SU's School of Architecture still moving forward after it shut down

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POSTED: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 6:14pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 6:03pm

Southern University's School of Architecture has been around for more than 40 years, and now it's shut down.

However, that's not stopping the school from moving forward. Bryan Raymond is a fourth year architecture student at Southern University.

"I felt a little cheated for the generation that wanted to come here, they won't be able to come here."

He transferred to Southern so he could graduate as a jaguar, but for the next generation of architects who want to go to Southern, that won't happen.

"It is a sad subject, but through the mist of this everybody just has to keep a positive mindset and continue to work for it and do the best that we can do," Raymond said. "So once we graduate from here, we can have the best of knowledge that we have."

The School of Architecture found out the program would be cut in 2010. In the fall of 2012, the school stopped taking any new students, but Lonnie Wilkinson, the former dean, said the current students will still be able to get their degrees.

"At the time that the program is closed, it must provide the opportunity that every student currently enrolled in the program to graduate," Wilkinson said.

That means, the projected end date for the program will be in 2017.

"It was very demoralizing for the faculty, for myself, for the staff at the school, and most importantly, the students," Wilkinson said.

However, that's not holding them back.

"It never stopped me or discouraged me at any point," Raymond said. "Our professors and faculty let us know just to keep going and stay motivated, and that's what I've been doing most of the time and trying to keep a positive mindset on it."

"Things are still moving along, though it is difficult for many of us to deal with the impending final closure of the program," Wilkinson said. "We still give it our best effort."

The program is still making their impact in the community. Right now, a group of architecture students are working with the Baton Rouge Metro Council on a developmental project for the city of Scotlandville.   

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