Alumni Profile: Allen Eskew

New Orleans, LA

Provide an educational background including professional experience.

I went to LSU upon graduation from high school in Alexandra, LA. After getting my undergrad I went to Boston to work for a firm for a little while before returning back to New Orleans to practice. After five years of experience, I went back to school – this time at UC Berkeley – to get my Master’s Degree in architecture. After graduation from Berkeley, I returned to New Orleans where I worked for Perez Associates, eventually leading the design of the 1984 Louisiana World’s Fair. After completion of that project, I left to start my own practice.

Why did you choose LSU for your education?

I was the 4th generation of a construction family, interested in buildings, and my high school counselor thought that LSU architecture was the closest thing to a college experience for someone interested in construction. This was three years before LSU’s Construction Management program began.

How did your LSU degree help to prepare you for your profession?

The five years of the architectural program were rooted in very strong fundamentals, and highlighted by the extraordinary mentorship of Professor Robert Heck and Jack St. Martin.

What current or past research and projects/exhibitions have you done?

My projects in the public realm have been my greatest joys – museums, aquariums, and public plazas. Being able to impact the greater community and the ability to experience the results with my children and grandchild have been the ultimate feeling of accomplishment.

What are your plans for the future?

I’m currently directing an international team of designers in the implementation of Phase 1 of the “Reinventing the Crescent” 6-Mile Riverfront Development Plan for New Orleans. I’m looking forward to seeing the implementation though as far as funding will take the project, in hopes of ultimately realizing the full scope of the plan.