September 2013 - In This Issue:
LSU Tigers & SAU Pandas
Landscape architecture students in Professor Bruce Sharky's Advanced Topics Studio, "National Park Planning with a Cross-Cultural Perspective: China and Alaska," and Sichuan Agricultural University College of Landscape Architecture students in Chengdu, China, pose with their professors. Look for more information about the students' visit to China in next month's e-newsletter.

LSU Graduate Schools of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Fall Open House



October 23, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
RSVP by October 16:
Find out if the graduate programs in architecture and landscape architecture are the right fit for you at the Fall Open House. Hear from the directors of the LSU School of Architecture and the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and from architecture and landscape architecture faculty and student organizations. View the complete Open House schedule here.


The College of Art + Design Lecture Series enhances the education of students and contributes to the community's quality of life. Lectures are free and open to the public. Professionals who attend architecture and landscape architecture lectures qualify to receive continuing education credits. View the entire 2013-14 lecture series schedule.


Cammy Brothers, "Architecture and Empire in Southern Spain"


Wednesday, September 25, at 4:30 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103


School of Architecture Lecture

Sponsored by Coleman Partners Architects


Cammy Brothers is the Valmarana Associate Professor of architectural history and Director of the Venice Program at the University of Virginia's School of Architecture. In her lecture, she will discuss the construction of new palaces in and around Granada and Seville following the re-conquest of Granada in 1492. Read more 


"An Evening with DJ Stout, Pentagram"


Wednesday, October 2, at 5 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103


School of Art Lecture


DJ Stout is a graphic designer and art director at Pentagram, the world's largest independent design consultancy, with offices in Austin, London, New York, San Francisco, and Berlin. The lecture will be of interest to all College of Art + Design students, architects, graphic designers, interior designers, digital artists, and anyone who is interested in hearing about what it is like to work at one of the most prestigious, longstanding design firms in the world! Read more 


Lesley Dill, "We Are Animals of Language"


Wednesday, October 9, at 5 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103


Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture, School of Art


Acclaimed New York artist Lesley Dill will explain why words have such meaning for her and how she uses text in her work. A reception with the artist will follow from 7-8 p.m. at the LSU Museum of Art, where attendees may view Dill's work in the exhibition, I Gave My Whole Life to Words. Read more 


Riccardo d'Aquino, "Architecture and Such Things"


Wednesday, October 23, at 5 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103


Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture, School of Architecture


Riccardo d'Aquino, architect and professor at the University of Arkansas Rome Center, will lecture on "Architecture and Such Things: Elemental Observations on Several Works." The topic of the lecture will be of particular interest to LSU School of Architecture students and faculty, architects, and community members interested in learning more about architecture from an international perspective. 


Michael Blier


Wednesday, October 30, at 5 p.m.

LSU Design Building, Room 103


Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture, Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture


Michael Blier is a registered landscape architect and founding principal of the critically recognized design group, Landworks Studio, Inc., located in Boston, Massachusetts. Blier has taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, and Penn State University. His recent work is largely urban and site-specific in nature and seeks to exploit and mine the inherent complexities that exist between ecologically challenged sites, ecological and cultural sustainability, material tectonics, and program as a mechanism for achieving highly performative and experientially and visually compelling solutions to a broad set of conditions that confront the re-urbanization of disturbed land. 


Marc Fumaroli


Monday, November 4, at 5 p.m.

LSU Union Theatre


Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture


Professor Marc Fumaroli is one of the preeminent intellectual historians of our time. A member of the Académie française and the Collège de France, he has taught at the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Chicago. At the Collège de France he holds the Chair in Rhetoric and Society in Europe (16th to 17th century). He comes to us through partnerships with the LSU College and Art + Design, the Comparative Literature Program, the Departments of French and History, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the French Consulate in New Orleans. Read more



Bring your lunch, grab a seat, and enjoy the lively discussion at the Coastal Sustainability Studio Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, an informal series bringing nationally and internationally acclaimed architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and designers to LSU. Lectures last approximately one hour and take place at the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, Design Building Room 212. All lectures are free and open to the public.


Mike Pasquier
Associate Professor of Religious Studies at LSU  

Thursday, October 10, at noon


Topic: The History of Religion and the Environment in the Mississippi River Valley


Matt Bethel
Assistant Executive Director of Research for Louisiana Sea Grant  

Thursday, October 31, at noon


Topic: Research & Sustainability

9/25, 4:30 p.m.
School of Architecture Lecture
Cammy Brothers
LSU Design Building, Room 103
9/28, 1-4 p.m.
Hilltop Arboretum
PlantFest! Teaser
10/2, 5 p.m.
School of Art Lecture
DJ Stout
LSU Design Building, Room 103
10/5 - 10/6
Hilltop Arboretum
PlantFest! 2013
10/9, 5 p.m.
School of Art Lecture
Lesley Dill
LSU Design Building, Room 103
10/10, noon
Coastal Sustainability Studio Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series
Mike Pasquier
LSU Design Building, Room 212
10/17, 6-8 p.m.
Hilltop Arboretum
Ribbon Cutting & Open House
RSVP by 10/3 at
10/23, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Open House
LSU Graduate Schools of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
RSVP by 10/16:
10/23, 5 p.m.
School of Architecture Lecture
Riccardo d'Aquino
LSU Design Building, Room 103
10/30, 5 p.m.
Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Lecture
Michael Blier
LSU Design Building, Room 103
10/31, noon
Coastal Sustainability Studio Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series
Matt Bethel
LSU Design Building, Room 212
11/4, 5 p.m.
School of Art Lecture
Marc Fumaroli
LSU Union Theatre
11/7, 6-8 p.m.
LSU School of Architecture Texas Society of Architects Alumni Reception
Sundance Room, Omni Fort Worth, Texas
11/15, 8-10 p.m.
Association of Landscape Architects College Alumni Tailgate
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Baton Rouge Gallery
Kelli Scott Kelley, The Gift
9/2013 - 1/2014
LSU Museum of Art
Rashaad Newsome, Portraiture: Style and Ornament
9/2013 - 1/19/14
LSU Museum of Art
Lesley Dill, I Gave My Whole Life to Words
9/12 - 10/20
Glassell Gallery
William Greiner, Show and Tell
9/18 - 10/18
Foster Gallery
Rock N Roll 5: A Celebration of Stone Lithography
9/29, 2 p.m.
LSU Museum of Art
Walter Anderson, Realizations of an Artist
9/26, 6-8 p.m.
LSU Museum of Art
Gallery Talk
Walter Anderson, Horn Island: Through the Eyes of C. C. Lockwood
10/4 - 10/26
Hammond Regional Arts Center
LSU MFA Student Show, One Eye Shut
Curated by Thomas Neff
10/8, 6 - 8 p.m.
Painting a Brighter Future Art Show
Hosted by the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge
D. Jensen Holliday Forum, LSU Journalism Building
10/19 at 8 p.m.
LSU Museum of Art
Uncommon Thread Wearable Art Show 2013
9/29 deadline for entries
10/29 - 12/8
Glassell Gallery
Messages from the Other Side
Haejung Lee, Interpersonal Relationships and Eunjung Shin, Birthmark

LSU School of Architecture TSA Alumni Reception in Fort Worth


Jori Erdman, the director of the LSU School of Architecture, is hosting an LSU alumni reception during the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Design Expo, on November 7, from 6 - 8 p.m. The reception will be held in the Sundance Room at the Omni Fort Worth hotel at 1300 Houston Street. School of Architecture alumni may expect to receive an e-invitation to the reception soon.


LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture ASLA College Alumni Tailgate in Boston


An alumni reception for LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture alumni will be held during the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and Expo in Boston on November 15, from 8 - 10 p.m. at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. More details will be provided soon.


Dean's Tailgate

Check out photos from the first annual College of Art + Design Dean's Tailgate!


College of Art + Design Pizza Party

At the beginning of each academic year, the College of Art + Design Dean's Office hosts a pizza party for faculty, students, and staff. Check out the photos from this year's party here.


The Advocate Features Interior Design Student's Home


Sara Abercrombie's home was featured in The Advocate (Baton Rouge).


Abercrombie is a non-traditional student at LSU who is currently a pursuing a degree in interior design at the LSU College of Art + Design.


Digital Art Students at NBC News 33
LSU School of Art students use super computer to render digital art projects

Artist Lesley Dill Featured in Times-Picayune


Lesley Dill's words-inspired multimedia works to be on exhibition at LSU MOA through January


Art Students Use Supercomputer and New Motion Capture Studio



Assistant Professor of Digital Art Derick Ostrenko has been a pioneer in encouraging art students to utilize LSU High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities. In addition to serving the digital art students, LSU's supercomputing capabilities can benefit local businesses, as well. Ostrenko has also worked to set up a motion capture studio in the Art Building, complete with black jumpsuit and markers. Read more

RRSLA Associate Professor Lake Douglas Named Associate Dean of Research & Development
Photo by George Long

In August 2013, Lake Douglas, associate professor and undergraduate coordinator at LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, joined Dean Alkis Tsolakis and Associate Dean of Academic Services Tom Sofranko as associate dean of research & development at the LSU College of Art + Design. Read more


School of Art Welcomes New Art History and Digital Art Faculty

 Myrsini Mamoli

The LSU School of Art started the 2013-14 year with a new assistant professor of art history, Myrsini Mamoli, who joined the faculty this fall. A new assistant professor in digital art, Hye Yeon Nam, will join the faculty in the spring. Both Mamoli and Nam will add to the rich international perspective of the art program at LSU. Read more

School of Art Associate Professor Kelli Scott Kelley at Baton Rouge Gallery
Natural Disaster
Baton Rouge Gallery featured The Gift, an exhibition of mixed-media drawings by LSU School of Art Associate Professor Kelli Scott Kelley, September 1-26, 2013. Kelley participated in ARTiculate, Baton Rouge Gallery's monthly artist talk series. Read more

School of Art Instructor Jacqueline Dee Parker at Hooks-Epstein Galleries


LSU School of Art Instructor Jacqueline Dee Parker opened the 2013-14 Houston art season at Hooks-Epstein Galleries with her solo exhibition, The Gameboard. The exhibition opened on September 7, 2013, and will continue through October 19, 2013. Read more
Media Artist Derick Ostrenko's Solo Exhibition at Demolden Video Project in Santander, Spain
Uncertain Languages at Demolden Video Project
Derick Ostrenko, media artist and assistant professor of digital art at the LSU School of Art, will be showing a solo exhibition at Demolden Video Project in Santander, Spain, September 27 to October 30, 2013. An opening reception will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 27. Read more

RRSLA Associate Professor Lake Douglas Publishes Research in Two European Journals

Lake Douglas, associate professor of landscape architecture at LSU, recently published articles in two European journals: Journal of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Research. Read more

New Landscape Architecture Assistant Professor Richard Hindle Publishes Research in Two Journals

LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Assistant Professor Richard Hindle was recently published in Landscape Architecture Magazine and in Ground Up!, the landscape architecture journal of the University of California at Berkeley. Read more

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Faculty Co-Chair Environmental Design Conference in New Orleans 

Jeffrey Carney, associate professor of architecture and director of the Coastal Sustainability Studio, and Kristi Cheramie, Susan Turner Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, are co-chairs of Environmental Design Research Association's 45th annual conference. School of Architecture faculty Ursula Emory McClure and Catherine Bonier will chair tracks at the conference, as well. EDRA45: Building with Change will be held in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, May 28-31, 2014. Read more

Interior Design Faculty Matthew Edmonds and Tracy Burns Win Bevy of Awards

Woman's Hospital

Interior design department professionals in residence Tracy Burns and Matthew Edmonds are the principals of Commercial Design Interiors, a Louisiana-registered interior design firm based in Baton Rouge, which has recently won a bevy of national and regional awards. The firm was honored with four awards by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Delta Regional Chapter and received recognition at the National ASI Innovations show. And the firm's work has been published in three design books over the past 16 months. Read more


LSU School of Art MFA Candidates Show Photography at Hammond Regional Arts Center

One Eye Shut, the October exhibition at Hammond Regional Arts Center, features the current photographic work of six MFA candidates at LSU: Andrea L. Barbier, Kimberly Jones, Sarah Kolac, Ian C. Minich, Jim Osborne, and Randi M. Willett. The exhibition was curated by LSU School of Art photography professor Thomas Neff. The exhibition will run October 4-26, 2013. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 4. Read more
Architecture Graduate Students Place in International Competition 
The Embattlement: Re-Designing the Future of Castle Pinckney by Marcia Gibson

Two recent graduates of the Master of Architecture program at LSU placed in the ACSA 2012-13 International Student Ideas Competition, "Preservation as Provocation: Rethinking Castle Pinckney for the 21st Century." Marcia Gibson placed third in the competition for her proposal, "The Embattlement: Re-Designing the Future of Castle Pinckney," and Kerry Kenney received an honorable mention for his proposal, "The ArtifACT of Preserving." View a slideshow of the students' winning projects here. 

Interior Design Students to Improve House of Destiny

Interior Design Students with Inhabitants of House of Destiny
Access Your Life, the LSU Interior Design Student Organization (IDSO) fall service project, will take place Saturday, September 28, at the House of Destiny, a transitional home for homeless women with cognitive and physical impairments. The project is sponsored by the LSU Department of Interior Design, the Baton Rouge chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA-BR), the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance (MCRA), Knoll, Inc., and local business Letterman's. Read more  

Five Landscape Architecture Students Receive Louisiana Garden Club Scholarships

Five LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture students were awarded seven 2013-14 Louisiana Garden Club Federation scholarships totaling $7,750. Congratulations to Elizabeth Hwangbo, Grant Christian Murphy, Alex Jacob Hobdy, Sheryl Lynne Fishel, and Kevin Latusek! Read more


AIA Baton Rouge Rose Awards - Correction

Last month, we failed to congratulate LSU School of Architecture alumna Lisa H. Nice (BArch '92), AIA, LEED AP at Post Architects, winner of a Gold Rose Award for her project, "Mid City Gardens." Congratulations, Lisa Nice of Post Architects!


Jordan Boan, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Class of 2013

Congratulations to Jordan Boan (BLA, '13), who was recently notified by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) that he will be receiving a Professional Award for his capstone project in Franklin, Tennessee. Boan is currently a Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


Kurt Culbertson, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Class of '76

Design Workshop ( out of Austin, Texas was chosen as the Master Planning team for Lafayette Central Park, Inc. The Design Workshop team is made up of both local and national firms and employs many LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture alumni. Congratulations to Design Workshop's principal-in-charge, Kurt Culbertson, who hails from Louisiana and maintains close connections to his alma mater, LSU, and his roots.


Trey Trahan, Bachelor of Architecture, Class of '83, featured on cover of Architect Magazine

"Trahan Architects brings a regionally inflected modernism to the small town of Natchitoches, in the form of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum," (Architect magazine). Read the article here.


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