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Nov. 7, 2005
Contact: Rob Corser, assistant professor of architecture, 864-3904.

Tulane architecture professors to discuss rebuilding New Orleans at KU symposium

LAWRENCE -- Exiled architecture professors from flood- and hurricane-ravaged Tulane University in New Orleans will be at the University of Kansas next week to participate in a KU-sponsored symposium on how architecture schools can help rebuild the Big Easy.

The KU School of Architecture and Urban Design symposium "Rebuilding New Orleans: New Roles for Universities and Schools of Architecture" will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the Woodruff Auditorium of the Kansas Union. It will feature a dialogue with four Tulane faculty members. A roundtable discussion with KU faculty and students will follow.

The key question for the symposium is "How can universities and schools of architecture contribute to forging new and constructive responses to the daunting challenge of rebuilding a major American city like New Orleans?"

The four speakers from Tulane will be Associate Professor Scott Bernhard, Clinical Professors Eean McNaughton and Byron Mouton and Visiting Assistant Professor Douglas Harmon. Mouton and Harmon currently coordinate Tulane's "studio in exile." Their work, from temporary studios at Arizona State University, is aimed at the rebuilding effort.

McNaughton and Bernhard live in New Orleans and have returned to their professional practices. All four work in design, teaching and architecture focusing on the various aspects of reconstruction of the hurricane-ravaged city.

A panel of faculty respondents from KU will include John Gaunt, dean of architecture; Shannon Criss, associate professor; and Marie-Alice L'Heureux, assistant professor.

Symposium topics will include the need to address issues of social, economic and environmental sustainability, roles of community groups, government and industry in rebuilding and new challenges for university design-build and community-design programs.

The KU School of Architecture and Urban Design often reaches outside of the design studio to confront issues of social importance. Studio 804 is involved in the ongoing design and construction of houses for under-served communities. Professor Dan Rockhill set up the Studio 804 program in 1995 as a nonprofit corporation to provide hands-on training for architecture students.

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