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Hanbury-Evans Designs Residential Colleges for LSU

[Social space for LSU's new Graham Residential Colleges is organized around a piazza and preserved wild oaks. Rendering by Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company] — My colleague Deborah Marquardt of the architectural firm of Hanbury-Evans is working on some exciting residential college plans for Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She has passed on this description of the project:

Renewed interest in residential colleges has at its core a sense that the modern, complex university experience exceeds an appropriately scaled learning community and that competition for excellent students means having to offer a more holistic and engaging learning environment. Louisiana State University is taking this to heart with the new Graham Residential College complex, expected to open in 2006. This project is the first implementation of a 15-year housing master plan that supports research that integrating living and learning increase students’ chances for academic success. This new neighborhood, consisting of three residential colleges, is designed by Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas & Company and will be home to 800 students. The colleges have a faculty residence, and the plan employs a hierarchy of green space, which gives each college a private courtyard, spilling into a public green area with a piazza.

You can contact Deborah at for more information. We extend compliments to Deborah and her colleagues for this fine work, and congratulations to Louisiana State University for joining the ranks of collegiate universities—LSU students and faculty will be grateful for many years to come.

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