Category Archives: Membership Spotlight

Alex Shows, AIA, NCARB

Bold and energetic in both his demeanor and designs, Alex Shows is a licensed Architect at VSG Architects in Southwest Louisiana, and the current President of AIA Southwest Louisiana Chapter. He completed his B.S. in Architectural Studies in 2015 at Louisiana Tech, and earned his Master of Architecture, Summa Cum Laude, at Louisiana Tech in 2016. His academic experience includes the AIA National award-winning Design-Build project, “Larkin Gibbs Pavilion,” located at MedCamps of Louisiana; Alex also earned numerous awards such as the Henry Adams AIA … Continue reading Alex Shows, AIA, NCARB

Ashley Bell Davis, RA, AIA

I am registered architect and entrepreneur who resides and practices in South Louisiana with my professional engineer husband, our 2.5-year-old son and elderly rescue dog. I am a Cajun descendant who was raised in New Iberia by my parents with my fraternal twin sister and younger brother. I am a third-generation graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where I earned my Masters in Architecture in 2011 and was very active in AIAS and Student Government. I started working for various architecture firms in … Continue reading Ashley Bell Davis, RA, AIA

Lance Mathews, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Lance Mathews, AIA earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Louisiana Tech University with Magna Cum Laude Honors in 2009.  Lance was awarded the Certificate of Merit for the excellence in the study of architecture by the AIA.  He has been a designer with Barron, Heinberg & Brocato Architects & Engineers in his hometown of Alexandria for the past 12 years.  He is a LEED accredited professional (BD+C) and has been a registered Architect in the state of Louisiana since 2018.  Upon licensure, Lance became … Continue reading Lance Mathews, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Whitney LeJeune, AIA LEED AP, LSU graduate, hometown – Houma LA

As a student at LSU, I worked for a couple of Baton Rouge firms while in school.  After graduation in 1992, I continued to work for Post Architects for 15 years managing staff and large projects.  In 2007 I joined RHH Architects where I am an associate and project manager.  I have worked on many types of projects – education, ecclesiastical, commercial, research and institutional. Specialties include daycare and K-5 schools. I am a wife and mother of two beautiful children, 15 & 19.  My … Continue reading Whitney LeJeune, AIA LEED AP, LSU graduate, hometown – Houma LA

Richard “Nick” Arcuri, Jr., Assoc. AIA

Nick earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies in 2010 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a focus on arts and humanities, taking as many furniture making and design classes he could. While building custom cabinets and staircases, he was recruited back to his alma mater for his M.Arch and graduated in 2016. During graduate school he interned at Fluidity Design Consultants in Los Angeles working in concept design. He spent his final semester interning at Architects and Builders in Lafayette, La. Since … Continue reading Richard “Nick” Arcuri, Jr., Assoc. AIA

Dominic A. Willard Jr., AIA

A native New Orleanian, Dominic earned his MArch from Tulane University in 2003. Upon graduation, he began practice at Manning Architects. During his career at the firm, Dominic has had the privilege of working on projects spanning numerous market sectors including Transportation, Education, Corporate, Civic, Hospitality and Healthcare and ranging in size from $500 million dollar hotel & casino resorts to small renovation projects with shoestring budgets. Dominic is LEED accredited and has been a registered Architect in the state of Louisiana since 2010. Dominic … Continue reading Dominic A. Willard Jr., AIA

Kathy Desselle Awarded 2018 AIALA Presidential Citation

The Presidential Citation and Medal honors those individuals or non-profit organizations who make special contributions to AIA Louisiana. This year’s recipient is someone who has been a quintessential member of the staff of AIA Louisiana since 1983.  For 35 years, Kathy Desselle’s commitment to the growth and development of the AIA has been amply demonstrated by her unconditional dedication to success in every responsibility she has undertaken. Kathy joined the staff in Baton Rouge as a part-time receptionist and word processor.  In 1987, she became … Continue reading Kathy Desselle Awarded 2018 AIALA Presidential Citation

Ashlie Latiolais, AIA

Ashlie teaches studios and seminar courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the ULL School of Architecture and Design. She was most recently awarded the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture ‘New Faculty Teaching Award’ and BUILD Magazine’s ‘Women in Build Award’. Ashlie earned her Masters of Architecture from UL Lafayette in 2007 where she began to practice at Abel-Crozier Architects in Lafayette.  She then moved to Baton Rouge in 2008 and worked at Holden Architects until 2012 where she became a licensed architect … Continue reading Ashlie Latiolais, AIA