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NOAF Annual Lecture, Private Tour, Reception and Book Signing

  • National WWII Museum Freedom Pavilion 945 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA, 70130 United States (map)

How can good design play a role in the planning of a National museum and help it grow to one of the most visited museum's in the country? 

Join the New Orleans Architecture Foundation and the National WWII Museum on Friday, July 7th for a Private Tour, Lecture, Cocktail Reception and Book Signing with renowned Architect and Project Designer of the Museum, Bart Voorsanger, FAIA. Voorsanger will speak about his career, the design of the museum, and his recently published book, UNFOLDED: How Architecture Saved My Life. 

Bart Voorsanger will be joined by Ed Mathes, AIA and Scott Evans, AIA of Mathes Brierre Architects. Together, Bart, Ed and Scott will discuss the role of good architecture and design in the planning and growth of the NWWII Museum expansion. Majority of the NWWII Museum expansion has been executed by Voorsanger Mathes, LLC, a partnership of Voorsanger Architects and Mathes Brierre Architects.


5:15 - 6:00pm VIP Architectural Tour of Museum with Architect Bart Voorsanger, FAIA (VIP Tickets Only - must meet in Louisiana Pavilion)
6:00 - 6:30pm Reception in Freedom Pavilion (enter from Magazine St.)
6:30 - 7:30pm Lecture with Bart Voorsanger, Ed Mathes and Scott Evans
7:30 - 8:00pm Book Signing (UNFOLDED will be for sale on-site)

General admission includes Reception, Lecture and Book Signing with 2 Drinks and a wide variety of great hor d'oeuvres from The American Sector.

VIP tickets include a Private Tour of the Museum with Architect, Bart Voorsanger, FAIA, before the Reception, Lecture and Book Signing with Champagne, Unlimited Drinks and a wide variety of great hor d'oeuvres.

Tour begins at 5:15pm - please arrive early
Meet in Louisiana Pavilion


Reception begins at 6:00pm
Meet in Freedom Pavilion
Enter from Magazine St.


"Voorsanger's architectural practice served as an emotional anchor through trying times and helped to bring a sense of ceremonial order to life's messy uncertainties.  There was the adoption of two Iranian orphans; divorce from his first wife; a broken business partnership; the loss of his second wife to cancer; and a near-fatal embolism.  In 1987, Voorsanger's twenty-nine-year-old daughter, Roxanna, was senselessly murdered. As a form of eulogy, the architect designed a new kind of housing prototype.  It was an elegiac gesture from father to daughter in which deep, personal loss was transformed, somehow, into healing space."

Proceeds raised from this lecture will benefit the New Orleans Architecture Foundation. Copies of UNFOLDED: How Architecture Saved My Life will be available for purchase.