"This semester I had the pleasure of studying community engagement with Professor Lake Douglas. His lessons encouraged me to inform my designs with a variety of information: GIS layers, site observations, interview comments and observation sketches. I enjoyed mixing hand and computer-generated graphics... and generally appreciated the opportunity to document a part of New Orleans history and culture."
--Chadd Hippensteel, MLA '19
Lake Douglas, PhD, ASLA, is a professor of landscape architecture and associate dean of research and development at the LSU College of Art & Design. He received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from LSU, a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a PhD in Urban Studies/Urban History from the University of New Orleans. His current research involves documenting cultural landscapes of the Gulf South through investigations of public spaces, domestic gardens, people, and written evidence. Douglas is actively involved in grassroots efforts to enhance and increase public open space in New Orleans. A licensed landscape architect, Douglas has published numerous articles; books and book chapters; critical essays; and reviews in national and international anthologies, professional journals, and popular publications, receiving regional and national awards. He most recently co-authored the book Buildings of New Orleans (2018) with Karen Kingsley of Tulane University.