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Lake Douglas Fall ’22 Commencement Speaker, To Retire

Lake Douglas, PhD, ASLA, is the LSU College of Art & Design fall commencement 2022 ceremony speaker. Associate dean of research and development and associate professor of landscape architecture at the College of Art…

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Design Building Renamed Julian T. White Hall

Julian T. White Hall, formerly the Design Building, has been renamed to honor Julian T. White, the second Black licensed architect in the state of Louisiana. White was also LSU’s first Black professor who…

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Annual Report 2021-22

The College of Art & Design Annual Report 2021-2022 is live! Check out the digital publication with videos & links to stories from the year.

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The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture

The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture has an established international reputation as one of America’s leading and consistently top-ranked programs. The school offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and the Master of Landscape Architecture. For more than 70 years, the program has produced landscape architects who practice all over the world and participate in the full spectrum of the discipline.

Laurel leaves framing "Top 3" Text: "TOP 3 Program in the United States for over 10 years"

#1 undergraduate program in the nation in 2019 according to DesignIntelligence magazine
100% of BLA 2018 students employed before graduation thanks to our vast alumni network
75+ scholarships & financial aid totaling more than $100,000 awarded to students annually

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See what our landscape architecture students have been creating.

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Student in military wear by posters at lsu landscape architecture final reviews
Second-year ROTC student presents his final project.
lsu landscape architecture professor bruce sharky speaks to students in garden
Professor Bruce Sharky takes the studio outside.
lsu landscape architecture students at computers
lsu landscape architecture faculty works with student in white LSU baseball cap
Professor Kevin Risk with a student in studio
Female student in turquoise shirt in lecture audience
Students attend a lecture by a visiting landscape architecture professional.
LSU landscape architecture students take notes in park setting as Professor Fryling speaks to group
Landscape students learn how to identify plants in the landscape.
lsu landscape architecture students in studio
The studio environment encourages open discussions between fellow students and instructors.
closeup of model of terrain with trees, lsu landscape architecture student work
Students learn to design models of their work.
lsu hilltop arboretum plant sale
The LSU Hilltop Arboretum hosts biannual plant sales.
software of aerial modeling on computer screen
Students learn how to use design software as well as develop hand-drawing skills.
lsu robert reich courtyard
The Robert Reich Courtyard is located outside the Design Building.
lsu landscape architecture studio environment
Students have access to studios 24-hours a day.
Female student presents work, poster on wall
Students pin-up and present their work at the end of each semester during final reviews.
Students work with soil
Advanced Topics Studios allow students to travel.
professor practices Chinese calligraphy
Professor Bruce Sharky learns calligraphy during an Advanced Topics Studio trip to China.
Factory assembly line
Fourth-year students visited the Delta Pride Catfish processing facility during a field studies trip.
group makes models at lsu landscape architecture dredgefest 2014
The school hosted DredgeFest workshops. Landscape architecture faculty and graduate students from across the country participated.
closeup of model
During the DredgeFest 2014 workshops hosted by the schools, students and researchers built responsive terrain models.
students in rural outdoors
The DredgeFest Symposium was held in New Orleans in 2014. Students participated in field trips across southeast Louisiana.
Students in coats outside in Alaska
Student's in Professor Sharky's Advanced Topics Studio visited Denali National Park in Alaska.
American and Chinese students pose in a row
Fifth-year students traveled to Chengdu, China, to work with landscape students at Sichuan Agricultural University.
Students on Great Wall of China, mountains in background
LSU students pose for an "album cover" at the Great Wall of China.
Group in rural Chinese setting, rice patty fields in background
Students visit the agricultural village of Ya'an in China for an Advanced Topics Studio project.
3d printed terrain models
Students learn to use 3D printing technology as a tool for printing terrain models.
Students on stone wall during lsu landscape architecture spring intersession programs
The landscape architecture program offers multiple opportunities for students to travel and study abroad.
Group of students in Alaskan nature
Fifth-year undergrad and third-year grad students visited Alaska for an Advanced Topics Studio project.
LSU landscape architecture advanced topics studio students gather bundles of grasses in Asian setting
Students learn to thresh rice in China for an agricultural tourism project.
Student presents to reviewers
Students present their designs for the reimagined Biloxi beachfront.
lsu students and faculty at the american academy in rome courtyard
Students visit the American Academy in Rome during the College of Art & Design in Rome study abroad program.
lsu in rome program students on steps, black and white photo
Students ascend the steps of the Capitoline Hill during a study abroad trip to Rome.
Students with bikes by overpass in Oakland
Students visit Oakland, California, for a synthetic urban ecologies project.
Crowd at lsu art and design networking day
Hiring professionals and firms participate in Art & Design Networking Day each spring.
group presentation at lsu landscape architecture final reviews
Guest critics from across the country participate in final reviews.
Group walking down rural road in the rain, misty forest in background
Students worked with the National Park Service on a project for Denali National Park in Alaska.
two smiling female graduates at LSU commencement
Landscape architecture graduate students at May 2014 commencement
Group on terrace in downtown city
The program's vast alumni network supports a variety of internship opportunities around the world.
Students in purple robes applaud at graduation
Most of our graduates are employed prior to graduation!
Line of people seated in black robes and caps at graduation ceremony
Tropical garden at twilight, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
Lewis Aqüi (BLA '88) is president, principal, and owner of LA2d in Miami.
Star-shaped pool in lush courtyard, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
LA2d specializes in exquisite residential estates, boutique hotels, and parks throughout Florida and the Caribbean.
Professor in blue visor, historic white Greek island buildings in background
Beloved Professor Max Conrad led landscape architecture alumni on a trip to the Aegean.
lsu landscape architecture alumni group, Peru mountains in background
Professor Max Conrad led RRSLA alumni on a fieldtrip to Peru in 2012.
illuminated bridge at night, park and city skyline in background
As principal in charge at Design Workshop Austin, Claire Hempel (BLA 02)worked on the Urban Houston Framework Plan.
Lush park with people walking on path through trees. lsu landscape architecture alumni work
Claire Hempel (BLA 02) of Design Workshop Austin helped master plan the "Horse Farm" in Lafayette.
lsu landscape architecture alumni at football game
Alan Mumford (BLA '82), Jim Richards (BLA '78), and Tim Orlando (BLA '83) return annually to New Orleans for a Saints football game.
lsu landscape architecture alumni in Moroccan desert
Josh Brooks (BLA '12) on site in Morocco. Brooks is a project designer at the Design Workshop in Denver.
lsu landscape architecture alumni at the Chimes restaurant by LSU campus
Members of the landscape architecture Class of 1982 reunite at the Chimes.
lsu landscape architecture alum Doug Reed in office
Doug Reed (BLA '78), principal of Reed Hilderbrand Associates, with the LSU Foundation Arches.
lsu landscape architecture alum portrait, black and white
Evan Mather (BLA '93) is an independent filmmaker and landscape architect based in Los Angeles.
Bridge design, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
Evan Mather's (BLA '93) films explore issues of landscape, place, and memory and span multiple genres.
Pool in modern garden, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
Doug Reed (BLA '78) of Reed Hilderbrand received an ASLA Honor Award for his firm's work on the Greenlee House in Dallas, Texas.
gardens in California, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
The Office of James Burnett (BLA '83) designed Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage, CA.
Rows of cacti in garden, lsu landscape architecture alumni design
Sunnylands Center & Gardens, designed by the Office of James Burnett (BLA '83)
Garden path through plants and trees, lsu landscape architecture alumni design
Sunnylands Center & Gardens, designed by alumni James Burnett (BLA '83)
Reflecting pool by modern white building. lsu landscape architecture alumni design
Sunnylands Center & Garden, designed by James Burnett (BLA '83)
Aerial view of botanical garden with lakes, lsu landscape architecture alumni design
Jeff Carbo (BLA '85) Landscape Architects designed the Shangri La Botanical Garden in Orange, Texas.
Lake with floating trees, lsu landscape architecture alumni design
Shangri La Botanical Gardens is a world-class facility located in Orange, Texas, designed by Jeffrey Carbo (BLA' 85).
Tree-lined boarded path, lsu landscape architecture alumni design
Jeff Carbo (BLA '85) designed Shangri La Gardens in Orange, Texas.
Alum Ace Torre by elephants
Ace Torre (BLA '71) prepares to ride elephants to track rhinos, tigers, and bears in Nepal.
Tiger habitat, lsu landscape architecture alumni design
Ace Torre (BLA '71) has designed master plans and exhibit spaces for 40+ zoos and acquariums (Memphis Zoo).
Simulation of zoo design, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
The reptile complex at Zoo Atlanta was designed by LSU alumnus Ace Torre (BLA '71).
Lush Amazon exhibit in greenhouse, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
Ace Torre of Torre Design Consortium is one of the country's leading experts in zoological and interpretive planning and exhibit design.
group of lsu landscape architecture alumni
Landscape architecture alumni and friends Jim Ribes, Bill Reich, and Kurt Culbertson
Aerial view of Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
Nathan Elliott (BLA '04) is principal of the Office of James Burnett's Solana Beach office and designed Myriad Botanical Gardens in OKC.
Aerial simulation of residential streets on mountainside; lsu landscape architecture alumni work
An aerial view of Josh Brooks's (BLA '12) plan for an area in downtown Denver.
lsu landscape architecture alumni work: simulated city promenade with red trees in autumn
Josh Brooks (BLA '12), a project designer at the Design Workshop in Denver, worked on a site development plan for a space in Morocco.
lsu landscape architecture alum keith leblanc in studio
Keith LeBlanc (BLA '79) is a principal of Keith LeBlanc Landscape Architecture, Inc., a design studio in Boston.
Illustration of Lafitte Greenway, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
Kurt Culbertson (BLA '76) was lead designer and landscape architect for the Lafitte Greenway in New Orleans.
Simulation of green space in city, lsu landscape architecture alumni design
Doug Reed's (BLA '78) firm Reed Hilderbrand designed the Urban Grove at Central Wharf Plaza in Boston.
park grove, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
Urban Grove at Central Wharf Plaza, designed by Reed Hilderbrand Associates
Simulation of park design, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
Doug Reed's (BLA '78) firm Reed Hilderbrand won an ASLA Honor Award for their work on the Urban Grove at Central Wharf Plaza.
Gulf-side promenade, lsu landscape architecture alumni design
Seth Rodewald-Bates (MLA '05) helped design North Bay Front Park in Corpus Christi, Texas, for Sasaki Associates.
modern glass building, alumni design
Long Beach Courthouse photo by Robb Williamson (BLA '92), a location photographer specializing in design portraits.
Aerial view of green space, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
Exxon Mobil Gypsum Stack photo by Robb Williamson (BLA '92)
lsu landscape architecture alum at table in studio
Tim Orlando (BLA 1983) in his office at Sawyer|Berson in New York City
Church with stained glass window, lsu landscape architecture alumni work
"Resurrection" stained-glass installation at Albert Catholic Church, Austin, TX, designed by Jeff Smith (BLA 1977)
Rendering of a coastal city design
Marsa Zayed in Aquaba, Jordan by Noel Aveton (BLA 1995), director of Callison
lush garden pots on patio
Rhett Keller (BLA 1996) is vice president of Shipes Landscaping, Inc.