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Students can get a jumpstart with Summer 2020 Courses. Offerings include design, architecture, photography, drawing, making, design thinking, historic preservation, real estate, and social innovation and social entrepreneurship. View the Tulane School of Architecture Summer 2020 Course Offerings.

Continue to check the TuSA COVID-19 FAQ page, and the Tulane Return to Campus website for updates.


Metropolis Magazine Highlights Tulane School of Architecture's Social Innovation Agenda

A Decade after Katrina, Tulane Seeks to Expand Its Social Innovation Agenda

Tulane University’s URBANbuild program was founded in 2005, not long before Hurricane Katrina ravaged much of the surrounding area. And if its mission had been important before, it became even more pressing in the storm’s aftermath. 

URBANbuild, Tulane's School of Architecture’s design-build program, sets out to give students firsthand experience of the work that goes into building an energy-efficient home, combining academic with technical knowledge. Over the course of the semester students participate in every aspect of the building process, from researching and developing proposals to communicating with material providers and working directly with subcontractors. 

Following Hurricane Katrina, URBANbuild turned its focus toward designing for the immediate community as it dealt with the consequences of the natural disaster. “We had an opportunity and a responsibility to help the communities in a much greater way,” Byron Mouton, director of URBANbuild, says. “Helping people who decided to return to understand that they had access to greater options.” Since its inception, the program has spearheaded the design and execution of 10 projects, including affordable housing in underserved areas and even a pop-up community market—all have had a small-scale but deeply-felt impact on the urban fabric of New Orleans.

Now, with the ten-year anniversary of Katrina, many are revisiting the extent of Katrina’s impact on the area and reassessing how the disaster has shaped how designers can deal with catastrophe and hardship on a broader scale. In these discussions, Tulane has stepped up to the plate once more, with its Tulane City Center projects (the community outreach arm of the Tulane School of Architecture) and its newly founded Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking....  Full Article HERE


Graduate On-Line Applications Open!

And don’t forget the Graduate Open House at the Tulane School of Architecture on October 23, 2015.

For further questions, contact Graduate Program Directors:

Architecture |  Kentaro Tsubaki -
Preservation |  John Stubbs -
Sustainable Real Estate Development |  Casius Pealer -

Online Applications HERE 

Exhibition scheduled: Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard: Past, Present, and Future

2015 Tulane School of Architecture Summer Newsletter

Byron Mouton and URBANbuild featured in Washington Post Article

What happened when Brad Pitt and his architects came to rebuild New Orleans 

By Peter Whoriskey August 28
After Hurricane Katrina, movie star Brad Pitt descended on New Orleans to help rebuild the Lower Ninth, one of the city's hardest hit neighborhoods.
With him, came a retinue of star architects: Thom Mayne. Shigeru Ban. Frank Gehry. Among others. Each has won the Pritzker Prize, sometimes referred to as the Nobel Prize of Architecture.
Now, ten years after the storm, one might ask: What has all that talent achieved?
The answer, in the most basic sense, is that Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation has built more than 100 houses, all equipped with solar panels and other eco-friendly flourishes, for families who otherwise might not have been able to afford  a home. The group has plans to build at least 41 more, and in many blocks of the Lower Ninth, it is the only active builder.
But what the “starchitects” have achieved is considerably less. In fact, the vast majority of the homes built so far came from designs created by other, lesser-known architects that Pitt hired. In fact, none of those three most celebrated architects  - Mayne, Ban and Gehry - can claim to have built any more than one prototype home out of the scores that have been built.
What happened? With the Mayne and Ban efforts, at least,  the story is of the kind that gives contemporary architecture its aura of Alice-in-Wonderland elitism: the designs proved to be too clever to be built on a budget - that is, in reality. The two may be visionaries, but they appear to have fallen well short of what the Lower Ninth needed.
Construction costs in the Lower Ninth Ward, maybe even more than a typical location, is an important issue. It is a neighborhood of low- and moderate-income homeowners. Through special financing, the foundation seeks to ensure that homeowners don’t have to pay a mortgage above what their incomes can bear. The construction budget was $150,000. The visions of Ban and Mayne, apparently, couldn't fit within that critical constraint.
The home design by Thom Mayne’s firm, Morphosis, did perform a neat architectural trick: the home can float, if necessary, in the next flood. But that feat depended on some pricey building technology... Full Artcle Here

Johnson Controls Celebrates Its Investment in the Tulane City Center

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

$1 million commitment helps Tulane University and New Orleans move forward

In 2005 Johnson Controls stood with Tulane University to rebuild and resume classes within five months after Hurricane Katrina's devastation. Ten years later, the university and New Orleans residents are building a better future one project at a time. Johnson Controls is proud to help the Tulane City Center, a non-profit organization founded by the Tulane School of Architecture, rejuvenate the community.

“Tulane needed help then, and New Orleans continues to need help today. We proudly have committed $1 million to help revitalize the community with projects that advance the lives of Louisiana residents and their families,” says Bill Jackson, president, Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls.

Read the news release and watch the video about this successful partnership.

Meet Wendell Wendeling - a man committed to his family, his customers, and the city he calls home.


In New Orleans Greatness Is The New Normal

Awards & Rankings - From GNO, Inc.

Download a copy of GNO, Inc. STARs (PDF) –- a comprehensive list of significant awards for the state and region.


"Higher Education Today" Highlights Tulane School of Architecture

Reinventing a Program, Revitalizing a City at Tulane’s School of Architecture

Ten years ago next week, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, wreaking havoc on the region including a number of higher education institutions. As one of the many schools affected by Katrina, Tulane University (LA) spent years rebuilding its own campus. But Tulane has also spent that time helping rebuild New Orleans as a whole.

Since Katrina, students at the Tulane School of Architecture have contributed to over 80 projectsin disadvantaged communities that focus on “improving locals’ lives through design.” Katrina inspired the university, always engaged in community work, to focus its core mission on improving low-income neighborhoods in the city.

Students in the undergraduate and graduate programs are involved in the projects from the ground-up, including designing and building houses for a family in need, reworking playgrounds to make them more suitable for activities, and developing and creating a vibrant youth farm.

Through hands-on experience, students are gaining the skills needed to start careers in urban planning and management. Now a decade after Katrina, Tulane is continuing to give back to the community that helped it recover. Full article here

The Mardi Gras Indian Council receives a $500,000 grant with assistance from Tulane City Center

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A stomping ground for the Mardi Gras Indians

Kirby Messinger


Mardi Gras Indians are one of New Orleans’ most unique and special cultural groups. Under the guidance of former director Maurice Cox, the Tulane City Center has worked to ensure their traditions continue by helping the Mardi Gras Indian Council get a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America to develop the Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Campus.

The campus will consist of a 5,900-square-foot headquarters and event space overlooking A.L. Davis Park.

“This space will give them a place to call their own and allow outsiders to learn more about their organization,” says Nicholas Jenisch, Tulane City Center project manager. Mardi Gras Indians normally sew their costumes in private homes, Jenisch adds.

Jenisch, along with students and faculty from the Tulane School of Architecture, began working with members of the council to create a headquarters that would preserve and advance their traditions. The council brings together more than a dozen tribes.

“Our students came up with several design options for a space that would fit the council’s needs,” says Jenisch.

During a tour of Central City, a historically relevant area to the Mardi Gras Indians, students discovered two shotgun houses on La Salle Street that would suit the project. The final design includes four classrooms, two event rooms, two offices, a kitchen and an outdoor performance space.

“Our design process is really tailored to the needs of an organization,” says interim Tulane City Center director Maggie Hansen. “We were able to think through a variety of different ideas for this project and eventually land on something that everyone is extremely excited about. We can’t wait to see this project move forward.”

ArtPlace America is an organization that weaves arts and culture projects into community-planning efforts.

Jenisch says Tulane University’s work on the cultural campus is complete, but renovations will continue until the center opens in 2017.

New Wave features Real Estate Summer Minor Institute

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Summer institute puts the “real” in real estate

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This summer a class of seven students completed the Tulane School of Architecture’s first Real Estate Summer Minor Institute, an eight-week course designed to provide hands-on learning in the major topics of real estate.

The class included students from the A. B. Freeman School of Business and the schools of Architecture, Liberal Arts, and Science and Engineering. Their backgrounds and diverse perspectives created a dynamic learning environment, especially during group work and presentations.

“Our students were highly engaged in the topics. Each student sees real estate from their particular niche, and the resulting discussion benefited everyone,” says Vic Franckiewicz, adjunct lecturer. 

The students took five classes — 16 credits — studying legal issues, finance, development, sustainable practices and property management. They visited construction and development sites, attended community meetings and heard lectures from people within the industry. Three students obtained LEED Green Associate certification as part of their class credit.

The School of Architecture wanted to offer a program that provides undergraduate students specific tools to work in various areas, says program director Daniela Rivero Bryant, noting that real estate is a wide industry. The program also serves as a base for School of Architecture’s master’s degree in sustainable real estate development, she says.

Over the course of the summer, students chose a blighted New Orleans building to research and “redevelop.” Faculty members Michael Bosio and John Huppi guided them through the process — due diligence, financial analysis, market research, building programming and creative financing. Working in small groups, the students prepared presentations for a panel of local real estate investors, and listened to feedback on their pitches, which contributed to their final grades.

The next Real Estate Summer Minor Institute will take place May 27-July 8, 2016. Registration opens April 1. For more information, see the TSA website or contact Daniela Rivero Bryant