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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August 04, 2017
We’re excited to announce that our 2017 Request For Proposals has selected two new collaborative design projects with local community partners Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative and Mamou Fruit & Tea. Thanks to generous support from Johnson Controls Incorporated, Small Center and Tulane School of Architecture faculty and students can provide pro-bono design and planning services to these two New Orleans nonprofit and community-based organizations during the 2017–18 school year.
This year, our jury had a truly difficult time selecting only two projects. Read more
July 25, 2017
The Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design is the community design center of the Tulane School of Architecture, and is hiring for the position of director.
The director will oversee continued progress of community‐based programs and design projects, raise the local and national prominence of the Center’s work, and develop sustained financial support ensuring the program’s future. Read more
July 22, 2017
This past Friday marked the culmination of Small Center’s annual Summer Public Interest Design Fellowship, an 8-week full-time prestigious internship that allows Tulane School of Architecture students the opportunity to work on real, community-based projects in New Orleans.
This summer, Small Center chose Kekeli Dawes, Christie Melgar, Ryan Shabaan, Carolyn Isaacson, Ana Sandoval Aguilar, and Kelsey Willis as the 2017 Summer fellows.
- Planning for storm water in the 7th Ward, by studying water management and flooding mitigation techniques and meeting with residents to design a community engagement tool that might be replicable for similar issues across the city.
- Working with Groundworks NOLA to plan, design, and build a shade structure with bench and phone charging station.
- Mapping in Treme to show the advantages of historically/contextually appropriate density to address affordable housing needs.
The summer public interest design fellowship is made possible through the generous support of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Morris Adjmi, and the Sizeler family.Read more