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futureNOLA Working Session

Throughout this upcoming 2017-2018 year, we will engage in an international competition, exhibition, gala, and publication, collectively offering a platform for individuals and teams to share their future of “The Crescent City” with professionals, politicians, and the public.

Please join us for this event, and get involved in planning any of these four project areas!

Date: November 1, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Location: Port Orleans Brewing Company, 4124 Tchoupitoulas St.

About Ace Mentorship Lunch & Learn

ACE New Orleans

ACE helps New Orleans high school students discover the many exciting and rewarding career opportunities available to them in the building design and construction industry.

Students work with local architects, engineers and contractors from top firms who serve as mentors to guide them through team design projects. In addition, they often visit mentors’ firms to see first-hand what it’s like to work in that part of the industry.

They also tour major construction sites to explore the wide range of professional skills needed in today’s dynamic building industry. Through these experiences, many students make valuable contacts that can help them along their personal educational and career paths.

Currently, ACE New Orleans has active programs at McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School and De La Salle High School.  For the 2017-18 school year, ACE New Orleans will be adding new programs at two more New Orleans high schools.

What does it mean to be a Mentor?

Mentors are vital to the ACE Mentor Program’s success. They establish a bond with individual students and with the team to which are assigned and serve as professional role models. Through hands-on activities and informal presentations, mentors engage students in learning about the integrated construction industry, and they inspire and guide student teams to complete and present their final design project.

As a mentor, you agree to the following time commitment

  • Meeting Time: Teams meet in schools or mentors’ offices, sometimes a mix of both.
  • Prep Time: Varies
  • Other Activities (construction site tours, final presentation event, training, college night, etc.): Varies

For more information you can explore the website at

ACE Greater New Orleans 7th Annual Graduation Ceremony

In about a month, ACE Greater New Orleans will host its seventh annual graduation ceremony.  The event will take place at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. 


The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE) helps mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design, construction and engineering.  It’s now the construction industry’s fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually.


Our mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in these industries.  We are practicing professionals attracting young people to real professions.


We are again, reaching out to you to ask for your support and financial assistance.


We are requesting that you join us at this industry worth event to support these efforts.  You will be joined by the students from McDonough 35 and De LaSalle High Schools, their parents/guardians, school dignitaries, along with the dedicated mentors, industry leaders and our Board of Directors.


We encourage you to click this link to RSVP and follow the mailing instructions for payment. We appreciate your consideration and continued support, and look forward to your firm joining us in keeping this important program viable.


We invite you to click on the link below to learn more about the ACE Mentor Program:


Also, visit the website at

In Memoriam

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Edward L. Rodriguez, AIA

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:12 P.M., Edward Lawrence Rodriguez closed his “Code Book” and submitted his life to the Lord for the Final Inspection. Eddie (age 84) completed his life’s work in the arms of his beloved wife and surrounded by his four adoring children. ‘Eddie’ was the husband of Beverly Mae Ranatza Rodriguez; father of Elizabeth Frazier (David), Karen Beter (the late Bruce), Sandra Smith (Kevin) and David Lawrence Rodriguez; son of the late Rose Mary Tarantino Rodriguez and Edward Jesus Rodriguez; brother of Ricardo ‘Ric’ Rodriguez (Nancy) and the late Rosemary ‘Rary’ Rodriguez Hitt (Al); and “Poppa” to Samuel, Nathan and John Frazier, Brett and Christina Beter, and Alyssa, Brandon and Caitlyn Smith.  He was also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Eddie grew up in a huge Italian family where family and faith were of paramount importance.

The focus of Eddie’s life was to serve his family, love the Lord and be true to his Catholic faith. Eddie was a gentleman and humble servant of God. His selfless love and prayerful, unwavering devotion was respected by all.

Eddie lived his life to serve. He was awarded the Order of St. Louis Medal by the Archdiocese of New Orleans in recognition of a lifetime of service to the local Catholic Church.  Eddie was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and a committed late-night adorer for the Adoration Chapel at Our Lady of Divine Providence Church.  Eddie had a profound desire to help teens – especially those unable to attain a Catholic education. He dedicated his Sunday nights for many years (well into his 80s) by serving as a founding and core team member of the OLDP Life Teen Group, a youth retreat moderator, an Abbey Youth Day leader, and a School of Religion instructor.

Practicing Architecture since 1955, Eddie was renowned as “The Code Expert.” His areas of specialty were design, construction documents and code research. Eddie was the Project Architect for the Naval Support Activity Facility of Louisiana in Algiers, which won a National Design Award.  He served as Project Architect for numerous banks, schools, office buildings and churches throughout the South. Eddie began his career with August Perez and Assoc. in 1955 and joined Underwood Verges and Assoc. in 1965, becoming a Partner shortly thereafter. The firm evolved from Ernest E. Verges and Assoc., to Morton Verges Architects to VergesRome Architects during the 52 years that Eddie was employed there. Eddie also served the City of Kenner in the Planning Department as the Consultant Planning Director for several years.

Eddie had a peaceful and creative spirit that was nurtured by art classes at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. He enjoyed traveling with his bride of 59 years and delighted at the marvels seen throughout Europe and the U.S.  Blues music, Jazz Fest, the French Quarter, creole food, and a cannoli at Brocato’s brought a smile to his sweet face!

Eddie attended St Aloysius High School in New Orleans and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from Louisiana State University in May 1955. He was a former President of the LSU Alumni Association, Jefferson Parish Chapter, and a past Vice-President of the American Institute of Architects, New Orleans Chapter.

No more “Humbug” Dad … the Ultimate Fire Marshal has granted His Eternal Approval: “Well done good and faithful servant.”  Rest in peace; your love will remain in all of our hearts forever.

To view or sign the online guest book, please visit

Tulane School of Architecture: Career Explorations in Architecture


The Tulane School of Architecture Summer Pre-College Program will open your eyes to new possibilities.

The program runs from July 9 – July 29, 2017.  Class meets Monday thru Friday in the mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a lecture, film screening, or a skill building demonstration. In the afternoon studio meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Field trips around New Orleans are scheduled for Saturdays and evenings (weather permitting) and are optional for day students.  

For more information call 504.865.5389 or visit us at


Blitch Knevel Architects Welcomes Adam Shields as Intern Architect

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New Orleans, LA – Blitch Knevel Architects, an award winning architectural firm, is pleased to announce that Adam Shields, has joined the firm as an Intern Architect.

Shields joined the firm in November 2016.  In this position, he works in all phases of design and production, where he will be responsible for drafting architectural designs, managing printing responsibilities, and corresponding with firm consultants while gaining project management experience. The focus of his work will be in healthcare and educational facility design.

Shields earned both a Bachelor and Masters of Architecture from Tulane University in May 2016.   A native of Austin, TX, he now resides in the Mid City neighborhood of New Orleans.

“I’m intrigued by how New Orleans’s gradual transition to modernity remains secondary to its maintenance of historic culture,” said Shields. “I’m excited to be part of the BKA team and participate in this process firsthand.”

Blitch Knevel is an award-winning architectural firm founded in 1958, and specializes in Healthcare, Educational, Institutional and Religious facilities.  The firm has offices in downtown New Orleans and in historic downtown Covington, LA.



Contact:  Lisl B. Moyer
Director of Marketing
(504) 952-9902


Blitch Knevel Architects Welcomes Beth Gage-Oalman as Project Architect/Manager

Beth Gage-Oalman.New Orleans, LA – Blitch Knevel Architects, an award winning architectural firm, is pleased to announce that Beth Gage-Oalman, AIA, has joined the firm to further support the firm’s local, regional and national portfolio of projects.

Gage-Oalman has over 25 years of project architectural/management experience specializing in medical, senior living and educational design. Most recently Gage-Oalman served as Architect/Construction Project Manager for Louisiana’s largest non-profit healthcare system, Ochsner. She comes to Blitch Knevel Architects with a geographically diverse portfolio that includes managing major facilities design.
“My experience spans all phases of design and construction, and I have considerable knowledge of building technology, construction processes and healthcare design,” said Gage-Oalman.

A graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor in Architecture, Gage-Oalman has been a member of the AIA since 1995.

“Beth’s extensive experience with high performance design and sustainability on large, complex projects helps strengthen our team, and we look forward to working together” said Ron Blitch, President of Blitch Knevel Architects.

Blitch Knevel is an award-winning architectural firm founded in 1958, and specializes in Healthcare, Educational, Institutional and Religious facilities. The firm has offices in downtown New Orleans and in historic downtown Covington, LA.


Contact: Lisl B. Moyer
Director of Marketing
(504) 952-9902