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Kit Matthew Named to the National Council on the Humanities

LSU Doctor of Design Distinguished Fellow Kit Matthew was nominated by President Biden to the National Council on the Humanities, an advisory board to the National Endowment for The Humanities.

The new Council members, Beverly Gage, Vanessa Northington Gamble, David Hajdu, and Kathryn Matthew were nominated by President Biden in April and October 2021 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2022. Read more.

As the Doctor of Design Distinguished Fellow, Dr. Matthew was appointed by the Dean of the College of Art & Design to reflect significant professional accomplishments in the fields of cultural history and preservation; museum studies or administration; design of built works; or other areas relevant to the College of Art & Design’s curricula and mission.

Kit Matthew

Read more about Dr. Matthew’s background and research interests.

The LSU Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation program, launched in 2017, is one of the only programs of its kind at a public university in the United States. Doctor of Design candidates examine the many ways in which the study, preservation, and enhancement of cultural initiatives and resources benefit the economy of communities and the quality of life for their residents. The multidisciplinary degree was created to meet increasing demands for advanced training and experimentation in the management and preservation of cultural heritage.

Tom Sofranko Receives 2022 Honor Award

Tom SofrankoThe College of Art & Design presented the 2022 Honor Award to Tom Sofranko, associate dean of academic services, at the commencement ceremony May 20, 2022. Sofranko has taught architecture at LSU for over 20 years.

As the college’s commencement speaker for the Class of 2022 he said to students, “We’re artists and designers. We recreate the world.”

Sofranko is a professor of the LSU School of Architecture and the associate dean of academics of the LSU 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. Sofranko received his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture 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 as well as the geography of the region led him to LSU. He is a full member of the graduate faculty and primarily teaches design studios in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. His research has been a combination of architectural design projects and scholarly papers with a focus on 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 20 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 Summer Camp for high school students and is interested in using the camp as a tool for recruiting minority students.

In 2022 he will step down from his role as associate dean to fully devote himself as a faculty member in the School of Architecture.

College of Art & Design Awards Honors to Class of 2022

The LSU College of Art & Design held the Class of 2022 Honors Ceremony on May 18, 2022, recognizing the academic achievements of graduating students. Honorees:

University Medal Recipients

Noah Adams
Kaylee Cummings
Heath Moser

Dean’s Medal Recipients

School of Architecture

Lucy Bui, BArch
Arzu Sevinc, MArch

School of Art

Kyra Jackson, BFA
Paul Acevedo Gomez, MFA

School of Interior Design

Noah Adams, BID

Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture

Cana Boudreaux, BLA
Matthew Hughes, MLA

Doctor of Design

Richard Doubleday, DDes

Tau Sigma Delta Members and Latin Honors

School of Architecture

Nicholas Bertucci, Summa Cum Laude
Kelly Garrett, Cum Laude
Hayden Lake
Andie Ottenweller, Summa Cum Laude
Katherine Rovira, Summa Cum Laude
Taylor Saxena, Cum Laude
Caroline Scheuermann, Summa Cum Laude

School of Art

Nnamdi Anyaele
Ila Bordelon-Walker, Magna Cum Laude
Trent Bult
JaNiece Campbell, Cum Laude
Rachel Cochran, Cum Laude
Kaylee Cummings, Summa Cum Laude
Ariana Dalmau, Summa Cum Laude
Ashley Foto, Cum Laude
Alexa Gutowski, Magna Cum Laude
Anna Herbert, Summa Cum Laude
Kyra Jackson, Cum Laude
Jenna Johnson Lloyd, Cum Laude
Coby Naquin, Magna Cum Laude
Robert Nguyen, Summa Cum Laude
Chloe Smith, Magna Cum Laude
Anna Kathryn Souther, Summa Cum Laude

School of Interior Design

Noah Adams, Summa Cum Laude
Mallory Charlet
Chelsey Collins, Magna Cum Laude
Morgan Curtis, Magna Cum Laude
Marigny DeBlanc, Summa Cum Laude
Caroline Hebert, Cum Laude
Kenah Kepper, Magna Cum Laude
Nghi Pham, Cum Laude

Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture

Alyssa Catanese
Keeley McCutcheon, Cum Laude
Heath Moser, Summa Cum Laude
Elizabeth Volden, Summa Cum Laude
Chad Wilkins, Cum Laude


Harmon and Serrano Study Historic Rosedown

Landscape architecture assistant professors Brendan Harmon and Nicholas Serrano are working on a project to document Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville, supported by a grant from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund. The landscape architecture faculty and students are using 3D scanning of heritage landscapes, using terrestrial laser scanning and drone photogrammetry to survey the historic Louisiana site.

Rosedown is a two hundred acre site in St. Francisville, Louisiana with the well preserved remains of an antebellum plantation dating from 1834 including the main house, ancillary buildings, and formal gardens.

“The point cloud of Rosedown was created using terrestrial laser scanning with a Faro Focus and drone photogrammetry with a DJI Matrice 600 Pro with Zenmuse X5 camera,” Harmon said.

The project was lead by Brendan Harmon and Nicholas Serrano. The team included Josef Horacek, Sasha Matthieu, William Conrad, Javier Zamora, Matthew Cranney, and Ming Li. This project was supported by the LSU Center for GeoInformatics and LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio 

Read more.

College of Art & Design Has Record 19 LSU Distinguished Communicators

During May 2022 Commencement, 70 graduates across eight colleges will receive the LSU Distinguished Communicator Medal. Recipients of this honor are outstanding writers and speakers, with a strong command of visual literacy and technological communication. They have earned high GPAs in their communication-intensive courses throughout their baccalaureate years, sought 1-1 mentorships with faculty and have built websites that display their communication competencies and professional talents, both in and beyond the classroom. LSU Distinguished Communicators also graduate with the LSU Communicator Certificate, launched in Fall 2018. 

To celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional students, CxC will be hosting a medal ceremony honoring Distinguished Communicators as well as celebrating them through a series of digital posts on social media and 

This distinction is the first of its kind in the nation and is sponsored by LSU Communication across the Curriculum (CxC), a nationally-recognized program for its excellence in enhancing learning experiences and improving students’ communication skills across all disciplines. As of May 2022 Commencement, LSU has awarded 817 graduates with the Distinguished Communicator Medal.


College of Art & Design 2022 Distinguished Communicator Medalists


Nicholas (Nick) Bertucci, Architecture/Honors

Advisor: Kristen Kelsch


Lucy Bui, Architecture

Advisor: Kristen Kelsch


Reilly Burke, Interior Design

Advisor: Marsha Cuddeback


JaNiece Campbell, Studio Art (Digital Art) and Computer Science

Advisor: Hye Yeon Nam


Morgan Curtis, Interior Design

Advisor: Matthew Dunn


Mary (Michaela) Dunkerley-Offor, Interior Design

Advisor: Matthew Dunn


Catherine Fuller, Interior Design

Advisor: Matthew Dunn


Kelly Garrett, Architecture

Advisor: Kristen Kelsch


Michael Howell, Interior Design

Advisor: Julie Elliott


Bryce Humbrecht, Architecture

Advisor: Tara Street


Benito Juarez Jr., Architecture

Advisor: Traci Birch


Kenah Kepper, Interior Design

Advisor: Phillip Tebbutt


Hayden Lake, Architecture

Advisor: Kristen Kelsch


Justin Malcore, Landscape Architecture

Advisor: Haley Blakeman


Nathan McConnell, Architecture

Advisor: Paul Holmquist


Nghi (Zoey) Pham, Interior Design

Advisor: Tracy Burns


Taylor Saxena, Architecture

Advisor: Kristen Kelsch


Samantha Siliezar, Architecture

Advisor: William Hunter


Chad Wilkins, Landscape Architecture

Advisor: Haley Blakeman

Meet LSU Discover Scholar JaNiece Campbell

JaNiece Campbell, digital art and computer science double major, received the LSU Discover grant twice and was part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates at LSU Center for Computation & Technology. 


JaNiece Campbell, BFA 2022

JaNiece Campbell, BFA 2022 candidate, digital art concentration, is an LSU Discover Scholar who has been applying her skills as an undergraduate researcher. Working with faculty mentor Hye Yeon Nam, associate professor of digital art, Campbell has worked on projects that bridge nature and ecology, computational science, and humanity’s relationship with these fields.

“Between writing web applications that use artificial intelligence and learning to care for a microgreen garden, I’ve picked up a lot of varied skills!” She said.

Digital art was the perfect major for Campbell’s dual artistic and technical interests. “I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, and I’ve loved computers for just as long,” she said. “Digital art is the natural marriage of those two things, so the decision was very easy! It also provided a nice mirror to my computer science background, as I learned to join my artistic eye with my programming knowledge.”

In her years studying at LSU, Campbell has learned that there is far more to digital art than she knew initially. I love how cutting-edge and multidisciplinary everything is!” She said. “There’s always something new to learn. When I came in, I was set on doing only character art and animation, but then I discovered creative coding (thanks to Dr. Nam’s class) and unique possibilities in art pipelines and interactive art.”

Campbell was awarded an LSU Discover Grant in 2021 for her research project studying pandemic responses. “The first project was titled ‘Code to Cope,’ a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) based response to student anxieties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently we’re working something very similar, but more so dealing with nature and ecology.”

“Whether it be research, extracurricular projects, or just career advice, my professors were always there for me.”

This semester she was awarded another LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Program grant for her project “STEM Accessibility through Creative Coding.” These interdisciplinary research projects bring together art and technology to explore real-world challenges.

After graduating this May, Campbell will be interning this summer at Epic Games on the Fortnite team as an Art Pipeline Developer. “I also hope to become more active in the local art scene again by attending local art markets and my own freelance work.”

Campbell offers this advice for future students: explore beyond what you know, and you may find new career possibilities you never dreamed of.

“When I came in to LSU, I very much had a one-track mind in what I wanted to do,” she said. “But I’ve found that saying ‘yes’ to anything that seemed even remotely interesting to me made my artistic world so much wider. Digital art is a big field and doing research with Dr. Nam helped me realize that. I never would have gotten that opportunity if didn’t step out of my comfort zone, so I encourage everyone to explore as much as possible!”

“I just want to thank all of my incredible instructors and classmates that made my time at LSU so unforgettable. I especially want to thank the Digital Art & Design Association, as they’ve allowed me to grow in so many ways.”