The LSU College of Art & Design has named Brent Fortenberry the new associate dean of research and graduate studies. Fortenberry joins LSU from the Tulane School of Architecture, where he was the director of the historic preservation program.
“We are thrilled to have Brent here to expand and strengthen art and design faculty research,” said Rod Parker, interim dean of the LSU College of Art & Design.
Fortenberry will work with faculty in the LSU School of Architecture, the LSU School of Art, the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, and the LSU School of Interior Design to spearhead research endeavors. As director of graduate studies for the College of Art & Design, he will also direct the Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation program.
Fortenberry’s research and teaching areas include: historic preservation; vernacular architecture; digital documentation; architectural conservation; colonialism; Early Modern Atlantic world; heritage; outreach and education; architectural finish; and analysis and interpretation.
Prior to Tulane, Fortenberry was the associate and interim director of the Texas A&M University College of Architecture Center for Heritage Conservation. He previously served as the associate director for historic preservation, architectural history and archaeological research at the Clemson University Warren Lasch Conservation Center. He holds a B.A. in anthropology from the College of William & Mary, a M.A. in historical archaeology from Bristol University, a M.S. in historic preservation from Clemson University/College of Charleston, and a Ph.D. in archaeology from Boston University. He is also the founder and principal of Heritage Resource Management Consultants, LLC.
Fortenberry joins the faculty of the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture.