Kristen K. Mauch (née Kelsch), NCARB, has been named Associate Dean of Student Services for the LSU College of Art & Design. Mauch is an Associate Professor of Practice in the LSU School of Architecture. She received her BA in History of Art and Architecture and Classical Civilization from Boston University and her Master of Architecture from LSU. Since joining the LSU faculty in 2010, Mauch has taught in both the Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture programs. Prior to her appointment as associate dean, she served as the School of Architecture’s undergraduate coordinator and spearheaded the LSU Architecture Camp, a residential summer camp for high school students. Mauch is also a licensed architect in the state of Louisiana and serves as the Architect Licensing Advisor for LSU.
Mauch’s research focuses on design pedagogy and beginning design education. She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Water Literacy Project, an environmental education nonprofit that builds water literacy through in-school instruction. She currently serves as Ripple Effect’s Director of Operations and Strategic Partnerships and oversees two National Academy of Sciences-funded projects for elementary and high school students in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
As Associate Dean of Student Services, Mauch will engage with architecture, art, landscape architecture, and interior design students in addition to assisting with undergraduate student recruitment.
“Supporting students, current and prospective, is what drew me to administration in the first place. I am thrilled to have an opportunity to work with students across the College of Art & Design,” she said.