As I mentioned in my previous post, my background is in Landscape Architecture. I graduated with my BLA from LSU, which just so happens to be one of the best undergraduate programs in the country according to Design Intelligence. I didn't know much about the field of landscape architecture when I signed up for classes after freshman orientation, but I knew I wanted to be somewhere within the College of Art and Design. It turned out to be a perfect fit as I learned way more than just plants. One of the many reasons why the LSU Landscape Architecture program is so badass (for lack of a better term) is due to the emphasis on travel, learning and experiencing other cultures to better inform landscape design (which is more than just plants).
So one of the perks of being a College of Art and Design graduate, I recieve a biannual...maybe quarterly...I don't know...who really keeps up with all their mail these days...copy of the 2015 Winter Quad Magazine. As I was going through it, I found the article Healing Haiti and was really impressed with the relationship growing between LSU and Haiti through the work of Professor Austin Allen (Landscape Arch.) and numerous other professors from differing disciplines. Many people might not be aware of the large Haitian population here in Louisiana and the strong cultural influence Haiti has had on Southern Louisiana, particularly New Orleans.
My boyfriend, who prefers to remain anonymous and will therefore be referred to as the boyfriend, was fortunate enough to go on one of Prof. Allen's first trips to Jacmel, Haiti where they witnessed first hand the astonishing similarities between the built environment in Jacmel and the New Orlean's French Quarter.