Call for Ideas



“These leaders are an inspiration to many in our community, locally and regionally. They represent the diversity of backgrounds and expertise we hope will be reflected through the futureNOLA Call for Ideas.” (Joel Pominville, Executive Director of the New Orleans Architecture Foundation)


Juror Photographs.
Photograph of Laine Kaplan-Levenson: WWNO. Photograph of Brandan Odums courtesy of artist. Photograph of Andreanecia M. Morris: Tauriac Photo/Gambit. Photograph of Simon Gunning courtesy of artist. Photograph of Valentine Pierce courtesy of artist. Photograph of Nader Tehrani: Cooper Union.


Call for Ideas Jury

Submissions for the International Call for Ideas for futureNOLA will be considered for recognition in an exhibition and reviewed by this distinguished, multidisciplinary jury for consideration for exhibition and publication. 

“The futureNOLA Project is open to anyone who wants to share their vision for New Orleans’ future, through art, writing, architecture, performance, and so on,” said Joel Pominville, Executive Director of the New Orleans Architecture Foundation. “These leaders are an inspiration to many in our community, locally and regionally. They represent the diversity of backgrounds and expertise we hope will be reflected through the futureNOLA Call for Ideas.”

The futureNOLA Jury Selection Committee will continue to add to the jury during late 2018.


Simon Gunning, ARTIST

Simon Gunning Australian-born Simon Gunning has lived in New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood for over 30 years. His appreciation for the local scenery has never waned, as is evident in his renowned, intricately-composed oil paintings of the Southern Louisiana landscape. 

Simon Gunning studied painting and drawing from 1976-1978 at the National Gallery School of Art and the Victorian College of Art in Melbourne, Australia. In 1999, he was awarded a Visual Artist Fellowship by the Louisiana Division of the Arts. His work is included in many public and private collections including the New Orleans Museum of Art; Percent for Art Collection at Louis Armstrong International Airport and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in New Orleans. He is represented by the Arthur Roger Gallery.

“Q&A: In Conversation with Simon Gunning.” New Orleans Museum of Art. 22 June 2017.

Ann Marshall Tilton, “My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Simon Gunning.” 9 January 2013.

Arthur Gallery: Arthist Biography: Simon Gunning

Simon Gunning: Biography

Laine Kaplan-Levenson, writer and producer

Laine Kaplan-Levenson is the host and producer of WWNO's history podcast TriPod: New Orleans at 300, and was formally the station's Coastal Producer. Laine also runs a live storytelling series called Bring Your Own,  and has had work featured on NPR, Marketplace, Latino USA, Oxford American, and more. 

TriPod: New Orleans At 300

Bring Your Own Stories

Laine Kaplan-Levenson, “The Salt: In The Big Easy, Food Vendors Create A Little Honduras.” 20 October 2014.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson, “After oil spill, Gulf seafood industry is recovering.” Marketplace. 9 April 2015.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson, “The Same Mountaintop.” Oxford American. Issue 100, Spring 2018. 13 March 2018.

Andreanecia Morris, AFFORDABLE housing advocate

Andreanecia M. Morris is the current executive director of HousingNOLA, a strategic 10-year plan to create affordable housing in New Orleans. Previously she served as the Director of Communications for the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), Marketing Manager of HANO, Director of Telecommunications of HANO, Vice President for Homeownership and Community Development for Providence Community Housing and as President and Chairwoman for the Board of Governors of the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Sociology from Loyola University New Orleans. Andreancia Morris was honored as the New Orleanian of the Year 2017 by the Gambit.

Alex Woodward, “New Orleanian of the Year 2017: Andreanecia Morris,” Gambit. 2 Jan 2018.

“HousingNOLA appoints Andreanecia M. Morris as executive director” Foundation for Louisiana.

Brandan “BMIKE” Odums, artist, activist and mentor

Brandan “Bmike” Odums is a visual artist and filmmaker, known for art installation and murals in New Orleans. His impressive installations and studio shows have included #StudioBe in a 35,000sqft warehouse, #ProjectBe in the abandoned Florida Avenue housing project, and ExhibitBe in another housing project on the West Bank, the latter being “the largest street art gathering in the South”. He is the founder and director of 2-Cent Entertainment LLC, “a New Orleans based youth education social enterprise that produces mixed media content and workshops in the overlap between pop culture and social awareness.” As a filmmaker, Brendan has directed music videos that have appeared on MTV, VH1, and BET.

Brandan has been honored as one of “20 New Orleans Artist You Should Know” by, with a Presidential volunteer award from the White House, and as a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship recipient.

Jennifer Wood, “20 New Orleans Artists You Should Know.” 23 July 2014.

Bmike. “Project Be (#ProjectBe)” 29 June 2013.

Valentine Pierce, spoken word artist, writer, editor, and actor

Valentine Pierce is a spoken word artist, writer, editor, and actor. Publication includes “The Fabric of Our Lives” in Mending for Memory, and “Reincarnation” in the Mapleleaf  Rag VI. Performances include “Postcards from Over the Edge,” a local production of the NPN. She was writer-in-residence at A Studio in the Words, 2006. Her debut poetry book was Geometry of the Heart, 2007, Portal Press. Her chapbook, Altered Realities, is upcoming from Alamo Bay Press. Valentine Pierce is scheduled to perform at the 2019 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival: Valentine Pierce

Poetsense: Poetry, Workshops and more by Valentine Pierce.

Nader Tehrani, internationally-recognized architect and educator

Nader Tehrani is an architect, educator, and researcher. Working on interdisciplinary platforms, Nader Tehrani’s research has been focused on the transformation of the building industry, innovative material applications, and the development of new means and methods of construction—as exemplified in his work with digital fabrication. Tehrani is the design principal of the urban design and architecture firm NADAAA, based in New York and Boston. As the founding principal of Office dA, Tehrani’s work received many prestigious awards, among which include the Cooper-Hewitt national design award in architecture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, and Seventeen Progressive Architecture Awards. Tehrani is also the Dean of the Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and the former Head of the Department of Architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning where he served from 2010-2014.

Nader Tehrani received a B.F.A. and a B.Arch from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1985 and 1986, respectively. He continued his studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he attended the post-graduate program in history and theory. Upon his return to the United States, Tehrani received the M.A.U.D. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) in 1991. Nader Tehrani has taught at GSD, RISD, Georgia Tech, where he served as the Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design, and the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Architecture, Landscape and Design as the Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair.

Fred A. Bernstein, “Nader Tehrani Is Literally Shaping the Future of Architecture.” Architectural Digest. 20 July 2017.

NADAAA Office: People

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture: People: Nader Tehrani