When Sarah Satterlee came to Tulane University, her goal was to “study architecture through the framework of public interest.” Her Tulane career ended on Saturday (May 17) when she received her master of architecture degree, but she has left her imprint on a host of community projects throughout New Orleans and beyond.
Sarah Satterlee, left, works with a team of Tulane architecture students on the roof structure for a shade pavilion in City Park to be used by the Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program. (Photo by Emilie Taylor)
As a student, the Mandeville, La., native spent time working on a number of assignments with Tulane City Center
, the public outreach arm of the School of Architecture
She took part in the design and building of facilities for the Guardians Institute that represents Mardi Gras Indians and the Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park, as well as a greenway in the Seventh Ward.
Her final project took her to City Park, where she helped complete a pavilion for the Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program
, which works with students from New Orleans area schools for adventure-based activities on a challenge course site.
Satterlee “is one of our most responsible, creative and insightful students,” says Emilie Taylor, design-build manager for Tulane City Center. “Her ability to work collaboratively and respond to the needs of our community partners makes her an asset to all of the projects she has been a part of. Sarah is a great designer, a great thinker and a great person who takes initiative both in New Orleans and abroad to create projects with positive community impacts.”
Satterlee defines it this way: “I’m ultimately concerned with people and how they live.” Her outreach projects have stretched well beyond Louisiana, such as designing houses for low-income homebuyers through NeighborWorks.
“I also help run a small business in Nairobi, Kenya, called Kianga Project
. We work with women and men affected by HIV.”
Satterlee plans to stay in New Orleans this summer, working for architecture firm Colectivo
, while she considers more long-term career plans.