Building Skill in Summer: New Orleans

Educating in the field; a summer school for students

Length: three weeks

Each year, through a series of lectures, design workshops, drawing, building exercises and field trips, Summer School participants develop an in-depth knowledge of traditional architecture, preservation and building techniques and how these can be applied in the 21st century.

What does the course Involve?

This year’s Summer School was held in New Orleans and the Mississippi River Plantation Country.  It ran from 6th August – 25th August.

After an initial week introducing drawing, geometry and structure exercises, as well as architectural drawing tours, students travelled into the field to study architectural development and history. They worked together with local expert craft teams to learn craft and conservation skills in the fields, amongst others, of traditional millwork, plasterwork, ironwork and masonry.  

The programme ended with a design workshop. This included public consultations, design modeling and technical drawing.  Local Residents and a panel of experts chose the winning design, which will be built by Plantation Master Craftsmen with the help of building craft apprentices.

More Information

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