Public Interest Design and Education
As the Tulane School of Architecture’s community design center, Small Center brings together creative makers and doers working for a better city. We advance community-driven ideas through collaboration, design education and scrappy problem-solving.
We work with a variety of nonprofit organizations and community groups to provide design services to communities who are consistently underserved by our field.
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December 07, 2017
On Wednesday, Emilie Taylor Welty, Design/Build Manager and Interim Director of Small Center, was presented with the 2017 Barbara E. Moely Service Learning Teaching Award by Tulane’s Center for Public Service.
Every year, the Center for Public Service recognizes one professor who embraces Dr. Moely’s exceptional dedication to bringing classrooms to life though engaged partnerships. This award is a reflection of Dr. Moely’s decades-long devotion of bridging the university-community divide by training students across disciplines to become compassionate and culturally competent leaders.
A leader in the Design/Build field, Emilie has been with Small Center since the Center’s founding in 2005 and focuses on teaching students how to be better designers, makers, and citizens. Her most recent projects with Small Center include being Design Lead for the Groundworks New Orleans Solar Charging Bench (Summer 2017), Big Class Writers’ Room (Spring 2017), and Community Book Center Renovation (Spring 2016), and Project Manager for the Edible Schoolyard Outdoor Classroom (Fall 2016).Read more
November 10, 2017
On Thursday, Alumnus Andy Byrnes (Tulane School of Architecture ’92), with colleagues Matt Muller and Michael Groves, presented case studies from their innovative practice, The Construction Zone, Ltd. Over fifty people attended the presentation, including current Tulane School of Architecture students.Read more
October 25, 2017
For the past year, Small Center worked with the Greater Tremé Consortium and its Executive Director Cheryl Austin to identify health-related issues facing the neighborhood, including affordable housing, access to parks, and neighborhood stability. The project sought to define holistic redevelopment strategies and identify regulatory changes that could provided greater access to health-related amenities.
To read the full article written by Mary Johns and published in the Tulane New Wave, please click here.
This project was made possible by the generous support of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Louisiana and the Tulane University Partnership for Healthcare Innovation.Read more