News September 7, 2018

RFP 2018 Selected Projects

We are excited to announce our 2018 Request For Proposals selected community partners: Groundwork New Orleans and International High School of New Orleans.

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 2018–19 school year.

We’d like to thank Alexandra Miller, Alvin David, Andreanecia Morris, Ann Yoachim, Ben Smith, Casius Pealer, Charles Allen, Randy Hutchison, Rashidah Williams, Sharon Courtney, and facilitator Suzanne Mobley for sharing their time and insights with us in making this decision.

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The International High School of New Orleans is an open-enrollment charter school and the first in the city to offer the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. IHSNO’s 80-year-old building on Carondelet St. in the Central Business District is outdated and presents challenges to meeting student needs. Small Center and the school will work together to create a full renovation vision for a modern, energy efficient and handicap accessible learning environment. Organizational leaders will use this plan to build fundraising support for the project.


Groundwork New Orleans is an environmental nonprofit that engages youth and community groups in environmental stewardship and advocacy. Small Center will work with the organization to design and build a covered area with seating at their Earth Lab facility, an outdoor learning laboratory site on the St. Claude Ave corridor. The new space will allow Groundwork New Orleans to host school groups at Earth Lab for hands-on field trips.

For more information on the RFP process, click here

Click here to view the 2018 RFP Announcement Press Release.