About Michael Rouchell
During the time when I was enrolled at Tulane, I became interested in traditional architecture. I would travelto and from home on the Saint Charles Avenue Streetcar, where I would observe all the late nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture of Saint Charles Avenue and the Central Business District.
I became more and more interested in traditional architecture, and by the time I was in fourth year, I was fully committed to designing traditional architecture.
In my fifth year my thesis project was for a Classical Expansion of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Tulane, as well as most architecture schools at the time, no longer taught students how to design classical buildings, so I had to learn on my own by observing the traditional buildings around me and studying old architectural journals from the early twentieth century.
During a semester break, I entered the American Plywood Association’s 1989 Innovations in Housing Competition with my design of a single family residence suitable for the northeastern part of the country. That entry received a citation of merit award.
I passed the Louisiana State Architecture Review Exam in 1994 and became licensed to practice in Louisiana in 1995. I became licensed in Alabama in 2006.
I became affiliated with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), whose mission is to teach classical architecture and design to architects and architecture students. In 2014, I began a local chapter of ICAA covering the State of Louisiana.
I am a board member and consulting architect for Felicity Street Redevelopment, Inc. since 2013.
I am a member of the New Urban Guild, a group of architects and planners dedicated to designing better places through traditional design.
This project is a new traditional single family residence to replace a house that was damaged by flooding after Hurricane Katrina. The house is 2850 square feet.
I renovated this building, a gas station built in 1910, into my personal residence with studio space on the first floor.
I designed the three surrounding walls of this Riverwalk shop to resemble shotgun houses with louvered shutters that could be used to hang the merchandise.
I designed a room addition to display the owner’s ever expanding collection. The project included custom designed display cases with LED lighting.
This project restored the entablature of this home, damaged in 1965 by Hurricane Betsy, to match the original design by William Freret.
A two family residence with the apprearance of a typical Greek revival cottage that replaced a similar Irish Channel house that was too deteriorated to save.
This project, never built, formed an “L” on the property to give the rear yard the maximum privacy. The house was designed in a formal classical style with formal rooms, to be laid out on a small lot.