Architectural Services, Planning, and Interior Design Services in New Orleans, New York, Dallas and Las Vegas

Manning Architects, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, embodies architectural excellence by drawing upon our creativity, employing proven approaches, and exceeding client expectations. This commitment to excellence enables Manning Architects to arrive at the best possible solution in all our endeavors.

We are architects, interior designers, urban designers and planners that facilitate our clients’ success. Our work brings our clients’ vision to fruition while adding to the vitality of communities. We believe that when all elements of the built environment are designed with a focus on efficiency, sustainability, aesthetic beauty, and a sense of place, the community enjoys a better quality of life.

Community focused – globally conscious.


Providing a comprehensive range of architectural services to both public and private sector clients has been the cornerstone of our firm since its inception in 1985.

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Unlike many firms, we do not consider interior architecture to be a mere sideline; rather, it is an essential aspect of our practice.

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As urban designers and planners, we give direction and shape to the fabric of our communities, focusing on an individual site, block, district, transportation network, or even the entire city.

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May 1, 2019


The Florida Brightline, now Virgin Trains USA, is the first privately-funded passenger rail in the United States in over a century.
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Rebirth of Rail Transit in the United States

In 2018, the first privately funded passenger rail in over a century went into operation. The Florida Brightline, now re-branded as Virgin Trains USA, connects commuters from Downtown Miami to West Palm Beach and will ultimately pass through the Orlando theme parks, reaching Tampa. In Texas, construction of a Japanese-inspired high-speed bullet train connecting Dallas and Houston, which will be able to travel at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, is expected to commence in 2019 with private funding.


RAIL Renaissance – Making the Case for a Renewed Baton Rouge to New Orleans Intercity Passenger Rail

September 10, 2018

This article is part of a series that delves into the 300 year history of architectural, transportation and planning in New Orleans.

From the Mississippi River to Lake Borgne to Lake Pontchartrain to the wetlands, New Orleans has always been surrounded by water since she was founded in the early 18th century. Toss in the fact that now most of the city is below sea level and it’s clear that it is not the most habitable location. There is a long legacy of engineers, surveyors and architects that have worked on identifying problems and providing solutions for this issue.


1798 Map showing the French Quarter surrounded by “Cypress Swamp” and two canals connected to Bayou St. John (noted in green)
Image is public domain and obtained via Wikimedia Commons



Tricentennial Series Water Management