Women With A Vision (WWAV)'s mission is to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and well-being.

How can we redesign a traditional New Orleans “double shotgun” home to accommodate a dynamic non-profit's staff, programming, and events and package that into a document that best supports the organization in project funding and development?

Tulane City Center is working in collaboration with Women With A Vision to design “Vision House,” a new headquarters and base of operations for the organization. Borne out of the destruction of the organization’s former location, this project represents an opportunity to build on WWAV's long-running success while better accommodating staff and programming and providing additional amenities for their clients.

TCC is engaging WWAV to observe current operations, interview staff and clientele, and include all stakeholders in review of proposed designs. We are working to understand how programming and staff utilize space; with this understanding, we will plan for occupation and programming and will produce a complete redesign of the building and property to provide active service areas, quiet sanctuaries, private staff space, and more.

The collaborative effort will produce a printed booklet including program information, proposed architectural renovations, and projected budget for WWAV’s use in promoting and fundraising for the project. TCC is also hosting invited project work-sessions to explain the project and process to interested funders and potential promotional partners.

Fall 2015




Project Team

TCC:  Nick Jenisch, Sue Mobley, Lindsay Girardeau, Lolade Frankel

Project Lead

Marianne DesMarais


Tulane City Center, Women With A Vision


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