Waggonner & Ball Architects is a broad based architectural and planning firm with over 30 years of experience on a wide range of architectural and planning projects. Located in the historic Garden District of New Orleans, the firm has created award winning educational, retail, office, religious, government, and residential architecture, as well as planning and urban design projects.
Waggonner & Ball has also regularly designed institutional and municipal master plans, and was a key participant in the Unified New Orleans Plan for District 2 and the post-Katrina Recovery Plan for St. Bernard Parish. The firm is committed to design excellence and sustainable building practices, and was preceded by a series of firms before Mr. Ball joined Mr. Waggonner in 1989.
Waggonner & Ball's team provides complete architectural services including facility assessment, programming, site planning, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding and contract negotiation, construction administration, and post-occupancy evaluation. The firm also provides services for planning and urban design, as well as interior design, and collaborates with an established professional team of consultants in civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines, along with cost estimators and landscape architects, and other technical specialists.
History & Philosophy
While maintaining historical restoration expertise as the core of our practice, Waggonner & Ball has moved towards new construction to also explore contemporary design and develop a current day architectural language for historical and traditional settings.
With each client’s mission and program, our belief in the primacy of site and the land, and respect for the importance of context and culture influence the ways architectural form is developed. We study techniques of construction, the nature of local materials available, and research precedents to inform our designs. The combination of understanding history with a rooted yet critical appreciation of local vernacular and culture results in work that is focused on the essence of true architecture and design, which is timeless.
After Hurricane Katrina, Waggonner & Ball saw an opportunity for New Orleans to reinvent itself as a sustainable city that embraces its lifeblood - water. The firm championed a process that examines history, soils, biodiversity, infrastructure networks, and urban space, along with the forces of water. This holistic foundation for design was developed during the Dutch Dialogues process and continues through the City's recent adoption of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan.