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Master of Architecture, Tulane University
Bachelor of Music, Loyola University
Formed studioWTA in 1992

Wayne is a designer who embraces architecture as an active process of communication within a framework of collaboration and exploration. As the founding partner of studioWTA, an architecture, planning and interiors practice in New Orleans, Louisiana, Wayne created an award-winning firm that is recognized for creative problem solving, craft of construction, and innovative design solutions. In 2017, Wayne was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

Prior to receiving his professional degree from Tulane University, Wayne studied music at Loyola University where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in performance. This contributed to an interest in the role arts play in developing a body of work that reaches beyond stylistic issues to address larger conceptual and social considerations that are linked by emotion and experience.

Engaging in the process of rebuilding New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina has been an ongoing passion for Wayne. This passion has manifested itself through his work with a variety of initiatives including the Bring New Orleans Back Commission, the Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP), the Fr. Harry Thompson Center, and Operation Comeback. Currently he serves on the citywide Architectural Review Committee and is a commissioner for the Central Business District for the Historic District Landmarks Commission, which works to preserve the historic fabric and culture of the city’s architectural heritage.

In addition to his professional services and affiliations, Wayne currently serves on the board of trustees for the Contemporary Arts Center, and has previously served on the boards of the Preservation Resource Center, the New Orleans chapter of international preservation association do.co.mo.mo, and the New Orleans Film Society.

Wayne regularly participates as a critic for student projects and has taught architectural design and environmental technology at the University of Arkansas, architectural and interior design platforms at Louisiana State University, architectural design at Tulane University School of Architecture, and a class in Cultural Spaces for Tulane University’s Paris Program. He is a registered architect in Louisiana, a member of the American Institute of Architects, a recipient of a Design Arts Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and was a Sweet Arts Ball Honoree for sustained and lasting contributions to the arts in Louisiana.

When not engaged in design work, Wayne enjoys gardening, listening to music from his collection of nearly 5,000 vinyl and compact disc albums, exploring various venues of contemporary art, and playing with his grandson.

Photo by Zack Smith Photography