Architecture Blog

Manning Architects strives to stay up-to-date on current events and trends happening in the design world, and in the world around us. Check out our architecture blog for architecture trends in New Orleans, Dallas, Las Vegas, New York, and the rest of the country.

September 16, 2019

Manning Architects and Pelli Clarke Pelli were awarded an AIA Louisiana Merit Award for our work on the A.B. Freeman School of Business Goldring/Woldenberg Complex. This project was also awarded an AIA New Orleans Merit Award and is LEED Gold certified.

AIA Louisiana Merit Award – Tulane Business School

June 24, 2019

Folse Market under construction, north terminal at LANOIA

Last week, Manning Architects took a field trip to observe the construction of the eleven bars and restaurants in the Louis Armstrong International Airport North Terminal designed by our team along with ICRAVE for Delaware North. Consequently, this provided a sneak peak of the current state of the airport construction, which we were delighted to get an early viewing of.

The North Terminal sits just above the existing runways for MSY and will serve the city well as a much brighter, more efficient, and easier to navigate space.


Sneak Peek into the MSY North Terminal

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

July 24, 2018

It’s official! The Tulane University Goldring/Woldenberg Complex which houses the A.B. Freeman School of Business is LEED Gold certified! Manning Architects worked with Pelli Clarke Pelli to design the addition which ties together two separate buildings and brings the graduate and undergraduate programs under one roof.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the ratings system for buildings striving toward sustainability. The Goldring/Woldenberg Complex addition includes the following components which helped achieve the gold status: sunshades on every level of the 215’-0” long, 53’-0” tall curtanwall, a frat pattern on the same wall which reduces bird collision, recycled construction and demolition waste, a Cool Roof, occupancy sensors on both the light fixtures and HVAC controls.

Goldring/Woldenberg Complex is LEED Gold

June 18, 2018

The construction bid process for the Canal Street Ferry Terminal is underway. The new terminal will accommodate new ferry vessels dedicated to pedestrian and bicycle transportation and will create more efficient service across the Mississippi river.

Manning Architects is the Designer and Architect of Record for the Project. posted an article on the solicitation and you can learn more about our work here

Canal Street Ferry Update
Canal Street Ferry Update
Canal Street Ferry Update

April 20, 2018

The American Planning Association is having their National Planning Conference in our home town of New Orleans this year and we are thrilled to be a part of it. Nicholas Perez-Alvarez, AICP is the Planner at Manning Architects and he will be conducting a few tours in around the city including a fireboat tour of the Mississippi River ports and a National Park swamp tour.

Click here if you’d like to learn a little more about our Planning experience and philosophy and download a copy of our current brochure.

National Planning Conference in New Orleans 2018
APA Conference New Orleans
National Planning Conference in New Orleans 2018

April 20, 2018

We just got back from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) annual conference in San Diego where Wm. Ray Manning had the pleasure to meet author and keynote speaker Simon Sinek. Mr. Sinek posed the question “Are You Playing a Finite or Infinite Game?” and he offered a unique perspective on leadership and teamwork. Here is a link to learn more about it.

The AAAE is great organization and offers a variety of regional, national and international conferences to stay on the forefront of airport needs. We look forward to the next event and hope to see you there.

Ray Manning and Simon Sinek at the AAAE conference 2018
Simon Sinek and Wrm. Ray Manning at the AAAE Conference 2018

October 23, 2017

We had an enriching experience at the LCI Congress 2017 and keynote speaker Patrick Lencioni gave a great keynote address. You can watch a few of his videos here to gain some of his insight into various concepts of success.

Lean Construction Institute Congress 2017

August 21, 2017

During a trip to Los Angeles this past week, Mr. Manning paid a visit to the memorial for Paul R. Williams, who designed the homes for numerous celebrities as well as public and private spaces. In 2017, he will be posthumously honored with the AIA Gold Medal, for his pioneering career, which encouraged others to cross a chasm of historic biases. Read more about the celebrated architect  here.

Paul R. Williams Memorial Visit