J. Michael Desmond’s “The Architecture of LSU” Details the Origins and Evolution of LSU’s Campus

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.

For more information, contact Erin Rolfs at 225-578-8282 or erolfs@lsu.edu or visit http://lsupress.org/.

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013