BLA Louisiana State University
MLA Harvard Graduate School of Design
PhD University of New Orleans
Lake Douglas, PhD, FASLA, is professor of landscape architecture and associate dean of research and development at the LSU College of Art & Design. He received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from LSU, a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a PhD in Urban Studies/Urban History from the University of New Orleans. His dissertation investigated 19th-century horticultural commerce in New Orleans as an agency of community cohesion, and his current research involves documenting cultural landscapes of the Gulf South through investigations of public spaces, domestic gardens, people, and written evidence. Other areas of interest include enhancing communities through cultural development, using research skills to inform design strategies, and developing communication skills in design through effective writing. Douglas is also actively involved in grassroots efforts to enhance and increase public open space in New Orleans. A licensed landscape architect, Douglas has published numerous articles; books and book chapters; critical essays; and reviews in national and international anthologies, professional journals, and popular publications about diverse topics within the design disciplines, and his writings have received national and regional recognition. Public Spaces, Private Gardens: A History of Designed Landscapes in New Orleans (2011) received honor awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and its Louisiana chapter, together with the Williams Award from the Louisiana Historical Association. Steward of the Land: Selected Writings of Nineteenth-Century Horticulturist Thomas Affleck appeared in 2014, and his most recent book is Buildings of New Orleans (2018) with Karen Kingsley. Douglas is also series editor of Reading the American Landscape for LSU Press.