LSU architecture spotlighted in new book
Author Dr. J. Michael Desmond looks at the buildings on LSU's campus in new book.
BATON ROUGE –- Author, LSU professor and architect J. Michael Desmond traces the university’s development, including a wealth of photographs, plans, drawings and maps that underscore the contributions of key historical figures and the genealogies of the campus’ architecture and planning. In “The Architecture of LSU,” Desmond meticulously details the origins and evolution of LSU’s architectural core. By exploring the fundamentals of American college campus design, Desmond shows the far-reaching rewards of public environments that integrate natural and constructed elements to meet both practical and aesthetic goals.
When compared to other campuses, Desmond said LSU's architecture consistently receives praise and recognition. When viewed from the technical vantage point of an architect, the discerning eye of an artist, or sociocultural perspective of a historian, the remarkable buildings of LSU reveal not only a legacy that goes back to the Renaissance but also a primer of architectural principles that guided the creation of one of the most unique academic environments in the United States.
"[LSU] architect Theodore Link intended for the campus to instill a set of values and inspire, so that when students returned home after their time at LSU, they would bring those values with them" said Desmond, who noted that the original design for LSU's current campus was based loosely on Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia.
Desmond has taught architectural history and design for 25 years. An architect, he earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his master’s degree of architecture in urban design from Harvard University, and his bachelor’s degree of architecture from LSU.
“The Architecture of LSU” is available in May from LSU Press. Desmond will hold a book signing event on Tuesday, May 14, from 5-7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at LSU, located on the corner of Highland Road and Raphael Semmes Drive.