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Remembering Jesse Cannon, FAIA

We were saddened to hear that Jesse Cannon, Jr., FAIA, passed away on Saturday, February 13th, 2021 following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jesse was active and valued member of AIA New Orleans since 1974. Jesse advocated for, volunteered with, led committees, and chaired boards at both AIA New Orleans and AIA Louisiana. In 2013, Jesse was inducted into the AIA’s College of Fellows; and used his position to champion the FAIA/YAF Mentorship dinner program.

We invite you to share your own memories of Jesse Cannon by emailing us. We will share these memories on this page. 

View Jesse’s obituary here, and view tributes on the AIA Louisiana and LAF Facebook pages.


Remembrances of Jesse Cannon: 

Twenty years ago we arrived in Gulfport MS from New York to start work on the Federal Courthouse, a little bit fearful of the unknown, not knowing who or what we would find.  We need not have worried. We found Jesse, and he introduced us to the courts family, a congenial group. With Jesse’s help, we navigated the unknown, quickly made friends and worked with him over many years to get the courthouse built. He was a gentleman, and yes, a scholar, and a problem solver, someone we grew to respect and admire. We were delighted to stay in touch through all these years. 

He will be missed. 

-Frances Halsband




I first met Jesse Cannon when I started engaging with AIA NOLA as a nominated board member.

As a young AIA board member without much experience Jesse showed me the benefits of engaging with the membership and profession in ways I never thought possible.  He was a personal mentor throughout my tenure of service and into the role I assumed with the New Orleans Architecture Foundation.

Before the lockdown of 2020 I often saw Jesse at events we both were interested in and he showed such grace and determination with his health battle that I was always in awe. He told me at an NOAF event point blank –

“Nick you need to get out more and you also need to make sure the NOAF realizes its potential to be a voice for the good in our community, and I don’t mean architects. You know what to do, time is so precious so go do what you know is right.”

I promised him then that I’d do what I could using the voice of the NOAF- and I intend to keep that promise.

-Nick Marshall

Remembering Lonnie Hewitt, Jr., FAIA, NOMA


We were saddened to hear that Lonnie Hewitt Jr., FAIA, NOMA, had passed away on January 25, 2021 at the age of 75. He was the President and co-founder of Hewitt-Washington & Associates Architects and Planners (founded in 1978), a member of the AIA, NOMA, and The Collaborative – a group of small business owners who advocated for economic parity and equity for all local, small and disadvantaged businesses in New Orleans. More about Mr. Hewitt’s life and accomplishments can be found in the Times-Picayune Advocate and in New Orleans CityBusiness. Mr. Hewitt’s family asks that donations in his memory be made to NOMA Louisiana Project PipelineRay Manning, FAIA, of Manning Architects, was kind enough to write a thoughtful personal remembrance of Mr. Hewitt’s life and legacy. 


Notes on the passing of Lonnie Hewitt:


I first met Lonnie Hewitt when I was a Senior in High School. I attended a career day at Southern University and chose to visit the School of Architecture. Lonnie was one of the student leaders who volunteered to show a group of students around the school’s studio and talk about what a career in architecture might look like. I couldn’t see then how life would unfold: my career in architecture with Lonnie as a mentor and friend.

Lonnie graduated that year, returned to New Orleans, and went to work at Mathes Bergman Architects. He continued to inspire me; because, in the 1970s, it was no small feat for an African American to land a job at one of the city’s largest and oldest architectural firms. Lonnie’s career was filled with firsts.

His cool and deliberate demeanor were just a few of the character traits which made him a successful husband, father, businessman, and architect. I note this because from the time I met him and through the succeeding five decades, I admired and found inspiration in his approach to the practice of architecture and his ability to navigate the local business environment, which was not always welcoming or friendly.

Lonnie was more than a professional colleague—he was a mentor, employer, and confidant. I gained valuable experience working for Hewitt-Washington and Associates, and upon leaving, I started my own firm and often sought Lonnie’s advice. We shared strategy, as both our firms thrived and participated in several joint ventures together for projects such as the Dryades YMCA, the Convention Center Expansion, and the Aquarium of the Americas.

Lonnie and I both worked at Perkins and James Architects, another trailblazing African American architectural firm, at different times in our careers, and we participated in projects together. But one of the enduring connections we share is that we are alumni of the Southern University School of Architecture, where we first met, and where he extended his hand to another kid with dreams of becoming an architect.

It is with great sadness and a caring spirit for Lonnie’s family that I share these comments. The professional community, the State of Louisiana, and the City of New Orleans will miss his life force, energy, and his commitment to making the world a better place. He reached his hand out to me, and I am guided by that legacy to this day.

– Ray Manning


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

Tulane School of Architecture’s 2018 Exhibition of Thesis Projects

Join Tulane University School of Architecture for their  “2018 Exhibition of Thesis Projects” on Monday, May 14, 2018 from 6 PM -8 PM at the Tulane University’s Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design (1725 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70113).

Hosted by Dean Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA & Kentaro Tsubaki, AIA, Favrot Associate Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean for Academics

*The exhibit is open to the public.

Exhibition runs throughout May
For information, call 504-865-5389


These half-day CEU education programs, scheduled and organized by AIA New Orleans, are aimed to provide a variety of educational topics for attendees and interested participants. These topics will be presented by speakers within the industry that focuses mainly on the topic provided.

This will be a 4 hour seminar with 15 minute breaks in between.

CEUniversity will consist of an Interior and Exterior Track.

Click here for more information and to register!

2018 Celebrate Architecture

Early Registration is open and easier than ever for Celebrate!

Earn 6  hours of HSW continuing education!

Architecture is just around the corner … so Friday, April 20th on your calendar. Early registration deadline is Thursday, April 12th. We’ve assembled a compelling group of speakers, so join over 250 of your fellow architects and students from across the state at the Manship Theatre at Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge. Our speakers will begin the morning session by presenting an overview of each of their firm’s work. The afternoon session follows and allows each speaker to delve deep into a single project; describing the inception, design process, and resolution. It promises to be a day of architectural inspiration, a chance to interact with colleagues, and have a little fun in the process at a great venue.

2018 Celebrate Architecture