May 2014 - In This Issue:
From left: Dean Alkis Tsolakis, Andy Shaw, Marsha Cuddeback,
Derick Ostrenko, and Greg Watson

Tiger Athletic Fund Teacher Awards

Marsha Cuddeback, Ruth Z. McCoy Professor of Interior Design; Derick Ostrenko, assistant professor of digital art; Kevin Risk, associate professor of landscape architecture; and Greg Watson, associate professor of architecture received TAF Teacher Awards for the College of Art & Design. Andy Shaw, assistant professor of ceramics, received a TAF Teacher Award from University College.


Robb Williamson's View: The Best Seat in the House

LSU landscape architecture alumnus Robb Williamson (BLA 1992) has taken his love for photography and merged it with his background in landscape architecture. Williamson is a successful location photographer specializing in aviation, architecture, interior design, industry, and environmental portraits and landscapes. His work has appeared in publications such as Time magazine, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today. With a list of clients that include AECOM, the National Park Service, StandardAero, the National Air Transportation Association, and many more, Williamson works with internationally recognized clients to portray images that tell his clients' stories best. His story is one of many parts, but as Williamson noted, "It all goes back to LSU." Read more in this Alumni Spotlight.


DesignIntelligence Surveys for Professionals and Firms

Alumni and professionals, please fill out these surveys and help strengthen the rankings in America's Best Architecture and Design Schools 2015. Please use the following links to complete the survey(s) that apply to your office, and help increase the LSU College of Art + Design's rankings for its architecture, landscape architecture, and/or interior design programs - and increase the value of your degree! Read more


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Landscape Architecture

Interior Design


5/30, noon - 8 p.m.
Caffery Gallery
Louisiana Landscapes
Participating artists include current and former LSU faculty: James Burke, Mary Ann Caffery, A.J. Meek, and visiting scholar Yangan Huang 


6/15 and 7/20 at 3 p.m.

LSU Museum of Art & Hilltop Arboretum

In Bloom Tours: Margaret Stone's Flora of Louisiana


9/6, TBD
College of Art & Design
Tailgate with the Dean


Now - July 12, 2014
Baton Rouge Old State Capitol 
Fonville Returns
Curated by James R. Turner, FAAR, FASLA (BLA 1969)


Now - 8/10/2014

LSU Museum of Art

Rooted Communities: The Art of Nari Ward


6/14 - 8/3/2014

Glassell Gallery

reWORK! 13th Annual Summer Invitational Exhibition

RRSLA Alumni Reception in Denver, November 21, 2014

Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture alumni, please plan to attend an alumni reception hosted by the Design Workshop in Denver on Friday evening, November 21, 2014. The reception will be in lieu of the ASLA Tailgate/Gala event. You will not have to be registered for the ASLA Annual Meeting to attend. Complete details about the location, time, and more will be sent later. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Denver!


Welcome to the First Issue of Quad

Copies of the first issue of Quad: The College of Art & Design Alumni Magazine were mailed to college alumni, friends, and donors last week. The magazine will be published twice a year in summer and winter. Included in the summer 2014 issue are feature articles and more. Read an article by 2014 Bickham Chair Andrea Hansen on data-driven design; learn about Humming Mississippi; catch up on what Professor Emerita Marchita Mauck is doing now, and read class notes. If you haven't received this publication, e-mail your up-to-date, preferred mailing address to to ensure you get the next issue. In the meantime, you can check out the spring 2014 issue of Quad online.

Landscape Launches Adopt-a-Studio


The LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture has launched Adopt-a-Studio, an online fundraising initiative geared toward recent graduates of the program. Adopt-a-Studio invites alumni to help update the studio spaces where they once honed their own art and design skills. The program will include class challenges for these "Graduates of the Last Decade," or GOLD alumni, as the school has named them, encouraging friendly competition among the classes. Which class year will raise the most funds? Visit for more information and get the ball rolling for your class year now.

Commencement Highlights

Spring 2014 commencement marked a record-breaking year with the largest graduating class in the history of LSU. The College of Art & Design awarded a total of 165 diplomas to architecture, art, interior design, and landscape architecture students. Suzanne Turner, the college's 2014 Honor Award recipient, gave the commencement address. Find more fun facts and read Turner's commencement address here.


LSU Architecture Alumni to Be Honored at AIA in Chicago

Mark Ripple, Allen Eskew (1948-2013), and Steve Dumez of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

John Cryer, BArch '71, principal architect at Page's Houston office, has been named a 2014 AIA Fellow. Additionally, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple has received this year's AIA Architecture Firm Award. EDR is the 51st recipient of the award and the only practice in the Gulf South to receive this honor. Through their efforts, specifically their "Reinventing the Crescent: New Orleans Riverfront Development Plan," the firm is using modernism to restore and revitalize the distinct culture of New Orleans, contributing to its role as a civic leader throughout the community. Read more

Studio Outside Receives 2014 Texas ASLA Awards

Studio Outside received an Honor Award and two Merit Awards from the Texas chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The studio received an Honor Award for SK Ranch in Center Point, Texas, and Merit Awards for Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, and Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. Congratulations to the 10 Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture alumni working at Studio Outside:
Tary Arterburn (BLA '79), Amanda Beerens (MLA '12), Andrew Duggan
(BLA '98), Mark Ellender (BLA '11), Peter Graves (MLA '12), Susie Grossman (BLA '01), Chip Impastato (BLA '95), Yuting Jiang (MLA '12), Charlie Pruitt (BLA '13), and Mark Thomas (BLA '07).

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Works by Chad Robert Featured in New Book

Works by landscape alumni Chad Robert (BLA '84), principal of Exteriors by Chad Robert Inc., are featured in a new book, Atlas of World Landscape Architecture, published by Braun Publishing in Switzerland. All works featured in Atlas of World Landscape Architecture share the fact that they constitute and provide ecologically and socially intact living environments for human beings. Visit for more information.

Sawyer|Berson's Design for Bette Midler's Penthouse Featured on Cover of Architectural Digest

Landscape architecture alumnus Tim Orlando (BLA '83) of Sawyer|Berson contributed to, "Bette Midler's Lush Manhattan Penthouse and Garden," featured on the cover of the June 2014 issue of Architectural Digest. "The entertainer and urban-garden activist cultivates a verdant and stylishly cozy world in the New York home she shares with her husband, Martin von Haselberg." Visit and for more information about this exciting project.

About LSU College of Art + Design

The LSU College of Art + Design supports programs in studio art, art history, architecture, graphic design, interior design, and landscape architecture. The college brings together a focus on creativity and expression, talented faculty, specialized concentration areas, outstanding studio and gallery spaces, and a connection to the community to create a dynamic program. For more information, visit


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