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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Hugh Jackson

Adjunct Lecturer in Architecture

Hugh Jackson is a rising designer, builder, and educator living in New Orleans. He is co-teaching the URBANbuild Research Studio. In addition to teaching, Hugh has won multiple awards for his work in residential design at BILD design.

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Emilie Taylor Welty

Director of Architecture

Design-Build Manager, Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design

Favrot III 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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Nick LiCausi

Digital Fabrication Manager

LiCausi received a Bachelors of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he studied motion graphics, digital fabrication, and computational design alongside architecture. In professional practice in New York City, he specialized in 3D printing, virtual reality, and other digital technologies.

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Andrea Elnems

Director for Finance and Budget


After initially working in corporate finance, banking, and investments with her bachelors degree from Columbia University. Elnems returned to school to receive her MBA from University of Miami. In the time since, she has played many key roles in higher education administration, before ultimately arriving at Tulane School of Architecture in August 2022.

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Alexandria Andara

Program Manager, Faculty Employment

Prior to joining Tulane School of Architecture, Andara worked for several years in Finance & Administration at the Tulane School of Law. During this time she received a Master of Social Work from the Tulane School of Social Work. She uses this expertise to volunteer and invest in the local community.

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Michael J. Cusanza

Assistant Director of Admissions

Michael serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions for the School of Architecture. Based on his experiences in admissions, he believes in recruiting based on building relationships through honest and genuine interactions. He was previously the Senior Admissions Counselor at Loyola University New Orleans. Michael is a born-and-raised New Orleanian who received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Louisiana State University in 2017 and his Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans in 2020.

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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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Naomi King Englar

Senior Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Naomi received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in communications with honors certificate and a minor in environmental studies from Loyola University New Orleans in 2006. She worked for seven years leading communications and training activities for two centers at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine: the Tulane Prevention Research Center and the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health.

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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 a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

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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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Doug Harmon

Former 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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Kenneth Schwartz

Professor of Architecture
Director of Phyllis Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking
Former Dean of the Tulane School of Architecture

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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Sam Richards

Former Shop and Building Manager
Former Co-Director of Construction

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

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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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