Architect to Help Revitalize New Orleans

Pritzker winner Thom Mayne will help the city rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. He was chosen in part for his "global view"

In a quandary over what to do with the Katrina-devastated Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel, Laurence Geller, CEO of Strategic Hotels, the Chicago-based owner, sought the help of Pritzker-winning architect Thom Mayne, FAIA. Instead of just rehabilitating the building, he has created plans for a $715 million, 20-acre multiuse center and park that will include a refurbished Hyatt Hotel, the National Jazz Center, a new city hall, civic courthouse, amphitheater, and residential buildings.

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