FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (9/03)
Louisiana Architects Choose Centenary College for 2003 Patron of Architecture Award
SHREVEPORT, LA – Centenary College is the latest institutional recipient of the Louisiana Architectural Foundation’s Patron of Architecture Award. Centenary President Kenneth L. Schwab accepted the 2003 award from Glenn E. Angelle, chairman of the foundation, during ceremonies Sept. 27 in New Orleans.
Centenary has played a “significant leadership role for almost 100 years in local architecture through the development of a 65-acre campus known for stately buildings, beautifully landscaped grounds and innovative spaces,” Angelle said.
Five Shreveport architects participated in the nomination, which highlighted Centenary projects completed or planned in recent years. The projects are:
Mary Louise Christovich of New Orleans also received the 2003 award at the banquet, which was a part of the American Institute of Architecture/Louisiana annual conference.
Angelle said the Patron of Architecture Award recognizes non-architects or organizations that have significantly exemplified leadership in design issues, which enhance the quality of life and educate the public about the importance and influence of architecture.
Centenary was nominated through the AIA Shreveport and its president, Lauren F. Marchive III. Letters of endorsement were submitted by four other Shreveport architects: Kenneth W. Babin, Mike McSwain, Jesse O. Morgan Jr. and Michael T. Newman.
Among the comments about Centenary:
“Centenary College, the Board of Trustees and Dr. Kenneth Schwab,
President, have taken great care in the development of the college’s
buildings and grounds to create that ‘sense of place’ that
is so important in the establishment of a great institution of higher
learning. And while it is important for the institution, good design is
also important for its students, faculty, and staff and for our population
as a whole.”
“The value good design plays in the day to day experiences of students
and staff is ingrained in the teaching philosophy. Creating interior and
exterior spaces that inspire and enrich campus life are ‘given’
requirements for any design programs at the college. From architecture,
art, and landscape architecture, the college leaders have a vision for
“Centenary College has managed to control the work of many designers
to produce a campus fabric that is homogenous and timely. They have, with
excellent funding and a good understanding of architecture, managed to
produce buildings appropriate to many disciplines.”
“The leadership at the college has shown integrity and concern
toward the growth of the learning environment. They have a genuine passion
to enhance and enrich the quality of life for the students, faculty, staff
and visitors to the college. Under Dr. Schwab’s leadership, the
forward vision of the college is noted in its attempt to preserve the
unique heritage of the existing campus, while including enhancements to
the student life, teaching and physical environments.”
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