All posts by Aran Donovan

Local architects design for food justice in Jackson, Mississippi

Mayor Lumumba speaks to participants in the Fertile Ground project. Photo by Imani Khayyam for Architects Newspaper.

New Orleans’ Office of Jonathan Tate (OJT) is one of four architecture, landscape architecture, and design practices working with the city of Jackson, Mississippi on a multidisciplinary initiative to facilitate community-engagement on the subject of food access. Systemic disinvestment in Jackson has led to inadequate fresh food access among much of the city’s population, and the Fertile Ground initiative is working from the ground up on community-based projects to catalyze change under the administration of Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. Read the full story here at Architects’ Newspaper.

Remembering E. Eean McNaughton, FAIA

We’re saddened to hear E. Eean McNaughton, FAIA, has passed.

A 1955 graduate of the Tulane School of Architecture and a professor at the School from 1972-2012, McNaughton was a prolific contributor of iconic Postmodern designs, master planning, and careful historic restorations to New Orleans and cities around the country.

Read more about his life, family, work and what you can do to honor his memory here:

Architecture+Design Film Festival:New Orleans

The Architecture & Design Film Festival celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. With well-attended screenings, legendary panelists, vibrant discussions and events in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, it has grown into the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject. The ADFF also programs for international film festivals as well as cultural institutions and private venues.

The Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp Street, will host the 2019 festival from Thursday, June 20 until Sunday, June 23. 

Remembering Wayne J. Troyer, FAIA

Our thoughts are with studioWTA as we remember the life and legacy of their founder, Wayne Troyer, FAIA (1953-2019).

We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of New Orleans’ most influential architects, but are encouraged by the legacy he has left behind for the next generation of architects and designers in our city.

Read more about Wayne’s life and work in his obituary published by|The Times-Picayune:

and on StudioWTA’s website:

PREMIERE LUMIERE: NOAF + WIA’s Inaugural Beaux Arts Ball

The New Orleans Architecture Foundation (NOAF) + Women In Architecture (WIA) invite you to support PREMIÉRE LUMIÉRE – an Inaugural Beaux Arts Ball on

Saturday, May 11th

Patron Party from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Main Event from 7:00 to 10:00 pm

At the Music Box Village

The first of its kind in New Orleans, this enchanting event will be an annual avant-garde and euphoric evening full of spirit, ephemeral mysticism, and exploration. A celebration of our eclectic community, embracing the arts, architecture, culture, and music. An unforgettable experience for all, establishing the New Orleans Architecture Foundation (NOAF) as the face of architecture in this city. This event, in all its creativity and glory as a fun evening in a great space with a diverse group of attendees, is intended to raise critical funds to support the programming the NOAF and WIA provide throughout the year.

More than 250 guests, donned in their finest costumery, will delight in a dance-filled evening while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and live music in the Music Box Village – one of the most eccentric and unique contemporary art sites in New Orleans – an architectural conglomeration of recycled wood, metal and glass, an open-air performance space tucked under an oak tree canopy and a world away from the ordinary.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to