Taking Possession Of Louisiana And The River Mississippi, In The Name Of  Louis XIVth, by Cavelier De La Salle ... From Rouen on the 9th of April 1682 (courtesy the Historic New Orleans Collection)

Our guides are knowledgeable, experienced and proud to call New Orleans home.

Sheila Ferran

Sheila is a licensed architect, with a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University School of Architecture (1981) and a BA in printmaking from Newcomb College (1973).

She has practiced architecture and urban planning for 34 years not only in her hometown New Orleans, but also in Singapore and Perth, Western Australia. The day after she obtained her New Orleans Tour Guide License, Sheila resigned from her job managing FEMA-funded Hurricane Katrina repair projects, and hasn't looked back!  She started Welcome to New Orleans Tours LLC in 2015, and started doing business as Architecture Tours of New Orleans in 2017. Welcome to New Orleans Tours/ Architecture Tours of New Orleans is the ONLY local tour company owned and operated by a licensed architect born and raised in New Orleans!

Sheila is a member of some interesting groups including the Historic New Orleans Collection,  the Preservation Resource Center, Friends of the Cabildo and Save Our Cemeteries.

Welcome to New Orleans Tours is licensed by the Archdiocease of New Orleans to conduct tours in St Louis #1 Cemetery. (Only tour guides licensed with the Archdiocease may give tours in St Louis #1 Cemetery.)

Step-on Guides are available to accompany bus groups and share insights on New Orleans' urban growth, the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, and the rebirth that we are experiencing, thanks to visitors like you!

For more information, please fill out the form below or contact Sheila at

T 504-909-9368
E info@welcomeneworleanstours.com

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