Coleman Partners Architects and LSU School of Architecture Sponsor Lecture by Architectural Historian Cammy Brothers

Cammy Brothers, “Architecture and Empire in Southern Spain”
Wednesday, September 25, 4:30 p.m. | LSU Design Building, Room 103
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Coleman Partners Architects LLC, an architecture firm based in Baton Rouge, and the LSU School of Architecture are sponsoring a lecture by University of Virginia Associate Professor Cammy Brothers at the LSU College of Art + Design. The lecture is part of the 2013–14 College of Art + Design Lecture Series.

CammyBrothers_lowresCammy Brothers is the Valmarana Associate Professor of architectural history and Director of the Venice Program at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Her lecture, “Architecture and Empire in Southern Spain,” is free and open to the public and will be held in the auditorium of the Design Building on the LSU campus at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25.

Brothers received an AB from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, an MA from the Courtauld Institute at the University of London, and a PhD from Harvard University. She was a Fulbright Fellow and a recipient of the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. She has also received fellowships from the Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, where she was a 2010–11 Senior Fellow.

Brothers is the author of Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture (Yale University Press, 2008), which won the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. She is currently working on a book on Giuliano de Sangallo’s drawings of the ruins of Rome.

Brothers’s research and publications focus on architectural drawing, artistic exchange around the Mediterranean, Renaissance theories of architecture and literature, and interaction between the practices of painting, architecture, and sculpture. Brothers teaches lecture courses on Italian Renaissance and Mediterranean architecture and on Rome, Venice, and Istanbul. Her seminars have considered topics such as architecture and urbanism in Renaissance Rome, architecture and painting, Venice, ruins in the Renaissance, Renaissance drawing, and theory and methods of architectural history.

In her lecture, “Architecture and Empire in Southern Spain,” Brothers will discuss the construction of new palaces in and around Granada and Seville following the re-conquest of Granada in 1492. The new Christian elite had to develop an architectural language appropriate to their expanded empire in a politically charged environment. The result—a surprising combination of Islamic and Italian modes of building—manifests the collision of style and ideology.

The LSU College of Art + Design Lecture Series expands the learning environment for students by encouraging a spirit of artistic risk-taking through the examples of others, exciting an appetite for thinking and making and nurturing the capacity to create. The lecture series also reaffirms the college’s land-grant mission while increasing cultural capital through service to the Louisiana community through a distinctive public-education program. Since the inception of the lecture series in 1999, the College of Art + Design has hosted more than 164 guest lecturers sponsored by LSU’s schools of architecture, art, and landscape architecture, and alumni, corporations, and generous individuals.

The LSU School of Architecture and the College of Art + Design gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship from Coleman Partners Architects that makes possible this important guest lecture by Cammy Brothers, and the support from the Baton Rouge chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIABR). And, thanks to the support from the Baton Rouge chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIABR), architects who attend the School of Architecture lectures can receive one hour of continuing education credit. The lecture will be particularly appealing to architecture students and students of art history, painting and drawing, and sculpture, as well as designers, architects, and artists from Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.

“Coleman Partners thoroughly enjoys being a part of the lecture series because it allows the students to meet and interface with noted professionals. Additionally, the lecture series allows the community at large to engage with the students and faculty at the College of Art + Design and to get a glimpse of what the future may hold for our profession as well as the communities we serve,” said Marvin “Buddy” Ragland Jr., Architect, AIA, and principal of Coleman Partners Architects.

For more information about the LSU College of Art + Design Lecture Series and to view the complete 2013–14 schedule, visit

About Coleman Partners Architects, LLC
Throughout its 60 year history, Coleman Partners Architects, LLC has prided itself in placing service first in all of its commissions. The firm is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a branch office in Houston, Texas. The firm provides services over a wide geographical area including the Gulf Coast, West Coast, the Caribbean Basin, and the northeast United States. Services provided in house include architecture, master planning, and interior design, and Coleman Partners Architects provides a variety of consultant services. The firm provides designs for all building types but places special emphasis on hospitality design, educational design, office design, religious design, and master planning. For more information about Coleman Partner Architects, LLC, visit

AIABR_webAbout American Institute of Architects Baton Rouge
Based in Washington, D.C., the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. The Baton Rouge chapter of AIA was officially established, with the granting of its charter by AIA, in 1949. Current membership in AIABR exceeds 180 members. For more information about AIABR, visit

About LSU School of Architecture
LSU School of Architecture students develop a solid foundation of traditional design, hand building, and drawing skills and learn to use computer and technological resources. The architecture program at LSU provides a balance between broadening educational experiences and discipline-focused coursework. In addition to learning how to make buildings, students develop a sense of professionalism and leadership in shaping the world by learning how to see, think, and act creatively. For more information, visit

About LSU College of Art + Design
The LSU College of Art + Design supports programs in studio art, art history, architecture, graphic design, interior design, and landscape architecture. The college brings together a focus on creativity and expression, talented faculty, specialized concentration areas, outstanding studio and gallery spaces, and a connection to the community to create a dynamic program. For more information, visit

Angela Harwood
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LSU College of Art + Design
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