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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.

Small Center case study published in design education book

Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies book cover

A new book on best practices in public interest design education includes a case study written by Emilie Taylor Welty, a School of Architecture professor of practice and design/build manager at the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, and Maggie Hansen, the center’s former director. The contributed chapter features a 2015 Small Center project, Sanfoka Mobile Market.

Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies” (Routledge, 2018) presents the work and ideas of more than 60 thought-leaders that together are shaping a broad curriculum of public interest design. Written in a guidebook format that includes projects from across design disciplines, the publication describes the learning critical to pursuing an inclusive, informed design practice.

"We are honored to have the work of our students and faculty showcased within a book about best practices and innovative approaches to design education," said Taylor Welty.

The second book in Routledge’s Public Interest Design Guidebook series, the editors and contributors feature a range of examples and strategies where educational and community-originated goals unite.

A note from Dean Alday

Tulane School of Architecture Dean Iñaki Alday

This month, global architect Iñaki Alday joined the Tulane School of Architecture as dean.

Dear alumni and friends of the Tulane School of Architecture,

I want to start with a deep thank you for your commitment and love for the school over the years, and let you know how excited I am to be part of this special group. The task of dean is an enormous honor and responsibility, and I welcome your help. The continued progress of the school will require the collective effort of students, staff, faculty and alumni.

I also want to thank Dean Schwartz for his remarkable accomplishments during the last 10 years, which placed the school in a significant position in the academic and community realms.

My hope is to get the opportunity soon to thank you personally, and to learn about your trajectory before and after graduating, and your aspirations for the school.

We have a great group in Richardson Memorial Hall, many of whom you know already. I want to introduce you, at least through this letter, to some extraordinary additions to the tenure track faculty.

Margarita Jover joins the school as associate professor, bringing a substantial multidisciplinary practice with international awards and a new book, “Ecologies of Prosperity.” Adam Modesitt, an assistant professor coming from New Jersey Institute of Technology, is one of the young national leaders in digital fabrication. Carrie Norman, assistant professor from UPenn and Columbia, is principal of Norman Kelley, which was recently awarded a United States Artist Fellowship in Architecture and Design. And the 2018 Favrot Visiting Professor is our well-known colleague Bob Hale, FAIA of Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles.

I am excited and confident about the potential of the school. It is unique already, and it is in a very positive dynamic. I am convinced that our collective duty (and desire!) is to keep pushing for excellence without reservation. Excellence is about ideas and commitment, so I am not worried (yet) if we are not the wealthiest (yet). We will have the best ideas and the best architectural education, and we are getting ready for the challenges ahead.

Tulane School of Architecture is the heart of the Gulf Coast, in which all the challenges of human inhabitation of the planet are at stake. At our school, we have the opportunity to define the role of architecture in front of climate change, coastal and riparian crisis, the process of urbanization under these circumstances, and the challenges for social and environmental justice. This is a historic moment in the best possible place on earth to be an architect and an educator. That is why I did not hesitate to join Tulane as soon as I received the opportunity, and why I am so confident in having your support.

I look forward to working with you.


Dean and Koch Chair in Architecture

Summer fellows wade through regional water issues

Water is a defining feature of life in south Louisiana, presenting both urgent threats and unique opportunities.

This summer, five Tulane School of Architecture students explored how communities are shaped by water during the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design’s 2018 Public Interest Design Fellowship.

Fellows spent eight weeks dissecting what it means to live with water, adapt to an uncertain future and work together with a focus on balancing water’s positive and negative traits.

Their efforts centered on two project areas – graphic advocacy and tactical urbanism.

To understand water management on a local level, fellows met with numerous water-related nonprofits, government agencies, NGO’s and collaboratives working in education, infrastructure and environmental protection.

Finding this network of organizations to be extremely complex, the group took on a project to breakdown the “Who, What and Why” of water management in New Orleans. The resulting index of players will serve as the base for a future New Orleans water management web piece graphic advocacy piece.

Expanding their research further, the fellows visited 24 sites across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

“It's one thing to read about or look at pictures of these places, but to get to walk around and see the physical impact of a policy or project adds a completely new level of understanding to these complex issues,” said Dana Elliot, a fellow and graduate architecture student.

Back in the studio, the fellows explored tactical urbanism, the process of using temporary, low-cost and scalable projects to test street design changes (Tactical Urbanist’s Guide).

In partnership with Bike Easy NOLA and the Urban Conservancy, the students designed a demonstration rain garden as part of a pop-up installation to slow traffic at the intersection of Mirabeau and Elysian Fields avenues. Their garden site proposal integrated a bike lane and coordinated with new road paint at cross walks to promote traffic safety, green infrastructure and urban place-making.

Small Center staff Sue Mobley and Rashidah Williams, and School of Architecture professor Marianne Desmarais guided the fellowship. The work was made possible through support from Morris Adjmi and Associates, the Sizeler Family and Eskew+Dumez+ Ripple.