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Best In The Business

By Matt Bennett

This fall, the LSU college of Art & Design will host nine distinguished speakers for their 2015 lecture series. From a filmmaker to a landscape architect, a writer to an artist, the eclectic lineup features renowned professionals from all over the spectrum. Free and open to the public, lectures begin at 5 p.m. in the Design Building Auditorium, room 103. Come listen, ask questions, and learn from some of the best in the business.

Eames Demetrios

Wednesday, September 30

In the last 25 years, Eames Demetrios has created over 60 films ranging in topics from homelessness to the design methods of famous architect Frank Gehry. Along with his impressive achievements in film, Demetrios also directs the Eames Office; a company preserving and teaching the ideas of celebrated designers, Charles and Ray Eames.

Keller Easterling

Monday, October 5

Writer, architect, and professor at Yale University, Keller Easterling has given talks all across the world. She has published numerous books including her most recent to date, Extrastatecraft: The Powers of Infrastructure space (Verso, 2014). In it, Easterling takes a closer look at spatial formulas and their far-reaching effects on globalization.

Thomas Woltz

Friday, October 9

In 2013, the Wall Street Journal called Thomas Woltz the Design Innovator of The Year. He holds masters degrees in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture and owns Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. Throughout his career Woltz has routinely fused aesthetics with sustainability for incredibly resourceful designs.

Claude Cormier

Monday, October 19

Claude Cormier grew up on a rural farm, but spent the last two decades living in urban Montreal. His studies range from agronomy at Guelph University to history and theory of design at Harvard and has lectured all over North America. Like his broad background, Cormier and his landscape design team take on a wide array of projects and have been recognized by numerous outlets including the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Montreal Institute for their pivotal work in the field.

Sean Caulfield

Wednesday, October 21

By knocking down barriers between contrary subject matters like the organic and the mechanical, through his art, Sean Caulfield constantly challenges an audience members’ ways of thinking. A Centennial Professor at The University of Alberta, Caulfield’s work can be found in numerous public and private displays including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England and the Houghton Library at Harvard University.

Owen Lang

Monday, October 26

With a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and over 40 years experience in the field, Owen Lang has taken on just about every project imaginable. A 2015-2016 Nadine Carter Russell Endowed Chair, Lang’s professional knowledge ranges from downtown revitalization to resort facility plans and everything in between.

Kathleen Bogaski

Wednesday, November 4

Appointed as the 2015-16 Marie M. Bickham Chair of Landscape Architecture at LSU, Kathleen Bogaski holds a Master of Arts in education from Michigan State University and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan. At her practice, Bogaski Design Studios, Bogaski has worked with The Watershed Conservation Authority in Los Angeles on the Gateway Cities and Rivers Urban Greening Plan. Her expertise centers on creating low-water-consumption designs with emphasis on innovative creative surface-water management techniques.

Dario Robleto

Wednesday, November 11

Named the 2016 Texas State Artist Laureate, Dario Robleto’s artwork has been shown in exhibitions all across the country. Currently Robleto serves as an Artist Research Fellow at Rice University in Houston. In the past, he has lectured at numerous other schools including NYU, and in 2011 became a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow.

Toshiko Mori

Wednesday, November 18

In the past thirty years, Architect Toshiko Mori has taken on a wide variety of projects including the Cambridge Headquarters for the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. Currently she serves as the Robert P. Hubbard Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Throughout the course of her career, Mori’s work has received numerous awards like the prestigious Academy Award in Architecture.

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