November 2014
Photo Of The Month
Students Learn about OysterBreak Technology at Vermilion Bay
Fourth-year landscape architecture students in Assistant Professor Justine Holzman's studio (LA 4001) visited Vermilion Bay to view Wayfarer Corporation's new patented technology, OysterBreak, a coastal restoration system already in place at three locations in Vermilion Bay and two locations on the Gulf of Mexico. The advanced undergraduate landscape architecture design studio is focused on landscape planning and design from regional to site scale situated within coastal Louisiana. The students are researching regional planning, coastal ecology, ecological restoration, large-scale water management and infrastructure, and the complex relationships formed between settlement and ecology over time. View more photos from the fieldtrip on Facebook.
Alumni Spotlight



LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture alumna Claire Hempel (BLA 2002) was recently promoted to principal in charge at Design Workshop's Austin office. Claire has been with the firm since 2011, when she began as an intern while pursuing her Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. Claire's career experience is a prime example of how the Reich School's strong network of alumni helps cultivate the careers of their fellow graduates. Design Workshop, cofounded by LSU alumnus and donor Kurt Culbertson (BLA 1976), provides landscape architecture, planning, urban design, and strategic services throughout the US as well as overseas. The firm is known for nurturing young talent and employs a large amount of Reich School alumni. "The firm really focuses on its employees' growth," Claire said, "which is something I have really come to appreciate." 


Read more about Claire Hempel in this month's Alumni Spotlight. 


As Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture alumni flock to Denver to attend the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting & EXPO this November 21-24, 2014, they will have the opportunity to mingle and catch up with their fellow classmates not only at the conference but at the off-site reception graciously hosted by Chairman and CEO Kurt Culbertson (BLA 1976) at Design Workshop's Denver office on Friday evening, November 21, 6-9 p.m. View more information about the RRSLA alumni event. 

Faculty News
Academic Counselor Erin G. Schell Receives 2014 LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award
LSU School of Art Administrative Program Specialist Chanta Franklin Receives 2014 LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award
Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Director Search
CxC Art & Design Studio Coordinator Vincent Cellucci Co-Authors Poetry Book
Student news
Recent Interior Design Graduates Discuss What They Are Thankful for this Thanksgiving
Architecture Students Design a 20-Year Vision Plan for the Vietnamese Tam Bao Community
MFA Photography Candidate Ian Minich's Solo Exhibition in Edinburgh
Architecture Students Examine Transformation through Animation
MFA Candidates Present Lecture Series & Exhibition at University of South Alabama
Architecture Student Dasjon Jordan Discusses His Involvement with the Mid City Studio Project #iammidcity
Dasjon Jordan - Walls of Vision
Dasjon Jordan - Walls of Vision
Alumni News

Katie Burk (BFA 2008) Moves from NPR to The Atlantic

Katie Burk received her BFA in graphic design from LSU in 2008. She was a graphic designer in the Marketing, Branding, and Communications Department at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC, from 2008-14. Currently, she is the graphic designer on the live events team at The Atlantic, where she works on branding for local, national, and international events. Maintaining ties to her alma mater community, Burk is serving as one of three judges who will select the winning design for WRKF 89.3 FM's next tote bag. Read more. View Burk's work at

Ceramics and Mixed-Media Installation by Anna Calluori Holcombe (MFA 1977) at Hunter College

Light and Shadow, an exhibition of ceramics and mixed-media by LSU ceramics alumna Anna Calluori Holcombe (MFA 1977), curated by Aisha Tandiwe Bell, is on view at the Thomas Hunter Project at Hunter College in New York, November 21-December 4, 2014. Holcombe's new work is influenced by her travels through Turkey, India, and southern Spain. Holcombe exhibits on a national and international level; her work has been featured in shows in Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, South Korea, China, Australia, and the United States. View Holcombe's work at

Leland Howe (BLA 2014) at Land Print Studio

Leland Howe (BLA 2014) is a landscape designer and planner at Land Print Studio, a company within the engineer firm Civil Site Design Group. Howe is helping with several of the firm's larger planning efforts outside of Nashville in Myrtle Beach, Mexico, Ohio, and beyond. Howe attributes his success and the opportunities at Land Print Studio to his "amazing experience at my last internship with CPS Land and Land Innovations."

Brandon Yan-Hamby (MArch 2005) Named Studio Leader of Tipton Associates

Tipton Associates is pleased to welcome architect Brandon Yan-Hamby (MArch 2005) as studio leader on regional dining and education projects. Yan-Hamby was previously an architectural designer for the firm before moving to Memphis to work with large architectural and engineering companies. He has 14 years of professional experience, including four years with Tipton Associates, where he worked on Eden Park Library and Eagle Federal Credit Union headquarters. He is currently working on projects at the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University. His background includes experience with civic, corporate, healthcare, dining, and educational projects.

Kyle Bauer (MFA 2011) Sculptures Featured on Maryland Public Television

LSU ceramics alumnus Kyle Bauer's (MFA 2011) sculptures were featured on Maryland Public Television's program, Artworks, on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Episode 306 can be viewed online at View more of Bauer's work at

Lewis T. May (BLA 1969) of Page Redevelops Stretch of China's Yellow River

Lewis T. May (BLA 1969), associate principal, executive vice president, and director of planning at Page's Houston office, developed an urban design, redevelopment, and river restoration plan for a 60-kilometer stretch of the Yellow River in Lanzhou, China. Page provided both the planning and design services for the project, which involved both sides of the river. "The scale of the project is enormous!" said May. May will present a lecture, "Exported Creativity: Genius loci or Cultural Imperialism?" at the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture during Design Week on January 28, 2015, at 5 p.m. Read more about May and the lecture.


A monthly doodle by RRSLA Interim Director & Professor Emeritus Van Cox

Laurie Olin, FASLA

Laurie Olin lectured at the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture as part of the Max Z. Conrad Endowed Lecture Series on Monday, November 10. Olin is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. Read more.


Graphic Designer, Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge, LA

Landscape Designer, Baker-Aicklen, Round Rock, TX

Architectural CAD/Production Draftsman, John Marro III, AIA Architect, Grafton, MA

Landscape Architect, Curtis & Windham Architects, Houston, TX

Visual Associate, Saks Fifth Avenue, New Orleans, LA

Design Assistant, Mirror Lake Designs, Spring, TX

Designer/Sales, Ethan Allen, Baton Rouge, LA

 Landscape Account Manager, Landry's Landscape, Baton Rouge, LA

Production and Social Media Manager, Grace George, Baton Rouge, LA

Graphic Designer, LSU Office of Communications & University Relations, Baton Rouge, LA

Entry Level Landscape Architect, Talley Associates, Dallas, TX

Design & Marketing Specialist, Baton Rouge Telco Federal Credit Union, Denham Springs, LA

Graphic Designer, Manning Architects, New Orleans, LA

Landscape Architect/Designer, Callison, Dallas, TX

Landscape Architect/Urban Planner, LJA Planning & Landscape Architecture, Houston, TX


lectures &

Tonight's Lecture with Ann Craven is canceled and will be rescheduled in spring 2015.  


11/19 - 11/20 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

LSU Ceramics Art & Pottery Sale

LSU Student Union 


11/21 from 4-6 p.m.

Grad Walk

LSU School of Art


11/21 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

LSU Press Season's Readings

Featuring Faculty Authors Michael Desmond and Kelli Scott Kelley

LSU Faculty Club


11/21 from 6-10 p.m.

#iammidcity Unveils Design-Build Project
White Light Night

Letterman's Blueprint & Supply 


11/21 from 6-9 p.m.

RRSLA Alumni Reunion

Hosted by the Design Workshop

1390 Lawrence Street

Denver, CO 80204


12/3 from noon - 1 p.m.

CSS Brown Bag Lecture Series

John Anderson

LSU Design Building, Room 212


12/5 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Trunk Show Holiday Sale

LSU Museum of Art Store


12/10 from noon - 1 p.m.

CSS Brown Bag Lecture Series

Catherine Seavitt

LSU Design Building, Room 212


2/27 from 9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Art & Design Networking Day

LSU Design Building

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Now - 1/18/2015

Rooted Communities: The Art of Nari Ward

LSU 2013-14 Nadine Carter Russell Chair

LSU Museum of Art 


Now - 2/15/2015

Accalia and the Swamp Monster: Works by Kelli Scott Kelley

LSU Museum of Art 


Now - 11/21

LSU School of Art Faculty Show

LSU Foster Gallery

Closing Reception: 11/21, 6-8 p.m. 


Now - 11/30

Where You Stay At?

Curated by Jonathan Mayers

Ten Gallery


Now - 12/7

Eric Avery, MD: 1983-2014, HIV/AIDS - Witness, Healer, Survivor

Glassell Gallery

Reception: 10/30, 6-8 p.m.


11/25 - 12/4

MFA Thesis Exhibition

Ki Ho Park

Foster Gallery


Now - 12/20

Hands Up, Don't Shoot: Artists Respond

Featuring work by Jonathan Mayers

Ferguson Municipal Library


12/11/14 - 1/9/15

Curator's Choice: Selected Works from the Gallery Collection

Glassell Gallery


1/22/15 - 3/1/15

A Freedom of a Different Kind: The Art of Michael Triegel

Glassell Gallery

Reception: 2/12/15, 6 - 8 p.m.


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