Architect and artist Mac Ball finds inspiration in the landscape and waterways of southern Louisiana.  Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Ball has painted since his teenage years, vacillating between abstraction and realism over time.  The artist’s paintings are modernistic with their reduced color palette and his angular, sketchy brushwork, and yet he retains the sense of place and narrative qualities of the landscape.

Also known in New Orleans for his architectural work, Ball graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. He attended the Yale School of Architecture where he won the William Wirt Winchester Traveling Fellowship and received a Master of Architecture in 1978. Before forming Waggonner & Ball Architects in 1989 with J. David Waggonner III, he worked for Cesar Pelli and Associates from 1979 to 1986. He has taught architectural design at Yale and Tulane Universities and has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

Born 1953, Charleston, SC

Currently lives and works in New Orleans




B.A. Studio Art / English; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


M. Arch; Yale School of Architecture, New Haven; William Wirt Winchester travelling Fellowship (Top Honor)


Select Solo Exhibitions


Topological Narratives, Cole Pratt Gallery 



Wish You Were Here, Cole Pratt Gallery 



Modern Life, Cole Pratt Gallery 



Recent Paintings, Cole Pratt Gallery 


Select Group Exhibitions 


James Stirling at Yale/Student Work. Yale School of Architecture



Make it Right/From Concept to Community, Contemporary Art Center



Group Show: Mac Ball/Recent Paintings, Uptown Gallery



Art by Architects, Contemporary Art Center



Ten Years OUt, Yale School of Architecture



Birdhouses By Architects, New Orleans Museum of Art


Select Collections

Iberia Bank

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Collection of George Shackelford, Deputy Director, Kimball Art Museum

Bayou District Foundation / Columbia Parc

Collection of the Honorable Sarah S. Vance, Chief Judge Eastern District of Louisiana

Collection of E. John Bullard, Former Director, New Orleans Museum of Art

Collection of Alise O’Brien, Architectural Photographer

Capital One Bank

Plauche Maselli Parkerson, LLC

Lambeth House Senior Living


Related Experience


Elected to College of Fellows (FAIA), American Institute of Architects



Principal and Founder, Waggonner & Ball Architects, LLC



Roth and Moore Architects, New Haven



Associate, Eskew, Vogt Salvato & Filson Architects



Design Team Leader, Cesar Pelli & Associates, New Haven