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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

Transcending Transparency

“Transcending Transparency is the culmination of a semester of research on CNC milling glass by Tulane School of Architecture students, Alyson Demskie + David Maples.  The work tests the limits of digital precision and material fragility while attempting to subvert the dematerialization of glass currently prevalent in architecture.  The pattern, inspired by Colin Rowe’s Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal, expands and occupies the spaces between the various panels of glass types.


Thank you to AllGlass LLC and Millhaus for the generous donations that made this research possible.”
For more information, click here!

HELP FUND: Designing Life – The Modernist Legacy of Albert C. Ledner

We’re writing to let you know the KickStarter campaign for Catherine Ledner + Roy Beeson’s documentary film, “Designing Life – The Modernist Legacy of Albert C. Ledner”, is LIVE. Please check it out!

Also, an important reminder… if you are thinking about contributing, please consider jumping in with your support today, if at all possible. Your early support and contributions are especially valuable. You can also check for project updates directly on our KickStarter and Facebook pages.

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing encouragement and support. With your help we are looking forward to a successful campaign.
Click here to donate!

Gould Evans Appoints New Associate Principal in New Orleans Studio


New Orleans, LA – November 15, 2016 – Nationally-recognized design and planning firm Gould Evans is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Tovrea as an Associate Principal in its New Orleans studio. Tovrea, a New Orleans native, will lead the day-to-day operation of the studio in support of our broader firm mission to create impact through beautiful and intelligent design solutions.

Tovrea’s hire underscores Gould Evans’ long-term commitment to New Orleans, its built environment and the Gulf South region as a whole. He will actively support Principal Robert Riccardi in business development and marketing, client and project management, and future growth of the New Orleans studio. Tovrea re-joins Gould Evans after working locally for five years with Blitch Knevel Architects and practicing for seven years prior to that in the Gould Evans Phoenix studio. His experience with the firm includes:

  • Herberger Theater Center Renovation
  • Maricopa Skill Center Renovation and Expansion
  • Arizona Western College Science + Agriculture Building and College Community Center
  • Glendale Community College Life Science Teaching Lab
  • Concept design for the Salt River Maricopa Pima Indian Community Wellness Center

“We’re delighted to have Martin back with the firm,” said Robert Riccardi, Managing Principal of the Gould Evans New Orleans Studio. “His body of knowledge and experience is the perfect complement to our team as we continue to grow.”

Tovrea is a graduate of Louisiana State University and has more than 23 years of experience in the design and process management of large-scale, complex projects. He has developed expert technical competence, including a specific focus on Quality Assurance and Quality Control. He brings both Louisiana-specific expertise and national perspective to his new role, having practiced across the country in locations as far reaching as Alaska. He is NCARB-certified and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

“I’ve lived and worked in several very different geographic regions, but it’s especially meaningful to be practicing architecture in my hometown with the company that helped me develop my process. Everything has come full-circle,” said Tovrea. “In my new role with Gould Evans, I’ll continually strive to transform client vision and goals into beautifully-constructed buildings that respect and enhance this special and unique place.”

Gould Evans has been working in New Orleans for the past decade on a variety of projects, large and small, including five New Orleans Public Libraries, Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium and Hertz Center, the Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Chambers Renovation, the Odyssey House Louisiana Tonti Campus Planning and Historic Renovation, and the Family Justice Center Housing Complex.

The firm’s ever-growing New Orleans studio, which was established in 2012, is rooted in the heart of Uptown on the second floor of a classic New Orleans masonry building on Magazine Street. The vibrancy and variety of this corridor is symbiotic with the way the studio works, establishing an environment that naturally sets the tone for innovative, creative designs.

About Gould Evans

Gould Evans’ award-winning designs are recognized for their specificity to people and place. Our diverse portfolio of architecture stems from a design process that starts with the client’s goals. We share a passion for regional architecture and design that positively impacts our communities. To learn more, visit

Gould Evans Media Contact

Megan Krtek
(816) 701-5422


“WITHDRAWN” Collages by Jill Stoll on View at AIA New Orleans

October 1 – 29, 2016
Opening Reception, October 1, 6 – 9P
Members Preview, October 1, 5P

Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday, 10A – 4P
Saturday, Noon – 6P
or by appointment

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The AIA New Orleans will open a unique exhibition
featuring the work of local artist Jill Stoll on October 1, on view until October 29. “WITHDRAWN” will feature a 4’ x 40’ collage mural comprised of paper ephemera. Using intricately cut pages from “withdrawn” library books, Stoll takes that which was intentionally fragmented in order to rebuild it. Having passed through many hands for decades, these decommissioned books could be lost to the digital age but Stoll commemorates them through art and collage.

The exhibition will include pieces from her “Fictitious Cartographies” series and a new triptych called, “Situated Rondure”. Also on view are selections from Stoll’s piece, “An Unhealthy Obsession with Geography”, a series of double-sided collages. Hanging in space, the work can be observed from multiple viewpoints.

Born and raised in Michigan, Stoll attended two of the state’s most celebrated cultural institutions, earning a high school diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Since moving to New Orleans in 2009, she has been affiliated with Tulane School of Architecture, teaching first year drawing and electives in mixed media collage. As editor, she oversaw the relaunch of the reVIEW, a time-honored publication that highlights the best of student work. From 2012-2015, Stoll served as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Career Explorations in Architecture.

By the end of September 2016, Stoll will have snail mailed 1,385 original postcard collages through her Random Acts of Mail Art Project (a completely commerce-free endeavor that aligns with the concept of Random Acts of Kindness) and Mail Art Monthly Subscriptions, available on Etsy.


Interviews and hi-resolution photos are available upon request.

Joel Pominville,, 504-525-8320
Jill Stoll,, 646-209-8499

For More Information


The American Institute of Architects was founded in New York in 1857. The Western Association was organized in the Midwest in 1884, and three years later a local chapter of that association was formed in New Orleans as the Louisiana State Association of Architects, and Thomas Sully became its first President.

At the 1889 AIA Convention in Cincinnati, the Western Association and the AIA were merged, and all Western Association members became fellows of the AIA. In 1905, fourteen architectural draftsmen formed the Louisiana Architectural Association, and, in its first year, it was instrumental in establishing an architectural course at Tulane University, night classes for draftsmen in its offices, and the City’s first architectural magazine, Architectural Art and Its Allies. Another accomplishment was the development of regulations for local design competitions, a common means of awarding architectural commissions at the turn of century.

The New Orleans chapter of the AIA was formed in 1909 as a direct result of flagrant deviations from these regulations by one of the City’s largest banks in conducting its design competition for its main office on St. Charles.


AIA New Orleans

Dear Members, Friends and Family of the AIA New Orleans Chapter,

My name is Joel Pominville and I have recently begun my tenure as the Executive Director at AIA New Orleans and the New Orleans Architecture Foundation. I want to begin by thanking you for your support and participation in the AIA over the years.

The time for further introduction will come soon, but now is a time to join together as a community of architects and designers to help those recently affected by the flooding throughout the state. I am very new to Louisiana, but I am quite sure of the impact we all can have together in helping those in need. I also know the call we have as a community to help these individuals and families recover after this disaster… much like many others came to your help a decade ago.

Thanks to many of you, we now have a space to convene, and in this case, collect materials to aid others around the state. The AIA New Orleans Center for Design will now be serving as a drop-off point for materials and donations. We will also be leaning on you all, our community, to dedicate whatever time you are able, to physically assist those in need.

Below, you will find a link to a sign-up form. We encourage you all to help in every way possible, whether physically or financially.

With utmost respect and energy,

AIA New Orleans

Siggy Thin

Joel Pominville, Assoc. AIA
Executive Director

*Please click here for the list of accepted donations on next page that can be brought to the AIA New Orleans Center for Design, 1000 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130