Faculty and Staff


Catherine Bonier

Assistant Professor
120 Atkinson Hall
(225) 578-4267

Catherine Bonier received a BA in European history from Harvard College and a master in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where she lectured and taught graduate studios in architecture at PennDesign. Bonier was named a 2012–13 Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science (PACHS) Fellow for her dissertation, “American Waterworks: the architectural construction of public space and the infrastructural production of public health.” She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and will defend her dissertation in 2014. Bonier draws on cultural and landscape theory as frameworks to fuel design inquiry. Her architectural and urban research spans from the 17th to the 21st century and centers on the shaping of cities and landscapes around water, in conjunction with the history of shifting ideas of nature, science, health, and civic life. Her past positions in construction management, video game design, and mental-health counseling contribute to her broad perspective—uniting design, construction, technology, and health. These layered interdisciplinary influences are reflected in her teaching, research, and practice.


Jeff Carney

Associate Professor
Director, Coastal Sustainability Studio
118 Atkinson Hall
(225) 578-4990

Areas of interestResilience theory, planning, and design
Design thinking
Coastal environmental change
Delta cities

Jeff Carney received a BA in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Master of City and Regional Planning and Master of Architecture from the University of California Berkeley. Carney is licensed by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). His work in Louisiana has centered on trans-disciplinary efforts to plan and design in the dynamic Gulf Coast environment through the Coastal Sustainability Studio (CSS), which he directs. Working with a broad range of scientists, engineers, and designers, CSS offers design solutions to the most pressing and complex problems facing Gulf Coast communities.


Jason Crow

Assistant Professor
223 Atkinson Hall
(225) 578-8107

Jason Crow graduated from Clemson University with a BA in architecture. He earned his first master of architecture from Iowa State University and his second from McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Currently a doctoral candidate in architecture history and theory at McGill School of Architecture, Crow is working on a dissertation concerning the interrelationship of the histories of vision and stone, under the working title, “Animate Matters: Stone 1100–1600.” His research explores changes in the understanding of the artisan’s ability to transform matter, which he sees as comparable to the inherent power of stone to change itself. Crow has taught courses in architecture at McGill and Philadelphia universities and has received numerous honors, awards, and grants, including a research fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation Research Award from McGill University. Crow is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional and has worked at the forefront of sustainable design for the United States National Park Service and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts as a registered architect.


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Michael Desmond, PhD

123 Atkinson Hall

Areas of InterestHistory
Theory and criticism of architecture
Architecture and the city
American architecture and cultural mythology

Professor Michael Desmond received a bachelor in architecture from Louisiana State University, a master in architecture and urban design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a PhD in history, theory, and criticism in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Desmond is the architectural historian for the LSU School of Architecture. His research interests focus on the role of architecture in society and include American architecture and urban history, cultural mythology and belief systems as frames for evaluation of architectural forms, and the towns of Louisiana. His doctoral research explored the community-scale work of Frank Lloyd Wright in the context of Emersonian themes in American history and the modernist interest in subject/object perception. In line with that work, he published several chapters in Frank Lloyd Wright: The Living City, the catalog for the first significant traveling exhibition of Wright’s work in Europe. In 2006, Desmond received $180,000 Campus Heritage Grant from the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles to conduct an inventory and analysis of the LSU campus historic resources. This effort has produced an analysis of campus architectural history, highlighting the roles of the Olmsted brothers and Theodore Link; a technical report documenting external building conditions; a large public exhibition that traveled the state throughout the university’s 150th anniversary in 2010; and the book, The Architecture of LSU, published by LSU Press in 2013.


William Doran

Professional in Residence
51 Atkinson Hall
(225) 578-6885

William Doran has been teaching at the LSU School of Architecture since 2010. Doran was hired as a Professional in Residence for a three-year term to focus on community design and engagement efforts in Baton Rouge for the School of Architecture. Alongside teaching, Doran recently began working with the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute on a research grant through LSU’s Coastal Sustainability Studio to develop affordable, resilient housing models for South Lafourche Parish. He has also worked professionally in architecture in Baton Rouge on residential projects with Montgomery & Waggenspack Architects since 2011. Doran received a Bachelor of Architecture from LSU and a Master of Architecture in design build from the University of Kansas. His collaborative design-build work at the University of Kansas won a 2011 Residential Architect Design Award. The winning design was a LEED Platinum and Passive House Certified single-family residence.


Shelby Elizabeth Doyle

Visiting Assistant Professor
110 Atkinson Hall
(225) 578-6582

Shelby Elizabeth Doyle holds a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she completed her thesis, “Neft Dashlari: Architecture, Oil and Urbanism in the Trans-Caspian Union.” She was a 2011–12 Fulbright research fellow based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Her research is entitled, City of Water: Architecture, Infrastructure, and the Floods of Phnom Penh,” and can be found at cityofwater.wordpress.com. She has taught in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; at the School of Design Strategies at Parsons The New School for Design; at the University of Houston’s Pan Asia summer program based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and at the Career Discovery Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Doyle has worked in architecture firms in Cambodia, Virginia, Massachusetts, and in New York—primarily with Manhattan-based COOKFOX Architects. Doyle’s work can be viewed at shelbydoyle.com.


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Ursula Emery-McClure, FAAR, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Graduate Coordinator
A. Hays Town Professor of Architecture

229 Atkinson Hall
(225) 578-4259

Areas of interestProcess Construction
Materials and methods
Experimental tectonics
Cultural building languages

Ursula Emery McClure is a founding partner of emerymcclure architecture and the A. Hays Town Professor at the LSU School of Architecture. She received a BA in architecture from Washington University at Saint Louis, Missouri, and a Master of Architecture at Columbia University. The work and writing of emerymcclure has been published in numerous journals and magazines, including Places, 306090-05, Architecture Record Online, JAE, Dwell magazine, and Southern Living. The firm’s work has won numerous awards, including being recognized by the 2006 and 2010 Venice Biennale, Architectural Record, and the American Institute of Architects. Members of the firm have lectured on their work at numerous conferences and universities, most recently at Iowa State University in the spring of 2013. In 2008, the firm won the Gorham P. Stevens Rome Prize for the project, “Terra Viscus: Hybrid Tectonic Precendent.” In September 2013, McClure received the 2013 ARCC Research of the Year Award and two of her graduate students placed in the 2013 ACSA Preservation as Provocation design competition.


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Jori Ann Erdman, AIA, LEED AP

136 Atkinson Hall
(225) 578-6885

Areas of InterestThe South
Building culture
Design-build pedagogy
Modern architecture
Alternative materials
Community engagement

B.S. Arch., University of Virginia; M. Arch., Columbia University. Licensed in California, having worked in architecture firms in San Francisco, New York, Virginia, Missouri, South Carolina and Georgia. Erdman is the Design Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education. She has won the ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award, The ACSA Collaborative Practice Award and has published and presented widely.


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Erica Hinyard

Staff 136 Atkinson Hall (225) 578-6885 ehinyard@lsu.edu


Robert Holton

Assistant Professor
108A Atkinson Hall

Robert Holton earned a bachelor of science in interior design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master in architecture from Columbia University. He has previously taught at Virginia Tech University, Florida International University, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University. Holton has worked with several prominent architectural offices in the U.S. and France that include: Bernard Tschumi Architects in New York and Paris; Smith-Miller+Hawkinson, Gensler, Peter Marino Architect, and Peter Gluck Architect in New York; and Oppenheim Architects and Design GH in Miami. His professional experience spans a variety of project types and scales and includes the Corning Glass Center, University of Cincinnati Athletic Center, and office buildings for Mastercard International. Additionally, he has worked on winning proposals in Europe, such as the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, and concert halls in both Rouen and Limoges, France.


Kristen Kelsch

108B Atkinson Hall


Jason Lockhart

Associate Professor
47B Atkinson Hall

Jason Lockhart has over 13 years of architecture, design, planning, and project-management experience as a planner for the City of Gahanna, Ohio, Department of Development; assistant project manager at Stephen Wen & Associates, Architects, in Pasadena, California; and partner and chief planning officer for Sinektiks, LLC in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lockhart received a bachelor in architecture from Southern University and a master of city and regional planning from Ohio State University. Formerly assistant professor at Southern University School of Architecture, he was assistant director of the Community Design and Research Center (CDRC) and assistant director and program manager of the Urban + Rural Community Design Research Center (U+R CDRC). Lockhart specializes in community planning with a focus on delivering integrated business and design solutions.


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Dana Mitchell

136 Atkinson Hall
(225) 578-6885


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Micheal Pitts, RA

Associate Professor
129 Atkinson Hall
(225) 578-4268

Area of InterestAdaptive reuse
Historic preservation

B.S. Arch., University of Detroit Sister of Mercy; M. Arch., University of Detroit Sister of Mercy; recipient of the Henry Adams Medal; Architectural Practice; Associate Professor.


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Meredith Sattler

Assistant Professor
223 Atkinson Hall
(225) 578-6885

Area of InterestThe interdisciplinary pursuit of sustainability as it informs relationships between built environments, natural environments, and humanity

Bachelor of Arts, Vassar College; Masters of Architecture, Yale University; Masters of Environmental Management, Yale University. Registered LEED AP. Professor Sattler has worked for Buro Happold Consulting Engineers in New York, as a Set Decorator and Production Manager in Hollywood, and as the founder and lead designer of cambioform, a furniture and environmental design studio. She joined the faculty in 2010.


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Thomas Sofranko, RA

Associate Professor
Associate Dean, College of Art + Design
102 Design Building

Areas of InterestBeginning design education
History of design education
Spatial relationships and subsequent interactions between individuals and groups
Model building

Thomas Sofranko is an associate professor of Architecture and the associate dean of the College of Art & Design. He served as the interim director of the School of Architecture for four years, and has been at LSU since 1992. He was born in Washington, D.C but grew up primarily in Ohio and Florida, and received his M.Arch and B.Arch degrees from Kent State University. Prior to his arrival at LSU he was working professionally in Cleveland, Ohio. His interest in the curriculum and the structure of the School led him to LSU. He was also drawn here by the geography of the region. He is a full member of the graduate faculty and primarily teaches design studios in both the B.Arch and M.Arch programs. His research has been a combination of architectural design projects and scholarly papers. The focus of his scholarly research examines beginning design as well as popular cultural and architecture as image. He has been involved with the National Conference on the Beginning Design Student for over twenty years. Most recently his research has focused on the efficacy of techniques for recruiting and retention of students in design. He is credited with starting the School’s architecture design camp for high school students and is interested in using the camp as a tool for recruiting minority students.


Alkis Tsolakis

Professor & Dean, College of Art + Design
102 Design Building

Alkis Tsolakis is a professor of architecture and dean of the LSU College of Art + Design. He earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of architecture from the University of Oregon. Tsolakis was a founding faculty member of the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where he held several administrative posts and was acting director of the art department. He has practiced architecture and sculpture in Greece, France, and the United States. He was a founder and director of the Drury University Center in Greece and the head of the Department of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.


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Greg Watson

Associate Professor
223 Atkinson Hall
(225) 578-8107

 Areas of InterestFundamental design principles

B.A. in Psychology, Columbia University; M.Arch., Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Louisiana State University School of Architecture. Prior to this he served as an Associate Professor of architecture at Mississippi State University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has also taught drawing and design at the Maine College of Art, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In 2001 he was selected as the Nadine Carter Russell Chair in Design at Louisiana State University. Professor Watson’s teaching has received a number of awards including the Tau Sigma Delta Outstanding Teacher Award, the Allen & Hoshall Award for innovation in design teaching, and the Mississippi State University John Grisham Award for Teaching Excellence. As an architect, he has practiced in Chicago, Maine, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Minnesota. His work includes several award-winning school and university projects. Watson’s research has been supported by grants from the New York State Psychiatric Institute, the Mississippi State University Office of Research, the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. His paintings, drawings, and prints have been exhibited at galleries in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Annapolis, Mississippi, and Louisiana.


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Robert Zwirn, AIA

114 Atkinson Hall

Areas of InterestSuburbia and civility
Architecture and urban design in America since 1950

B. S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; B. Arch, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M. Arch., Oregon University; J.D., University of Alabama • taught architecture at Auburn University and Miami University of Ohio before coming to LSU in 1994; a visiting fellow to Princeton University from 1979-81.