Haley Blakeman, FASLA, has been named the new associate director of the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. She holds the Suzanne L. Turner Professorship as an assistant professor of landscape architecture. Blakeman received her BLA from LSU and her Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the University of New Orleans. She is a licensed landscape architect and a certified planner, with over 20 years of professional experience.
Prior to teaching at LSU, Blakeman was the vice president for the Center for Planning Excellence, where she helped define organizational strategy in order to maximize the non-profit’s impact, oversee workflow and optimize staff productivity. She has practiced urban planning and landscape architecture at a variety of scales, from comprehensive planning to detail site design. She has been involved at all levels of design from concept to construction details, project and client management, and the creation and direction of a for-profit implementation program for a private non-profit. Throughout her career, Blakeman’s design work has incorporated both natural systems and community engagement into every project despite the scale or location. Her varied work experience has given her a variety of perspectives and the context needed to be a creative problem solver.
Blakeman has a progressive view of the role of landscape architects as community leaders and is passionate about communicating our profession’s value on local boards and committees, in universities and schools, and nationally through the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
She is nationally recognized for her leadership in the profession and has served the ASLA at the national level as the vice president of communications, chapter president council chair, annual meeting host committee co-chair, and on various committees. She has also served the local chapter as the chapter president and involved committee member.
Blakeman was recognized as one of Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” and Baton Rouge Area Leadership.