Traci Birch, PhD, AICP
Interim Managing Director
Assistant Professor in the LSU School of Architecture
- Nick Jenisch
- Alessandra Jerolleman
- Traci Birch, PhD, AICP Interim Managing Director
PARTNERS + SPONSORS
- Louisiana Sea Grant
Louisiana is fighting on two fronts, facing dramatically increased flood risk along the coast as well as from riverine flooding in upland communities, as illustrated by the flooding of 2016. Reducing risk to the built environment requires a multi-pronged approach in which the capacity of design professionals is built concurrently with the development of a market for resilient construction, driven by consumer demand, community education, and changes to the regulatory environment. A state with so much flood risk must grow resilience capacity within, rather than rely on outside expertise.
LURAC is an effort to build a network across Louisiana that unites all six architecture, landscape architecture and planning programs through studio-based education around resilient building and community design. Faculty from each institution have met over the past two years to shape the collaborative, culminating in its kickoff in the Fall of 2018. Throughout the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters, each program has committed to designating a design studio or seminar related to LURAC educational themes and goals, allowing students in each institution to benefit from common resources, ongoing dialogue with their peers, and by sharing the results of their research and design.