Dean’s Message

Dean Alkis P Tsolakis

“I have spoken of a place; a house and a city as bunches of places—both; of the in between realm as man’s home realm . . . built homecoming.”

—Aldo van Eyck

The College of Art & Design at Louisiana State University is such a “built homecoming.” It is a house and a city and a bunch of places, the home realm of art, architecture, and design and those that serve them. It is a place rich in tradition and vibrant with creativity and innovation. It is a community of diverse people bound by a common vision of a world transformed—made into a better, more beautiful place by art and design.

Here, study is intensive, active and interactive, personal and collaborative. Here, we learn by theory as well as by practice. We develop the technical, intellectual, and spiritual skills for survival in tomorrow’s complex reality and cultivate appreciation of the beauty of the world and respect for all those who live in it.

Our alumni extend the ethos of our college far beyond the boundaries of the university. They continue to “build homecoming” far and wide and join me, along with our faculty, students, and staff, in a warm Louisiana welcome.

Dean Alkis P. Tsolakis