane synonymous with a pedagogy that integrates the theoretical and the pragmatic... Full interview HERE

Bob Berkebile of BNIM Wins $50,000 Hanley Award


Bob Berkebile's upcoming lecture will be held at the Tulane School of Architecture on Monday, September 29 at 6:00pm. This lecture is co-sponsored with USGBC Louisiana as part of their local events leading up to the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo here in New Orleans, October 22-24, 2014.



The Hanley Foundation and Hanley Wood announced today that architect Bob Berkebile, FAIA, the “B” in the Kansas City-based firm BNIM, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability. With its $50,000 purse, the Hanley Award is the largest annual award for sustainability in the built environment.

The program is in its fifth cycle and is sponsored by the Hanley Foundation, a nonprofit, and by ECOBUILDING REVIEWBUILDER, and ARCHITECT magazines. (Note: Hanley Wood is the parent company for all three publications.) It honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary, lasting, and far-reaching contributions to sustainability, and who have greatly influenced policy and industry response to critical environmental challenges in the United States.

Previous Hanley Award recipients are architect and environmental advocate Edward Mazria, who founded Architecture 2030; Alex Wilson, who founded and leads BuildingGreen LLC; Sam Rashkin, creator of Energy Star for Homes, the first national residential energy rating system in the country; and Dennis Creech, co-founder and executive director of Southface.

“Bob Berkebile has been a guiding force in sustainability for decades and has earned the respect and admiration of virtually everyone working to advance sustainability in our industry today,” said Michael J. Hanley, President of the Hanley Foundation, co-founder of Hanley Wood, and creator of the award. “We are proud to name Bob as the 2014 recipient, and to recognize his incredible contributions and the crucial role he continues to play in leading us forward toward a sustainable future.”

Berkebile was selected from a slate of nominees that included land-use expert Christopher Leinberger; architect and researcher Vivian Loftness, FAIA; architect Jason McLennan of the International Living Future Institute, architect Steven Winter, FAIA, of Steven Winter Associates; and Gail Vittori and Pliny Fisk III of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. 

The Hanley Award judges this year were Michael J. Hanley; Frank Anton, Vice Chairman of Hanley Wood; Dennis Creech, 2013 Hanley Award recipient and co-founder of Southface; Judith Webb, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Strategy for the U.S. Green Building Council; and Michelle Desiderio, Vice President of Innovation Services at Home Innovations Research Labs. 

The Hanley Award will be presented to Bob Berkebile on October 21, at the annual Hanley Award Dinner during Greenbuild in New Orleans.

Lecture scheduled: Liz Ogbu


Kenneth Schwartz, Favrot Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture at Tulane University, will be conducting an undergraduate and graduate information session at Center For Architecture Foundation College Fair in New York.

Friday, November 22, 2013
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Center 
536 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY 10012
(212) 683-0023

To attend this event register here:

Tulane's Career services office to expand

Career services office is expanding

BY: Mary Sparacello

To better prepare students for the challenging job market, the Tulane Career Center is set to grow significantly. 

The expansion is possible because of generous gifts from two sets of Tulane parents, Jeffrey and Susan Zimmer and Cory and Lisa Rapkin, who funded a two-year pilot program.

Three new career educators-advisers will be hired in the fall, allowing undergraduates to enroll in a first-of-its-kind career preparation course launching in the spring.

“This is going to be a transformational opportunity for us,” says James MacLaren, dean of Newcomb-Tulane College.

Career educators will teach every aspect of the job search process during the one-credit career preparation course, and help students build a network of connections drawing on the university's alumni base as well as current and former parents.

When they aren’t teaching, advisers will also meet with their students to give personalized career guidance, says Amjad Ayoubi, senior associate dean of Newcomb-Tulane College and executive director ofcareer services. More Tulane students will be getting enhanced career preparation earlier in their college careers, Ayoubi says.

The university and parents are partnering in a common goal: to ensure students have successful futures. The current career preparation enhancements grew out of the successful inaugural Career Wave, an intensive two-day career-planning event sponsored by the Rapkins and held on the Tulane University uptown campus in January.

The two-year pilot program itself will serve many Tulane undergraduates, but MacLaren is thinking long-term. He has started building an endowment to support more robust career preparation in perpetuity. Several donors, including former Tulane parents Lori and Jim Montana, made the first gifts to the endowment earlier this year.

“Colleges have a responsibility to not only provide an outstanding education,” says MacLaren, “but also to provide the resources and support to ensure that students can be successful in the next stage of their lives.”

The Tulane School of Architecture offers an additional level of Career services to its students and alumni.


Architecture Billings on the Rise - By Greig O'Brien

Architecture Billings Pick Back Up After a month of contraction, the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index shows growth again in the design and construction industry.

In May, the American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Billings Index marked a return to growth in the demand for architectural design services. April saw the first dip into negative territory for the index in nine months, which appears for now to have been an outlier. With a national score of 52.9, up more than four full points from March’s score of 48.6, the architecture industry saw a significant reversal of fortune. (A score above 50.0 in the index means that demand is increasing; below 50.0 means that demand is contracting.)

The score for project inquiries came in at 59.1, up from April’s revised figure of 58.5. Inquiries are still growing, and have been each month since the design and construction industry bottomed out after the 2008 financial crisis. This score is also inching its way back toward 60.

For May, the ABI’s data tracks well with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent employment report. The BLS reported 175,000 jobs added to the economy in May, which was slightly better than expected, with the architectural and engineering services sector of the economy adding a sizable 4,900 jobs in May. This was the best result in all of 2013, almost twice the 2,700 architectural and engineering services jobs initially reported by the BLS in April. And prior to April, the industry had seen average growth of more than 2,000 jobs per month during each month except January.

Three each of the nation’s four regions and the industry’s four sectors showed growth in May. Only the Midwest and the Commercial sector continued to show contraction. All of the other sectors and half of the regions showed improved scores. (Remember, also, that the regional and sector scores are three-month moving averages, unlike the national score which is monthly—so these are going to show more gradual changes month to month.)

National Highlights 
National: At 52.9, up from 48.6, the national billings score returns to growth after a month of contraction. For nine of the last 10 months, this score has been above 50. 
Inquiries: At 59.1, this score is up from April’s 58.5. Inquiries into new projects continue to be strong, and have shown growth for more than four years.





Regional Highlights
Northeast: At 53.7, up from 52.3, this is the ninth straight month for the region above 50. 
Midwest: At 47.5, down from 49.0, the Midwest region continued to contract. 
South: At 50.9, down from 52.2, this was the 11th-straight month for the region above 50. 
West: At 52.1, up from 51.7, this was the 10th-straight month for the region above 50.





Sector Highlights
Multifamily Residential: At 52.8, up from 52.6, this was the 13th-straight month for the sector above 50. The Multifamily Residential sector continues to be the consistent workhorse for the profession during the recovery. May’s score put the sector above 50 for 27 out of the last 36 months. 
Commercial: At 47.5, down from an even-steven 50.0, this sector contracted for the first time in eight months. 
Institutional: At 52.2, up from 51.3, this is the 10th-straight month above 50, a pretty remarkable feat given federal, state, and local budget cuts over the past year. 
Mixed Practice: At 51.0, up from 50.4, this is the ninth-straight month for the sector above 50.


Architect Magazine highlights job growth in Architecture, Engineering and Construction

May Jobs: More Jobs in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

By Greig O'Brien:

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics released its May employment report this morning, which showed that the economy added 175,000 jobs in May, which was slightly larger than the 165,000 that economists were expecting. The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6 percent,Ar largely because the labor force rose by 420,000 workers.

The monthly revisions of past data also proved to be a mixed bag this month. March's 138,000 jobs added was revised up to 142,000—not a great number, but closer to the 150,000 needed for growth to keep pace with population growth. April's results, however, were revised down—from a promising 165,000 jobs added to 149,000. This undoubtedly also contributed to the rise in the unemployment rate.

The architectural and engineering services sector of the economy had another solid month, adding 4,900 jobs in May. In the past 12 months, the sector has added 27,400 jobs. This bests the 2,700 reported a month ago for April, and is the best result for architects and engineers in 2013.

Construction also added jobs overall—7,000 jobs, much better than the 6,000 jobs lost in April. The growth was uneven though, with residential construction adding less than 1,000 new workers and nonresidential construction losing 2,600 workers. Heavy and civilian construction added 3,100 jobs, and contractors had another good month with 5,800 new jobs added (mostly in residential work).