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At the end of my first year and the beginning of a new academic year I am pleased to share this first edition of TSA News. As you will see, it reflects a great deal of the excitement and energy at the school today. As one means

CONTENTS dean’s fund for excellence


gagement we have pursued over the past twelve months. Many of you are

faculty news


familiar with my TSA e-Newsletters (seven of which were sent in 08-09),



on the TSA website, and my “dean’s blog”. I have enjoyed the process of

alumni news


getting to know the school, the university, and the New Orleans community.

commencement 2009


student news


school + city news


of communication and outreach, this complements the many forms of en-

the frequent news features of faculty, student, and alumni accomplishments

I am also grateful for the warm reception I have received from alumni in fourteen cities I visited during the first year: New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, San Juan, Savannah, Los Angeles, Portland, OR, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago. I have several salient impressions from the first year. I am thrilled with the work of our students and faculty. They are certainly upholding the tradition of design excellence at TSA while engaging ambitious agendas of community work and public service. Faculty members have worked to further refine an already strong curriculum, while we concurrently grow the graduate program and full-time faculty numbers—there will be five new faculty members in the fall of 2009! Several of our current faculty had notable achievements over the past year, and this makes us all proud. Student self-governance is alive and well, and our student leaders were highly influential in helping us to move forward with several key initiatives

tsa news Writing + Editorial: Maressa Perreault Graphic Design: Leigh Wilkerson, 10½ Studios

in the school this past year. Alumni have stepped forward with financial support even in our challenging economic times. President Cowen, Provost Bernstein, and many others in the central administration have welcomed my wife and me into the Tulane community and have supported our ambitions for the school as we move forward. I continue to be honored by the opportunity to lead the school at this important and challenging moment. I feel a real sense of shared commitment about the way we can all work together to make an already wonderful school even better.

Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA Dean


For questions or comments, or to submit materials for our next issue, please contact Natalie Williams at: Tulane University - School Of Architecture Richardson Memorial Hall, Rm. 303 6823 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans LA 70118 504-314-2361




Dean Schwartz inaugurated the Dean’s Fund for excellence in 2008-2009 to provide funds for faculty research. The first year of the Fund was a resounding success, with a total of $30,000 awarded to six faculty members for five projects. Dean Schwartz plans to continue and expand the 1 fund in the coming years. 5


dean’ S f u n d f o r ex C ellenC e 1 Marcella del Signore and Victor JoneS Fabricated Landscape: post-public spaces A fabricated landscape of cones finds its origins in the ambient sounds of New Orleans. This site specific installation emphasizes the transformation of invisible sound bands and frequencies into an atmosphere landscape made of material and color. The sculptural topography, intricately fabricated from individual pieces, is made of 300 CNC-milled acrylic plates that are folded to create cylindrical cells snapped together with 10,000 rivets. each cell, unique in diameter and height, creates an intriguing visual surface reminiscent of geological or biological surfaces. The work was exhibited at the Ogden Museum from May 7-June 16, 2009.

2 eMilie taylor t God’s Architects God’s Architects, a film and associated book, focuses on five different self-taught builders and their unique creations. Folk artists of the built environment, these builders have dedicated decades to building colorful spires, Dixie Cup Castles, and paint-covered mountains as a matter of faith and singular vision. These artists create backyard worlds which challenge our ideas of architecture, the effects of training on creativity, and man’s relationship with God. The film, by emilie Taylor and Zachary Godshall, was presented at the Pop Culture Association’s Nation Conference, and was chosen to be showcased in the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

3 Jonathan tate t Field Investigation of Informal Settlements in Latin America The project was an investigation of the large-scale incursion of informal settlements in Sao Paulo, Brazil, emblematic of rapidly developing urban areas in Latin American and many other regions of the world. Tate visited multiple favelas, as these incursions are known locally, within Sao Paulo,

conducted discussions with residents, catalogued physical conditions, and reviewed previous and ongoing upgrades, as well as met with local and national officials involved in all phases of improvements within the developments. The work is being developed in a case study format as a catalogue of observations for use in course development and instruction.

4 carey clouSe On Farming: Rethinking Urbanism in the Shrinking City of New Orleans For her work On Farming: Rethinking Urbanism in the Shrinking City of New Orleans, Carey Clouse has proposed a series of design interventions dealing with the creative reuse of vacant land in a post-Katrina environment. Meant to address concerns over food security and productive urban landscapes, this work highlights pressing local issues in the rebuilding of New Orleans. These graphic solutions, and her associated research, will be compiled into an article for the upcoming issue of Bracket, and was presented in June 2009 at the Association of Community Design conference in Rochester, NY.

5 John KlingMan New New Orleans Architecture John Klingman is compiling a book that will document the best contemporary architecture in New Orleans from 1997 until today. The book, New New Orleans Architecture, is a compendium of Klingman’s annual reviews of exemplary projects published in the local monthly New Orleans Magazine. The annual articles documented exceptionally strong work, and brought to the attention of a wider audience thoughtful and sensitive contemporary design responses to the New Orleans situation. Professor Klingman has been working with students Robert Bracken and Garrett Jacobs to organize the text and photography for the new book, which will be the first book about contemporary New Orleans architecture published since the AIA Guide of 1974.


facult y ne w s Richard Koch Chair and Director of the Preservation Studies Program

Professors Eean McNaughton, Grover Mouton and Carol Reese taught

Eugene Cizek’s book, Destrehan: The Man, The House, The Legacy, co-

a fourth year Pontilly Disaster Collaborative Studio in the spring 2008,

authored with John H. Lawrence and Richard Sexton, was published in late

partnering with students from Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of

2008. Cizek’s introductory essay traces the history and renovation of the

Business. The project was a Pontilly Senior Village to be located in Ponchar-

architecture of the 1780s plantation, which he describes as it evolved over

train Park, a 1950s development of mostly single-family homes occupied

60 years from the colonial style of its original owner to its renovation to the

by African-Americans in a section of New Orleans devastated by Hurricane

Greek Revival style in the 1840s.

Katrina. The students competed with other teams from other prestigious universities throughout the United States in the JP Morgan Chase Commu-

AEDS | Ammar Eloueini, Associate Professor, won second place in the Flip

nity Development Competition, where their design won third place.

A Strip competition, with their project Un-strip. The project addresses the problem of parking as a central feature, reorganizing the strip mall in four

Adjunct Associate Professor Grover Mouton was named to the Board of

phases, increasing the footprint of retail and “green” on the site while re-

US/ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites. The board

ducing the footprint of parking. AEDS also designed the exhibition Tramway

advises and assists ICOMOS in the conservation of the world’s historic site

for the Pavilion de l’Arsenal in Paris which opened in December 2008.

and monuments, disseminating information on conservation principles, techniques and policies, cooperates with national and international bodies

Dan Etheridge and Doug Harmon, both Adjunct Assistant Professors,

to help establish conservation-oriented documentation centers, and works

were featured in an article on the CITYbuild consortium of schools in the

towards the adoption of international conventions on the conservation and

September 2008 issue of Metropolis magazine. Etheridge and Harmon

enhancement of architectural heritage.

created CITYbuild to coordinate students’ efforts in community-based design-build in post-Katrina New Orleans. CITYbuild now has eighteen

Oak Floor Chair, a laminated chair made of salvaged materials designed and

participating schools and has completed 20 projects, including constructing

built by Adjunct Instructor and Senior Program Coordinator at the Tulane

the first building in the Lower Ninth Ward after the hurricane.

City Center Emilie Taylor (TSA ’06), Seth Welty (TSA ’08) and Joe Dorty, came in second in a national competition held by Fine Woodworking Maga-

Jason Gant (TSA ‘03) and Hiroshi Jacobs (TSA ‘03) will be teaching a

zine. The competition, held in May 2009, focused on furniture design using

multi-part BIM course starting in the spring of 2010. Gant is currently BIM

recycled wood. Oak Floor Chair was also awarded First Place at the Green

Manager at BIM Solutions in Los Angeles while Jacobs will start at Harvard

Project’s Salvations Furniture Competition 2008.

University GSD as a Master of Design Studies candidate in the fall after working for RTKL in Washington, DC. Jacobs is the founder of RevitCity.

The Gulf State Region of the AIA awarded Eskew+Dumez+Ripple the award

com, an online community dedicated to AutoDesk Revit.

of honor for the Prospect, a Hefler Warehouse Welcome Center, for which

Professor Judith Kinnard was awarded a 2008 Virginia State AIA Award

utilized digital drawing techniques to assist in creating fabrication draw-

for Design Excellence for Fifeville Hybrid Housing. The mixed-use/mixed-

ings for the construction team. The project, chosen from 117 entries from

income project proposes a new housing typology for emerging urban cor-

Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, uses a single material to

ridors in small American cities, addressing the integration of higher density

create a programmatically embedded single surface while exposing the

development in existing neighborhoods. The design addresses two different

tectonic details that create the framework for the space.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Thaddeus Zarse was the lead designer. Zarse

street conditions, breaking open the typical double-loaded residential apartment house and creates an open air passage that gives each dwelling an

Faculty members Thaddeus Zarse and Carey Clouse were asked to

identifiable exterior address while bringing light and air deep into the block

participate by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum as guest design

and creating new kings of front “porches.”

critics for the museum’s K12 Design Fair. The fair enables educational outreach programs from the Cooper-Hewitt to work with local New Orleans

Mary Louise Mossy Christovich Professor Carol Reese has been named a

high schools with an interest in design and design education. The session

finalist for the prestigious Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award,

began with a lecture by Cooper-Hewitt’s Kim Robledo-Diga about ‘What is

the highest national honor given to a faculty member involved in public

Design?’. The students then attended the design fair featuring several local

service. Reese also won the Louisiana Women’s Caucus Foundation’s 2009

designers and organizations, including Carey Clouse representing the Tulane

Women of Excellence Award for Volunteerism and Civic Involvement, and is

School of Architecture and Emilie Taylor for the Tulane City Center. The day

a 2009 Distinguished Faculty Fellow.

ended with students presenting their art and architecture projects while receiving feedback from Professors Zarse and Clouse.







1 Hefler Warehouse Welcome Center, Thaddeus Zarse and Eskew+Dumez+Ripple 2 Changxing Scenic Highway and Tourism Master Plan, Grover Mouton 3 Fifeville Hybrid Housing, Judith Kinnard 4 Oak Floor Chair, Emilie Taylor, Seth Welty, and Joe Dorty 5 Flip A Strip Competition, Ammar Eloueini


judith kinnard

marcella del signore

scott Ruff

new faculty 2008-2009

new faculty 2009-2010

Judith Kinnard | Professor

Tiffany Lin | Assistant Professor

A native of Boston and a graduate of Cornell University, Judith Kinnard has had a long-standing commitment to architectural education. She has taught at Syracuse University, Princeton University and most recently at the University of Virginia. As Chair of the Department of Architecture from 1998-2003 she worked to strengthen UVA School of Architecture’s traditional emphasis on building design while engaging cross disciplinary directions essential to the expanded field of architectural practice. Her current research and teaching involves the development of innovative approaches to low rise/ high density housing for American cities. Throughout her career she has maintained an active commitment to practice and has developed an approach characterized by sensitive and innovative solutions to issues of site and program. Her work has included numerous small-scale built commissions and more than a dozen national competitions dealing with larger scale issues of urban design, urban institutions, and housing. She has received many awards for this work including a Virginia Society Award for Design Excellence in 2008. In 2004 she was awarded Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects for leadership in architectural education.

Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Tiffany Lin joins the School of Architecture faculty in the Fall of 2009. Having taught at the Boston Architectural College, the Harvard Design School summer program and the Cornell University Rome Program, Lin most recently served as coordinator of the undergraduate Urban Housing Studios and Graduate Thesis Studios at Northeastern University, where she has been an Assistant Professor since 2007. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she was the recipient of the Faculty Design Award and the Clifford Wong Prize for Housing Design. Lin and partner Mark Oldham established LinOldhamOffice in 2003, an emerging design collaborative engaged in professional and speculative projects. Their first project, the 8 Container Farmhouse, was awarded a 2005 Progressive Architecture Citation, and selected by the Architectural League of New York for inclusion in the 2005 Young Architects Forum. Prior to founding LinOldhamOffice, Lin worked for the offices of Michael Graves Associates, Machado and Silvetti Associates and Leers Weinzapfel Associates. She is a fellow of the National Association of University Women and the National Alliance for Excellence.

Marcella Del Signore | Assistant Professor Marcella Del Signore is an architect who holds a Master in Architecture from University La Sapienza in Rome and a M.S. in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. She has practiced in Rome, Madrid, New Orleans and New York. In New York she worked for Eisenman Architects and Richard Meier & Partners. She taught at Barnard + Columbia Architecture program, LSU School of Architecture, Architectural Association and now she is Assistant Professor at Tulane University . She is the principal of Neyron Studio and the co-founder of AAS, The Automatic Architecture School, research group, currently investigating the production of strategic Architectural Design. Her research interests and areas of expertise are focused on the role of digital media in the design process and the impact of technology on public space. She has been a registered architect in Italy and EU since 2005.


tiffany lin

Scott Ruff | Associate Professor Scott Ruff joins the School of Architecture faculty in the Fall of 2009 from Syracuse University, where he was an Assistant Professor. He has previously taught at Hampton University, State University of New York at Buffalo and Cornell University. Ruff received his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture from Cornell University, where he was the recipient of the Alpha Chi Rho Medal for leadership and service. Ruff formed Ruff Works Studio in 2003, specializing in research and design, having previously worked with the architectural firm of Foit-Albert and Associates in Buffalo, New York. One main focus of Ruff Works Studio is the research and cultivation of African-American aesthetics in spatial design. Ruff’s publications include articles in Thresholds, “Signifiyin’: An African-American language to landscape,” “Spatial ‘wRapping’: A Speculation on Men’s Hip-Hop Fashion,” and a book review in the Journal of Architectural Education, “White Papers, Black Marks.” Ruff has lectured throughout the United States; selected presentations include: The Dresser Trunk Project, “Secrets of the Cloth,” “Education of an Architect: Through African-American Constructs,” “Diversity in Architecture,” and “Working Neighborhoods: Working the Spirit”.

kentaro tsubaki

Coleman Coker

cordula roser gray

Irene keil

Kentaro Tsubaki | Assistant Professor

Cordula Roser Gray | Professor of Practice

Kentaro Tsubaki joins the School of Architecture faculty in the Fall of 2009 from Texas Tech University, where he was an Assistant Professor. Tsubaki holds a B.S. in Physics from Kyoto University, a First Professional Master of Architecture from University of Colorado in Denver, and a Post-Professional Master of Architecture from Cranbook Academy of Art. Tsubaki’s background in experimental physics and phenomenology-based education at Cranbrook laid the groundwork for his empirical approach to architectural education, the subject of his numerous papers and presentations. Prior to pursuing his academic career, Tsubaki honed his architectural practice as an Associate at Pasanella + Klein, Stolzman + Berg Architects, P.C. Tsubaki’s primary area of interest is the subject of materiality and logic of construction. He is currently developing a notational drawing system specifically invented to document the complex folded surfaces of formwork unpractical to represent with traditional pictorial drawings or computer modeling. As a design educator, his primary concern is to raise the spatial and material awareness of students in the early stages of design education. His research explores theories and methods to encourage hands-on, trial and error experience through phenomenological explorations and to consciously integrate them into the decision-making process.

Cordula Roser Gray is an established architect and the owner of crgarchitecture. Gray received a Diplom-Ingenieur Architekt from Technische Fachhochschule Berlin. She has been practicing architecture in the United States since she moved from her native Germany to New York, where she worked as a designer and project architect for various large and small scale firms with experience in a range of nationally- and internationally-recognized commercial and residential projects. Since relocating to New Orleans Gray’s practice, often in collaboration with other local practitioners, investigates responses to immediate contextual conditions, merging explorations or prototypical design concepts with the implementation of local and extended cultural and social realities. As an Adjunct faculty member of the Tulane School of Architecture, one of Gray’s primary interests lies in connecting academic research with practical knowledge strongly influenced by her background, whether as an instructor of design studios and design-build courses or as a co-coordinator of the central Europe semester abroad program.

newly promoted professors of practice 2009-2010 Coleman Coker | Professor of Practice Coleman Coker is the founder of buildingstudio, a collaborative firm he established in 1999 after a thirteen-year partnership with Samuel Mockbee as Mockbee/Coker Architects. He holds a Master of Fine Arts and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Memphis College of Art. A former director of the Memphis Center for Architecture, he has been the visiting Favrot Chair at Tulane and has held the E.Fay Jones Chair in Architecture at the University of Arkansas. buildingstudio is a collaborative firm focusing on inventive and imaginative work, regularly acknowledged for its design excellence. The firm has earned numerous honors, including a P/A Design Award for lowcost housing, “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty,” Emerging Voices from the Architectural League of New York, numerous Architectural Record “Record Houses” awards and National AIA Honor awards. buildingstudio’s work has been highlighted at MoMA, SF MoMA, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Coker is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Irene Keil | Professor of Practice Irene Keil is a practicing architect working in New Orleans and Berlin. She received a Diplom-Ingenieur Architekt from Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen and a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Los Angeles. Keil initially worked in both countries on a range of civic and commercial projects with firms such as O.M. Ungers, JuergenSawade and Studio Works. In 1989 she opened her own firm in Berlin and New Orleans where she has worked on projects ranging from urban design proposals and competitions to large-scale building projects and small-scale interiors. For her work she was awarded the German Rome Prize in 1993. At Tulane School of Architecture Keil co-coordinated the MAKING Exhibition Project ion, a model-building workshop for 2nd-year students with Michael Gruber, an architect with Richard Meier and Partners.

Continuing Professors of Practice 2009-2010 Ginette Bone, Professor of Practice Eean McNaughton, Professor of Practice Byron Mouton, Professor of Practice Michael Nius, Professor of Practice


INFields DesCours, 2008,

Wood Sculpture #4,

Marcella Del Signore

John Klingman

Marcella Del Signore

John Klingman

Assistant Professor

Favrot Professor

In this historical moment that the modes of economic production, cultural

Klingman’s interest in issues of sustainability and infrastructure came in

traditions, and urbanism are rapidly changing, the sense of public space is

part from the design ethos at the University of Oregon, where he received

affected by temporal effects that change the sense of space. New strate-

his Master of Architecture. Of design in New Orleans, he believes that we

gies of interventions are explored to involve parallel parameters within

must always be thinking of both new and old working simultaneously, as

design methodologies. For many designers across a range of disciplines

we are always working within an existing condition. The ‘old’ has sustain-

and scales, the study of public space has emerged as a model for thinking

able qualities that we can learn from and still respect, such as houses that

about contemporary forms of urbanism. This research aims to test modes

are designed for natural ventilation through the use of high ceilings and

of imagining and occupying new urban forms relative to the use of public

operable windows and screens.

spaces. In particular, Del Signore’s research aims to connect forms of public

In October 2008 Klingman participated in “Dutch Dialogues: Transforming

use with digital fabrication techniques. In investigating this contemporary condition, this research tests new scenarios of imagining and designing urban artifacts as a way of occupying urban landscape form.

the Way Louisiana Relates to Water,” a workshop that brought together Dutch and American designers, professionals and educators in an effort to bring the Dutch way of thinking about the relationship between the city

Del Signore’s two installations for DesCours 2007 and 2008 provide a

and its water to New Orleans. Klingman worked with the Hoffman Triangle

context to understand the confluence of public and private urban spaces

Group, focusing on a new urban water management strategy for a neighbor-

within the spatial and temporal matrix of an existing urban fabric. DesCours

hood that is vulnerable for flooding from rainfall as well as for social and

is an annual five-day contemporary arts and architecture event that trans-

economic decay. He plans to base his fall studio on the issues brought up

forms urban spaces in New Orleans’ French Quarter and downtown with

during this workshop; the findings from the Dutch Dialogues workshop have

installations by artists and architects working with contemporary materials

been published as Dutch Dialogues: New Orleans – Netherlands.

and methods. Del Signore’s installations, “X-Fibra” in 2007 and “INFields”

Klingman is ever involved with programs both within Tulane School of

in 2008, designed in traditional New Orleans courtyards, deal with the continuity between urban public and private spaces, providing a provisional occupation of space that suggests other uses and possible ways to reintegrate urban life in unused or misused spaces.

Architecture and in the larger New Orleans community. This year he served as the thesis coordinator for the two-semester culminating design sequence and chaired the School Executive Committee and the University Senate Committee on Physical Facilities. He was an invited participant in the first

INFields, with Frank Stevens, is an artificial topography that redefines the

New Orleans Pecha Kucha night where he presented his wood sculptures,

traditional boundaries of public and private space. A system of programmed

and participated in two DOCOMOMO/LA New Orleans events. Klingman

clusters compresses and expands the traditional thresholds associated with

was also an invited speaker on New Orleans mid-century modernist plan-

the urban courtyard condition, resulting in a reinterpretation of conventional

ning at the Louisiana Historical Association Annual Meeting, and gave a

urban components into an integrated spatial network.

presentation on sustainable architecture at this year’s Tulane Engineering Forum, using Tulane’s Lavin Burnick Center as a case study. He has served as the Chair of the Architectural Review Committee for the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission since 1995.


American Institute of Architects New OrleanS CHAPTER





New Orleans Chapter
 of the American Institute of Architects

announced the recipients of the 2009 Design Awards in February, recognizing projects that reflected this year’s award theme, “Responsive, Responsible, Timeless.” Eight of the twelve award winning projects were designed by Tulane School of Architecture faculty, alumni and students. The awards were presented on 5

Friday, February 13 by Jeffrey Smith, AIA, AIA New Orleans 2009 President; Michael Piazza, AIA, 2009 Design Awards Chair; and

members of the 2009 Design Jury: Jim Evans, AIA; Andrew Vrana, AIA; and Kimberly Hickson, AIA.

1 Arthur Roger Gallery, Wayne Troyer Architects, 2 The Orange Couch Coffee Shop, AEDS, 3 Private Residence, Trapolin Architects, 4 designBUILD Prototype #3, URBANbuild and Byron Mouton, 5 Bienville State Office Building, Eskew Dumez Ripple and Washer Hill



Lipscomb, 6 Swan Street Residence, Byron Mouton 

Ammar Eloueini, Intl. Assoc. AIA, TSA Assoc. Professor of Architecture

Peter Trapolin, AIA, NCARB, TSA M.Arch 1977

Award of Merit Divine Detail

Award of Merit Residential

The Orange Couch Coffee Shop, New Orleans, LA

Private Residence, Metairie, LA

AEDS, Ammar Eloueini

Trapolin Architects, Peter Trapolin

Award of Merit Project Category J-House, New Orleans, LA AEDS, Ammar Eloueini Allen Eskew, FAIA, TSA Board of Advisors Award of Merit Architecture Bienville State Office Building, Baton Rouge, LA Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and Washer Hill Lipscomb, a joint venture Award of Merit Architecture Bozeman Fish Technology Center, Bozeman, MT Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and Guidry Beazley Architects, a joint venture Byron Mouton, AIA, TSA Professor of Practice, TSA M.Arch 1989 Award of Merit Interiors Kenneth’s Hair with Style, New Orleans, LA bildDESIGN, Byron Mouton, AIA Award of Merit Historic Preservation Adaptive Reuse Rehabilitation

Wayne Troyer, AIA, TSA Alumnus 1983 Award of Merit Interiors Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA Wayne Troyer Architects Byron Mouton and URBANbuild Award of Merit Residential URBANbuild, designBUILD Prototype #3, New Orleans, LA Tulane University’s URBANbuild program, represented by Byron Mouton Students: Robert Baddour, Amanda Brendle, Ben Flatau, Monica Breziner, Nicholas Cecchi, Katie Champagne, Nick Chan, Chad Cramer, Susan N. Danielson, Shannon Farrell, Matt Fox, Kevin Garfield, Lauren Goetz, Royce Evan Gracey, Corey Green, Meaghan Hartney, Matthew Hostetler, Colm M. Kennedy, Joseph Keppel, Peter Kilgust, Nicolas Mallet, Lauren Martino, Suzanne Monaco, Emily Orgeron, JP Pacelli, Marian Prado, Marie Richard, Gregor Schuller, Kevin Tully, Karla Valdivia, Colin VanWingen, Bliss Young

Swan Street Residence, New Orleans, LA bildDESIGN, Byron Mouton, AIA


al umnI ne w S



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Bruce S. Levin



1 Shea Murdock (TSA ’92) and robert young y (TSA ’92), of Murdock

4 dan Maginn (TSA ’89) and his firm el Dorado Inc were featured as the

Young Architects in New York, NY, were presented with two Archi Awards

cover story in the June 2009 issue of Architect magazine. The 12-person

by the AIA Long Island Chapter. In the Residential Category the jury

practice in Kansas City, MO was started in 1996 when Maginn and two

honored a modern house in the woods of east hampton, and in the Small

partners began el Dorado as a gallery where they and other architects could

Projects Category the jury recognized a modern bathroom MYA inserted into

craft and exhibit furniture and other fabrications. The office has trans-

a 1912 manor house. MYA took home two of the eight Archi Awards, which

formed the Crossroads neighborhood, where they are located, with projects

recognize excellence in architectural design, this year.

including the TWA Corporate headquarters, restaurants and coffee shops

2 Bruce levin (TSA ’82) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research and teach in Japan for the 2009-2010 academic year. Levin’s proj-

and a spec office building that includes a light installation designed in collaboration with artist James Woodfill.

ect, “Japanese Small urban Dwellings: A Model for the American Context,”

5 derek hoeferlin (TSA ’97) was featured in an article on the CITYbuild

proposes engaging Japanese architecture and design students in the re-

consortium in Metropolis magazine’s September 2008 issue. As an adjunct

search of the use of space in small urban dwellings in Japan. he will teach

lecturer at Washington university in St. Louis, etheridge’s studio designed

and conduct the research at Kogakuin university in Tokyo in association

and built a prefab chicken coop for the Lower Garden District, which was

with architect and professor Yoko Kinoshita. Levin is an adjunct professor

featured in the article.

in the Graduate Program in Design and Interior Design program at California College of the Arts, and also teaches at KIDI Parsons in Kanazawa, Japan. In addition to receiving an M.Arch from TSA he holds an MFA in product design from Cranbrook Academy of Art.



6 Morris adjmi’s (TSA ’83) high Line Building at 450 West 14th Street, currently under construction, will be one of the primary architectural features of the first phase of the development of the high Line. The building, a new glass and steel volume atop a five-story Art Deco masonry former

3 leslie gage (TSA ’06) joined the GReeNGuARD environmental Institute

meatpacking facility, takes advantage of the 103 feet stretch of the high

as a Sustainability Program Developer in Marietta, GA. GReeNGuARD is a

Line park to give its office and retail tenants direct access to the park, as

non-profit organization that certifies certain sustainable attributes of build-

well as ground-floor retail space with unique access to the high Line’s main

ing products through scientific testing held against ISO standards.


Like ice flows the solid is at risk. Cecil Balmond 1

Ito seemed to continually be saying ‘pow’. Ray Ryan 2

Dana Buntrock

Have you ever seen magic? A slim figure stands on a vast, empty stage, the surrounding space underscoring that he works alone, implying there is no tricky paraphernalia. An assistant rolls in something heavy like a huge Humvee and the conjurer levitates it into the air, offers a soft smile and then, with the wave of a white handkerchief, makes it disappear. Or perhaps the conjurer invites someone from the audience to join him up on stage – and the unwitting recruit is suddenly staring across that big space at her own feet, clearly cleaved from her body, wiggling her toes with a look of more-than-mild surprise on her face. It is interesting how often photographers isolate Toyo Ito’s slender frame against something like an ample expanse of unadorned concrete or a wide white plaster wall, as if emphasizing he, too, is apparently alone. Ito works magic. He once wrote that he was attempting to achieve ‘a house as light as cloth, fluttering in the air … a town where clothes, furniture, paos, and houses are all fluttering in the wind like sinuous clothes … The entire town, swaying and glowing …’3 He spent years perfecting his ability to make a building float, fabric-like. He started by suspending a perforated aluminium (unfortunately uninhabitable) ‘electronic tent’, the Pao II, at an exhibition in Brussels in 1989, then ultimately succeeded with substantial slabs of steel at the airy, open interiors of his 2001 Sendai Mediatheque. You might think he worked that magic alone, but the remarkable latticed tubes and beam-free floor at Mediatheque resulted from an at-the-time unusually rich collaboration with the esteemed engineer Mutsuro Sasaki. The photographer Naoya Hatakeyama froze this moment on film as a crucial turning point in Ito’s career, a lush drape of white welding curtains fringed in rust wrapping one of Ito’s audacious tubes like theatre curtains poised before the play. Remember when structural engineers seemed dull and earthbound, cluttering up architects’ efforts at an idealized open space with annoying K-braces? No more. Another who achieves equally exciting results when working with Ito, UK-based Cecil Balmond, enjoys the challenge, too. He contended that the Japanese architect’s work today ‘does not seem to sit on the ground … it slides and flows, and the eye is engaged always by the movements, slow or fast, angled or undulating’.4 The architect could not achieve his effects without someone like this Arup engineer, two professionals together coming up with increasingly outrageous, seemingly implausible tricks. Having mastered the illusion of lightness, Toyo Ito proceeded to make his pavilion at Bruges in 2002 disappear.

robert hale

the sides of this tunnel-like slice of space with playful planar polka-dots most people might easily overlook as simple, ornamental embellishments. But without those dots, the honeycomb that makes up the pavilion drooped alarmingly. The most interesting photographs of the pavilion’s early stages portray Ito’s youthful staff standing in the garage beneath his office, an outrageous deflection in the half-scale section they are shoring up with their hands. The kids are laughing at the absurdity – this sagging structure is going to be a building? Who will hold it up, when it is erected on the other side of the world? They surely did not yet expect the ethereal end result of their efforts. And our bodies? Long before most understood we would be chatting with friends across sea and space via tiny phones carried in our pockets, Ito was exploring the social implications of severing our bodies into two, one visceral and sensual, the other inhabiting the ether. Almost everyone puzzled over his musings, his cryptic comments that we were Tarzans in a media forest. We thought ourselves sophisticates, when we were about to become unaware pioneers in an uncharted and unchartable place. Ito understood the implications of the emerging tiny technologies in our hands, saw that they both challenged and enriched our social networks with virtual ones. On the stages of nineteenth-century Europe, magic was an art of mathematics, too. Ito and Cecil Balmond engage in these intellectually elegant tricks: at the Serpentine Pavilion in London, they spun squares into smaller squares, concealing their geometry in a complicated pattern that reveals itself only upon inspection. Balmond is inclined to mathematic riddles, but Ito drew out of the engineer an unusual exquisiteness by insisting this rigour yield randomness. Elsewhere, Ito explores other algorithms: spiralling Bezier curves shelter an uncluttered open space at the Relaxation Park in Torrevieja, Spain; towers twist at Barcelona’s Gran Via Trade Fair campus; and his Taichung, Taiwan, Opera House, as yet unbuilt and seemingly unbuildable, is based on a mind-bending torus-based set of cells. Ito proposed that idea initially in 2004 for a competition, the Ghent Forum for Music, Dance and Visual Culture, in an intense collaboration with Araya and the Milanese architect Andrea Branzi. The team was enormously emboldened by a juror’s exhortations for proposals that would turn theatre on it head – but became aware too late that these comments were, as they too often are in architecture, more rhetoric than reality. All that emptiness, that airy ethereality in Ito’s architecture, is far from easy. It requires elaborate preparation. A magician does not work unaided; the stage is often wrapped in a wizardry of apparatus, the irrational in front of our eyes resulting from a very up-to-date understanding of technology and science. Nineteenth-century conjurers used

TSA B.Arch 1981, M.Arch University of Michigan

TSA B.Arch 1977, UCLA M.Arch II 1981

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of California,

Principal, Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Berkeley Robert Hale describes his firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios as a “non-traDana Buntrock has been named the Frederic Lindley Morgan Chair of Archi-

ditional practice” in a feature article in the May 2005 issue of ArcCa. The

tectural Design for 2010 at the University of Louisville. The Morgan Chair,

firm, which he joined in 2001, focuses on an interdisciplinary, collaborative

established in 1975 as part of the Morgan Program, is an endowed visiting

design process led by the four principals who all have expertise in addition

professorship meant to enrich architectural offerings at the Allen R. Hite Art

to being registered architects: as urban designers, landscape architects,

Institute at the University of Louisville by bringing distinguished architects

interior designers, or graphic and product designers. Their projects, in turn,

and historians to the faculty. Past recipients of the Morgan Chair include

range from urban design at the city scale, to large-scale institutional and

Alice Friedman, Max Bond, Leonard K. Eaton, and Clay Lancaster.

commercial projects, to urban landscapes and streetscapes, to schools,

Buntrock’s research and teaching focus on the intersection between

housing, hospitals and childcare centers, to object and houseware design

architects and the construction industry. She has a special interest in

and graphics. The firm owns their own retail business, notNeutral, through

architectural practice in Japan, where she worked before teaching at

which they design, manufacture and sell their own products.

UC Berkeley. Her new book, Materials and Meaning in Contemporary

Hale’s own work has focused on larger scale urban design and master

Japanese Architecture: Tradition and Today, will be published by Routledge

planning. He held several positions at Universal Studios Hollywood from

in January, 2010. Buntrock writes the book “looks closely at the work of a

1994 until 2001, most recently as the Vice-President of Design and Planning

handful of architects who could be from nowhere else, their provenance

for the Universal Studios Recreation Group. There, he led the development

indisputably reflected in their architecture: Kengo Kuma, Terunobu Fujimori,

of a master plan, directed Universal’s work with Rem Koolhaas and led the

Fumihiko Maki, Jun Aoki, and Ryoji Suzuki. Their work here rots and inclines

development of corporate and infrastructural projects. With Rios Clementi

to ruin; it is made of rust, rammed earth, red brick, random rock rubble or

Hale Studios, Hale led the redevelopment of the Westfeld Century City

recycled rubbish. In this book…I introduce a number of wonderful works

Shopping Center with a 39-story residential tower and the renovation of

barely known in the West and I explain why these architects embraced

the Mark Taper Theater at the Music Center in Los Angeles. A Fellow of the

aging in their unusual architecture.” Buntrock wrote an exploratory essay

American Institute of Architects, Hale has taught at USC and UCLA and has

entitled “The Amazing Mr Ito” that is included in the monograph on Toyo

lectured widely on his work. He is a past president of AIA Los Angeles and

Ito published by Phaidon in February 2009. Buntrock holds a Bachelor of

has served on the Editorial Board of LA Architect Magazine.

Architecture from TSA and a Master of Architecture with High Distinction from the University of Michgan, Ann Arbor.

Above image: Mark Taper Forum, Rios Clementi Hale Studios. Photo courtesy of Tom Bonner.


C omme nc e m e n t 2 0 0 9 Commencement was held on May 16, 2009, with a Unified Commencement Ceremony highlighted by speaker Ellen DeGeneres and the awarding of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to architect William McDonough. TSA graduated 81 students, including 51 with a Master of Architecture, 12 with a Master of Architecture I and 18 with a Master of Preservation Studies.

UNIVERSITY GRADUATION AWARDS Tulane 34 The Tulane 34 Award is a university-wide honor presented to 34 graduates from Tulane’s 10 schools and colleges who have distinguished themselves through their exemplary leadership, service and academic achievement. The award, named for the year in which the university was founded, 1834, is considered to be one of the most coveted university-wide honors bestowed upon students. This years award is presented to: > Mihnea Catalin Dobre

Newcomb Scholars Newcomb Scholars are students from Tulane’s 10 schools and colleges who have gone above and beyond normal expectations academic achievement. Senior and fifth-year undergraduate women are nominated by their professors during the spring semester and are chosen by a committee of Newcomb Fellows for this prestigious honor from the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute. This years awards are presented to: > Adriana Sophia Camacho > Allison Nicole Popper > Casey Ann Roccanova

Latin High Honors Mihnea Catalin Dobre \\ Michael Peter Keller \\ Jana Marie Masset \\ Nicholas Alexander Vann

Cum Laude Erin Michelle Brush \\ Adriana Sophia Camacho \\ Amarit Dulyapaibul \\ Phillip Scott Goldberg \\ Julia Catherine Guy \\ Matthew William Lee \\ Jamie Lynn Lookabaugh \\ Marcos Salcedo Moore \\ Culum Roy William Osborne \\ Alison Nicole Popper \\ Carter Robinson Scott \\ Gianne Sultana

Graduation Placement James (Jimmy) Stamp, TSA ’04 \\ Yale University, Master of Environmental Design (M.E.D.) Sarah Cloonan, TSA ’09 \\ Columbia University, M.S. Critical, Curatorial, & Conceptual Practices in Architecture Nick Gervase, TSA ‘01 \\ Columbia University Jakob Rosenberg, TSA ‘06 \\ Princeton University Jamie Lookabaugh, TSA ‘09 \\ Columbia University Robert Bracken, TSA ‘08 \\ Harvard University GSD, Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD)


William mcdonough Awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Architect and sustainable design leader William McDonough, FAIA, Int. FRIBA was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Tulane University at the Unified Commencement Ceremony on May 16, 2009. McDonough was joined by an impressive group of Honorary Doctors which included Harry Connick Jr., co-discoverer and Nobel Prize winner Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, and healthcare advocate Jessie Gruman. President Cowan’s acceptance of Dean Schwartz’s nomination represents a University-level promotion of issues of civic responsibility and sustainability. McDonough is one of the three leading partners in creating and supporting the Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans, providing all of his work pro bono. He is the founding principal of William McDonough + Partners, an internationally recognized design firm practicing ecologically, socially, and economically intelligent architecture and planning in the U.S. and abroad. He is the co-author with Michael Braungart of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, the trademarked principles of which he aspires to follow in his work from product development to individual buildings to the design of sustainable cities. McDonough served for five years as dean and Edward E. Elson Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and holds faculty appointments at UVA’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, Stanford University and Cornell College. He serves as U.S. Chairman and member of the Board of Councilors of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. His awards include the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development given by President Clinton, the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, and was recognized by Time magazine as a ‘Hero for the Planet’ in 1999 and, with Braungart, ‘Heroes of the Environment’ in 2003. McDonough is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

visiting critics [final reviews + thesis reviews - spring 2009] Brian Andrews University of Nevada Las Vegas, Los Angeles, TSA ‘85 Craig Barton University of Virginia Kristi M. Dykema Louisiana State University Deborah Gans Pratt Institute Margaret Griffin SCI-ARC and Griffin-Enright Architects, Los Angeles Patricia Heyda Washington University in St. Louis, TSA ‘95 Patricia Kucker University of Cincinnati Ben Ledbetter Architect, New Haven Wendy Redfield North Carolina State University Mark Robbins Syracuse University Peter Waldman University of Virginia Mabel Wilson Columbia University Adrienne Yancone University of Pennsylvania Adam Yarinsky ARO Architects, NYC




the ogden 2

TSA presented “Provocations: Tulane School of Architecture Thesis Projects 2009” on Friday, May 8 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Calling themselves “The Ogden 8,” their theses were presented at a public exhibition highlighted with a reception and commentary by Billie Tsien of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York and Mack Scogin of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in Atlanta.

1 Shannon David French Extroverting Architecture: Destratifying Use


2 Adriana Sophia Camacho Interrelationism (Port of Spain, Trinidad) 3 Marcos Salcedo Moore Liminal Landscapes: Hybridized Strategies for an Urban Epicenter 4 Culum Roy William Osborne Vastness [Re]encountered: Unearthing an Urban Wilderness 5 Nicholas Alexander Vann Voronoi Communities: Deformalizing Space for Social Interaction 6 Michael Peter Keller Synthetic Urbanism: Porous Boundaries – An Urban Transformation 7 Jill Godfrey “As We May Think”: Two Prototypes for a Digital Environment


8 Gregory Wallace Barton Automated Bloom: Biofarming in the Atchafalaya



S tude nt ne w S Suzanne Monaco, M.Arch ’10, will be traveling to Tanzania as the recipient of the 2009 Gordon Summer Fellowship. established in 1991 by the Gorden Family Fund, the competitive fellowship offers two university-wide grants for students pursuing innovative summer projects. Monaco, whose passion for social justice was propelled by hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, her travels and the global economy, will study housing in Tanzania, in an effort to understand the dialogue between architecture and the people it serves. voids as inserted program

tsa traVel fellowshiPs 2009 lawrence travel Fellowships Suzanne Monaco’10 Transitions – An Urban Housing Study Amsterdam and Istanbul Colm M. Kennedy’10 Lessons from the Netherlands, Strategies for living below sea level

class of 1973 travel Fellowship Matthew hostetler’10 The Architect, the Randstad and the Crescent City: Roles for Redevelopment Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Netherlands

goldstein travel Fellowship


Travis Kyle Bost’10 Explosive Urbanism in Western Africa Dakar, Senegal + Bamako, Mali

Malcolm W. heard/andrea Palladio travel Fellowship Sarah Marie Cloonan’09 Andrea Palladio: The Godfather of Pre-fab Paris and Veneto Region

iMageS FroM Scott Bernhard’S third year Studio from left to right right: Scott Berger, Annie Peyton, Jason Liu, Adrian Reifer, Adrian Reifer, Jason Lui


sustainable classroom Students from Tulane School of Architecture have teamed up with high school students from the Priestley School of Architecture and Construction and modular manufacturer Morgan Buildings to design a modular classroom. The spring 2009 classroom design collaboration is part of the Open Architecture Networks Classroom Competition. Using Priestley’s school yard as a site, the design team of high school and university students are working to develop not just a classroom design but a business proposal for Morgan Buildings. The team is working with design and engineering staff at MBS to develop a proposal that fits with the requirements of their production facilities and that they hope can be incorporated into their production line at the end of the process. MBS is specifically focused on exploring ways to develop a green classroom building utilizing the company’s existing manufacturing processes. Partners from the US Green Building Council, the Freeman School of Business, and the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine are collaborating with the design team on their multidisciplinary approach to creating better learning spaces. The Open Architecture Network is reviewing the 900 entries over the summer and will make announcements in the fall of 2009. The design project is part of an ongoing outreach program that the Tulane City Center has with Priestley.


Student raising walls of URBANbuild #4

Tulane City Center - Eco Pavilion



Programs of the Tulane City Center, home of TSA’s applied urban research

URBANbuild has gained recognition as far away as Ireland, where it was featured in the RIAI journal Architecture Ireland, in an article entitled “Who is Re-Building New Orleans?” by Killian Doherty, RIBA, RIAI. Doherty praised the URBANbuild program for providing student the opportunity to develop designs for affordable housing and collaborate with faculty and local contractors to construct them.

and outreach programs, share a focus on improving cities through fostering global urban research, the development of flexible and innovative urban strategies, and the provision of environmentally and culturally informed principles to guide the design and revitalization of the contemporary metropolis. TCC partners with various organizations to engage students and faculty in projects dealing with real issues in real communities and to participate in the life of the city. This year one of the projects taken on by GREENBuild, a TCC research and design program, was Eco Pavilion, a collaboration between TCC and City Park New Orleans that showcases environmentally sensitive building strategies and technologies. Under the guidance of Coleman Coker the TCC team built the pavilion for the Fall Home and Garden Show 2008. City Park’s Botanical Garden will use the Green Pavilion to provide the public with a full scale educational model of how sustainable technologies can employed. The Pavilion includes a rainwater-catching roof, indigenous plants, salvaged materials, and rainwater filtration systems. The intention of this approachable and informative exhibition is to make these alternative building methods accessible to the public in the hope that individuals might choose to rebuild their homes and gardens in a more sustainable way. The Eco Pavilion is one project in a larger ongoing partnership between City Park and the TCC.

This year’s URBANbuild house has just finished construction in New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood. This fourth URBANbuild built prototype has involved a class of 25 design students in the fall and 18 student builders in the spring semester. This house is a study in sustainable building practices and is on schedule to achieve LEED silver certification. The 1200 s.f. scheme is one story with a footprint of 24’ by 71’ and is situated on a corner lot in the Central City neighborhood. Exterior walls are activated with an operable impact resistant screened panel system. The overall form of the house is simple so that the screen system becomes the defining aspect of the project. In response to New Orleans shutter systems, typically used for shading and hurricane protection, the sliding panels can cover the interior public areas of the home or be moved to provide shading for the exterior porch spaces. Partners Tulane City Center, Neighborhood Housing Services Project Lead Byron Mouton, Program Director & Architect of Record Sam Richards, Construction Co-Director, Doris Guerrero, Adjunct Faculty Emilie Taylor, Senior Program Coordinator, Anthony Christiana Construction, General Contractor

Project Team Coleman Coker, Dan Etheridge, Seth Welty, Tom Holloman, Zach

Project Team Robert Baddour, Amanda Brendle, Ben Flatau, Monica Breziner,

Lamb, David Dieckhoff, and Emilie Taylor

Nicholas Cecchi, Katie Champagne, Nick Chan, Chad Cramer, Susan N. Danielson, Shannon Farrell, Matt Fox, Kevin Garfield, Lauren Goetz, Royce Evan Gracey, Corey Green, Chris Halbrooks, Meaghan Hartney, Matthew Hostetler, Colm M. Kennedy, Joseph Keppel, Peter Kilgust, Nicolas Mallet, Lauren Martino, Suzanne Monaco, Emily Orgeron, JP Pacelli, Marian Prado, Marie Richard, Gregor Schuller, Kevin Tully, Karla Valdivia, Colin VanWingen, Bliss Young


TRUDC is directing an NEA-funded effort to interpret the Forks of the Road in Natchez, MS, former site of the second largest slave market in the deep south. The new open-air facility was designed in collaboration with community members, the City of Natchez, and the National Park Service.

Tulane Regional Urban Design Center

Preservation Matters

The Tulane Regional Urban Design Center, directed by Grover Mouton,

Dean Schwartz and TSA hosted the Preservation Matters symposium on

served as host to the 2009 US/ICOMOS (International Council on Monu-

January 31, 2009, at Tulane’s Lavin Bernick Center Kendall Cram Lecture

ments and Sites) national conference. Mouton organized and hosted a tour

Hall. Featuring Keynote Speaker Robert Ivy, FAIA (TSA ’76) and present-

to the historic Evergreen Plantation while TRUDC associated Nick Jenisch

ers and panelists Erica Avrami, Daniel Bluestone, Ph.D., Ned Kaufman,

and Robert Bracken hosted the Young Professionals Evening. Conference

Ph.D., Stanley Lowe, and Jorge Rigau, FAIA, the event honored the long

keynote speaker Tong Mingkang, Director of ICOMOS China, previously met

and distinguished career of Eugene Cizek, FAIA, Ph.D. Professor Cizek has

with Mouton in Beijing in the interest of setting up a collaborative center

led preservation studies at TSA for many years, and he has been a major

for preservation in partnership with the American Planning Association

presence within the preservation community. The event aimed to stimulate

(APA), which whom TRUDC has worked on more than ten major urban

thinking about the contemporary role of preservation and the way that

design projects across China.

contemporary issues of New Orleans and beyond may influence strategic directions for the Tulane School of Architecture.

TRUDC has obtained Preserve America designations for Slidell and Mandeville, LA, along with Natchez, MS and East Hampton, NY. The Center will host the first Preserve American Mayors’ Conference on Heritage Tourism.

Career Explorations in Architecture Led by Michael Crosby, the Career Explorations in Architecture summer program at TSA was established to offer high school students a significant first experience in architectural education. The program gives students an opportunity to participate in the process of design and to develop the basic tools of imagination and expression. Students spend their three weeks in the School of Architecture exploring ideas, methods, and issues of architecture through lectures, field trips, discussions and critiques. TSA has enforced the belief that all students have the opportunity to participate, and have established funding to allow low-income students from New Orleans and other cities to take part.


MAKING - modeling building workshop

Preservation Studies Program

MAKING 2nd Year Model Building Workshop

Ann Masson has been appointed Assistant Director of the Preservation

Michael Gruber, an architect with Richard Meier and Partners in Los

Studies Program at TSA. Masson is a local art historian who writes,

Angeles, visited the school during the week of January 26 to conduct a

teaches and consults in the areas of architecture, antiques and historic

model building workshop for 2nd year students as part of their design

preservation. A graduate of Newcomb College, she also holds a Master’s

studio curriculum. He introduced students to tools and various methods

degree in the History of Art from Tulane University. Her interest in New

of wood model construction, and in subsequent shop sessions students,

Orleans architecture led to a career in local museums and historic preserva-

under his guidance, practiced cutting, joinery and assembly techniques. On

tion organizations. Masson has been honored with awards from the Friends

Friday Feburary 6, Irene Keil and Marcella Del Signore presented a one-day

of the Cabildo, the Louisiana Association of Museums, New Orleans

projection of a looped sequence of photos and films from the workshop

Magazine, the American Council of Career Women, and the Vieux Carré

sessions and a repetitive series of fabricated wood objects, in an exhibition


in Richardson Memorial Hall entitled MAKING.

TSA’s Preservation Studies Program, in conjunction with Preservation Trades

Rose Fellowships

Network, held the Preservation Studies Summer Field School in July, coled by Adjunct Assistant Professor Heather Knight. The program, entitled “City of the Dead: Above-Ground Cemetery Preservation, Conservation, Documentation Methodology and History” consists of two courses. One gives students hands-on experience in historically appropriated treatments for 19th Century above-ground tombs, while the other is a seminar with topics that include architectural history, preservation technology, landscape architecture, funerary iconography and history of New Orleans cemeteries.

Two members of the TSA community are currently recipients of the prestigious Rose Architectural Fellowship. Seth Welty (TSA ’08) was named a fellow for 2008-2011 and Adjunct Assistant Professor Carey Clouse a fellow from 2007-2010. The Rose Fellowships sponsors its fellows for three years of work with host organizations dedicated to creating sustainable communities for people of all income levels. Clouse is working with Providence Community Housing in New Orleans, where her work includes housing design, project management, education, community outreach and grant writing. Welty is working in Biloxi, MS, with the Gulf Cost Community Design Studio on projects that range in scale from the individual homes to multi-unit projects to urban planning and mapping.


tSA board of Advisors Lee H. Askew III, TSA ‘66 \\ Gerald W. Billes, TSA ‘70 \\ Melissa C. Brandrup, TSA M.Arch ’98 MPS ‘98 \\ Mary Louise Mossy Christovich, Tulane ‘49 \\ Felipe Correa, TSA ‘00 \\ Collette Creppell \\ Arthur Q. Davis, Sr, TSA ‘42 \\ Maria Bea de Paz, TSA ‘96 \\ Robert P. Dean, Jr., TSA ‘68 \\ R. Allen Eskew \\ S. Stewart Farnet, Sr., TSA ‘55 \\ H. Mortimer Favrot, Jr., TSA ‘53 \\ Kathryn D. Greene, TSA ‘78 \\ Michael R. Howard, AIA, TSA ‘74 \\ Robert A. Ivy, Jr., TSA ‘76 \\ Michael P. Kelly \\ William Raymond Manning, AIA \\ Saul A. Mintz, TSA ‘53 \\ G. Martin Moeller, Jr., TSA ‘84 \\ Angela O’Byrne, TSA ‘83 \\ Casius H. Pealer III, TSA ‘96 \\ G. Gray Plosser, Jr., TSA ‘68 \\ Richardson K. Powell, TSA ‘77 \\ Lloyd N. Shields, TSA ‘74 \\ I. William Sizeler \\ Albert H. Small, Jr., Tulane ‘79 \\ Lawrence W. Speck \\ Carol M. Swedlow, TSA ‘94 \\ Peter M. Trapolin, TSA ‘77 \\ Robert E. Walker IV, TSA ‘92 \\ John C. Williams, TSA ’78 \\ Marcel L. Wisznia, TSA ‘73


current faculty

Interest in Tulane has remained very strong. Indeed, record numbers of high school seniors and prospective graduate students applied this year. Tulane University received nearly 40,000 applications for 1,500 places in its fall 2009 freshman class, surpassing last year’s record number of 34,125, and representing nearing double the number of applications typically received before Hurricane Katrina. TSA reviewed 1200 applications for the undergraduate program in architecture. At the graduate level, 109 applications were received for the MArch I program, more than doubling the number from the year before. The Master of Preservation Studies program saw an increase of 35% in applications to 27.

Geoffrey Howard Baker, Professor Emeritus \\ Milner Scott Ball, Adjunct As-


tant Professor And Assistant Director Of Tulane City Center \\ Marilyn Lee

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And Dean Emeritus \\ Elizabeth Burns Gamard, Favrot Associate Professor

To make a gift online, go to and click on Donate Now. Your may also mail your check (note on the memo line that the gift is for TSA for the Annual Fund) to the following address Tulane University P.O. Box 61075 New Orleans, LA 70161-9986

sistant Professor \\ Catherine Emily Barrier, Adjunct Assistant Professor \\ C. Errol Barron, Favrot Professor \\ Scott David Bernhard, Associate Professor And Mintz Professor And Director Of Tulane City Center \\ Ginette Elizabeth Bone, Professor Of Practice \\ Willam B. Bradshaw II, Adjunct Assistant Professor \\ Wilford Francis Calongne, Jr., Professor Emeritus \\ Eugene Darwin Cizek, Professor And Richard Koch Chair \\ Carey Rose Clouse, Visiting Assistant Professor \\ Coleman Coker, Favrot Chair \\ Michael Kent Crosby, Associate Professor \\ Marcella Del Signore, Assistant Professor \\ Ammar Eloueini, Associate Professor \\ Daniel Etheridge, Adjunct AssisFeldmeier, Adjunct Assistant Professor \\ Ronald Coulter Filson, Professor And Associate Dean \\ Doris Guerrero, Adjunct Assistant Professor \\ Robert Alexander González, Assistant Professor \\ Bruce Merriman Goodwin, Favrot Associate Professor \\ William Douglas Harmon, Adjunct Assistant Professor \\ Jacquelyn Nicole-Heyman, Adjunct Assistant Professor \\ Thomas Hollomon, Adjunct Assistant Professor \\ Victor Jonathan Jones, Assistant Professor \\ Irene Ursula Adelheid Keil, Adjunct Associate Professor \\ Karen Kingsley, Professor Emeritus \\ Judith A. Kinnard, Professor \\ Heather Ashlie Knight, Adjunct Instructor \\ James Roger Lamantia, Jr., Professor Emeritus \\ Ann Merritt Masson, Adjunct Instructor \\ Eugene Eean Mcnaughton, Professor Of Practice \\ Byron John Mouton, Professor Of Practice \\ Grover Ernest Mouton, III, Adjunct Associate Professor And Director Of Tulane University Urban Design Centre \\ Michael David Nius, Professor Of Practice \\ Graham Warwick Owen, Associate Professor \\ Richard Otis Powell, Professor Emeritus \\ Carol McMichael Reese, Harvey-Wadsworth Associate Professor \\ Ligia M. Romer Ph.D, Adjunct Assistant Professor \\ Cordula Roser Gray, Adjunct Assistant Professor \\ Milton George Scheuermann, Jr., Adjunct Professor \\ Kenneth Schwartz, Dean \\ Rainier Simoneaux, Adjunct Assistant Professor \\ Jonathan Tate, Adjunct Assistant Professor \\ Emilie Rachel Taylor, Adjunct Instructor And Senior Program Coordinator Tulane

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City Center \\ Mark Wesley Thomas, III, Adjunct Assistant Professor \\ Ellen Barbara Weiss, Harvey-Wadsworth Professor \\ Thaddeus Andrew Zarse, Adjunct Assistant Professor


TULANE Richardson Memorial Hall #303, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118


fall ‘ 0 9 L e ctu r es a n d e v en ts 8.31 Scott Bernhard, AIA Jean and Saul A. Mintz Associate Professor of Architecture “Tulane City Center Projects & Progress”

10.12 Errol Barron, FAIA Favrot Professor of Architecture “The Architecture Of Drawing”

9.14 Michael Maltzan, FAIA Michael Maltzan Architecture “Shimmer Shift” Eskew + Dumez + Ripple Lecture

11.2 Julie Eizenberg, FAIA Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Santa Monica, CA “Informal” Walter Wisznia Memorial Lecture

9.25 Sarah Cloonan, TSA ‘09 “Transitions: An Urban Housing Study” Malcolm W. Heard/Andrea Palladio Travel Fellowship Lecture

11.13 Matthew Hostetler, TSA ‘10 “The Architect, the Randstad and the Crescent City” Class of 1973 Travel Fellowship Lecture

10.5 Architects Week Friday, October 2 – Friday, October 9 Robert Hale, FAIA, TSA ‘77 Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Los Angeles, CA

11.16 Trey Trahan, FAIA Trahan Architecture, Baton Rouge, LA “Defining Local” AIAS Lecture

10.23 – 10.24 Conference: New Orleans Under Reconstruction Organizers: Carol Reese, Michael Sorkin, Anthony Fontenot Contributors: Christine Boyer, Mike Davis

Tulane School of Architecture News Summer 2009  

TSA News letter Summer 2009