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Firm Profile + Design Philosophy Design Process + Phases Team Biographies Selected Work Testimonials Next Steps + Contact

www.studiowta.com


studioWTA

expressive, process-driven design through innovation + collaboration


Based in New Orleans, studioWTA provides architectural, planning, and interior design services for residential, commercial, and institutional use. Our work questions preconceived ideas, embraces innovative materials, and exemplifies a unique, contemporary aesthetic. We embrace a collective approach in every project to create work that is process-driven, environmentally conscious, culturally engaging, and visually distinctive.


s t u d i oW TA a t a G l a n c e

Our firm offers full architectural services, including: • Multi-family, Commercial, Hospitality, Institutional, Cultural, Medical, + Residential Project Types • Master Planning, Programming + Feasibility Studies • Historic Restoration + Adaptive Reuse • Renovations + Additions • Building Survey + Existing Conditions Analysis • Interior Design • Cost Analysis Studies • Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits • Building Envelope Design • LEED Project Design + Delivery • Regulatory Code Consultation • Project Modeling + Rendering


s t u d i o W T A is an award-winning,

woman-owned architecture, planning, and interior design firm in New Orleans known for our integrated and innovative approach to design and construction. Founded in 1991, the studio has built a reputation on personalized design and quality client service with a focus on establishing collaborative relationships. The practice has evolved to both embrace the shifting demands of building performance, master planning, and sustainability, and to explore the opportunities of our complex cultural and physical contexts to achieve distinctive, place-specific projects. Our practice is based on a studio environment that is both open and collaborative. We encourage a team approach through creative dialogue including everyone in our studio, our partnering consultants, and, especially, our clients. Our focus is on positive community impact and the craft of architecture conveyed through building and design details. We pride

ourselves on our unique and responsive approach to celebrating the specific culture found at our project sites and neighborhoods, and on actively exploring new technologies, materials, and building systems as a way of expanding and improving building strategies. studioWTA works at a variety of scales from art installations to institutional projects, master planning, new construction, adaptive reuse, and renovations for the commercial, residential, hospitality, cultural, educational, and religious sectors. Having provided comprehensive architectural services for over twenty-five years, we have extensive, unique experience. We offer our clients a full range of design and construction services. Nationally recognized for urban excellence, studioWTA maintains a commitment to contemporary design and is attuned to innovative green building strategies and concerns about historic conservation.


Firm Profile + Design Philosophy


Design Process + Phases


PROCESS

DESIGN PHASES

Through careful listening, open-mindedness, innovation, and communication with all stakeholders involved, our design process is highly spirited, inspirational, and progressive, resulting in a unique, one-of-a-kind project reality. Our direct experience with projects of varied scales and types, intimate working relationships with our clients, and continued collaborative approach will enable us to successfully realize the needs and design vision while meeting pragmatic concerns of budget costs and schedule.

The traditional Basic Services phases of design include Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration, with optional additional services. PRE-DESIGN Establish project goals with client; understand the intent and character of the project balanced against all aspects including function, sustainability, aesthetics, site, cost, and schedule PROGRAMMING Work with the client to create Project Program including existing facilities to be reused, new buildings, desired rooms and spaces, area sizes for different programmatic entities, and functional/spatial relationships between areas and/or the site


Design Process + Phases

SCHEMATIC DESIGN • Develop working sketches, precedent research, spatial studies, and site organization through a series of design identity meetings; present approach to new buildings and proposed renovations of existing facilities • Deliverables include schematic drawings such as site plans, floor plans, key elevations/sections, area analysis, 3-D models depicting the overall aesthetics and massing, and updates to pragmatic constraints such as project budget and schedule • Initiate Neighborhood Participation Program as required for zoning changes

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT • Finalize major decisions, including: spatial organization, selection of materials, fenestration, determinations of building systems, and continued integration of sustainable/energy efficient initiatives • Deliverables for Design Development include further developed drawings from Schematic Design phase in addition to key interior elevations, reflected ceiling plans, outline specifications, key building details, consultant systems drawings, and updated project budget/schedule


DESIGN PHASES CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS • Collaborate with client on interior finish selections, lighting/plumbing fixture selections, appliance selections, and similar conditions requiring client input • Submit to local government authority agencies for permit review, energy and building code conformance, and stormwater management • Develop and coordinate technical building systems, information, and detailing with consultants • Develop all drawings, building details, and specifications to result in a highly comprehensive, technical, and fullycoordinated document set for bidding and negotiation

BIDDING + NEGOTIATION • Contingent on the client option to bid the project, aide in preselecting contractors with relevant experience for the project and conduct a pre-bid meeting for contractors. • Upon receipt of bids, assist the client in evaluating the bids for final contractor selection • Contingent on the client option to negotiate the project, negotiate the terms of the contract with the contractor


Design Process + Phases

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION • Act as the client’s agent, observing the • Review and approve submittals and shop progression of construction for general drawings, ensure consistency with design conformance with the construction intent, materials, and specifications documents and specifications in addition to • Review and approve pay applications, working closely with the contractor to resolve change orders, construction change design issues that arise in the field directives, and minor changes in the • Hold regular meetings throughout work to further be approved by the client construction with the contractor • Generate punch list upon substantial and consultants to address schedule completion notification by the conformance, answer questions contractor. The punch list outlines all • Generate field reports to inform relevant observations made for any elements parties as to the progression of the project, of the project in need of resolution, or field observations, approaching construction correction due to not conforming with milestones, and identify construction the contract documents; an assigned deficiencies dollar amount for each unresolved item is identified • Conduct additional meetings as necessary, with client and contractor for mockup • Issue Certificate of Substantial review and for review and final selections of Completion upon completion of punch exterior materials, and interior finishes list items by the contractor


Team Biographies


TRACIE L ASHE, AIA Partner I Architect

Integrating a wide range of cultural experiences into her designs, Tracie creates personal spaces with innovative design elements. Her projects explore the ways in which modern design can be integrated into historic architecture through materials and technology. Joining studioWTA in 2003, and becoming partner in 2016, she continues to find creative potential in the studio’s commitment to create original architecture and promote contemporary design, while protecting and celebrating historic architecture. Growing up in South Florida, Tracie spent summers in the Florida Keys, where the laid-back atmosphere, Caribbean-influenced architecture, and inclusive community spirit were formative. Moving on to Tulane University School of Architecture, she was struck by the myriad similarities between New Orleans and Key West, which she continues to integrate into her designs. She considers the social and local context in her residential, mixed-use, and particularly her commercial projects, including

restaurant Paladar 511, an adaptive reuse project, which was featured in The Wall Street Journal . Tracie also integrates extensive travel experiences into her design perspective. This has proven particularly valuable for her recent work on hotels, including a spa renovation at the historic Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter and boutique Hotel Peter + Paul. The latter is a half-block Catholic compound– including convent, school, and church–that was transformed into a 72-room boutique hotel which, since its completion, has received international acclaim. Tracie also finds great joy in her work with the New Orleans Film Society. She serves as Secretary on the board of directors for the organization and has volunteered as a submissions screener for 15 years. She sees film as a unique medium which allows viewers to become immersed in alternate viewpoints and see the far reaches of the world, and which can start to break down societal barriers that arise from fear of the unknown.


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JULIE A BABIN, AIA, LEED AP Partner I Architect

Julie has built a reputation for design that is both contextual and contemporary, handling large-scale projects with careful attention to detail. As a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional), she values green building and consistently considers innovations for sustainability. In her role at studioWTA, Julie’s work spans a variety of scales and project types. She often takes on the challenge of honoring prominent, large-scale historic spaces while updating them through contemporary renovations or additions. Julie recently completed an update on The Pythian, rumored to be the first place Louis Armstrong ever performed publicly. She is in charge of an addition on Tulane University’s historic academic quad. The new building is clad in unadorned materials, juxtaposing the highly ornamented existing building which is one of Tulane’s oldest and stylistically expressive buildings.

These large-scale, long-term projects demonstrate Julie’s unique and thoughtful eye for architecture and her abilities in the business of design. Both of these talents led studioWTA to name Julie as a partner in 2016. In the same year, New Orleans Homes + Lifestyles Magazine deemed her a “Master of Architecture.” In 2018, Julie was elected to the Executive Board of the New Orleans Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She is proud to further participate in the New Orleans design community through the AIA. Julie committed to rebuilding New Orleans rather than returning to her hometown of Philadelphia when Hurricane Katrina coincided with her thesis year at Tulane University. Since then, her New Orleans roots have grown deeply, both professionally and personally. Julie loves exploring her vibrant city–and others–with her husband, Patrick, and their children, Evangeline and Leo.


THE studioWTA TEAM CHRISTOPHE BLANCHARD I Designer Christophe approaches design from a hands-on and collaborative perspective, with a love for the physical process of architecture and the craft in details. ROSS KARSEN, LEED AP I Architect Ross strives to create buildings that are both selfsustaining and spatially inspiring with a preference for the practical. DANIEL KAUTZ I Sr. Designer With a respect for precise detailing, craft, and atmosphere, Dan appreciates design that emerges as an experimental process of open collaboration and communication. MADELINE LUKE I Designer Madeline’s goal is to develop projects that connect strongly to storytelling and react to the human experience through using local inspiration to guide a narrative that is inseparable from the place. JOHN PHILIP MOUTON I Architect John uses design to connect people to their environments and to each other, while providing a personalized retreat that reflects clients’ needs.

SERGIO PADILLA I Designer Sergio’s professional practice has allowed him to work across a diverse range of projects: from campus planning, urban design, cultural and adaptive reuse projects – both nationally and internationally. NANCY BOWDEN STEWART I Interior Designer Invigorated by the belief that successful interiors can enhance people’s daily lives, Nancy carries out a vigorous and thoughtful design process that results in creative, beautiful and functional interiors that reflect the client’s brand, values, and vision. JOHN GUARNIERI I Studio Manager John facilitates an environment conducive to the creative process, uniting studioWTA’s team, and utilizing his early career in the music industry to give him insight into the nexus of creativity and business. SPECIALTY CONSULTANTS In a quest to ensure dynamic design and quality of construction, studioWTA works openly with the most qualified local consultants on any specialty needs for a given project. Whether it be roofing or waterproofing specialists, millworkers, or code consultants, it is important to work with knowledgeable sources for the best results.


Selected Work


“[you] get not only a chic minimal living space, but also membership in a creative community with its own culture — a culture that emanates from the building itself.” TheNew York Times 2014 Louisiana Landmarks Society Excellence in Historic Preservation Award 2012 AIA New Orleans Award of Merit 2011 Associated Builders and Contractors New Orleans/Bayou Chapter Excellence in Construction Award 2007 AIA New Orleans Award of Merit


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RICE MILL LOFTS

Adaptive reuse of a derelict, masonry warehouse into lofts and commercial space The Rice Mill Lofts are located on the edge of the Mississippi River, at the foot of still-industrial Press Street. The project has served as a catalyst for revitalization in the area, celebrating the artistic and eclectic nature of a neighborhood that is alive and comfortable with the contrasts of art and industry. Extensive structural repair to the 1892 brickand-timber ruins was required before actual construction could begin, necessitating many decisions to be made during what essentially became an archeological dig. Many discoveries (and unexpected challenges) led to opportunities, resulting in the sensitive insertion of new materials

that allow the original form and structure in every space of the project. To enhance the original factory warehouse’s spatial experience, the residential spaces were designed for open living, with many featuring lofted sleeping spaces. High-grade materials, finishes, and appliances contrast the roughhewn original structure, including extensive, colorful graffiti left in place. At street level, two-story live/work lofts are incorporated as counterpoints to a large, corner restaurant, with the intention that the building truly function as a mixed-use project at several scales. A garden behind the building features an intimate swimming pool. The building’s most dramatic feature is a rooftop terrace with a 360-degree view of New Orleans, the Mississippi River, and the riverfront park. From the terrace the viewer experiences layers of contrasts on a larger scale: unfolding all around are industry and art, work and play, history and potential, sunrise and sunset.


“Mussafer Hall will be one of the most important stops on admissions tours – a window into Tulane’s college experience for prospective students and their parents.” Tulane President Mike Fitts

2019 AIA Louisiana Award of Merit


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MUSSAFER HALL

Iconic building restoration + a modern addition for Tulane’s uptown campus An ambitious renovation and addition to the existing, Dutch Renaissance-style “Building 9” on Tulane University’s front quad, Mussafer Hall brings to bear our firm’s expertise in both historic preservation and restoration as well as contemporary, modern design. Designed as a home for the Academic Advising Center, Career Services, and the Success Center, Mussafer Hall is a touchstone for Tulane students starting before they enroll, during their years at the university, and as they embark on their future careers. This multi-function program required that the building foster a connective

environment within the Tulane community and beyond. Similarly, the physical structure needed to maintain a connection between the historic building and its new addition, while communicating with the campus at large. Mussafer Hall achieved the university’s LEED Silver certification requirement through preservation and innovation. studioWTA was committed to protecting the historic structure and centuries-old live oak trees integral to campus life. Simultaneously, the design used modern materials and systems to improve building performance and longevity. The addition is integrated into the historic uptown campus through its use of materials and proportions, which will complement the existing, historic architecture of Building 9. Interiors provide flexible spaces to maximize the functionality of the building for its various users; for example, an interview room by day may become a group study space in the evening. The building opened in Summer 2018.


PALADAR 511

Interior build-out of a restaurant in an existing, historic warehouse After designing the majority of this warehouse space at 511 Marigny two years prior, studioWTA was asked to design the restaurant space located on the ground floor. The design team wanted to keep the dynamic spirit of the collective alive in the build-out, now in the first-floor corner space that would be home to Paladar 511. The design of this restaurant was a labor of love for the owners, with whom we worked closely on design and execution; Jack, Susan, and Ed installed much of the interior finishes and casework themselves, including wood plank ceilings, lath-wrapped counters, countertops, built-in banquette seating, and wall shelving. A primary design goal was to celebrate the existing height and volume of the industrial space, highlighted by historic, steel-framed windows on two sides. Building systems and back-of-house spaces are pushed to the interior corner. A mezzanine runs along one brick wall, over a jewelbox wine room and tucked-away bathrooms, allowing diners to experience the space from a

higher vantage point overlooking the main floor. Of similar importance was the visitor experience: the performance kitchen includes wrap-around counter seating to bring guests and chefs into close proximity, often prompting conversation during food preparation. Creating a casual, inviting atmosphere was carried through in the materials, which invite touch, and are warm and familiar. During the day, artificial lighting is barely needed, and the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant at night encourages people to linger in the space.


“Visually, Paladar 511 is stunning. Painted brick walls give way to high ceilings and a long wooden bar wraps around the open kitchen. Tall windows flood the dining room with an abundance of natural light.� Gambit


2010 AIA Gulf States Region Award of Merit 2009 AIA New Orleans Award of Merit 2009 AIA Louisiana Award of Merit


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ARTHUR ROGER@434

A minimalist renovation in a historic building for expansion of an existing, adjacent gallery The primary concern in the design of this ancillary gallery space was to highlight existing rich, historic elements while providing a clean, crisp surface on which to display artwork. Retention and revelation of masonry walls and wood columns provide the unique sense of time and place in New Orleans, while sleek, new materials contrast the existing, creating an understated drama in which to showcase installations. The main gallery features new display walls floating over existing masonry, adding perceived spatial depth and the impression that the gallery itself may be an installation. Concealed lighting runs above a knife-edged cove, with a recessed

track below. Existing heavy timber columns—once a service elevator shaft—are a focal point at the entry, and dacron sail material between the timbers is backlit for dramatic effect from the street. At the passageway between old and new galleries, a surround of backlit resin panels signals a transition, contrasting against the weight of the exposed masonry wall and smooth, white gypsum. Sliding translucent panels provide privacy for support spaces– without adding visual weight to the gallery–and reinforce spatial continuity. Back-of-house functions are supported by custom cabinetry and shelving–ideal for curiolike art display–built-in workspaces and integral lighting; in this way, the gallery’s functionality as exhibition space extends beyond the main room. Open slots through walls provide subtle visual connection between workspaces and display/storage, emphasizing connections between programmatic functions.


SCHINDLER-WININGDER RESIDENCE Modern, new construction in the heart of historic Uptown New Orleans

Situated in a neighborhood of ornate, traditional Southern homes, this project stands out for its modern use of brick, glass, metal, and contemporary detailing. Working with the clients, studioWTA designed interiors that are highlyrefined and cleanly modern, grounded in careful detailing and rich material choices. The home, despite its substantial square footage, doesn’t overpower its 19th century context; instead, it nestles beneath two mature live oaks on its corner site where a shaded yard and pool were a natural fit for a young family. With an open side to the street, the courtyard scheme is made private with a custom fence along the sidewalk. The front of the house responds to the courtyard and trees via a steel “frame” porch off the second floor playroom, protected by sliding shutters and the tree canopy. Anchoring one side of the courtyard is a guest house with loft, designed to provide eating, sleeping, and living space overlooking the pool.

Within the house, the clients’ desire for a modern yet comfortable home comes to life in the detailing and materials: matte charcoal kitchen cabinets; frameless glass balcony railings; wood slat panel entertainment wall. All these ideas were revealed through a collaboration between the client and studioWTA, as well as a clarity of vision and a refined sensibility.


“The house is a study in contrasts, beginning on the exterior where dark wood and zinc play against a subtlelycolored stucco. There are also many special details, including a floating stair along the living room edge and handsome sliding shutters on the western side.� New Orleans Magazine 2018 AIA Louisiana Award of Merit


“studioWTA’s collaborative, creative problem-solving attitude makes the team a pleasure to work with...They have been great at marshaling different teams with a smooth, steady and rigorous hand. They relish working within the constraints imposed by historic buildings, finding new uses for the old buildings that make our city so beautiful.” Owner of Hotel Peter + Paul

2019 Louisiana Landmarks Society Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation


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HOTEL PETER + PAUL

Transformation of four historic buildings to a boutique hotel Conception of this boutique hotel in Marigny began in 2013 after an exhaustive search for the perfect site. The former Archdiocese complex at Sts. Peter + Paul Church and School comprises half a city block and includes a three-story school (c1899), rectory (c1875), church (c1862), and convent (c1890). Seventy-one guest rooms are distributed across the site, with the church reserved for community and special events. Extensive documentation of existing conditions was

undertaken, including records of windows, doors, and masonry. Guest rooms were cleverly fit into the existing structures, including the school’s attic: an expanisve gabled space made habitable by introduction of sleeping mezzanines and skylights. These skylights were designed to be flush with the surface of the roof, minimizing their visibility from the building’s exterior. The church’s interior has been maintained in it’s decayed glory with existing finishes stabilized, and with the introduction of new bathrooms clad in mirrored glass which reflects the rich tapestry of the sanctuary space. The hotel also includes lounge spaces, a bar, and a courtyard at the rectory building, which provides the primary public space for guests and neighbors, with lush landscaping and lighting creating an intimate, unforgettable atmosphere.


“...[studioWTA] was determined to use the building’s original architectural elements as artfully as possible. The result is a building that has been repurposed and reinvigorated–a 511 Marigny for the 21st century.” Preservation in Print 2014 Louisiana Landmarks Society Excellence in Historic Preservation Award 2013 Associated Builders and Contractors New Orleans/Bayou Chapter Excellence in Construction Award


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511 MARIGNY

Transformation of a historic, former hosiery factory to modern lofts In the southern area of Faubourg Marigny, close to the Mississippi River, stands a three-story brick structure that once anchored the Alden Mills hosiery factory, founded in 1891. The two building masses were constructed in 1895 and 1916, respectively, and were used as warehouse and office space to a variety of businesses following the closing of the Mills in the mid-1950s. studioWTA’s extensive adaptive reuse renovation resulted in forty-seven loft apartments and over 3,000 sq. ft. of commercial space at the corner of Marigny

and Decatur Streets. Scope included interior buildout as well as a rooftop terrace (with the historic steel water tower structure as a feature) and restoration of an existing boiler pavilion as a shared outdoor space with pool adjacent to the building at ground level. The building’s original rolled steel windows were still intact–in fair to good condition, and considered highly significant–it was decided early in the project to restore rather than replace them. Collaboration with our engineers resulted in a restoration which satisfied both thermal comfort and impactresistance requirements, as well as standards for rehabilitation, allowing the project to utilize both federal and state historic tax credits. In order to maintain the historic wood floors and exposed ceilings, existing pecan flooring was removed and reinstalled after the addition of interstitial acoustical layers to maximize separation between units. Heavy timber wood columns and beams, exposed masonry, and steel fire doors were also retained within the building.


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A collaborative workspace for studioWTA is inserted into a 1937 box press factory As home to studioWTA, this one-story warehouse provided a canvas upon which the firm could express its interest in modern material inserted into historic fabric, and is now home to the firm and an artist’s studio. Original structure is maintained, and is complimented by new finishes and spatial organization that allows the collaborative spirit of studioWTA to thrive. Existing steel frame windows were restored, and previously-infilled openings were opened with new windows, flooding the space with natural light. Artificial illumination is unnecessary most of the year, and individual workstations are supplemented with task lighting. An original garage door opening frames the main entry, with a double height foyer highlighting the vertical space and roof structure. On either side of this, polycarbonate walls dematerialize the separation between foyer and the studio and conference room. The nature of the material reads as a modern insertion, filtering light across the building. Oversized, sliding doors of the same material reinforce connections.

A loft was designed to accommodate support spaces. Below the loft are a library, reproduction area, kitchenette, and bathroom. The loft is occupied by work stations and material samples, and overlooks the main studio. Throughout the building, custom designed casework and furniture further allow the studio to express its design aesthetics and sensibility. Modern finishes successfully contrast and complement the original building, speaking to the changing nature of space as well as the mutability of buildings and their adaptability to support various functional requirements.


“With the renovation of the building, [studioWTA] team’s identity as sensitive interventionists is solidified.” Residential Architect 2007 AIA New Orleans Honor Award 2007 AIA Gulf States Region Honor Award


ST JOSEPH REBUILD CENTER

Social service and recovery center for the post-Katrina transient population of New Orleans Organized around a landscaped courtyard and enveloped by a decorative translucent screen, fiber cement board, and vegetation, this extensive facility is comprised of six premanufactured trailers connected by a raised deck. Canopies give respite from the elements in open seating areas, and serve to reinforce pedestrian circulation patterns. The polycarbonate screen was developed along the street edge as a unique façade for identification, and to limit the negative visual impact of the trailers while providing a sense of security—and pride—for facility users. Framed cutouts in the screen offer opportunities for visual connection with the outside, and at night security lighting doubles as backlighting, transforming the street facade into a soft, glowing beacon that can be seen from the adjacent elevated interstate. Corrugated polycarbonate roofing creates a fifth illuminated “façade,” contrasting with broad expanses of metal roof and filtering out UV

rays during the day. Additional design features include three large pivoting entrance gates, soothing water elements, landscaped pavement cutouts, custom benches incorporating site lighting, a large water-themed mural, pergolas, and green walls of vines. Care was taken in the design to make use of mechanically-fastened, uncut sizes of nominal lumber, screen, and roofing material to minimize waste and to maximize possibilities for reuse after the “center” is deconstructed following its ideally temporary occupancy of the site. The project was completed in conjunction with Dan Pitera and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center.


2009 Rudy Bruner Award, Silver Medal 2009 NCARB Prize 2008 AIA Gulf States Region Honor Award 2008 AIA Committee on the Environment 2008 AIA Louisiana Member’s Choice Award 2008 AIA Michigan Honor Award 2008 AIA New Orleans Honor Award

“[The] Rebuild Center responds to serious budget and time constraints with a design that hides the mass and expression of single-function temporary trailers behind wooden trellises, walkways, and canopies. This plan buries the trailers in a unified, non-institutional context and offers homeless patrons a dignified and inviting, though temporary, place to gather.” AIArchitect


“...a modern oasis to last a lifetime.� Dwell Magazine 2019 AIA Louisiana Honor Award 2016 Louisiana Landmarks Society Excellence in Historic Preservation Award 2016 AIA New Orleans Merit Award


EMERALD STREET RESIDENCE

Restoration of an iconic mid-century modern Curtis and Davis gem The Emerald Street Residence was originally built in 1953 and designed by renowned New Orleans modernist architects Curtis and Davis. studioWTA’s intervention restored key original design features that were previously destroyed, while also fulfilling the original planned intent for a master bedroom, with outdoor patios connecting all main rooms. A key restored design feature is a deep monopitch roof overhang over the south façade of the building, extending the year-round

livable area. The south façade itself–previously water damaged by Hurricane Karina–is now composed entirely of floor-to-ceiling 7’x9’ sliding glass panels floating independent from columns or supporting walls. Interiors–including a fully custom kitchen and built-in furniture throughout–are fully contemporary with clean, mid-century modernist detailing. Interior melds with exterior living space through backyard patios, which were added below the rebuilt extended roof. These patios connect all major rooms, but are partially divided for privacy by large walnut-clad wing walls, which are treated with the Weldtex process originally used to striate plywood in the 1950s. The process was re-imagined here as an extra layer of texturing for the solid walnut siding. The patios connect directly to a combined salt water pool, hot tub and freshwater pond. The remainder of the backyard was redesigned to include a private garden with outdoor shower, bath, and fruit orchard.

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“A hidden gem...the Library Commons is an oasis of warmth and high quality contemporary design.� New Orleans Magazine 2013 AIA Louisiana Award of Merit 2010 AIA New Orleans Award of Merit for Interiors


JOHN P ISCHE´ LIBRARY COMMONS Partial interior renovation of a university library to an open commons Seeking to expand student accessibility to the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, studioWTA completed a renovation that infused an existing library with a new, vibrant program, including study areas, café and display. To better serve students beyond the library’s normal hours of operation, a 24/7-operating commons on the main floor was designed in space formerly dedicated to audio/visual collections and current serials. The new space

is divided into multi-media rooms, a café and coffee bar, and several study lounges. All the spaces thoughtfully respect and capture the essence of the building’s purpose–health sciences study. Custom display cases house a multitude of artifacts—establishing a medical gallery for both pleasure and education—and showcase the history of the institution and local medical practice. Perhaps the most unique project feature is a series of playful and provocative CNC-routed screens designed using abstracted medical imagery—fat cells, neurons, and heart muscles. The cases and screens together define the various lounges, offering opportunities for both independent and group study. To further reinventing the previously inactive library, studioWTA combined distinct lighting, custom furniture, and quality finishes.

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“It is a quiet building, and its design seems almost effortless. Upon looking more closely, one notices a great deal of subtlety.” New Orleans Magazine Jurors at the AIA Louisiana Design Awards commented on the success of the building’s integration into the historic streetscape, reduction of overall massing by creating distinct volumes, and the engaging way it presents itself to the street. 2017 AIA Louisiana Honor Award


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THE JULIAN

New construction mixed-use on a historic urban corridor Located in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans, this mixed-use building provides 36 apartments and 3,500 square feet of retail space on a vibrant pedestrian and commercial avenue while remaining appropriately scaled to the neighborhood. The building establishes a strong urban presence at a prominent intersection which was previously vacant. The massing on the primary corner of this commercial street is clad in a highly textured,

hand made Kolumba brick. The corner features retail on the ground floor with two levels of residential above and maintains a lower parapet elevation in line with surrounding buildings. The massing at the rear of the building provides four levels with parking at grade with three residential levels above to maximize the number of apartments accommodated on site. The masonry cladding is supported at street level by exposed structural steel. This exposed steel detailing coupled with the brick pilasters convey an added sense of permanence and refinement to the building. Steel awnings at each opening relate to balconies and overhangs up and down the street. The masonry portion of the building is bookended by smooth stucco volumes on the east and south elevations. The residential lobby is signified by a glazed curtain wall with a large suspended awning that slips between the masonry and stucco volumes to protect residents as they arrive home.


2015 Louisiana Landmarks Society Excellence in Historic Preservation Award 2015 AIA New Orleans Honourable Mention


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516 NATCHEZ

Rehabilitation of two adjoined, three story-brick row houses with a modern rear addition 516 Natchez is the rehabilitation of two adjoined three story brick row houses in the Central Business District. An exercise in urban density, the building houses a ground floor office space and a total of five apartments in an 8,200 square foot volume. One of the row house buildings required total replacement of the structural framing, inspiring a split level concept where a central four-story volume offsets the floor planes within units. A fragmented historic brick wall on the back property line inspired a glass clad dining volume for the two-bedroom units. The double height curtain wall provides well-framed city views

along the active Poydras Street thoroughfare. The project was a participant in the Downtown Development District’s Façade Improvement Grant Program, which helped to fund the restoration along Natchez Street. Historic elements of the buildings architecture were preserved wherever possible, the highlight being an intricately detailed bathroom within a vaulted brick structure on the ground floor of the building. The project’s finishes emphasize its urban setting, with a timeless, industrial aesthetic and the convenience of taking an elevator directly to one’s unit. This development signifies a larger movement within the city of a developing downtown district and savvy tenants who want to live in the center of the activity, with particular interest in inhabiting formerly industrial buildings for their expansive space and material texture.


THE PYTHIAN

Restoration of culturally-significant, conjoined, historic downtown buildings to mixed-use studioWTA’s design of The Pythian builds on the structure’s storied place in the history of New Orleans. Designed to meet LEED Silver standards, the latest chapter in the life of the Pythian Temple, is an adaptive reuse of the historic building for mixed use with commercial space and 69 mixed-income residential units. Each aspect of the mixed use design considers the cultural significance of the building. In 1908, former slave Samuel W. Green began work on the Pythian Temple, which was the first high rise in New Orleans constructed by an AfricanAmerican. The structure became a hub for the African-American community. Completed in 1909, the original building was subsequently renovated in 1923, 1943 and 1957; with an additional back building constructed circa 1925 and renovated in 1961 and 1971. During the 1961 renovation, the (2) buildings were joined together and unified with a modern-era slipcover overcladding.

For the present project–through conversations with the State Historic Preservation Officer and the National Park Service–studioWTA determined that the corner building should be restored to its original 1909 design, while the rear building should be restored to its 1950s design. Where the slipcover was removed, the historic façade-which was significantly damaged during the installation of the slipcover–was repaired and included restoration or replacement of the masonry, ornamental terra cotta, and cast stone. The result is a singular structure that features two very distinct and significant periods of time.


“Before and after pictures of The Pythian show, without a doubt, that studioWTA...took an almost Herculean task and made it look easy.” New Orleans Living Magazine “A beacon of historic business ingenuity, as construction is completed on The Pythian, the building will once again reflect the community of the city, providing more than just housing and office space.” Biz New Orleans 2017 AIA Louisiana Award of Merit 2017 Downtown Development District Downtown NOLA Award


“The design...achieves a harmony between public and private spaces, employing many materials within a reasonable budget.� American Institute of Architects 2007 AIA New Orleans Honor Award 2007 AIA Gulf States Region Honor Award for New Construction 2007 AIA Louisiana Merit Award


LALLAGE FEAZEL WALL RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE Newly constructed residence hall on Tulane University’s campus The four-story Wall College—situated between existing residence halls—completes the perimeter of Tulane’s Bruff Quad. The structure encourages social opportunities, while providing a respite for its inhabitants, always in conversation with its surroundings. Students and their guests enter through a raised courtyard, while exterior corridors along upper floors reference the elegant open-air circulation of the neighboring halls. An interior courtyard with open walkways provides a more private iteration of the arrangement.

The lobby—almost entirely enclosed in glass and accessible from the courtyard—serves as a main social lounge; smaller study and social lounges– with small service kitchens–open up the corners of the building, using glass walls when possible. These public spaces have modern plantation shutters on tracks that can close off the glass curtain walls in multiple configurations. They provide necessary sunscreen protection, as well as adding a dynamic quality to the building’s façade with their changing composition. Individual student rooms contain easily movable furniture, oversized windows with operable sections, and a built-in vanity with light and mirror—recessed to preserve valuable floor area. Two student rooms share a common bath featuring a floor-to-ceiling white glass window in the shower, and ADA-compliant rooms are scattered on every floor. A Resident Advisor apartment and a Professor in Residence apartment—including two bedrooms, den, office, kitchen, living and dining areas— complete the building’s program.

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ELISIO LOFTS

A 72-unit, 6-story mixed-use new construction and adaptive reuse project Upon construction, the Elisio Lofts will act as a gateway to the Marigny neighborhood. The project will inspire creative living through views of the Mississippi River, the industrial spaces lining its edge, and the surrounding historic neighborhoods. On the site, there are two existing one-story former manufacturing buildings that have been vacant for 10 years. The design proposes to remove one of these buildings while preserving the other for use as restaurant. Flanking the existing building will be two new residential midrise structures containing 1 to 3 bedroom lofts for a total of 72 units. There will be a 6-story building along Elysian Fields Ave, with a 4-story building on the more residential side. The commercial spaces on the ground level of the taller building are activated by a direct relationship to the boulevard and a new pedestrian alley featuring commercial spaces. The 4-story building also contains two levels of structured parking to alleviate congestion on surrounding streets.

Both buildings are concrete super structures with light gauge metal framing, clad with a metal rainscreen wall assembly that projects and recesses to create a geometric pattern that is activated by sunlight. The buildings relate to the historic masonry and metal buildings in the area with their simple massing, depth of cladding, and sharp detailing. Constrained only by the site and innate properties of the materials, the intervention emphasizes pedestrian-scale urbanism and architecture, and invokes history implicitly through the selective use of materials and the adaptation of regional vernacular strategies.


704 MARIGNY RESIDENCE

Luxe, modern renovation of an 1850s corner store to a single-family home with guest quarters 704 Marigny stands as an historical gem and a prime example of adaptive reuse, with a modernized interior that ensures functionality and evokes sophistication while honoring the building’s history. Originally constructed between 1809 and 1836 as a one story brick corner store with a two story detached kitchen, this existing Marigny building was converted to a residence in the 1880s, with a wood framed second floor and traditional iron gallery added in 1886. Multiple renovations over the years resulted in a convoluted structure of which very little of the original was evident. Utilizing careful research and extensive documentation, this renovation was able to restore the simplicity of the historic interior while adding modern conveniences and technology to enhance the owners’ experience. A series of distinct living suites were developed and detailed: The owners inhabit the second floor of the main building; the first floor is one guest suite, and the detached dependency is a second

guest suite. Existing available space in the main house limited the owners’ suite, so the attic was integrated as extended living space for home theater and office, accessed via a compact, spiral steel stair, and three dormers were added to provide natural light. Throughout the buildings, existing architectural features informed the development of custom millwork, finish and fixture selection, and detailing specific to each suite. Building systems can be controlled from the owners’ suite via extensive home automation infrastructure.


2016 AIA Louisiana Award of Merit


“[studioWTA] sat and listed to what I wanted and needed. [They] dealt with all municipalities so I didn’t have to. [The] end result is something I am very proud of..” Owner of Freret Street


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FRERET STREET

Two-building new mixed-use construction on a busy commercial corridor On the recently revitalized stretch of Freret Street in Uptown New Orleans, this pair of new construction commercial buildings, built across one urban corner lot, are designed to maintain a sense of connection with their neighbors while also addressing recently modified flood elevation requirements. A one story building houses several restaurants, while its two-story companion holds a clothing store at the ground floor and a single private residence above. Public porches at both buildings act as an extension of the sidewalk, with perforated metal screen structures visually

maintaining the urban edge. Elevated, outdoor restaurant dining on the corner building porch adds even more energy to the bustling corridor, which sees heavy foot, bicycle, and slow-moving vehicular traffic. Materiality was a vital aspect of these buildings, which seeks to slot themselves into a historic neighborhood while also asserting their modernity. The massing and proportions of the buildings reflects nearby structures, while the playful patterning of the screens relate to the vibrant storefronts of neighboring buildings. At night, the screens glow like lanterns on the street. Parking for the project is located behind the buildings, concealed from the view. In pursuit of compliance with newly adopted city regulations regarding on-site stormwater management, the parking lot is a permeable paving system which allows water to slowly seep into the ground, rather than run in sheets to city storm drains.


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SPA ARIA

Renovation to an existing hotel spa to update finishes and elevate the guest experience Located in the historic, iconic Hotel Monteleone in the Vieux Carré of New Orleans, Spa Aria had been in business more than ten years when the owners decided it was time for a facelift to update finishes and fixtures and reflect the “air” aesthetic integral in the spa’s branding. During concept and material visioning, WTA kept the hotel’s classic aesthetic in mind, employing similar subtle color shifts and brass accents in the spa’s design. The project scope included a reimagining of the entry hall, lounge/waiting area/check-in, hallway

leading to rear treatment rooms, and manicure/ pedicure stations. The first design effort was a focus on layout and the spatial relationship of elements in the entry and waiting area such as display shelves, seating, and check-in desk. The large, existing desk was removed so a new, custom desk could give much-needed breathing room to the lounge. Translucent floor-to-ceiling glass provide both openness and privacy, addressing a previously existing sense of discomfort between staff and clients in the reception area. Privacy for the locker rooms beyond was reintroduced using applied film created to match the marbled wallpaper on the feature wall and applied to the glass. New display shelving was designed and created to compliment the lightness of the space, and existing wall shelves were freshened up with stain and brass accents. A palette of cool greys and whites is offset and enhanced by the pops of deep blue and pink in strategic locations.


INTERNATIONAL HOUSE HOTEL RESTAURANT Renovation to an existing hotel spa to update finishes and elevate the guest experience On the recently revitalized stretch of Freret Street in Uptown New Orleans, this pair of new construction commercial buildings, built across one urban corner lot, are designed to maintain a sense of connection with their neighbors while also addressing recently modified flood elevation requirements. A one story building houses several restaurants, while its two-story companion holds a clothing store at the ground floor and a single private residence above. Public porches at both buildings act as an extension of the sidewalk, with perforated metal screen structures visually

maintaining the urban edge. Elevated, outdoor restaurant dining on the corner building porch adds even more energy to the bustling corridor, which sees heavy foot, bicycle, and slow-moving vehicular traffic. Materiality was a vital aspect of these buildings, which seeks to slot themselves into a historic neighborhood while also asserting their modernity. The massing and proportions of the buildings reflects nearby structures, while the playful patterning of the screens relate to the vibrant storefronts of neighboring buildings. At night, the screens glow like lanterns on the street. Parking for the project is located behind the buildings, concealed from the view. In pursuit of compliance with newly adopted city regulations regarding on-site stormwater management, the parking lot is a permeable paving system which allows water to slowly seep into the ground, rather than run in sheets to city storm drains.

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Testimonials + Next Steps


StudioWTA’s collaborative, creative problem-solving attitude makes the team a pleasure to work with. I’ve found them to be honest, hardworking, nimble and deeply knowledgeable. They have been great at marshaling different teams with a smooth, steady and rigorous hand. They relish working within the constraints imposed by historic buildings, finding new uses for the old buildings that make our city so beautiful. We look forward to working with them again. Nathalie Jordi, owner of Sts Peter & Paul Hotel, currently being developed with ASH NYC

As a longtime New Orleans architect and architectural educator, I have been following the work of studioWTA with great interest. I have included a number of the firm’s projects in my book, New in New Orleans Architecture and in my ongoing annual series “Best New Architecture” for New Orleans Magazine. I have also reviewed many of the firm’s projects as a member of the New Orleans HDLC [Historic District Landmarks Commission] Architectural Review Committee. I have found the work to be of high quality and consistently responsive to the contextual conditions of the city. The adaptive reuse projects in particular demonstrate a vitality and character that is specific to each place and purpose. It is refreshing to see work that sometimes surprises but always demonstrates skill and commitment. John Klingman, Favrot Professor of Architecture, Tulane University

I have been working in the construction industry for over 30 years and I have been continually impressed by studioWTA’s ability to consistently deliver incredible design throughout the multiple projects they have worked on for the University. studioWTA has held each project to the highest standards. Their priority has always been to balance these three things: their attention to detail, fulfilling clients’ desires and staying within budgetary constraints. The studioWTA team is always open to suggestions and ideas while being cognizant of the parameters of the University’s strict architectural guidelines. studioWTA gets my highest recommendation. Shawn Legé, Project Manager on studioWTA designs for Wall College, Lavin Bernick Center, Mussafer Hall, Unified McAlister Green, Willow Street Housing


Te s t i m o n i a l s

My experience working with studioWTA on Mussafer Hall at Tulane University has been exceptional. Tulane’s commitment to academics and career readiness was reinforced by the design team’s skill in analyzing our needs with the future of Higher Education in mind. I am most impressed by the entire team’s listening abilities, their creativity, patience and professionalism. The studioWTA team employs a creative approach that partners with their customers. They incorporated our needs and requirements for a building that will house members of three separate but soon to be integrated departments in the new Tulane University Academic Success Center. I am very grateful for [studioWTA] for designing a building that will be one of the crown jewels at Tulane University. Amjad Ayoubi, PhD, Senior Associate Dean, Tulane University

My experience with studioWTA is remarkable. The transformation of the ALDEN MILL [511 Marigny], an early 20th Century hosiery manufacturing complex into a mixed use residence/commercial facility exceeded our expectations. The apartments are welcoming without losing the industrial character of the building. Common areas are spacious and expansive and the commercial enterprises are a perfect fit.The simplicity of design endures. Julian Mutter, client for projects including 511 Marigny, the Arts Estuary, and the Annunciation Rectory


Next Steps

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What’s next? Are you ready to get the design process started? Interested in a proposal? Contact studioWTA today. Are you thinking about buying a building? Do you have a space waiting to be designed? Are you wondering about possibilities for your historic building? Are you ready for the next step? studioWTA can conduct a feasibility study. Contact us to determine what’s next.

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In Memorium

WAYNE TROYER, FAIA Founder

Wayne embraced architecture as an active process of communication within a framework of collaboration and exploration. As the founding partner of studioWTA, he was recognized for creative problem solving, craft of construction, and innovative design solutions. Under Wayne’s leadership, studioWTA received numerous American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards for design excellence, as well as recognition from the Historic District Landmarks Commission, the Vieux Carré [French Quarter] Commission, and Best New Architecture from New Orleans

Magazine, among others. Individually, Wayne was a recipient of a Design Arts Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and a Contemporary Arts Center Honoree for sustained contributions to the arts. In 2017, Wayne was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects–the highest honor the AIA bestows. Contributing to the New Orleans’ artistic community and using architecture to rebuild holistically was a passion for Wayne, manifesting itself through his work with initiatives including the Bring New Orleans Back Commission, the Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP), the Fr. Harry Thompson Center, and Operation Comeback. Wayne served on the citywide Architectural Review Committee for the Historic Districts Landmarks Commission (HDLC), which works to preserve the historic fabric and culture of the city’s architectural heritage. He served on the boards of the Preservation Resource Center, the local chapter of international preservation association

do.co.mo.mo, the Contemporary Arts Center, and the New Orleans Film Society. Wayne regularly participated as a critic for student projects and taught architectural design at the University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University, Tulane University, Tulane’s Paris Program. Prior to receiving his professional degree from Tulane University, Wayne received a Bachelor of Music degree in performance at Loyola University. This contributed to an interest in the role arts and abstract thinking play in developing a body of work that reaches beyond stylistic issues to address larger conceptual and social considerations linked by emotion and experience. When not engaged in design work, Wayne enjoyed gardening, listening to music from his extensive vinyl collection, exploring various venues of contemporary art, and playing with his grandson. Wayne passed away in May of 2019 after a years-long battle against pancreatic cancer.


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