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.
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.
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.
Professor of Architecture
Michael Sacks Chair in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maggie Van Dusen Williams
Undergraduate Admissions Advisor
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Tyler Young
Former Co-Director of Construction
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emerita Associate Professor
Elizabeth Gamard taught in the Tulane School of Architecture for seventeen years, and served as Associate Dean post-Katrina. (deceased)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Tom Holloman is an assistant professor who teaches several studio courses at the Tulane School of Architecture.