January 2015
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Fundraising Completed for Neil G. Odenwald Distinguished Professorship in Landscape Architecture

Fundraising efforts for the Neil G. Odenwald Distinguished Professorship have come to a successful close thanks to the outpouring of support from LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture alumni, faculty, and friends. Generous gifts from alumni Keith LeBlanc and Patrick Moore rounded out the last of the donations, ensuring the stated goal of $180,000 was reached before the end of 2014, less than one year after initiating fundraising. The Robert Reich School is seeking matching funds for the professorship from the LSU Board of Regents, slating the first Neil G. Odenwald Distinguished Professorship to be awarded in 2017. Read more. 

Alumni Spotlight



Suzan Tillotson (BID 1981), president and founder of Tillotson Design Associates, has always been interested in light. She transferred to a major in interior design after taking a lighting design course during her second year in the architecture program at LSU. "I fell in love immediately and knew that lighting was what I wanted to do," she recalled. After moving to New York in 1986, Suzan worked at two engineering firms before joining Jerry Kugler and later founding Kugler Tillotson Associates. In 2004, she started her own company, Tillotson Design Associates, now entering its 11th year in business. TDA's impressive list of projects include the lighting design for Lincoln Center Plazas, the School of American Ballet, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Wright restaurant at the Guggenheim, the East River Waterfront in New York, and more. Suzan is most proud of the projects she's done but also the opportunities TDA has given to so many designers. Read the complete Alumni Spotlight on Suzan Tillotson here. 


Carmon Colangelo Gives Fall 2014 Commencement Speech on Accepting Leadership

College Hosts Open House for Incoming Students

Faculty News

Lake Douglas Speaks at 2015 Hilltop Arboretum Annual Symposium

LSU/Haiti Task Force: Healing Haiti, One Project at a Time

Student news
Advanced Figure Drawing Studio Works with Louisiana Museum of Natural History
3D Scanning at the LSU College of Art & Design
LSU Graphic Design Student Amy Blacketter Wins HAART 4th Annual HIV Awareness Poster Contest
Torre Design Scholarships Help Bridge the Gap in Art & Design Education at LSU
Alumni News
TILT's Pelican House Multimedia Campaign Featured in Print Magazine

The Pelican House Multimedia Campaign, designed by Scott Hodgin (BFA 1998), cofounder and creative director of the graphic design firm TILT, was featured by Print magazine as a Regional Design Winner for the South. Scott is also a professional in residence teaching graphic design at the LSU School of Art. Print's regional design annual is arguably the most esteemed and influential US-based graphic design competition of its kind. Print seeks top industry names that share a rich connection to the various regions they are tasked with judging. All together, they selected 350 winners to be presented in the 2014 issue of Print. View Scott Hodgin's designs in the South gallery at printmag.com. View more of Scott's work at tiltthis.com.

William May (BArch 2006) Named Senior Associate at Tipton Associates

Architect William "Billy" May, AIA (BArch 2006) has been named senior associate at Tipton Associates, a professional architectural, interiors, and planning firm. William has served as project architect and studio leader on numerous projects throughout the region including University of Virginia, University of Mississippi, and Baylor University. As senior associate of the firm, William will continue his current project responsibilities while taking on increased leadership roles, such as participating in partner meetings and firm leadership discussions. Tipton Associates is a 30-member, interdisciplinary firm working in 30 states out of its Baton Rouge office. Read more about Tipton Associates at Tipton-Associates.com.

Work by Courtney Wilburn Marse (MFA 2014) Presented at SCFD Southern Design Week

In pursuing her design research as a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the LSU School of Art, Courtney Wilburn Marse (MFA 2014) was able to further her graphic design abilities and meld them with her illustration and apparel design interests. Lately, Courtney has been investigating design-engineered textile surfaces and exploring the advantages of digital textile printing technologies. Her latest collection of work was presented at the SCFD Southern Design Week. Additionally, she recently partnered with designer Andi Eaton Nickens to produce a collection for Hazel & Flo, which will be available this spring. View the lookbook at courtneymarse.com.

Luminescence Features New Paintings by Artists Tony McDonald (BFA 1976) and Andrea Pramuk

The Orville Hanchey Gallery, located on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, hosted Luminescence, an exhibition of new paintings by artists Tony McDonald (BFA 1976) and Andrea Pramuk (Professor Emeritus Ed Pramuk's daughter) from January 8-29, 2015. The closing reception will be held Thursday, January 29, at 7 p.m. McDonald's paintings and sculptures have been exhibited at the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and other galleries across the South. His new body of work continues his exploration of dream and myth imagery. View Tony's work at tonymcdonaldart.com.
Steve McLaughlin (MLA 1994) Landscaping Overseas
Steve McLaughlin, RLA, ASLA (MLA 1994), has recently been contracted by ATSG Corporation to support the US Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations as a landscape architect in the Architectural Design Division, where he is responsible for providing expert advice and assistance to the planning, development, and management of the landscape architectural design program for more than 280 overseas posts. Steve as his wife of 16 years, Sophia, live and work in Rosslyn, Virginia.
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Help us build our database of alumni profiles at design.lsu.edu! Prospective and current students and fellow alumni enjoy seeing where our alumni are working and what they are doing. View our database of alumni profiles at design.lsu.edu/alumni and submit your information by using this online form, where you have the opportunity to provide pictures and images of your work. Alumni updates are shared monthly in Quad Mail and twice a year in Quad magazine.

Landscape Architect/Senior Associate, Kevin Sloan Studio, Dallas, TX

Graphic Designer, Bardell and Associates, Baton Rouge, LA

Landscape Architect/Designer, Christner, Clayton, MO

Intern Architect, Watts Didier Architects, Baton Rouge, LA

Graphic Designer, L'Observateur, LaPlace, LA

Landscape Architect/Designer, Greig-Percy Collaborative, Austin, TX

Entry Level Landscape Architect, Signature Landscape Contractors, Winter Park, FL

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


art + design networking day
February 27, 2015, is Art & Design Networking Day! Employers have the opportunity to meet with students about available job opportunities and review student portfolios. Participation is free; parking is $15 per vehicle. Register now!
lectures &

TONIGHT! at 5 p.m.
Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture
Lewis T. May, "Exported Creativity: Genius loci or Cultural Imperialism?"
LSU Design Building, Room 103


The 1/29 School of Art lecture by Ben Davis has been cancelled and will be rescheduled later this spring. 


2/9 at 4:30 p.m.

School of Art Lecture

Sophia Roosth, "Evolutionary Yarns in Seahorse Valley: Living Tissues, Wooly Textile, Theoretical Biologies"
Co-sponsored with Departments of Anthropology, English, Geography, and Women & Gender Studies

LSU Design Building,

Room 103


2/11, noon - 1 p.m.

CSS Brown Bag Lecture

Gerard Learmonth, "Simulation Games: Participatory Simulation Games for Sustainable Watershed Management"

LSU Design Building, Room 212


2/11 at 5 p.m.

Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture
Michael Triegel, "A Freedom of a Different Kind"

LSU Design Building, Room 103


2/23 at 5 p.m.

Architecture & Interior Design Lecture

Francoise Bollack, "Old Buildings - New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations"

Sponsored by GraceHebert Architects

LSU Design Building, Room 103


2/25, noon - 1 p.m.

CSS Brown Bag Lecture

Keith Bowers, "Restoring the Future: Restoring Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions in a Rapidly Changing World"

LSU Design Building, Room 212


3/9 at 5 p.m.

Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture

Krista Ninivaggi

LSU Design Building, Room 103


3/11, noon - 1 p.m.

CSS Brown Bag Lecture

Marvin "Buddy" Ragland Jr., "Building on the Batture: Designing the Future Water Institute of the Gulf"
LSU Design Building, Room 212


3/11 at 5 p.m.

School of Architecture Lecture

Marlon Blackwell

Sponsored by Eskew + Dumez + Ripple

LSU Design Building, Room 103


3/18, noon - 1 p.m.

CSS Brown Bag Lecture

Denise Reed, "Using Science o Guide Restoration: Lessons for Coastal Louisiana"

LSU Design Building, Room 212


3/18 at 5 p.m.

Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture

Joanna Berzowska

LSU Design Building, Room 103



Now - 1/31
Manifest Destiny by Ed Smith
Soren Christensen Gallery


Now - 2/15

Accalia and the Swamp Monster: Works by Kelli Scott Kelley

LSU Museum of Art 


Now - 3/1

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

Glassell Gallery

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


1/30 - 2/27

Landscape Relationships

Foster Gallery

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


3/14 - 4/2

Graphic Guts: The Art of Luba Lukova

Glassell Gallery

Reception: 3/26/15,
6 - 8 p.m.



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