A. Hays Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana Exhibit, Lafayette, LA

Jun 15, 2018 - Dec 29, 2018, Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (exhibit photos courtesy Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum)

For the Spring Semester of 2018, LSU students (taught by partner Ursula Emery McClure) produced models for the A. Hays Town Exhibit. Part of a three institution collaboration (Tulane, LSU, ULL), the students worked for an entire semester analyzing the architect's drawings, rebuilding them digitally and then translating them for the museum.

These models were created in the LSU Architecture course ARCH 4155_Recording Historic Structures, LSU Baton Rouge.

18 LSU BArch and MArch students participated. To build the models, students analyzed A. Hays Town’s original construction drawings, transferred the analog drawings to digital drawings and built digital 3D models. They then used those digital works to create files for the laser cutting machine. Finally, with both digitally and hand cut pieces the students constructed the physical models and podiums.

"The focus of the exhibition will be Town’s residential architecture, for which he gained national renown. It will also showcase the evolution of Town’s work over more than 70 years of practice, from the Modernist designs of his earlier commercial and civic buildings to his later iconic residences, which were inspired by the historic architecture of the American South. A rich assemblage of drawings, furnishings, photographs, architectural models, and archival records will introduce visitors to his design approach, as well as his impressive career." (from the UL Hilliard web site)