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Tulane School of Architecture named one of nation’s best

By: Barri Bronston

The Tulane School of Architecture is being honored as one of the best architecture programs in the United States.

In its annual ranking of accredited undergraduate programs, DesignIntelligence Quarterly ranked Tulane’s architecture school as the nation’s 14th best, and Dean Ken Schwartz as one of the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016-17.

Each year, the publication conducts the America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools survey, which ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of professionals who hire and supervise graduates of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design programs.

“There are many fine architecture programs across the United States, but there are very few that combine the strong traditions of architectural design with public service and civic engagement.” 

Tulane School of Architecture Dean Ken Schwartz

The ranking is among the most prestigious in the design professions, and this is the first time Tulane’s undergraduate program has made the list.

“This is a historic event for our school and a positive reflection of the continued increase in national recognition for design excellence among our students and faculty,” Schwartz said. “There are many fine architecture programs across the United States, but there are very few that combine the strong traditions of architectural design with public service and civic engagement.”

The Tulane School of Architecture promotes excellence and innovation in architecture, landscape urbanism, preservation and urban and environmental design and development. Among its award-winning programs is the Albert and Tina Small City Center, which works in partnerships with community-based organizations across New Orleans, providing high-quality design assistance for groups traditionally underserved by the design profession.

DesignIntelligence ranked Tulane 14th in response to the question: “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which schools are best preparing students for a future in the profession and designing a sustainable future?” Hiring professionals were also asked a variety of other questions about their experience with educational institutions.

Each year the organization also honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals. Of Schwartz, it wrote: “He has led the remake of Tulane as one of the best schools in the country. Strong and effective in upgrading the school’s facilities, securing funding and keeping a competitive academic environment.”

Information Session scheduled: Graduate Open House

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Dean Schwartz interviewed on WWNO

What Is The Phyllis M. Taylor Center For Social Innovation And Design Thinking?

On “Notes from New Orleans” on WWNO, Director Kenneth Schwartz spoke with Sharon Litwin to answer the questions, “What is Social Innovation” and “What is the Taylor Center?”.

Listen to the show here

Small City Center up for prestigious development award

Barri Bronston 


The Albert Jr. and Tina Small City Center, the community design center of the Tulane School of Architecture, has been named a finalist for the 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund.

ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program that invests money in communities where the arts help drive community development projects related to such issues as agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, immigration, public safety, transportation and workforce development.

Small City Center, in partnership with Hung Dao CDC, was named one of 80 finalists for the Hung Dao Community Center & Heritage Gardens in Lower Algiers. Those 80 projects represent 6 percent of the more than 1,300 applications that ArtPlace America reviewed. Winners will be announced in December and will share in a total of $10.5 million.

Students and faculty of Small City Center will provide technical assistance and design service for the 6.5-acre park, which when completed will tell the story of the community through plantings native to Vietnam and how these plants relate to regional differences in food and culture. The park will offer youth education, community gardening, culinary demonstrations, food markets, recreation and cultural events, including the Tet Festival, the annual Vietnamese New Year’s celebration.

Small City Center will now complete more extensive application materials and schedule a site visit with an ArtPlace staff member and a national peer expert. ArtPlace America will convene these peer experts for an in-person panel meeting this fall before announcing the winners in December.

To date, the program has invested $67 million in 227 projects across 152 communities. The complete list of 2016 finalists may be found here.

Hung Dao Heritage Gardens – ArtPlace America 2016 Finalist

MPS accepting applications for the Fall 2016 semester

Our Master of Preservation Studies (MPS) program is still accepting applications for the Fall 2016 semester. The application deadline is Friday, July 1, 2016.

Learn more about the MPS Program here.
Apply to MPS Program here.

MSRED Spring 2016 Newsletter

Summer study helps launch real estate careers

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Carol Schlueter


Students looking for an educational foundation to pursue a career in real estate can take advantage of a summer program of the Tulane University School of Architecture that brings in faculty from across the New Orleans development community.

“Students come out of the program prepared to go after internships and entry-level positions with real estate companies across the U.S.,” says John Huppi, program director and adjunct lecturer with the eight-week Real Estate Minor Summer Institute.

Registration opens April 1 for the next institute, which takes place May 16 through July 8. Students will take five classes, or 16 credits, studying legal issues, finance, development, sustainable practices and property management.

Teaching the classes are some of the city’s top real estate attorneys, consultants, developers and asset managers.

“One of the biggest advantages of having a faculty full of working professionals is that they bring real-world, relevant experiences into the classroom,” Huppi says.

During this summer’s class, students will choose a blighted New Orleans building to research and “redevelop,” selecting from six abandoned structures that range from former schools and hospitals, to hotels and office buildings. Students choose a structure, analyze its potential as a sustainable and economically feasible redevelopment project, and present their proposals to a panel of local investors and real estate professionals for critique.

Huppi says the program also prepares students for professional certifications such as the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) exam, a program of the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Students who go after these certifications are not only building credible skill sets, but they are also adding important pieces to their resumes,” he says.

In addition, the program serves as a base for the master’s degree in sustainable real estate development offered by the School of Architecture.

Contact John Huppi for additional information.