History

Many changes have occurred over time that have changed and shaped the LSU College of Art + Design. Below is a outline of these changes, to and within the College, that make up its history. It is organized by year, dating back to 1933, and by dean/director of the College and of the individual Units.

By Year

2013

Ken Carpenter steps down and returns to teaching; Alkis Tsolakis is named the Dean of the College of Art + Design. Van Cox steps down and returns to teaching; Bradley Cantrell is appointed the Director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture.

2012

T.L. Ritchie steps down and returns to teaching; Phillip Tebbutt is named the Interim Chair of the Department of Interior Design.

2010

Professor Elizabeth Mossop steps down as Director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and returns to teaching; Professor Van Cox is named Interim Director;  Dean David Cronrath resigns from LSU and Professor Ken Carpenter is appointed as Interim Dean; Tom Sofranko is appointed as the Associate Dean for the College of Art + Design.

2009

Professor Jori Erdman is named Director of the School of Architecture. Associate Dean Marchita Mauck returns to teaching in Art and Tom Sofranko is named Interim Associate Dean for Academic Services. Associate Dean Stuart Baron resigns from LSU. Professor Rod Parker is appointed as Director of the School of Art. Professor Van Cox is appointed as Assistant Director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture.

2008

Professor Stuart Baron steps down and returns to teaching; Professor Rod Parker is appointed Interim Director of the School of Art. Associate Dean Barrett Kennedy steps down and returns to teaching; Professor Stuart Baron is appointed Interim Associate Dean.

2007

The School of Landscape Architecture is renamed The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture.The School of Architecture’s undergraduate and graduate programs are granted 6-year terms of accreditation with a focused evaluation scheduled for Fall 2010.

2006

Professor Bosworth returns to teaching; Professor Tom Sofranko is appointed Interim Director of the School of Architecture.

2005

Professor David Cronrath is named Dean of the College. Professor Frank Bosworth is appointed Director of the School of Architecture. Marsha Cuddeback is named Director of the Office of Community Design & Development. The School of Landscape Architecture’s accreditation is extended a full (five-year) term.

2004

Professor Elizabeth Mossop is named Director of the School of Landscape Architecture. Dean Frederick Ortner steps down and returns to teaching; Professor David Cronrath is named Interim Dean. The Master of Architecture program is granted an initial (3-year) term of accreditation.

2003

Professor Stuart Baron is appointed as Director of the School of Art; Professor Michael Crespo returns to teaching. Professor Ritchie is appointed Chair of the Department of Interior Design. Professor Suzanne Turner’s appointment as Interim Director of the School of Landscape Architecture ends.

2002

Professor Frederick Ortner is named Dean of the College. Professor Bruce Sharky is appointed as Director the College’s International Program. Suzanne Turner is named Interim Director of the School of Landscape Architecture. Departmental status is reinstated to the Interior Design program; Assistant Professor T L Ritchie is named Interim Chair.

2001

The College name is officially changed to the College of Art + Design. Associate Professor Wachob returns to teaching and the Department of Interior Design is merged within the School of Art. Professor Saccopoulos retires, and Professor Ken Carpenter is appointed Interim Dean. Professor Michael Daugherty dies, and Professor Crespo is appointed Interim Director of the School of Art. The Interior Design program’s accreditation is extended a full (six-year) term. The School of Architecture’s accreditation is extended a full (six-year) term.

2000

Professor David Cronrath is appointed Director of the School of Architecture. Professor Haynes retires, and Professor Barrett Kennedy is appointed Director of the CADGIS Research Lab and Associate Dean for Research. The School of Landscape Architecture’s accreditation is extended a full (five-year) term.

1999

Professor Turner retires, and Professor Marchita Mauck is appointed as Interim Associate Dean. The Office of Community Design & Development (OCDD) is established. Professor Frank Bosworth is named Director. Professor Zwirn returns to teaching, and Professor Theis is named Interim Director of the School of Architecture.

1998

The School of Art’s accreditation is extended a full (ten-year) term.

1997

Professor Carpenter returns to teaching, and Professor Christos Saccopoulos is appointed Dean of the College.

1996

Professor Crespo returns to teaching, and Professor Michael Daugherty is appointed as Director of the School of Art. Professor Suzanne Turner is appointed as Interim Associate Dean.

1995

The School of Landscape Architecture’s accreditation is extended a full (five-year) term.

1994

Professor Theis returns to teaching, and Professor Robert Zwirn is appointed Director of the School of Architecture. The Department of Interior Design’s accreditation is extended a full (five-year) term.

1993

School of Architecture’s accreditation is extended a full (five-year) term. The Visual Resources Library is established. Lauren Morgan is appointed as Manager.

1992

Associate Professor Wachob is appointed Chair of the Department of Interior Design. The Office Community Preservation (OCP) is established. Associate Professor Barrett Kennedy is appointed Director. The Foundations Lab is established. Professor Gerald Bower is appointed Director.

1991

The Department of Interior Design is established and the Associate Director title is changed to Chair.Professor Milnes resigns, and Professor Michael Crespo is appointed Director of the School of Art.Professor Odenwald returns to teaching, and Professor Bruce Sharky is appointed Director of the School of Landscape Architecture. The School of Landscape Architecture’s accreditation is extended a full (five-year) term.

1990

Professor David Cronrath is appointed Director of the School of Architecture. Professor Haynes retires, and Professor Barrett Kennedy is appointed Director of the CADGIS Research Lab and Associate Dean for Research. The School of Landscape Architecture’s accreditation is extended a full (five-year) term.

1989

The School of Landscape Architecture hosts the national student conference (LABASH). The Friends of Hilltop Arboretum fund a Master Plan for the Arboretum. The School of Art’s accreditation is extended a full (ten-year) term.

1988

Professor Christopher Theis is appointed Director of the School of Architecture.

1987

The first graduate students in Architecture are admitted. The Interior Design program begins a selective admissions process which controls the admission of students to the sophomore year. Professor Garrett returns to teaching, and Professor Robert Milnes is appointed Director of the School of Art. Professor Jack Haynes is appointed Director of the CADGIS Research Lab. Professor Michael Daugherty is appointed Associate Dean. Professor Heck returns to teaching, and Dean Carpenter serves as Acting Director of the School of Architecture. The School of Architecture’s accreditation is extended a full (five-year) term. The Department of Interior Design’s accreditation is extended a full (six-year) term.

1986

Microcomputer Office of Design Exploration (MODE) Lab is established. Professor Dan Earle is appointed Director. Dean Nielson resigns, and Professor Kenneth Carpenter is appointed as the Dean of the College of Design. Professor Oppermann returns to teaching, and Professor Heck is appointed Acting Director of the School of Architecture. The Architecture program begins a selective admissions process which controls the admission of students to the sophomore year. The Graphic Design program begins a selective admissions process which controls the admission of students to the sophomore year.

1985

The Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education approves the new graduate program in Architecture leading to the MS in Architecture degree.

1984

Design Building is completed (Barron, Heinberg, & Brocato Architects). Professor Rutkowski returns to teaching, and Professor Sidney Garrett is appointed Acting Director of the School of Art. The Computer-Aided Design and Geographic Information Systems (CADGIS) Research Lab is established as a joint facility of the College of Design and the Department of Geography and Anthropology.

1983

Professor Odenwald becomes the second Director of the School of Landscape Architecture. Emory Smith donates Hilltop Arboretum (21-acres, 7 miles south of campus) to the School of Landscape Architecture.

1982

Reich retires, and Professor Neil Odenwald is appointed Acting Director of the School of Landscape Architecture. The Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture is accredited.

1981

Professor Jerry Nielson is appointed Dean of the College of Design. Jack Haynes resumes duties as Associate Dean. Professor Shirlee Singer is appointed Associate Director of the School of Architecture for Interior Design. Professor Heck returns to teaching, and Professor A. Peters Oppermann is appointed as the Director of the School of Architecture.

1980

McLindon retires, and Professor Haynes is appointed Acting Dean. Professor Smothers returns to teaching, and Professor Robert Heck is appointed Acting Director of the School of Architecture.

1979

The School of Environmental Design is reorganized as the College of Design and includes the new Schools of Architecture, Art, and Landscape Architecture. All Department Head titles are changed to Director.

1977

The first full, five-year accreditation for Interior Design is received. Professor Jack Haynes is appointed Assistant Dean.

1976

Professor Walter Rutkowski is appointed Head of the Department of Fine Arts.

1975

Professor Wilkinson dies and Professor Tom Cavanaugh is appointed Acting Head of the Department of Fine Arts. The Interior Design program applies for initial provisional accreditation by FIDER and a site visit is conducted. The Department of Construction is transferred to General College. Professor Fount Smothers is appointed Head of the Department of Architecture.

1974

The new degree, Bachelor of Interior Design, is approved.

1973

Design is transferred to the Department of Architecture and Professor Jerry Nielson becomes Associate Head of the program.

1970

The Interior Design Program begins in the Department of Fine Arts. Professor Vincent Guaccero is appointed Program Coordinator.

1968

Professor Jack Wilkinson is appointed Head of the Department of Fine Arts. The Department of Construction is added to the School of Environmental Design.

1967

Professor Dufour returns to teaching.

1966

Department of Fine Arts is transferred from the College of Arts and Sciences to the School of Environmental Design. Associate Professor Paul Dufour is appointed Acting Chairman.

1965

The School of Environmental Design is established with Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Professor Gerald McLindon is named Dean of the School.

1964

Landscape Architecture is established as a separate department in the College of Agriculture and moved to H. P. Long Fieldhouse. Dr. Reich is named Department Head.

1962

A five-year professional program (BArch) is accredited in the Department of Architecture.

1960

The landscape Design curriculum title is changed to Landscape Architecture and the program is accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

1959

The Department of Architecture is established in the College of Engineering and a four-year curriculum is offered leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree.

1946

A Landscape Design program is begun in the Department of Horticulture offering both graduate and undergraduate studies.

1941

Instructor Robert S. Reich joins the Department of Horticulture to establish a program in Landscape Architecture.

1933

The Department of Architectural Engineering is established in the College of Engineering and a four-year curriculum is offered leading to the BS in Architectural Engineering.

By Dean/Director

Dean’s Office

Alkis Tsolakis, Dean 01/13 – present
Ken Carpenter, Interim Dean 08/10 – 01/13
David Cronrath, Dean 01/05 – 06/10
David Cronrath, Interim Dean 04/04 – 01/05
Frederick Ortner, Dean 07/02 – 04/04 
Kenneth Carpenter, Interim Dean 08/01 – 06/02
Christos Saccopoulos, Dean 08/97 – 08/01
Kenneth Carpenter, Dean 07/86 – 07/97
Jerry Nielson, Dean 01/81 – 07/86 
Jack Haynes, Acting Dean 04/80 – 12/80
Jack Haynes, Acting Dean 08/76 – 12/76
Gerald McLindon, Dean 1966 – 07/80 

Tom Sofranko, Associate Dean 10/10 – present
Tom Sofranko, Interim Associate Dean 01/09 – 10/10
Marchita Mauck, Associate Dean 01/99 – 01/09
Suzanne Turner, Associate Dean 07/96 – 12/98
Michael Daugherty, Associate Dean 07/87 – 06/96
Jack Haynes, Associate Dean 01/81 – 06/87
Jack Haynes, Assistant Dean 01/77 – 04/80

Stuart Baron, Associate Dean for Research 07/08 – 07/09
Barrett Kennedy, Associate Dean for Research 07/00 – 06/09

Architecture

Jori Erdman, Director 01/09 – present
Tom Sofranko, Interim Director 01/05 – 01/09
David Cronrath, Director 08/00 – 01/05 
Christopher Theis, Interim Director 07/99 – 07/00
Robert Zwirn, Director 08/94 – 06/99 
Christopher Theis, Director 07/88 – 07/94
Kenneth Carpenter, Acting Director 07/87 – 06/88
Robert Heck, Acting Director 09/86 – 05/87
Peters Oppermann, Director 07/81 – 09/86
Robert Heck, Acting Director 05/80 – 06/81
Fount Smothers, Department Head 08/75 – 03/79
Robert Heck, Acting Head 08/74 – 05/75
William McMinn, Department Head 08/71 – 05/74
O J Baker, Department Head 07/49 – 07/71

Art

Rod Parker, Director 06/09 – present
Rod Parker, Interim Director 02/08 – 5/09
Stuart Baron, Director 08/03 – 02/08
Michael Crespo, Interim Director 02/02 – 7/03
Michael Daugherty, Director 07/96 – 12/01 
Michael Crespo, Director 07/90 – 6/96 
Robert Milnes, Director 07/87 – 07/90
Sidney Garrett, Acting Director 07/84 – 07/87 
Walter Rutkowski, Director 09/79 – 07/84 
Walter Rutkowski, Department Head 07/76 – 08/79
Tom Cavanaugh, Acting Head 01/75 – 05/75 
Jack Wilkinson, Department Head 09/68 – 08/74
Paul Dufour, Acting Chairman 05/66 – 08/67

Interior Design

Phillip Tebbutt, Interim Chair 06/12 – present
T L Ritchie, Chair 08/03 – 06/12
T L Ritchie, Interim Chair 09/02 – 08/03
Departmental Status Reinstated 09/02
Departmental Status Removed 06/01 – 09/02
George Wachob, Chair 08/92 – 06/01 
George Wachob, Acting Chair 07/91 – 07/92
Shirlee Singer, Chair 02/90 – 07/91 
Shirlee Singer, Associate Director 08/81 – 02/90 
Jerry Nielson, Associate Director 08/79 – 12/80
Jerry Nielson, Associate Head 08/73 – 09/79 
Vincent Guaccero, Program Coordinator 1969 – 05/73 

Landscape Architecture

Bradley Cantrell, Director 01/13 – present
Van Cox, Interim Director 08/10 – 01/13
Elizabeth Mossop, Director 08/03 – 06/10 
Van Cox, Assistant Director 08/09 – 08/10 
Suzanne Turner, Interim Director 07/02 – 07/03 
Bruce Sharky, Director 07/90 – 06/02 
Neil Odenwald, Director 07/83 – 07/90
Neil Odenwald, Acting Director 08/82 – 06/83
Robert Reich, Director 08/79 – 08/82 
Robert Reich, Department Head 07/64 – 09/79