Dean’s Welcome

Dean, Alkis Tsolakis, stands in front Atkinson Hall, home of LSU Architecture


I have spoken of place; a house and a city as bunches of places—both; of the in between realm as man’s home realm … “built homecoming.” 

— Aldo van Eyck


The College of Art and Design at Louisiana State University is such a “built homecoming”.

It is a house and a city and a bunch of places, the home realm of Art, Architecture and Design and those that serve them. It is a place rich in tradition and vibrant with creativity and innovation. It is a community of diverse people bound by a common vision of a world transformed, made into a better, more beautiful place by Art and Design.

Here study is intensive, active and interactive, personal and collaborative. Here we learn by theory as well as by practice. We develop the technical, intellectual and spiritual skills for survival in tomorrow’s complex reality and cultivate appreciation of the beauty of the world and respect for all those who live in it.

Our alumni and alumnae extend the ethos of our College far beyond the boundaries of the University. They continue to “build homecoming” far and wide and join me along with our faculty, students and staff in a warm Louisiana welcome.

Alkis P. Tsolakis