04/30/2013 02:44 PM
BATON ROUGE – 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.
In “The Architecture of LSU,” author, 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. By meticulously detailing the origins and
evolution of LSU’s architectural core and 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.
“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.
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.
Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013