The URBANbuild course at Tulane University equips students with experience in designing responsible housing prototypes while focusing on New Orleans' cultural needs.
URBANbuild is the Tulane School of Architecture's award-winning residential design-build program.
Our projects enrich students' development as professional designers and help revitalize New Orleans' rich heritage.
Since 2005, Tulane's URBANbuild program has realized a body of work and research comprised of the efforts of student design and construction, close faculty mentorship and collaboration with a number of local community partners, fabricators and material suppliers.
Students enroll in this program through Tulane's NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture program.
Each year, URBANbuild students help design and build responsible housing prototypes with reliance upon analysis of New Orleans' existing neighborhoods and the community's common cultural needs.
During the fall semester, students iterate designs in collaboration with a community partner, building off of previous years' projects and findings.
In the spring semester, students work alongside the URBANbuild professional team to commence and complete full construction on site.
In addition, students are asked to recognize the expectations and abilities of our region's workforce while striving to build upon and challenge available means in pursuit of progress and affordability.
In both the design studio and the field, equal attention is given to conceptual contemplation and technical execution.
Top image: exterior of Tulane School of Architecture's URBANbuild 18 home. Photo courtesy of URBANbuild/Tulane School of Architecture.
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