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Tulane School of Architecture’s Research Studios explore contemporary problems through architecture

Dean Iñaki Alday reviewing students’ projects at Tulane School of Architecture. Photo by Ray Fontaine, Tulane School of Architecture.

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 to five years, delving into greater detail and complexity in each cycle. Each studio will work toward generating knowledge in each of the fields of expertise that will lead to the production of academic publications, symposia and exhibits. 

Tulane School of Architecture’s new multi-year Research Studios tackle global issues, such as water urbanism, ecological degradation, affordable housing, and material and design innovations. Photo by Byron Mouton, URBANbuild at Tulane School of Architecture.

The Research Studios reflect the school’s holistic educational approach, which combines solid intellectual training with studio practice and adopts a cross-disciplinary approach that merges architecture and urbanism with other fields such as conservation, sustainable real estate development, science, engineering, social sciences, economy, humanities and law.

The different areas of expertise covered by the new Research Studios include: 

  • The Yamuna River Project and the Rajasthan Cities. By lead instructor Iñaki Alday, Dean and Richard Koch Chair in Architecture. 
  • URBANbuild: re-evaluation, affordability, national translation. By lead instructor Byron Mouton, AIA, Director of URBANbuild, Lacey Senior Professor of Practice in Architecture.
  • The Future of Ports: From the Backyard to the Forefront of Ecology, Economy, and Urbanity. By lead instructor Margarita Jover, Associate Professor in Architecture.
  • Resilience Reinforced: Architectural precast concrete systems addressing the regional water infrastructure challenges. By lead instructor Kentaro Tsubaki, AIA, Associate Dean for Academics, Favrot Associate Professor of Architecture. 
  • Contemporary Architecture in Historic Contexts: The Case of Magazine Street in New Orleans. By lead instructor Ammar Eloueini, AIA, NCARB, Favrot V Professor of Architecture.
  • Toward a Civic Landscape. By lead instructor Scott Bernhard, AIA, NCARB, Favrot III Associate Professor of Architecture.
  • Fast/Strong/Sustainable: Exploring the Expanded Mass Timber Industry for Design in Hurricane-Prone Regions. By lead instructor Judith Kinnard, FAIA, Harvey-Wadsworth Chair of Landscape Urbanism, Professor of Architecture.
  • Addis Ababa River Project. By lead instructor Rubén García Rubio, Assistant Professor in Architecture and Urbanism.
  • Big Questions, Small Projects: design build’s potentials to advance community-driven ideas. Led by instructor Emilie Taylor Welty, Favrot II Professor of Practice.O