Nora Schwaller

Nora Schwaller

Washington, DC, US



I am a recent graduate out of Tulane University with a Master and a Bachelor degree in Architecture, and a minor in Urban Studies. During this time I worked a full half-dozen internships in architecture, exhibits, graphic design, and project management. I also took on extra-curricular leadership positions, and successfully competed in design and build projects.

This past summer I involved myself with a group called Bike&Build, which works to raise funds and awareness about affordable housing through a cross country bike trip. It also involved volunteering with Habitat for Humanity across seven different states on a variety of tasks. 

Currently, I have a temporary with Stanford University's Washington D.C. campus on an exhibit regarding the Alice Ferguson Foundation. I am also involved in freelance graphic design projects.

I aspire to find an entry-level position in an architecture firm working on Civic or Educational Facilities. 



Bike & Build, Providence to Seattle, Fundraiser and Cyclist

Completed a cross-country bike trip to further affordable housing causes through raising funds and awareness for non-profit groups across the country.

Volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in states different states. Work with these groups included sub flooring, flooring, roofing, siding, installing floor beams, painting, and dry walling.

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies, New Orleans, Graphic Designer

Developed a family of graphics to advertise CIAPA, Tulane’s study abroad program in Costa Rica and created layouts for informational pamphlets and flyers for upcoming programs

Jan 2013 - May 2013

Smithsonian Institute, Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations, Washington, D.C., Management Support Assistant - OFEO Office of Planning and Project Management

I assisted the Smithsonian Design Management Team as they worked with the FABS (Freelon Group, Adjaye Associates, Davis Brody Bond, and SmithGroupJJR) architects on the National Museum of African American History and Culture, on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Concordia, New Orleans, Architectural Intern

I worked part-time on a variety projects, primarily on Construction Documents in Autocad. I revised detail drawings for the Nunez Community College Fine Arts Center. I also updated plans and interior elevations for two New Orleans public libraries.

Feb 2012 - May 2012

Gensler, Washington, D.C., Architectural Intern

I worked in the Lifestyle studio at their D.C. office, which focused on retail, hospitality, commercial, placemaking, branding and entertainment projects. Primarily, I worked in Revit on Design Development drawings for 11 prototype buildings for Comfort Inn and Suites. That project was published in Hospitality Style, Fall 2011. Additionally, I preformed a research project regarding Blue Ocean product design in general and airport seating specifically. I also assisted on 4 other projects as needed.

May 2011 - Aug 2011

National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. , Exhibit Design Intern

I helped the exhibit design team with their day-to-day tasks. Specifically I helped to design cases and textile elements installed in the Pioneers of Flight exhibit, using AutoCad and Rhino 3D; laid out graphic panels and interactive books; worked on historical photo retouching; and created vector-based graphics for a promotional poster.

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., Exhibit Production Intern

I interned with the Graphics Production Department for the summer where I produced, laminated, set up, and mounted the panels, photos and labels for Alan Bean’s exhibit, First Artist on Another World. I participated in the full life cycle of this project, from confirming and adjusting color quality on some of the first full-scale prints to the opening of the exhibit, which occurred during my final week.

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009


Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, MArch, Five Year Master of Architecture

Selected for the Tulane School of Architecture's Rome Study Abroad Program, Fall 2011

Aug 2008 - May 2013

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, BArch, Five Year Master of Architecture

Graduated Cum Laude
Minor in Urban Studies

Aug 2008 - May 2013


Thesis Commendation, Nomination

My thesis, "Smart Mart: A Crop up Grocery | Analysis on the architectural implications of addressing food deserts in New Orleans," was identified as a Top-16 Thesis for our class, and received commendation.


Dean's Grant, Grant

Funding for Danaus, a collaborative, digital fabrication project


Tulane School of Architecture | Placemaking Competition, Honorable Mention

A weeklong design and build competition among all architecture students not in Thesis or studying abroad.


Tulane School of Architecture | Turtle Cove Collaborative Design Competition, Honorable Mention

Competition among second-year architecture students within our studio


Tulane School of Architecture Architects' Week | Bus Stop and Signage, 1st Place

Architects' Week is a week-long, annual, collaborative, design and build competition


Tulane School of Architecture Architects' Week | Rethinking the Traditional Bench, Honorable Mention

Architects' Week is a week-long, annual, collaborative, design and build competition


Tulane's Distinguished Scholar Award, Scholarship

An award for scholastic achievement in High School


Areas of Specialization 


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