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Tiffany Lin work selected for exhibition at University of Massachusetts

Tiffany Lin, Associate Professor of Architecture at Tulane, will have her work on exhibit at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, running Feb. 4-28, 2019. The exhibit, Datum Drawing explores the use of datum in drawing as an architectural or spatial point of reference.

"I am thrilled to be a part of an exhibition that showcases speculative drawing and painting as integral to the architectural design process," Lin said.

A datum line is a line to which dimensions are referred on engineering drawings, and from which measurements are calculated. The term datum refers to a piece of information or a fixed point of scale that serves as a reference in defining geometry of a composition and in measuring aspects of that geometry to assess its relations to another value in space.

The exhibit features two architects and two artists that employ the use of datum lines in their work. Along with Lin's architectural art, the exhibit will also include Aaron Collier, Assistant Professor of Art at Tulane University; Perry Kulper, Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan; and Derek Lerner, an artist based in New York City.

"It is an honor to be in a group show with Perry Kulper as we often reference his work in core studio teaching and I look forward to meeting him," Lin said.

Click here for more information about the exhibit and its related events.

Associate Professor Graham Owen publishes in Architecture Philosophy

Associate Professor Graham Owen has published an article titled “The Anthropology of a Smoke-filled Room” in Architecture Philosophy. The essay is a critical assessment of participant-observation studies of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) undertaken from the perspective of Actor Network Theory (ANT), an approach developed by philosopher and anthropologist Bruno Latour.

Owen’s paper contrasts the relative absence of discussion of issues of studio labour and working conditions with their prominence in recent work by activist observers of architectural education and practice, and examines the reasons that ANT might have a “blind spot” to such issues. Owen also spoke on OMA, on the topic of the post-political, at the “Building as Service” conference held in July 2018 at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

To read the full article in Architecture Philosophy, click here.

Marianne Desmarais named Joan Mitchell Center 2019 Artist-in-Residence

Tulane Architecture faculty Marianne Desmarais has been named an Artist-in-Residence by the Joan Mitchell Foundation for 2019. Desmarais, who also serves as Director of Undergraduate Architecture programs, is one of thirty-two artists who have been awarded residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in the historic Faubourg Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. All of the artists will be provided with private studio space, a stipend, food, lodging, and opportunities to participate in programs that engage with other creatives and the local community.

Desmarais said she's honored and looking forward to the Joan Mitchell Center residency because of the connections it will bring to the art community in New Orleans and a larger network across the country. "I relish the connections and conversations that come with immersive experiences," Desmarais said.

A residency, she said, changes not only an artist's work but the artist themselves. "The experience of an art residency feels simultaneously like time sped up and time slowed down," Desmarais said. "Ideas form rapidly in response to focus and duration, and this intensity leads to making, outside of typical distractions and pressures."

Before the center opened in 2015, the foundation first began hosting artists in temporary residency spaces in New Orleans in 2013. Over the years, nearly two hundred artists have been invited to participate in the program.

"The Artist-in-Residence program is a beautiful melding of the foundation’s ongoing commitment to the New Orleans community and artist Joan Mitchell’s own history of opening her home in Vétheuil, France to artists," said the foundation’s CEO, Christa Blatchford. “It brings her life and vision into the present, in a community that is so incredibly rich with history and creative energy. At the same time, the center serves as a physical manifestation of one of the core values that drive our grant-giving and resource-oriented programs: to support artists in the process of making.”

Read more about the announcement here.

Professor wins international design competition

Associate Professor Margarita Jover, with aldayjover architecture and landscape, has won the International Design Competition for 'High Park' in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The one and a half miles of repurposed highway will connect the city’s most populated informal settlement with its historic downtown. Read more.

Faculty to participate in study examining if clearing blight lowers teen violence in New Orleans

Two Tulane School of Architecture faculty members, Richard Campanella and Casius Pealer, will contribute to a new Tulane University research project studying whether maintaining vacant lots and fixing up blighted properties in high-crime areas reduces incidents of youth and family violence. The National Institutes of Health awarded Tulane a $2.3 million grant to test the theory in New Orleans.

Campanella, a geographer in the School of Architecture, will conduct GIS (Geographic Information Systems) analyses on the spatial relationships between blight in the built environment and violence in the social environment, and how they might change when blight is remediated.

Pealer, an attorney and director of the school’s Sustainable Real Estate Development program, will provide advice on individual property improvements and analysis of the potential impacts of this remediation work on neighborhood development and gentrification.

Read more on the project here.

Small Center project wins AIA Louisiana Honor Award

Hollygrove Shade-Water Pavilion, a project by the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, was recently recognized with an Honor Award in the small project category of the American Institute of Architects Louisiana 2018 design competition.

A nationally recognized panel of judges selected 16 winning projects from 73 entries submitted by architects statewide. The jury noted the Shade-Water Pavilion’s “great relationship between the scale of the human and the scale of the structure” and “incredible concrete bays.”

The pavilion provides an outdoor community gathering area in an unused infrastructural space with a mechanism to collect, display and distribute rain water. Tulane School of Architecture faculty members Judith Kinnard, FAIA and Irene Keil served as design leads with Small Center staff member Nick Jenisch as project manager on the collaborative effort with students, faculty, staff and community partners Carrollton/Hollygrove Community Development Corporation and the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board.

The Small Center is the community design center of the Tulane School of Architecture. Learn more about the center’s work with nonprofit organizations and community groups to provide design services to underserved communities at

Richard Campanella appointed Associate Dean for Research

Tulane School of Architecture - Richard Campanella

The Tulane University School of Architecture has named Senior Professor of Practice Richard Campanella as Associate Dean for Research. In this role, he will facilitate the production, publication and dissemination of new knowledge and innovative ideas, reinforcing the School of Architecture’s commitment to research.

Campanella brings a prolific portfolio of award-winning research to the position, including 10 books and more than 200 other publications on New Orleans and Louisiana geography, history, architecture, urbanism, culture and related topics.

As Associate Dean for Research, Campanella will identify and curate external research opportunities, assemble multidisciplinary research teams to respond to proposals, and coordinate faculty, staff and students pursuing research grant funding.

Campanella has worked at Tulane since 2000 and in the School of Architecture since 2012.

Yamuna River Project wins international architectural book award

Yamuna River Project: New Delhi Urban Ecology book cover

Yamuna River Project, New Delhi Urban Ecology, by Tulane School of Architecture Dean and Koch Chair in Architecture Iñaki Alday and University of Virginia architecture professor Pankaj Vir Gupta, was recently selected as one of the top 10 architectural books of the year by the Frankfurt Book Fair and German Architecture Museum (DAM).

The highly-respected International DAM Architectural Book Award attracted submissions from 96 architectural and art publishers this year. A jury of external experts and DAM representatives judged the 238 total entries on design, content, quality of material and finishing, innovation and topicality.

The Yamuna River Project, founded by Alday and Vir Gupta at UVA in 2014, is a long-term interdisciplinary research initiative working to revitalize both the ecology of the heavily polluted Yamuna River and the essential relationship between the river and life in New Delhi.

As one of the most rapidly urbanizing cities in the developing world, New Delhi faces enormous challenges of urban and social equity at a time of economic and climatic uncertainty. Consequentially, the citizens of the world’s largest democracy live amidst extreme environmental degradation. Existing government structures have been hard pressed to cope with the pace of the complex and rapidly evolving dynamics of economic and climate change.

Yamuna River Project, New Delhi Urban Ecology details five years of research with the goal of engaging government agencies, experts and activists to reimagine and transform the river through a holistic, multidisciplinary approach.

The book is published by Actar and available for purchase online.

Tulane School of Architecture programs rank among nation’s best

The Tulane School of Architecture is named a top institution in a recent prominent national ranking of architecture and design schools.

Tulane’s undergraduate architecture program placed at No. 16 and the graduate program at No. 31 in the “Most Admired Architecture Schools” category of DesignIntelligence Quarterly’s 2018-2019 America's Top Ranked Architecture & Design Schools survey. This is the undergraduate program’s third consecutive appearance in the top 20.

The annual survey polled more than 6,000 industry hiring professionals on which accredited schools they most admire and hire from, and how recent graduates are performing in key focus areas.

“As a small school with young programs, this solid ranking is impressive,” said Iñaki Alday, School of Architecture dean. “Most importantly, we are on a positive track, building our reputation among our peers and professional firms.”

The DesignIntelligence rankings are the most widely recognized among architecture and design schools and are referenced by many prospective students.

“Recognition in the rankings is great for our visibility, but our focus is the strength and innovative character of our mission,” said Alday. “Tulane has always been an intellectually independent and forward-looking school, committed to positively impacting and transforming the world and our community. The challenges that we are facing in both are urgent and require our full attention.”

Fall 2018 News

Fall 2018 News Cover

Fall 2018 News from the Tulane School of Architecture is now available online. Meet our new dean, get to know four impressive new faculty members, see what students, faculty and alumni are up to, and more in the pages of the annual publication.