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Conference on Natural Disasters and Cultural Heritage Protection: The Legalities

Earthquake damage, Beaufort, SC 1973

The laws of America seriously lack in covering responsibility and recourse for damage to cultural property affected by natural disasters. Join this half day conference to learn about the prospects of addressing this gap.

Friday, January 25, 2013
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Historic New Orleans Collection, Williams Research Center
410 Charters Street in the French Quarter

Approved for 3 hours of CLE credit

Dutch Dialogues Options Studio work now online

Professor John Klingman’s ongoing Dutch Dialogues studio series at the Tulane School of Architecture continued in the fall of 2012 with an investigation of storing and treating runoff on a large urban site in New Orleans.

From the studio brief:

“The intention of the site development is to design a landscape of amenities that also has a great onsite water storage capacity in times of high rainfall. Water will remain a visible resource on the site during dry periods, released slowly to stabilize groundwater elevation and provide some available freshwater for neighborhood needs. The added storage capacity on the site will reduce the incidence of flooding in the immediately adjacent neighborhood as well. An important intention of the site development is to maximize the integration between water, landscape and architectural elements, and the site can be designed to enhance bio-remediation.”

Work from the studio is available as a pdf download. Professor Klingman is currently involved with Waggonner & Ball Architect’s Greater New Orleans Water Management Strategy, scheduled for completion in spring 2013.

'Haiti Redux' to premiere at the Prytania Theater

The Tulane community is invited to the Premiere, a free screening of the new documentary on Haiti’s rebuilding efforts. Haiti Redux is a study of how social entrepreneurs, NGOs, governments and community leaders are collaborating to help restore and construct sustainable communities primed for growth and prosperity. The film, a collaboration between Fountainhead Transmedia and New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate explores the process of reconstructing schools, orphanages, housing, and infrastructure developments in Haiti.

The screening takes place Jan. 24, 2013, 8pm at the Prytania Theater.

Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace

You’re invited to join us for the Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace, a week of events to commemorate Dr. King’s life and legacy and honor all past and present leaders for social change. The MLK Week for Peace is coordinated by the DREAM Team, a coalition of staff and students from Dillard, Loyola, Tulane and Xavier universities. Many of the events are free and open to the public, including the convocation on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Dillard’s Georges Auditorium in the PSB. Titled “The Continuing Need for Affirmative Action in a Diverse American,” this panel discussion will feature W. Jelani Cobb of Rutgers University, Silas H. Lee of Xavier, Justice Bernette Johnson of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Bill Quigley of Loyola, and more. It will be moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry of Tulane and MSNBC and be preceded by a light reception at 5:30 p.m. For more information regarding the Interfaith Service and any other Week for Peace events, contact Jerald Bowman at 816-4792 or

Will Bradshaw featured on

Will Bradshaw

MSRED Faculty Member Will Bradshaw was featured for his firm's involvement with Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, in the article "Incubator for socially minded entrepreneurs launches in New Orleans," by Mark Waller, | The Times-Picayune

Offbeat Magazine covers the Guardians Institute of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. Museum and Cultural Arts Center

Guardians Institute of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. Museum and Cultural Arts Center

The Guardians Institute of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. Museum and Cultural Arts Center is a Design/Build project of the Tulane City Center. The article, "Tulane University Constructs Big Chief's Abode," chronicles the life of Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. and the facility dedicated to his legacy. Once put into use, the new structure will serve as headquarters for the mother-and-daughter team’s Book Club and other programs designed to enrich the post-Katrina lives of New Orleans’ children.

Project Lead 

Scott Ruff, Seth Welty, Emilie Taylor, Zach Lamb, advising faculty and staff

Project Team

Evan Amato, Alexandra Bojarski-Stauffer, Mary Catherine Bullock, Jerelle Carriere, Michelle Carroll, Sophie Dardant, Matt Decotiis, Alyce Deshotels, Natan Diacon-Furtado, Nels Erickson, Marianne Graffam, Ellen Hailey, Mike Landry, Jake Lazere, Emile Lejeune, Jason Levy, Xiaoyun Li, Mary Beth Luster, Jeremy Maloney, Jordan Matthews, Oren Mitzner, Kathy Mu, Alison Rodberg, Cameron Ringness, Nicholas Sackos, Sarah Satterlee, Justin Siragusa, Nichole Woggon

Professors of Practice Eean McNaughton and Michael Nius Honored

Michael Nius and Eean McNaughton

The Tulane School of Architecture faculty and staff gathered at the Round Table Club on December 18, 2012 to honor two long-standing and revered colleagues. Professors Michael Nius and Eean McNaughton stepped down at the end of the 2012 academic year. Both made substantial contributions to generations of students through their teaching, mentorship, and the quality of their own architectural practices.

The event was hosted by Dean Kenneth Schwartz who offered an overview of the impact of the honoree’s teaching. Favrot Professor Errol Barron FAIA and Koch Chair and Professor of Architecture John Klingman added their warm words, remembering several memorable attributes from each of their two colleagues.

On behalf of the entire Tulane School of Architecture community of students, faculty, staff, and many alumni, we thank Eean McNaughton and Michael Nius for their dedication to the School. You have laid an amazing and solid foundation for which our students and school will be forever grateful.

Andrew Liles (TSA '11) Adjunct Lecturer published in the Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research

Andre Liles

Coordinated by Andrew Liles AIA, Tulane School of Architecture second year design studio students documented the effects of the 2011 Atchafalaya Basin floods on the Morgan City. The students conducted interviews and developed essays focused on the businesses most affected by the floods. The material was compiled into a single volume presented to the Morgan City Archives which do not have the labor to gather the information on their own accord; but thrive on the personal stories of their citizens.

This volume has been selected for publication by the Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning & Community-Based Research. Published by Penn State Berks, the journal also selected the "reflection" essay of Aubrey Keady-Molanphy, a current third year student.

Associate Professor Scott Ruff has received an ACSA 2012-13 Diversity Achievement Award.

Scott Ruff

This award is given to recognize the work of faculty, administrators and students in creating effective methods and models to achieve greater diversity in curricula, school personnel and student bodies with emphasis on the participation of historically under-represented groups or contexts.

His most current work at Tulane University includes Project Pipeline, a newly developed tiered mentorship program sponsored by the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Louisiana, in partnership with the Tulane School of Architecture. It has gained national recognition for its efforts to usher young designers from high schools towards a design education and the profession. Also, Associate Professor Ruff and Visiting Assistant Professor Amber Wiley are facilitating the development of a student organization known as the Multicultural Arts + Architecture Collective (MACC). Many of the students in the newly formed organization were teaching assistants in the 2012 Project Pipeline summer camp. According to Associate Professor Ruff, "I hope to see the generation of more architects and designers of diverse backgrounds who are confident and prepared to meet the various challenges of our discipline, to be culturally sensitive and engaged at both the local and global levels.