Kenneth Schwartz

Dean and Favrot Professor of Architecture
Director of Phyllis Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking

Since Kenneth Schwartz was appointed as dean in 2008, Tulane School of Architecture has become one of the most visible units of Tulane University in creating a national model of innovative, engaged and empathetic pedagogy working in close partnership with neighborhood and non-profit organizations throughout New Orleans and beyond.

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Byron Mouton

Director of URBANbuild
Senior Professor of Practice

Byron J. Mouton is an established architect, educator, New Orleans native, and alumnus of Tulane University. He now runs his practice BILD Design in conjunction with his academic role as Senior Professor of Practice at Tulane’s School of Architecture and Director of URBANbuild.

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Sam Richards

Shop and Building Manager

Sam is the Shop Director and Building Manager for the Tulane School of Architecture, and former co-director of construction for URBANbuild.

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John Tyler Young

Adjunct Lecturer

Tyler Young received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University in 2008 where he studied at the Rural Studio. In 2014 he moved to New Orleans and began working with BILD Design as a fabricator and project manager.

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Emilie Taylor Welty

Interim Director, Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design
Professor of Practice

Emilie Taylor Welty was a member of the first URBANbuild studio and helped to lead builds two through five as well, before joining the leadership at the Small Center for Collaborative Design and running her firm Colectivo.

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Doug Harmon

Adjunct Associate Professor
Creator of URBANbuild concept

Doug Harmon served as director of the CityBuild program, which operated from 2005–2007. Doug continues to teach as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture, in addition to running his own design practice in New Orleans.

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Emily Parsons

Director of Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs

Emily Parsons worked in architectural practice specializing in metal building fabrication, and now applies her talents to Admissions and Advising and the Tulane School of Architecture.

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Robin Stead

Director of Financial Services

Robin Stead joined the Tulane staff in 1991 and has worked in several other departments within the university before serving as Tulane School of Architecture’s Director of Financial Services.

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Maggie Van Dusen Williams

Undergraduate Admissions Advisor
Adjunct Lecturer

Maggie Van Dusen Williams attended the Tulane School of Architecture and now runs her own firm specializing in residential renovations in addition to her role as Tulane School of Architecture’s Undergraduate Admissions Advisor.

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Christy Crosby

Director of Administration

Christy received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Missouri State University, and worked for six years as a legal secretary in Austin, Texas and New Orleans. She is currently finishing a certificate in Human Resource Management at the Tulane School of Professional Studies.

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David Armentor

Digital Imaging specialist

David Armentor is an emerging artist who has been working in the photographic medium for the past 9 years. He now resides in New Orleans working as the Digital Imaging Specialist for Tulane’s School of Architecture.

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Benjamin J. Smith

Director of Graduate Architecture
Assistant Professor of Architecture

Ben Smith is a scholar, designer, and educator whose work locates advanced practices for architecture. Fundamental to his teaching approach is his encouragement of students’ confidence to do, to act, and to make.

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Mary Johns

Communications Coordinator

Mary Johns received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a minor in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in 2016. Her background includes working in public relations for the National Senior Games Association, Zehnder Communications and Louisiana 4-H Youth Development.

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Alan Lewis

Former faculty and former co-director of the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design (formerly Tulane City Center)

Alan Lewis was one of the founding directors of the Tulane City Center and was instrumental in generating initial funding to begin addressing the myriad difficulties faced by New Orleans post-Katrina.

Coleman Coker

Former faculty and director of GreenBUILD

Coleman Coker launched his firm buildingstudio in 1999 after a thirteen-year partnership with Samuel Mockbee as Mockbee/Coker Architects, and was the visiting Favrot Chair at Tulane University School of Architecture.

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Dan Etheridge

Former co-director of the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design (formerly Tulane City Center)

Dan Etheridge was instrumental in shaping the Small Center for Collaborative Design’s mission and approach to community-engaged design. He is now the owner of Pagoda Cafe, a 1920s Chinese laundromat-turned-restaurant.

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Elizabeth Gamard

Emerita Associate Professor

Elizabeth Gamard taught in the Tulane School of Architecture for seventeen years, and served as Associate Dean post-Katrina. (deceased)

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Ila Berman

Former Associate Dean and co-director of URBANbuild

Ila Berman was a founding director of URBANbuild, and is now Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia.

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Mona El Khafif

Former Visiting Assistant Professor

In 2006-2007 Mona El Khafif joined the URBANbuild HUD grant at Tulane University School of Architecture, and is co-author of the award winning publication ‘URBANbuild: Local/Global’ (with Ila Berman).

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Reed Kroloff

Former Dean of the Tulane School of Architecture

Reed Kroloff was Dean of Architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and co-chaired the commission charged with developing the initial master plan for rebuilding the city in the wake of the storm and subsequent flooding. He is now the Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.

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Sandi Stroud

Former faculty and director of the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development program at Tulane.

Sandi Stroud is founding Director of the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development at Tulane, and now runs her own real estate and consulting businesses.

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Scott Bernhard

Associate Professor of Architecture
Former Director of the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design (formerly Tulane City Center).

Scott Bernhard has been a member of the School of Architecture faculty for more than 25 years and helped to establish Tulane School of Architecture’s outreach programs.

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Seth Welty

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Seth Welty was a member of the first URBANbuild studio, and in addition to teaching several studio classes at the School of Architecture, is the principal architect at the Colectivo design firm in New Orleans.

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Tom Holloman

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Tom Holloman is an assistant professor who teaches several studio courses at the Tulane School of Architecture.

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