One of LSU’s most distinguished alumni, Ace Torre received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the Robert Reich School in 1971. He is the CEO and principal of Torre Design Consortium, a multidisciplinary design firm that provides services in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, urban design, environmental planning, and zoological and interpretive planning and exhibit design.
Ace’s career exemplifies the interdisciplinary foundations of the college: he is a LEED Accredited Professional; a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects; a licensed architect in 49 states; a licensed landscape architect in 16 states; a licensed interior designer in two states; a gifted musician and talented author; and an award-winning artist, painter, sculptor, and furniture designer who invented his own unique approach to design drawing coined the “tilt-up.” His legacy within the College of Art & Design includes four endowed scholarships, annually awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional design talent in architecture, art, interior design, and landscape architecture.
In 2015, Torre Design Consortium celebrated its 35th anniversary. In that time, the firm has completed zoological planning and exhibit designs totaling more than $1 billion. Eighty-five percent of the firm’s projects have been outside of Louisiana. The zoos Ace has designed are frequently ranked within the top 10 in the country by Trip Advisor, including the Memphis Zoo, which has held the number one spot and was ranked sixth in 2014.
Ace Torre was honored with an LSU College of Art & Design’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.