Harmon Publishes Book Computational Design for Landscape Architects

Computational Design for Landscape Architects book coverBrendan Harmon, assistant professor of landscape architecture, has published the new book Computational Design for Landscape Architects (Routledge 2024).

This book is a guide to computational design for landscape architects replete with extensive tutorials. It introduces algorithmic approaches for modeling and designing landscapes. The aim of the book is to use algorithms to understand and design landscape as a generative system, i.e. to harness the processes that shape landscape to generate new forms. An algorithmic approach to design is gently introduced through visual programming with Grasshopper, before more advanced methods are taught in Python, a high-level programming language.

Topics covered include parametric design, randomness and noise, waves and attractors, lidar, drone photogrammetry, point cloud modeling, terrain modeling, earthworks, digital fabrication, and more. The chapters include sections on theory, methods, and either visual programming or scripting. Online resources for the book include code and datasets so that readers can easily follow along and try out the methods presented.

“This book is a much-needed guide, both theoretical and practical, on computational design for students, educators, and practitioners of landscape architecture,” Harmon said.

brendan harmonHarmon is graduate coordinator at LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, to be promoted to associate professor in August 2024. His research aims to ground design in spatial science by seamlessly integrating geospatial modeling into the creative design process through technologies such as tangible interaction, digital fabrication, and virtual reality. He co-designed Tangible Landscape, a tangible interface for geospatial modeling. His previous publications include a book, book chapters, and papers on tangible interaction, geospatial modeling, and digital design. He received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a Master of Philosophy in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Design from North Carolina State University.

Learn more about the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture.

LSU Landscape Architecture Students Redesign Downtown Baton Rouge

LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture undergraduate (BLA) students created designs for the Baton Rouge community: Kathleen Bogaski’s Urban Design studio focused on creating a riverfront master plan and site-specific designs in Downtown Baton Rouge. Working with the BR Downtown Development District (DDD) led by Executive Director Whitney Hoffman Sayal, the team identified goals for improving the experience of visitors arriving along the riverfront.

Aims include to enhance the destinations, the park and plaza areas, riverfront trail, creating a stronger sense of place and connections to the natural systems and the city’s tourist destinations, and the downtown art and entertainment district.

LSU Landscape Architecture Student Complete Riverfront Study

LSU Landscape Architecture Student Group Study

On May 14, 2024, the Mayor-President and the Downtown Development District hosted an open house event highlighting the work of the landscape architecture students. The students highlighted their ideas on how to provide visitor and citizens more quality of life experiences and increase tourism to the region. The DDD also provided examples of how other cities have enhanced their waterfront, in addition to cities that have improved their convention centers.

”As we plan what improvements may be made to the River Center, we must plan how it could better connect to the riverfront in order to truly transform our city’s center and make it a major attraction that contributes to our region’s overall economic vitality,” according to the DDD report.

“A few students represented the BLA fifth year studio’s work from our previous semester studio, which aimed to combine all that we’ve learned at RRLSA into a design project focused on the Downtown Baton Rouge Riverfront,” said Ellen Sedlacek. She presented at the open house along with fellow students Jonah Foster and Dan Metzger.

“DDD showcased our master plans and individual site designs to residents and leaders of Baton Rouge to get the community excited about what the riverfront could look like,” she said. “As students, we tried to incorporate sustainable, forward-thinking design ideas that would work to enhance the local culture of Baton Rouge and the Mississippi River, and it was great to share our ideas with members of the community.”

“We are grateful to the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture students who have studied the riverfront and are excited to showcase their ideas,” said Sayal. “We believe their ideas will serve as a catalyst to further discussions on how to accentuate one of downtown’s greatest assets.”

East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, who attended the open house, celebrated their plans to turn the natural beauty of the riverfront into a “dynamic hub of activity.”

“I’m really excited to see the deep dive that the LSU landscape architecture students have taken,” she said. “Their innovative ideas and creative vision have sparked a new wave of possibilities for our riverfront.”

Learn more about the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture


Meet Richard Boehnke (MFA): Open Experimental Studio Artist in Residence

Richard with clay pieces outside. Black and white portrait

Richard Boehnke is a dreamer. A maker, a creator, someone who is not only driven to change the world and make something new, but who also inspires those around him.

An MFA candidate in the LSU School of Art and one of the two artists in residence in the inaugural Open Experimental Studio at LSU’s Glassell Gallery, Richard works with clay – but he is also a scientist, engineer, business professional, and a teacher.

“I don’t have a traditional art background,” he said. “I grew up playing music and I always liked to work with my hands. I took a ceramics class my last semester of high school, and I loved it. I wound up becoming a studio assistant that summer at Yourist Studio in Ann Arbor because my ceramics teacher could see that I wasn’t done, and he helped me get the position. He has been a great mentor of mine.”

Originally from Ann Arbor, Richard studied biochemistry at the University of Michigan, followed by a Master of Science and Master of Engineering in sustainable energy technology at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he received a Fulbright Scholarship. He has been a scientific researcher, a business consultant, a ceramics instructor in Mumbai, India, and an English teacher in Vietnam. After his first Master degrees, he dedicated the first phase of his career to creating a more sustainable world. At Recurve,a software startup company, he worked to support the decarbonization of electric utilities by developing virtual power plants. As a director, he came to a turning point in 2023, wondering where to go next with his career.

“I asked myself, ‘Do I pursue clay?’ I had always wanted to, at some point, wondering if not now, when? I finally decided, ‘Why not make ‘when’ now?’”

It was the right time in his life for a change. So he applied to an MFA in ceramics at LSU, having narrowed down programs to meet his criteria: full tuition stipend to support graduate students, art faculty members that value functional work, and ceramics faculty members that likely wouldn’t retire in the coming years.

As a ceramics artist he’s focused on incorporating sustainability into his practice and advocating for it in the field; he published Clay Culture: Sustainability in Ceramics in Ceramics Monthly’s April 2023 issue. He has exhibited his works nationally including recently, juried The Mudflat Cup Show in Sommerville, MA (2024) and the Crescent City Clay Fest 2023 in New Orleans.

To aspiring artists, or students considering whether to pursue an art degree, Richard advises to be open and seek information: “Reach out to people you know, or other artists that you like their work – talk to people to see if it’s for you. It’s important to know why you’re doing this. Go into the experience knowing your goals.”

“It’s really important for students to understand that art is hard – it involves math, science, chemistry, critical thinking, research. Learning how to understand problems from many different viewpoints.”

“What’s amazing about the arts is that you’re not just learning to paint a picture, make a pot, design in a digital program – you’re learning how to think creatively and to see what’s actually in front of you. Art training forces you to learn to think differently. Currently AI is averaging the internet, but we need people to be able to think beyond averages, critically, and solve novel challenges. These critical thinking skills make art and design students appealing to the job market.”

After graduating with his MFA degree, Richard’s goal is to teach as an art faculty member at a college. “Part of the reason I’d love working in clay is I love to teach; I love to help people get to where they want to go.”

As a graduate student in the studio arts program, he is now gaining practical experience working as a teacher, instructing undergraduate art students as a graduate teaching assistant. Connecting with others as they create is one of his favorite parts of the artistic experience.

“I love the process of creating,” he explained.

“The Open Experimental Studio model gives us the space to focus on process, not products. We [as artists] will be able to focus on exploration, learning, growing, and sharing with the community – not necessarily taking anything home, other than the experiences.”

“I enjoy working with my hands, playing with mud every day,” he said with a laugh. “There’s something [about clay] that allows you to connect in a different way when working with your hands.”

His ceramic work is generally functional: “There’s something different about making something to go on someone’s mantelpiece versus to hold in their hands. I want people to be able to pick [my work] up and say, well, ‘I’m also going to drink my coffee out of it or, put some flowers in it, or I’m going to serve dinner with this.’”

He’s excited to be challenged to grow as a maker through the open studio experience, he said, and to connect with the Baton Rouge artistic community. “Make work and explore, sharing that work with our community and encouraging them to explore – that is the goal.”

The Open Experimental Studio will host a series of informal workshops free and open to the public at the gallery in downtown Baton Rouge to share the experience of artmaking with people in the community. See schedule of events.

“I get inspired by working with different people,” Richard said. “To me, it’s all about the community and building together. It’s such a lovely thing to be able to do something like this – my goal is to be a part of it, and help make the Open Experimental Studio exist so that more people can do it in the future.”

As fellow Open Experimental Studio artist Kim Meadowlark said, “we’ll walk so the next people can run.”

The experience is about community building and creating in an open, ephemeral environment. The message: all are welcome here.

Open Experimental Studio (lsu.edu)

LSU College of Art & Design launches Open Experimental Studio

LSU College of Art & Design launches Open Experimental Studio with 2 resident artists in Glassell Gallery

LSU College of Art & Design will host two resident artists from late May to late June 2024 in the LSU Glassell Gallery, located in downtown Baton Rouge in the Shaw Center for the Arts. LSU School of Art ceramic artist Richard Boehnke and painter, photographer, and musician Kimberly Meadowlark will set up open studios in the gallery kicking off their residency May 25th. Both artists will spend three days a week in Glassell Gallery making their own work and inviting visitors to make with them over the next month.

The Open Experimental Studio seeks not only to activate the gallery but to activate creative expression. It offers visitors the opportunity to experiment with artmaking, community building, and contributing their work to the experimental space. The Open Experimental Studio values process over product, experience over outcome, and communing over consuming. It seeks to create a supportive, open space for playful expression through artmaking that is open and welcoming to all.

In addition to the artists’ studios, the gallery will offer open studio space for visitors to create, scheduled workshops, and three community-created projects that will be facilitated by the artists over their month-long residency. The individual and joint workshops will include music, sound, and writing alongside painting, sculpting, and drawing. The Open Experimental Studio will host an opening event with both artists Saturday, May 25, from 2–5 p.m. to begin the community-based projects. More sessions will be added and a culminating event to share the collective project work is scheduled for the evening of Friday, June 14 from 6-8 p.m. All Open Experimental Studio hours, workshops, and events are free and open to all. 

Sculpt, draw, and paint in our open studio and co-create a community mural and sculpture with our resident artists Tuesday–Sunday from May 25–June 14.


May 25, 2–5 p.m. Open Experimental Studio Kick Off

Paint, sculpt, and draw with our resident artists Painter Kim Meadowlark and ceramic artist Richard Boehnke as we kick off our four-week open experimental studio residencies. Free and open to all. 

Saturday, June 1, 1–2:30 p.m. – Hand build a Cup with Richard Boehnke

Learn how to hand build a cup with clay resident artist Richard from 1-2:30 or just drop by any time from 12-5 p.m. to play and build with clay. Help us create our community clay 

sculpture. Free and open to all

Sunday, June 2, 12–5 p.m. Free First Sunday: Handbuilding and Painting Sessions

            12–1 p.m. – Open Studio Play: sculpt, paint, and draw with us!

            1–2 p.m. – Hand build a Tray with Richard Boehnke

            2–3 p.m. – Open Studio Play: sculpt, paint, and draw with us!

            3–4 p.m. – Painting Session with Kim Meadowlark

            4–5 p.m. – Open Studio Play: sculpt, paint, and draw with us!

Free and open to all! 

Thursday, June 6, 6–8 p.m. Synesthetic Slowdown

Join both our resident artists in a meditative exploration of synesthesia as they disintegrate forms and integrate sound with color, clay, and words. Free for all. This program is geared toward those 18+. 

Sunday, June 9, 2–4 p.m. Painting with Kim Meadowlark

Experiment with Kim’s integration of expressive writing and painting on your own canvas from 2–4 p.m.

Friday, June 14, 6–8 p.m.- Closing Reception 

Celebrate the end of our open studio and check out the community sculpture and mural you created alongside friends, family, and our resident artists. Free and open to all. 

Using the plasticity of clay, Boehnke plays with line and gesture to make pieces that imply attitude and movement. He aims to create work that invites the viewer to imagine the pieces motion, drawing inspiration from how he sees people moving through the world. He has a deep interest in the interplay between craft, play, and value–challenging how an audience can engage with the work, sometimes inviting its destruction.

Boehnke is an MFA candidate at LSU School of Art and a business professional living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has worked in the United States, Vietnam, India, and the Netherlands, working across science and engineering, and he strives to connect that experience to his ceramic work and teaching philosophy.

Meadowlark is a Baton Rouge-based artist centering her work around a neurological experience, synesthesia—involuntary perceptions that cross over between senses. This has led to her combining her musical abilities and love of sound to create a tangible art form. Meadowlark primarily works with acrylic on canvas; however, she includes strikes of multiple mediums through each piece. For the better part of a decade, Meadowlark’s work has been recognized for its fluidity, vivid tones, and emotive characteristics. Her recent body of work embraces the techniques learned over a ten-year period, with a redefined elusiveness of geometric blocking. While not a student of formal training within university or further education sectors, her keen eye and passion for detail have allowed Meadowlark to create a name within the Baton Rouge community and beyond.

Learn more about the LSU College of Art & Design



CxC Names 2024 Distinguished Communicators

College of Art & Design Student Winners of the LSU Distinguished Communicator Award

Francis Dinh

Francis Dinh, Architecture*
Minors: Journalism, Architectural History
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
Advisor: William Hunter

Francis wants to build on the moon. His Honors College thesis imagined what beautiful architecture might look like for a lunar context. In addition to his work with architecture, Francis is also a passionate photographer and worked for The Reveille as a photojournalist, and his favorite moment was getting Aleah Finnegan’s autograph on his sketch of the PMAC. His advisor says, “Francis has been a highly engaged and dedicated student within the School of Architecture. His leadership, broad disciplinary interests, and evolving stylistic affinity will serve him well as he transitions to the professional world.” While at LSU, Francis earned the Certificate in Classical Architecture and the LSU School of Architecture Faculty Design Academic Achievement Award.


Maddie Fitzmorris

Madeleine Fitzmorris, Art (Graphic Design)
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Advisor: Richard Doubleday

Maddie’s advisor describes her as “exceptionally astute, industrious, and persistent,” and notes that “she is particularly adept at conceptual thinking, a hand-drawn approach and singular artisanship, as well as inventing and exposing new ideas within her work.” Maddie’s love of art extends to her decorating sensibilities, too. She says that when she finds a new piece of art, book, or DVD to collect, she feels like an adventurer decorating her cave. She loved working for The Reveille, especially because of working with people who are very passionate about the work they put out in the world. Maddie is currently looking for a position in graphic design or advertising and marketing, and hopes to be part of the art and museum culture in New Orleans.


Jonah Foster

Jonah Foster, Landscape Architecture*
MInor: Digital Media Arts & Engineering
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
Advisor: Haley Blakeman

Jonah is the founder of the LSU Disc Golf team and can bend his thumbs back 90 degrees (no word on whether this helps his throwing success). His advisor says, “it has been a delight to watch Jonah grow into a capable, talented designer and communicator,” and appreciates that he often shares those skills with his classmates. He enjoys flying drones around all the places he travels, and he is proud to have maintained a 4.0 GPA along with his many extracurricular activities. Jonah’s favorite internship was with OJB Landscaping in Solana Beach, California, where he will be taking a position as a designer after graduation. 


Victoria Lopez

Victoria Lopez, Architecture**
Hometown: San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Advisor: Annicia Streete

Victoria Lopez describes themself as “a very curious person with undeterred focus” who will dedicate their time to learning as much as possible about anything that piques their interest. As a recent recipient of the ARCC King Medal in architectural research, their curiosity and love of research has paid off. Their Distinguished Communicator faculty advisor, Annicia Streete, praised Victoria’s “dedication and outstanding rigor,” and Victoria was also named to the Metropolis Future 100 class of 2024, which designates the top 100 graduating architecture and interior design students in the United States and Canada. They are currently searching for the perfect job to begin their career after graduation.


Daniel Metzger

Daniel Metzger, Landscape Architecture*
Minor: Fine Art
Hometown: Slidell, La.
Advisor: Brendan Harmon

Daniel is a big believer in using his hands: in addition to his work in landscape architecture design, he crafts in leather, textiles, paper, wood and ceramics! Despite his carpentry hobby, however, he does not have a bed in his room. He made a significant impact by establishing better communication between faculty and students, and he is particularly proud of his Capstone project, “Rockford Station Park.” In addition to his many crafting projects, Daniel also farmed organic vegetables for the Food Pantry. Daniel’s commitment to service is also evident in his plans for his post-graduation work in Lesotho, Africa, where he will teach fourth-graders in rural communities as a part of the Peace Corps.


Giovanni Montrel

Giovanni Montrel, Architecture
Minors: Architectural History, Sculpture
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
Advisor: Sergio Padilla

Giovanni is a multi-instrumentalist who once played in a New Orleans-themed music festival in Moscow, Russia when she was a young child. These days, her hobbies include roller skating, reading, and making crafts. She is passionate about representation in the field of architecture, having served as the Vice President & Communication Director of LSU’s National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS). Through the NOMAS Light a Fire program, Giovanni also visited predominantly Black & minority high schools to talk with students about their potential as future architecture students. Her advisor says, “it’s been a joy to see Giovanni’s growth…her talents and service to the school will be missed.” Giovanni plans to pursue an MBA while she accumulates the experience hours needed to become a licensed architect. 


Meriam Saad Beshara

Meriam Saad Beshara, Architecture
Minors: Architectural History, Construction Management
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
Advisor: Annicia Streete

Meriam says that she doesn’t believe she has a superpower, but knowing that she’s learned to both design and build a structure seems pretty super to us! As an architecture major with a minor in construction management, Meriam can handle both planning and execution. She has also worked in more than five different departments at LSU–including CxC–and credits her communication skills for her success in each placement. Her advisor praises her “unwavering dedication and rigor,” which is also demonstrated by the fact that she earned Intern of the Year during her time with PCL Construction last summer. She will be returning to PCL Construction to work full-time after graduation. 


Paris Vercher

Paris Vercher, Interior Design
Minor: Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
Advisor: Philip Tebbutt

Paris’s advisor says she has “sought out and taken every opportunity to travel while in the Design Program, as a way of enriching her education.” This desire has taken Paris from a New York City field trip to study abroad experiences in both Italy and Thailand. Paris is proud to be a first-generation college graduate and her dedication in making her way through an intense workload. She also values the opportunities to get outside the classroom to understand more about herself and the world she found via the Distinguished Communicator program. Paris plans to move to a new state (as yet undecided) to pursue a career in interior design, creative directing, or entrepreneurship. 

College of Art & Design Honors Ceremony 2024

University Medal Recipients

Sofia Alves
Willow Cook

Demi Dauterive
Natalia Gomez Monsalve
Roman Landry
Daniel Metzger

Dean’s Medal Recipients

School of Architecture

Hollice Dorsett, BArch
Lindsey Osbon, MArch

School of Art

Brooke Chouest, BFA
Cecilia Moseley, MFA

School of Interior Design

Sofia Alves, BID

Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture

Daniel Metzger, BLA
Huan Guo, MLA

Doctor of Design

Katherine Fresina, DDes

Tau Sigma Delta Members and Latin Honors

School of Architecture

Asa Angeline, Cum Laude
Francis Dinh, Magna Cum Laude
Hollice Dorsett, Magna Cum Laude
Natalia Gomez Monsalve, Summa Cum Laude
Elise Lagraize, Summa Cum Laude
Kaitlyn Parker, Magna Cum Laude
Victoria Staid, Summa Cum Laude
Slayte Taylor, Cum Laude
Yilin Zheng, Summa Cum Laude

School of Art

Caroline Azar, Summa Cum Laude
Sierra Beaulieu, Summa Cum Laude
Ella Bereziuk, Magna Cum Laude
Ashley Bouldin, Summa Cum Laude
Taizija Carter, Summa Cum Laude
Morgan Cook, Cum Laude
Demi Dauterive, Summa Cum Laude
Abigail Davis, Magna Cum Laude
Madeline Fitzmorris, Cum Laude
Mia Garcia-Sutherland, Summa Cum Laude
Allie Grieshaber, Magna Cum Laude
Lucy He, Magna Cum Laude
Emily Howard, Summa Cum Laude
Rhonda Kong, Magna Cum Laude
Roman Landry, Summa Cum Laude
Kiah Lewis, Cum Laude
Patrick Marchand, Magna Cum Laude
Maria Marin, Magna Cum Laude
James Mason, Cum Laude
Brooke Ransome, Magna Cum Laude
Nya Skipper, Cum Laude
Ian Sumrall, Magna Cum Laude
Allison Swider, Cum Laude
Carli Theodore, Summa Cum Laude
Emma Theodore, Cum Laude
Cailyn Tran, Cum Laude
My-Duyen Tran, Summa Cum Laude
Kelsey Warren, Magna Cum Laude
Morgan Weathers, Summa Cum Laude
Laci Weinle, Cum Laude

School of Interior Design

Sofia Alves, Summa Cum Laude
Ella Amos, Summa Cum Laude
Willow Cook, Summa Cum Laude
Kaylie Cross, Cum Laude
Vivian Nguy, Cum Laude
Madeline Nini, Cum Laude
Ainsley Plauche, Magna Cum Laude
Caitlin Sutton, Magna Cum Laude
Paris Vercher, Summa Cum Laude
Grace Waguespack, Summa Cum Laude

Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture

Ethan Bergeron, Magna Cum Laude
Abram Broussard
Jonah Foster, Summa Cum Laude
Daniel Metzger, Summa Cum Laude
Ellen Sedlacek, Summa Cum Laude

Ellen Sedlacek Named 2024 Olmsted Scholar Finalist

Ellen Sedlacek

Ellen Sedlacek, BLA candidate in the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, was named a 2024 Olmsted Scholar Finalist, one of three undergraduate students selected nationally by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF).

Named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the LAF Olmsted Scholars Program is the premier leadership recognition program for landscape architecture students. Now in its 17th year, the program honors students who advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits through ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership.

“Learning that I was selected as an Olmsted Finalist was an incredible moment,” Sedlacek said. “I felt incredibly grateful to the faculty at LSU who nominated me and honored to be recognized for my passion for landscape architecture. Throughout my academic career, the faculty at LSU has been critical in my formation as a thoughtful designer, and I will forever be grateful for their guidance, expertise, and support.”

LSU and the faculty at the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture (RRSLA) have played a pivotal role in shaping her journey as a landscape architect, Sedlacek said. “The program’s emphasis on natural systems and sustainable design has fostered a passion within me for creating landscapes that are socially meaningful and ecologically sensitive,” she said. “Being selected as an Olmsted Finalist feels like the culmination of this journey, and I’m so grateful for this opportunity that will allow me to continue exploring innovative ways to integrate ecological principles into the built environment.”

“At LSU, what I cherish most about the landscape architecture program is its focus on ecology and the natural environment,” she said. “The curriculum incorporates ecology classes, emphasizes the study of native plants, and encourages us to design landscapes that enhance local ecosystems. This focus on ecological integration resonates deeply with me, and it’s something I’ve actively incorporated into all my work throughout my studies.”

Her favorite project she has worked on at LSU is her capstone project. “I chose to focus on research and explore the intersection of mycology and landscape architecture. It’s been an amazing experience to delve into the world of fungi and its diverse applications in landscape design and ecological restoration.”

“I’m incredibly grateful to LSU for providing the opportunity and space to explore this convergence of science and design. Throughout the development of my capstone, I was able to reconnect with my creativity, foster a passion for discovery, and grow significantly as a designer.”

Previous recent LSU Olmsted Scholar Nominees include Avery Haynes (2023) and Philip Fernberg (2018).

Learn more about the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture.

Jeffrey Carbo (BLA 1985) the LSU College of Art & Design 2024 Commencement Speaker

Man smiling at podium

LSU alum Jeff Carbo thanks his family for their support of his alma mater at the Carbo Landscape Architecture Recruitment Center ribbon cutting ceremony, 2019.

Jeffrey Carbo, PLA, FASLA, is a longtime supporter of the LSU College of the Art & Design, serving as chair of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Board. Former Founding Principal at Carbo Landscape Architecture and current Director of CarboGoodWorks, Jeff has over thirty-eight years of experience in professional practice. The range and scope of his experience includes environmental conservation, historical and cultural context of local and regional projects, and attention to detail, expressed as art, in the numerous gardens and places he has helped create.

He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from LSU in 1985, and remembers the time fondly.

“I had the good fortune to be taught by true legends in the field of landscape architecture. It was a special time where incredibly selfless professors lived for their work with students, and we also had extensive travel experiences with them,” he said, remembering his time at LSU. “A bonus was meeting [my wife] Wendy!”

In his role as former principal of Carbo LA, he provided leadership in client relations, conceptual design, budget development, design critique, project management, and construction observation. Jeff served as multi-discipline team leader, with hands-on skills in quality assurance and details. He holds professional licensure as a registered Landscape Architect in the State of Louisiana. He is also registered in the states of Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He holds professional certification by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB). CLARB certification is earned in part through meeting or exceeding professional experience requirements. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Landscape Architecture’s professional society. Jeff has been a member in the local chapter for a number of years and served as President of the Louisiana Chapter of ASLA for the year 2000. Jeff has overseen over 100 ASLA national and state award-winning projects in his career. Currently, Jeff is the founder and director of CarboGoodWorks, where he and his staff provide pro-bono design services and assistance to entities who serve others and improve the quality of life for those they serve.

In 2005, the American Society of Landscape Architects elected Jeff to its Class of Fellows and in 2007, the LSU College of Art & Design named him its ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ recipient. In 2011, Jeff was inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction, the highest honor given to LSU graduates. In 2019, Jeff, his wife Wendy (LSU HS&E ’88) , and son William, created the LSU Carbo Landscape Architecture Recruitment Center at the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, to attract and retain the very best students to the program. 

“Love your craft, and then it will not feel like work,” Carbo said to LSU students and future landscape architects. “Find your happiness …. there is more joy in life with kindness and giving.”

Wendy and Jeff Carbo“Jeff Carbo has been dedicated to the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture for many years, and we are very grateful,” said Alkis Tsolakis, professor of architecture and former Dean of the College of Art & Design.

Carbo is the 2024 LSU College of Art & Design Diploma Ceremony commencement speaker.

Watch the ceremony live on Friday, May 17 at 8 a.m.

Open Call for LSU School of Art Summer Contemporary Exhibition: Wild.

LSU School of Art and LSU College of Art & Design are pleased to invite contemporary local and regional artists and culture bearers to this year’s summer show—an open call, juried exhibition which will be on view in Glassell Gallery located in downtown Baton Rouge’s Shaw Center for the Arts.


Wild Thoughts. Wild Actions. Wild Places. Wild Beings.

Taking an expansive approach to wild, wildness, and wilderness, Glassell Gallery is seeking artists whose work embraces radical imagination and radical noticing of both the wild within us and the wild that surrounds us. Works selected will invoke the exhibition’s title, “Wild.” and express or invoke wild thoughts, wild actions, wild places, or wild beings. The exhibition will be juried by Ron Bechet. The first prize is $500.

The call for entries is open May 6-June 14, 2024; entries are accepted via Slideroom at the following link https://rb.gy/4vdyzt. Please review the full submission guidelines and important dates at this link, where you may also submit your work.

There is no fee for entry. The exhibition will be on view from July 13–August 24, 2024 at Glassell Gallery.


Ron Bechet was born in New Orleans and lives in the Gentilly neighborhood. He began his college career with an athletic scholarship at Mississippi State University but returned to study art at the University of New Orleans where he earned a B.A. degree. He went on to earn an MFA degree in Painting from Yale University School of Art. He is also the Victor H. Labat Professor of Art at Xavier University of Louisiana where he has been teaching for more than twenty years. He is known for intimate large-scale drawings and paintings. This work is inspired by his experiences and observations of the consequences of forces of nature and time, on the place and the human experience. 

For Bechet, his improvisational mark-making is grounded on those experiences and in the cultural practices of the African diaspora and New Orleans African-American culture and ritual. In the work, the revelation of the effects of terrain, light, and water symbolize human contention and harmony, and ultimately the hope of reconciliation and spiritual transformation. In addition to his studio practice, he has worked on several community-based projects using the arts in collaboration with other artists and community members. Believing in reciprocity and giving, he is an active community member currently serving as Chair of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Board of Directors and as a member of the board of trustees at the Ogden Museum of Art as well as Antenna Works in New Orleans. 


Submission Deadlines: The Open Call will be open from May 6, 2024 12:00 p.m. CT through June 14, 2024 11:59 p.m.  

Who is Eligible to Submit? 

  • Contemporary visual artists who currently live, work, or study in Louisiana are eligible to apply. We especially encourage local and college/university student-artists from across the Greater Baton Rouge area to apply! 
  • Artists must be 18 years and older.

Artwork, Media, Specs 

  • Applicants may enter up to four (4) artworks If more than 4 are submitted, only the first 4 submissions will be considered.
  • All mediums are eligible
  • All selected works must be ready for installation at the time of delivery or work will be disqualified
  • Artists must frame work and provide necessary hardware
  • In some cases, artists must provide required special AV equipment and/or display stands that are specific to the work
  • For each submitted work, applicants must provide general technical elements/specifications
  • For each submitted work, where applies, applicants must provide a checklist of objects/elements that are included with the work and any special display descriptions and values.
  • Work made of materials that may be hazardous cannot be accepted
  • Installation-based work may require self-installation, with support from Glassell’s staff. Glassell Gallery is unable to provide travel assistance.  
  • Selected artists are responsible for covering travel costs and making all round-trip delivery and incoming shipping arrangements in coordination with Glassell Gallery. Return shipping via FedEx Ground for works mailed incoming will be covered by gallery if work is suitably packed/able to be repacked. If deemed unsuitable for repacking, the Gallery will reimburse travel up to $35.00 for artist to retrieve work.
  • Works are offered for sale with a 50/50 split to support Glassell Gallery Programming.

Files and Uploads 

  • To qualify, eligible applicants must follow all requirements and instructions on Slideroom
  • Applicants may upload up to five (6) images/files and five (6) URL links, but you may only enter up to four (4) artworks total (as noted above)
  • Suggested high-quality image type and size: JPEG 300 dpi at approximately 8″ x 10”
  • If an artwork is selected, LSU School of Art will consider only high-quality images for press and promotion.
  • Only the first 4 minutes of video and/or audio clips will be reviewed  


  • Monday, May 6, Open Call launches
  • Friday, June 14: Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 19: Artists are notified of selection via email.
  • Tuesday–Saturday, June 25–29 and Monday–Tuesday, July 1–2 Artwork Receiving at Glassell Gallery

*If mailing, you are encouraged to mail works as soon as possible after notification  

  • Saturday, July 13: Exhibition opens to public
  • Saturday, August 24: Closing Reception + Awards 6–8 p.m.
  • September 3–8 – Pick up of work // September 9–13 – Shipping of Mailed Works