Students spend time in the fall semester designing and testing prototypes for special details such as rolling shutters, porch railings, storage cabinets, or lighting fixtures. During the latter half of the spring term, after the house has been framed and protected from the elements, some students work offsite on these signature design elements.

They may weld metal railings and shutters, CNC-mill door panels, or fabricate frames for pendant lighting in one of Tulane’s wood shops. These specialty pieces allow students to demonstrate opportunities for their homes to be differentiated and personalized in the event the designs become prototypes for future replication.

“The screen added a unique patterning to the house that differentiated it from the surrounding houses, but the massing studies during the design semester kept it grounded within the contextual conditions of the neighborhood.”

– Francke Wurzelbacher, Alumnus UB11