Tulane architecture school taps new Small City Center head

Maggie Hansen was named permanent head of Tulanel’s community design hub, Small City Center. | Contributed photo

Tulane School of Architecture Dean Kenneth Schwartz selected acting director Maggie Hansen, a landscape designer, to become permanent head of the school’s community design hub, Small City Center, in New Orleans.

Schwartz commended Hansen’s exemplary work and dedication to the program’s mission. The site — originally dubbed Tulane City Center — was renamed the Albert Jr. and Tina Small City Center following a generous donation from alumnus Albert “Sonny” Small and his wife Tina.

With a background in both architecture and landscape architecture, Hansen joined Tulane’s School of Architecture in 2014 following a stint in New York, working on projects including the Brooklyn Naval Hospital Cemetery Memorial grounds and the Hudson Yards East public plaza while employed at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

Hansen combines subspecialties to establish connections between culture and habitat in urban areas. Her research delves into using hydrology and upgrading cultural space while sustaining native ecological systems. She has earned several design awards for her work previously.

“I am eager to continue to build on the Center’s exceptional history," Hansen said. The Small City Center is known for strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area.

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