The Priestley School of Architecture and Construction was a charter school founded in New Orleans in 2006 with an academic program focused on architecture and engineering.
The Tulane City Center and the Priestley School of Architecture and Construction partnered with modular manufacturer Morgan Building Systems to design a sustainable modular classroom. The spring 2009 classroom design collaboration was part of the Open Architecture Network’s Classroom Competition, which called for designers to work with school students to develop proposals for improved learning environments which would respond to the growing demand for classroom structures around the world.
Using Priestley’s school yard as a possible location for the modular classroom, our design team of high school and university students worked to develop a classroom design and business proposal for Morgan Building Systems (MBS). MBS was specifically focused on exploring ways to develop a “green” classroom building utilizing the company’s existing manufacturing processes. TCC’s design team worked with design and engineering staff at MBS to develop a proposal that fit with the requirements of their production facilities and that could be incorporated into their production line at the end of the process.
In addition, partners from the US Green Build Council, the Freeman School of Business, and the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine collaborated with the design team on their multidisciplinary approach to creating better learning spaces.
Anisa Baldwin Metzger
Tulane School of Public Health