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Tiffany Lin

Office Hours:

T 10:00am - 12:00pm


DESG 1105 - Intro to Design and Creative Thinking

ARCH 1012 - First Year Studio

ARCH 2327/6327 - Intro to Spatial Painting

Research and Teaching Interests:

Foundation Design Pedagogy, Contemporary Formal Analysis, Advanced Drawing, Spatial Analysis through Painting, Thesis Development, Design/Build, Sustainable Dwelling Prototypes.


Tiffany Lin is a licensed Architect, as well as Director of Design and an Associate Professor at the Tulane School of Architecture. She has taught design courses across the five-year curriculum, serving as the coordinator of core design studio­­­s.  Lin received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University in 2000 and a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University in 2004, where she was the recipient of the Faculty Design Award and the Clifford Wong Prize for Housing Design.

As the Director of the Design program, she hopes to cultivate future-oriented skills, – such as creativity, empathy, and self-awareness – to underscore the importance of human discernment in the age of automation and artificial intelligence. 

She recently received the SOM Foundation Research Prize (with L.Molix and E.Welty) to examine existing public spaces, monuments, and memorials through the lens of social psychology. This project aims to generate the framework for future design strategies that bridge the gap between architects and the general public, and to promote the agency of art and design in uniting global concerns, restoring balance, and providing a space for healing. Tiffany has also engaged in a range of architectural visioning projects for non-profit community partners through the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design. In collaboration with Judith Kinnard, she designed the SunShower SSIP House, an off-grid, disaster relief dwelling which received an AIA New Orleans Honor Award.

Lin has engaged in a range of local design projects through the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, working with non-profit community partners. These projects include an exhibition gallery for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and a seven-acre Vietnamese community garden in lower Algiers. She also partnered with Judith Kinnard to build the SunShower SSIP House, an off-grid disaster relief prototype which received an AIA New Orleans Honor Award in 2012.

Prior to becoming a New Orleanian, Lin lived and practiced architecture in Boston where she co-founded the firm LinOldhamOffice.  The work of LOO was selected for the Architecture League of New York’s Young Architects Forum in 2005. Their 8 Container Farmhouse was also awarded a Progressive Architecture Award the same year. During her term in Boston, Lin taught design studios at Northeastern University and worked in the offices of Machado and Silvetti Associates, and Leers Weinzapfel Associates.

In addition to teaching and practicing architecture, Lin continues to experiment with painting and collage as media of tactile, spatial investigation. Her two-dimensional works have been exhibited in Cambridge, MA and New Orleans, LA.