Tulane Commons


Location: New Orleans, LA
Area: 77,000 ft2

Status: Completed, 2019
Lead Designer: Weiss/Manfredi

Darius Woo (director of Kasawoo) was the Co-Project Architect in charge for Tulane Commons at Weiss/Manfredi. He was responsible for the phases of concept programming, schematic design, design development, construction document, and the subsequent construction coordination of project.

Tulane Commons provides a gathering place for students, faculty and staff, to broaden the intellectual life of the university and build an even stronger sense of community.

Located on university's Central Quad, Tulane Commons reconceives its pivotal site to become a center for campus life. The design leverages the building's vertical adjacencies to catalyze connections between students, faculty, staff and community, and create a vibrant new 24/7 campus destination. 



Levels one and two feature multiple dining options, with 1,100 seats, serveries and other supporting service spaces. Level three hosts the Newcomb College Institute which includes classrooms, study spaces, offices, an event space, a library and an open-air courtyard.

Taking advantage of New Orleans' climate, the building invites openings between indoor and outdoor spaces and presents an especially compelling opportunity for dining and special events. 

The Commons underscores that significant educational experiences occur outside the classroom: over meals, through lectures, and during simultaneous encounters and collaborations.



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