Alan Karchmer

From the 2023 Educational Interiors Showcase: Louisiana School for Math, Sciences and the Arts, Living Learning Commons

Dec. 15, 2023
The project was recognized as an outstanding design in the Residence Halls/Lounges category.

This facility at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches provides living space for 360 students and staff. A large, welcoming front porch provides the primary pedestrian entry, sharing a courtyard with an adjacent classroom building. The student residences are organized into 10 independently functioning “neighborhoods.” This organizational structure enables students to engage at a personal level and become more closely acquainted with one another. Each neighborhood has nine four-person suites and is supported by a hall commons, a quiet study lounge, laundry facilities, and an office and residence for a Student Life Adviser.

Read more about the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, Living Learning Commons and view a photo gallery at

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