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First-ever Research Studios announced

Starting Fall 2019, students at Tulane School of Architecture will be part of design research that tackles some of the world’s most pressing contemporary problems through architecture. The school recently selected its first-ever Research Studios that will focus on a single topic, place, or phenomenon over three years, delving into greater detail and complexity in each cycle. Each studio will work toward the production of scholarly outputs such as books, monographs, articles, symposia, and exhibits. Students will have the opportunity to select several of these studios during their time at Tulane. See below for a list of the new Research Studios, the lead instructor, and short descriptions.

The Rajasthan Cities: Jaipur. (A Saul A. Mintz Global Research Studio)

Fall 2019. Open to graduate students only.

Lead Instructor: Iñaki Alday, Dean and Richard Koch Chair in Architecture

This Research Studio will analyze and develop scenarios for transforming two historic cities in India, Jaipur and Ajmer in Rajasthan, acting as an independent advisor to the Rajasthan government. In exploring urban growth strategies, the work will be developed at multiple scales, from that of the building to that of the public landscape. The multidisciplinary approach will include disciplinary perspectives from sociology, economics, environmental ecology, engineering, and governmental policy, with considerations about water as the overarching framework. The studio will travel to India during the fall break.

URBANbuild: re-evaluation, affordability, national translation.

Fall 2019-Spring 2020. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Lead Instructor: Byron Mouton, AIA, Director of URBANbuild, Lacey Senior Professor of Practice in Architecture

This Research Studio continues URBANbuild’s longstanding commitment to the New Orleans community to design and build infill housing, providing a transformative hands-on experience for architecture students. Issues related to the sometimes-conflicting agendas of progress, preservation, affordability, and replication are debated. URBANbuild research will endeavor to “scale up” nationally, exploring different climatic and cultural contexts and proposing a research methodology for the production of prototypes. while addressing issues of design, community involvement, and affordability.

The Future of Ports: From the Backyard to the Forefront of Ecology, Economy, and Urbanity.

Fall 2019. Open to undergraduate students only.

Lead Instructor: Margarita Jover, Associate Professor in Architecture

This Research Studio focuses on New Orleans’ Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, popularly known as the Industrial Canal, where an industrial landscape meets residential neighborhoods. A multidisciplinary team will document the adjacent properties and buildings, research comparable examples and best practices worldwide, and propose innovative design-research projects, engaging stakeholders through a compelling exhibit and public conversation about how best to utilize these neglected mixed-use spaces.

Resilience Reinforced: Architectural precast concrete systems addressing the regional water infrastructure challenges.

Fall 2019. Open to graduate students only.

Lead Instructor: Kentaro Tsubaki, AIA, Associate Dean for Academics, Favrot Associate Professor of Architecture

Through design investigations, this Research Studio examines the potential of precast concrete systems and advanced fabrication technology to address stormwater runoffs at two urban scales. At the street scale, paving and rain-garden systems will introduce students to water management infrastructure and aesthetically appealing precast paving systems. At the neighborhood scale, linear-park design will introduce students to complex water management challenges and provide opportunities to speculate on advanced precast systems as solutions.

Contemporary Architecture in Historic Contexts: The Case of Magazine Street in New Orleans.

Fall 2019. Open to undergraduate students only.

Lead Instructor: Ammar Eloueini, AIA, NCARB, Favrot V Professor of Architecture

How, as architects, can we think about the future of cities in a way that will preserve their historic character while responding to urgent social and environmental needs? This Research Studio will explore an alternative approach to issues of development in historical neighborhoods, where context is considered from geographic, cultural, political, and economic perspectives, and contemporary materials and techniques of construction are utilized. Magazine Street—an iconic pathway in New Orleans with a mix of commercial and residential structures that attracts tourists and residents alike—will serve as our study area. We will also study Magazine in comparison to other such iconic streets in the U.S. and abroad.

Toward a Civic Landscape.

Spring 2020. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Lead Instructor: Scott Bernhard, AIA, NCARB, Favrot III Associate Professor of Architecture

This Research Studio expands upon existing work in New Orleans to envision a merging of urban infrastructure, ecological stewardship, and public space. It explores issues of food scarcity and security in the urban context through a synthesis of several areas of research in urban agriculture, ecological remediation, water management, public parks, and the nature of public space. This research proposes to articulate and substantiate an emerging civic identity in redefining public perceptions of place, infrastructure, and urbanity.

Fast/Strong/Sustainable: Exploring the Expanded Mass Timber Industry for Design in Hurricane-Prone Regions.

Spring 2020. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Lead Instructor: Judith Kinnard, FAIA, Harvey-Wadsworth Chair of Landscape Urbanism, Professor of Architecture

This Research Studio will expand the inquiry of mass timber research employed in the construction of tall buildings to include lower-scale and residential settings where the speed of production and assembly are of essence. Hurricanes in the Gulf South have destroyed and damaged hundreds of thousands of homes, and it is imperative that new approaches be explored for sustainable transitional and permanent housing. Prototypes that use local resources have the potential to expand the regional economy and deemphasize extraction industries.

Addis Ababa River Project. (A Saul A. Mintz Global Research Studio)

Fall 2019. Open to graduate students only.

Lead Instructor: Rubén García Rubio, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism

The main objective of the research studio is to design a holistic urban strategy for the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, through all the Akaki River tributaries - more than 50 kilometers - which cross the capital. The studio will travel to Addis Ababa and the work developed will be exhibited in the U.S. and Ethiopia.

Tulane School of Architecture professors recognized as honorary alumni

Photo: Professors Scott Bernhard (second from left) and John Klingman (far right) display their Honorary Alumnus proclamations during a ceremony held by Tulane Alumni Association on Oct. 12.

Tulane Alumni Association recognized Tulane School of Architecture professors John Klingman and Scott Bernhard, AIA as Honorary Tulane Alumni for their significant contributions to the university during a ceremony on Oct. 12. The professors received resolutions from the association confirming the title and expressing appreciation for their dedication.

“Professors Klingman and Bernhard are outstanding educators and wonderful examplars of academic excellence through their teaching, engaged research, community engagement and creative work,” said Dean Kenneth Schwartz. “Their contributions to the Tulane School of Architecture, Tulane University and the community are countless, resulting in this well-deserved recognition.”

Klingman joined the School of Architecture in 1984 and currently holds the Favrot Professorship in Architecture. He has received multiple awards over 34 years at Tulane including the President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and Tulane School of Architecture Outstanding Teaching Award. Outside of the classroom, he dedicated his expertise to water engagement issues in New Orleans related to architectural design and worked with international and local leaders to improve infrastructure issues. He has also been an important and long-standing voice on the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC) Architectural Committee, and sought after speaker for his many areas of expertise including mid-century modernism in New Orleans.

Bernhard holds the Jean and Sean Paul A. Mintz Associate Professorship. He has served in numerous leadership and faculty roles over 27 years at the school including associate dean, interim dean and Tulane City Center director (now Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design). Bernhard serves a crucial role exposing Tulane students to the discipline and profession of architecture during his highly popular Introduction to Architecture course. His recognitions include the President's Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching, the Inspirational Teacher Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award and numerous design awards.

Tulane Faculty, Alumni and Students Recognized with Major Louisiana State AIA Design Awards!

Led by Mintz Associate Professor Scott Bernhard AIA with extensive involvement from Tulane alumna and Tulane City Center's Assistant Director of Design Build  Emilie Taylor AIA, and with a cast of dozens of Tulane students, the Grow Dat Youth Farm has garnered two major awards from the Louisiana AIA Design Awards program (Jury chaired by Julia Snow FAIA of Minneapolis). 

Please find many other Tulane alumni and School of Architecture Board members featured among these awards including:

Peter Trapolin AIA (TSA ‘77)
Wayne Troyer AIA (TSA '83)
Mac Ball FAIA – Board of Advisors member
Allen Eskew FAIA – former Board of Advisors member with recognition of several EDR projects along with his posthumous award of the Louisiana Medal for Architecture, accepted by his son John Eskew (MSRED ’12)

Please join me in congratulating our friends and colleagues for their achievements.

Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA
Favrot Professor and Dean

New Wave feature's Carrie Bernhard TSA '02 and Professor Scott Bernhard for Katrina breach exhibit

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Katrina breach exhibit gets Tulane touch

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin



Tulane School of Architecture professor and alumna are part of a team working to erect a symbol of serenity at the site of one of the most devastating flood wall breaches to occur with Hurricane Katrina.
On the morning of Aug. 29, 2005, a large section of the London Avenue Canal’s concrete flood wall buckled under pressure sending torrents of water into the Gentilly neighborhood it was designed to protect.
The result was catastrophic.
The deluge killed many unsuspecting residents and pets. The home that once stood on the spot where the breach occurred was washed into the street. Area homes were submerged to their rooftops.
Scott and Carrie Bernhard are co-directors of the Lime Agency, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting climate-appropriate architecture for hot and humid regions. In addition to being married, they also share a connection to Tulane.
Carrie Bernhard is a 2002 architecture graduate. Scott Bernhard is the Jean and Saul A. Mintz Associate Professor at the Tulane School of Architecture.  
The exhibit structure will employ passive design strategies that utilize the sun, wind and shade to maximize natural heating and cooling as opposed to relying on mechanical systems, Carrie Bernhard said.
“We are orienting and detailing the structure to provide shelter, shade and ventilation in the hot, humid and rainy months. But it will also allow the sun to enter the space in the winter months to warm visitors,” she said.
The goal of the exhibit is to explain the 2005 levee failures, to memorialize the house that was swept away by the force of the breach water and to provide a place for quiet contemplation on the magnitude of the devastation.
Scott Bernhard says the exhibit will entail three parts: an outdoor exhibition structure, a small courtyard on the footprint of the former house and a garden of native plants able to help manage storm water on the property.
Levees.org is spearheading and supporting the project, with the active support of the Gentilly Civic Improvement Association. Levees.org and local community members will provide the educational materials for display.

Tulane Alumni, Faculty, and Former Faculty Featured Prominently In The Fall 2014 ACSA Conference - "Working Out: thinking while building"

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
October 16-18, 2014

Tulane was very well represented at the recent ACSA conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The following alumni had papers and projects accepted for presentation and publication. Download the Conference Program here.

Jacob Brillhart, TSA '99
Nick Gelpi, TSA ‘02
Kate O’Connor, TSA ‘10
Emilie Taylor, TSA ‘06

Scott Bernhard AIA
Tiffany Lin AIA
Emilie Taylor AIA

Former Faculty
Coleman Coker
Stephen Verderber
Carey Clouse


Mintz Associate Professor Scott Bernhard AIA and Carrie Bernhard TSA '02 Produce Exhibit and Garden at the London Avenue Canal

Through their firm, the Lime Agency for Sustainable Hot/Humid Design, Scott and Carrie Bernhard (TSA '02) have produced a project for the location of the Hurricane Katrina levee break at the London Avenue Canal. Their client for this project is the non-profit organization, Levees.org.

The renderings were done by Marcus Allen (TSA ’13). The project should break ground in February of 2015 and be complete for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 29th, 2015.

ARCH 1011/6011

As an introduction to the basic fundamental methods and principles of architectural design, students are given an immediate experience of the design process, developing their capacity to conceive, manipulate and analyze architectural form and space. An emphasis on verbal skills, and graphic and material techniques for architectural representation, enable students to express and communicate their ideas. The studio develops the students' capacity for critical thinking through constructive evaluation.


Old Course Numbers: DSGN 1100/6010