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Louisiana State University

August 26, 2011

Assoc. Professor Ursula Emery McClure, FAAR, AIA, LEED AP has received 2 grants for the 2011-2012 academic year to investigate Fort Proctor, Lake Borgne, LA. The grants, totaling $76,860 combined will document, investigate, and speculate design projects for the reoccupation of proposed reconstructed landscapes and the parameters for preservation (building, environment, landscape, and infrastructure) within systems of reconstruction and/or degradation. One grant was issued from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund and the other from the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio.

Assistant Professor, Frank Melendez, gave workshops this summer on Non-Linear Architecture and Parametric Design in an Advanced Design Studio at Tsinghua University, School of Architecture in Beijing, China. The workshops were made possible with help from Architectural Association School of Architecture and were sponsored by Gehry Technologies. The workshops focused on the study and investigation of complex geometry, performance, material, and structure, through the use and implementation of parametric and algorithmic processes. The projects focused on bottom up design procedures, resulting in complex, self-organizing and emergent systems and design solutions, based on simple rules.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Associate Professor Julian White after a long battle with cancer.  Julian was a member of the School of Architecture Faculty at Louisiana State University from 1971 until his retirement in 2003.  After completing a Master of Architecture degree program at the University of Illinois, he returned to Baton Rouge to become the Institution’s first black faculty member.   He was the second licensed black architect in Louisiana, and he maintained an architectural practice until his death.  Early in his career he taught at Tuskegee University and worked for the architecture firm of Caudill Rowlett & Scott. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and served on the Louisiana Board of Architectural Examiners as well as the regional board of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Professor White always had high expectations of himself as a teacher and he expected no less of his students.  He will be greatly missed.

Professor Barrett Kennedy retired emeritus in 2011 after twenty-one years at Louisiana State University School of Architecture. Professor Kennedy was active with numerous research grants in cultural heritage and historical preservation in the State. He established the CADGIS computer lab at Louisiana State University in the College of Art and Design with research grants. CADGIS has become a research arm of the faculty, a digital classroom, and an all-purpose printing and computer center for students. Although he is retiring he will continue advocacy work with the nationally recognized nonprofit Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics doing advocacy, research, and education programs (; and serve on the board George Wright Society (, an international nonprofit association of researchers, managers, administrators, educators who work on behalf of the scientific and heritage values of protected areas. Currently, he has research projects with the National Park Service and Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism working on disaster planning/response/recovery-related issues and the documentation of threatened heritage resources.


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