About Us

Mid City Studio started in 2012 as an extension of the community design work of William Doran, a Professional in Residence teaching for the School of Architecture at LSU. Realizing a significant need in Mid City Baton Rouge for community engagement, education, and design beyond the confines of academia, Doran began working directly with organizations, businesses, and residents. In 2016, he formed Mid City Studio as a non-profit, community design studio with Creative Placemaker and Artist Lynley Farris, who joined Mid City Studio as Creative Director the same year. Doran now serves as Executive Director. Mid City Studio is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Give us a shout to learn more! info@midcitystudio.org



William Doran, Assoc. AIA

Executive Director


Lynley A. Farris

Creative Director


Board of Directors

Gordon P. Mese

Owner, Garden District Nursery

Justin Lemoine

Vice President
Principle, ELS Landscape Architecture
Co-Founder, Mid City Makers Market

Kelly Maples

Assistant Director, The Red Shoes
Singer / Songwriter and Baton Rouge Native

Haley Blakeman

Director of Implementation,
Center for Planning Excellence

Lucy Perera

Director of Learning Innovation,
Knock Knock Children's Museum