where architecture and ecology meet
The City Center provides guidance and administrative support for Faculty/Student/Community collaborations generating and implementing innovative approaches to contemporary issues in the built environment. With such an approach, we are able to produce a body of work well beyond the capacity of the core staff that runs the TCC on a day-to-day basis. This core staff consists of:
Director and Associate Dean for Community Engagement
Maurice Cox, a nationally respected community designer and leader of the public interest design movement, has been named director of the Tulane City Center as well as the new associate dean for community engagement at the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans. In his new roles, Cox will oversee a wide range of initiatives with Tulane architecture faculty and students throughout the New Orleans community.
Cox studied at the Cooper Union in New York and comes to Tulane from the University of Virginia. A co-founder of the national SEED (Social, Economic, Environmental, Design) Network, Cox served as design director of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC from 2007-2010. In that capacity, he led the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Governor’s Institute on Community Design and oversaw the award of more than $2 million a year in NEA design grants across the United States. Professor Cox also won the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he was in residence in 2004-2005.
As Associate Director of the TCC, Dan Etheridge takes on multiple roles from project management, to supervising students and interns, to raising grant and contract funds, and administration. Dan has a degree in Applied Environmental Management from Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia, is a Fellow of the Institute for Environmental Communications at Loyola University New Orleans, and has worked for the last five years at the intersection of regional coastal restoration strategies and urban design and policy. Dan’s work has been published in environmental science and management journals, design publications and community advocacy forums and continues to work across these disciplines in research and practice.
As Design Build Manager at the TCC Emilie Taylor works to coordinate the people, designs, and materials that make our projects great. Taylor’s recent studio projects include the Storypod and Project Ish at Hagar’s House. Emilie’s education includes a technical building background at the University of Southern Mississippi followed by a Masters Degree in Architecture at Tulane. She is actively involved in university design|build and advocates for the engagement of such programs with the local community. Emilie’s creative practice includes a documentary film and exploring the intersection between formal and informal architectural practice.