For architecture students, education is project-based. It happens in the context of the design studio. We work, we test and we make things. Students are given parameters from environmental conditions to social issues and challenged to propose solutions through the representation of architecture. But community-based work means that the design studio moves beyond the edges of a drawing or the walls of the classroom. It gives students an opportunity to envision new ideas with people in their communities that address real issues. At the same time, students engage their design skills to illustrate and test those ideas. The Mid City Studio is made up of 4th and 5th year undergraduate students enrolled in the community-based, service learning studio at LSU under the guidance of Professional in Residence William J. Doran. As a service-learning course, the studio should integrate “meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, encourage lifelong civic engagement, and strengthen communities for the common good.”[1] A quality service-learning experience demonstrates excellence in community service and excellence in education. It should address community needs and build student leadership skills, but also reinforce excellence in design. This studio aims to affect the viability of the Baton Rouge community through thoughtful design, public engagement and collaboration. This fall, the studio has partnered with Letterman's Blue Print and The Walls Project.

Studio Instructor Community Partners
William J. Doran, Assoc. AIA

Letterman's Blue Print
The Walls Project
Southeast Engineers
The Mid City Redevelopment Alliance
The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

2014 Studio
Tan Nguyen
Kason Derks
Dasjon Jordan
Rachel Lagrange
Zoe Ganch
Aimee Richard
George Frangie
Matthew Kenney
Alex M Sorapuru
Nicholas Lauve
Jeremy Nesbit
Jacob Cotton

2013 Studio
Zach Chatelain
Emily Reckenbeil
Ephraim Franklin
Patrick Capella
Carolina Rodriguez
Jasmine Ross
D'Nae Capron
Nathaniel Frank
Carl Lowder
Phuong Le
James Coate
Cole Rhodes
Darrius Coleman
Kevin Kraemer
Andrew Layman
Steven Armstrong
Terin Barrios
Tess Baudry
Meghan Bilski
Chirag Panchal
Joshua White
Jeanette Feinberg
Marcelle Carmouche
Teresa Williams
Austin Sandel
Eva Rodriguez
Mei Ling Chen
Whitley Calloway
Ryan Zeringue
Susana Constenla
Monica Perez
Bryan Raymond
James Joyner
Chris Doiron
Kyron Thompson
Harrison Daigle
Kyle Hymel
Christine Nguyen
Phung Tran
Byron Raymond
LaKeisha Starks
Tyler Detiveaux
Annette Couvillon
Kathryn Seal
Cody Drago
Kyle Treloar

2012 Studio
Lindsay Boley
Matt Harris
Kyle Bennett
Kyle Daroca
Daniel Shaffer
Ryan Johnson
Rongrong Chen
Johnny Johnson
Chelsea Karasoulis
Robin Day
Ashley Webre
Colleen Shannon
Andrew Pharis
Kaitlyn Kehoe
Angela Palmer
Elliot Manuel
Ashley Fetzer
Brendan Boudreau