Architect Allen Eskew Receives 2013 LSU College of Art & Design Distinguished Alumni Award
BATON ROUGE – New Orleans Architect Allen Eskew, who received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the LSU College of Art & Design in 1971, recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2013. Eskew was also the speaker at the college’s spring commencement exercises.
“The LSU School of Architecture is proud to claim Allen as one of our graduates,” said director Jori Erdman. “With his long record of design excellence in the built environment of Louisiana and the nation, he defines what it means to be a distinguished alumni from the College of Art & Design.”
With his New Orleans-based practice, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Eskew has earned a national reputation for excellence in architectural design and urban strategies with projects ranging from riverfront development plans to intimate, meditative chapels. He has been involved in civic and cultural development as well as waterfront revitalization in Louisiana for more than 30 years. His proudest achievements, he said, are “the ongoing stability of our firm, the vibrancy of its creative studio and our continued interest in creating community and fostering cultural diversity.”
Eskew said that his inspiration for giving back to the College of Art & Design is his personal commitment to the power and influence of academic mentorship.
“Key professors in the School of Architecture gave me my earliest grounding and curiosity for the fundamentals of design,” he said. “The care and encouragement I received from my first studio instructor, Professor Gene Metz, was pivotal as he instilled an attitude of optimism. From Professor Jack St. Martin, I was challenged to the power of holistic thinking. And from Professor Robert Heck, a gift of encouragement and endorsement.”
It was Heck who nominated Eskew for a 1969 Historic American Building Survey Fellowship for documenting the architectural fabric of Nantucket Island off the Massachusetts coast, a fellowship which he said altered his personal horizon as he embraced the power of travel and the educational value of preservation studies.
“I continue to support the College of Art & Design at LSU because I am a product of personal mentoring and hope that today’s students are finding similar moments of encouragement that will help to frame their future careers,” said Eskew.
In addition to his undergraduate architecture degree from LSU, Eskew received a master of architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He has lectured widely on the firm’s design-first practice and its regional response to the challenges of rebuilding coastal Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
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