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
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.