LEADERSHIP

The ICAA – LA Chapter Leadership consists of nine board members. There are four executive members. The Chapter also has six committees that govern programs, education, communications, sponsorships, membership and awards. If you would like to become more involved in ICAA-LA, please visit the contact tab at the top of our webpage to fill out our committee interest form. 

Executive Members

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Kevin Harris, FAIA

President
Kevin Harris, FAIA, is a nationally recognized expert and international speaker on single-family residential and renovation design. He is the owner of Kevin Harris Architect, LLC in Baton Rouge, LA. He has received more than a dozen design awards and has been published in over 50 books and publications. In his free time, Harris serves on several industry boards and task forces, and is a frequent lecturer at industry and association events. Harris holds degrees from LSU’s School of Architecture, and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He taught for 10 years at LSU before pursuing a full-time practice and currently serves on Harvard’s GSD Alumni Council. He holds an NCARB certificate, is licensed to practice architecture, and has designed Forever Homes in four states. In 2009, Harris was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects for notable contribution to the advancement of the profession of architecture. Harris' first book was published in July 2015, "The Forever Home", an Amazon #1 Best Seller, provides the foundation to confidently explore what you want, plan your dream home, and find the right professional to make it a reality.
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Michael Rouchell

Vice President
Michael Rouchell is a native of New Orleans and received his BARCH from Tulane's School of Architecture in 1989 and MARCH in 2004. While attending architecture school in New Orleans, Rouchell would often spend time in the architecture library between classes browsing through books and periodicals on historic architecture, as well as commute daily using the Saint Charles Avenue Streetcar. By fifth year thesis, the love for traditional architecture was well established despite the school's modernist persuasion. Rouchell's thesis project was to take on a competition that occured a few years past that called for the expansion of the New Orleans Museum of Art, except that Rouchell's design was for a classical design that grew organically from the original building's Greek classicism. After graduation, Rouchell worked for Eean McNaughton Architects (1989 -1991) and Kessels Diboll Kessels (1992) before working with John C. Williams (originally Arthur Q. Davis and John C. Williams) for the past 27 years. Rouchell has been a registered architect in the State of Louisiana since 1994 and in the State of Alabama since 2006. During a conversation with other traditional architects, Rouchell once suggested that Louisiana and New Orleans needed its own ICAA Chapter. The suggestion was tossed back, "Well, Why don't you start one?" In late 2015,a petition letter to the Board of Directors of the ICAA was sent, and approval for a Louisiana ICAA Chapter was granted in early 2016. Besides founding the Louisiana ICAA Chapter, Rouchell currently serves on the board as Vice President and is involved in several of the committees, including the Awards Committee, the Education Committee and the Communications Committee.
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Laura Thomas

Secretary
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Chris Elberson

Treasurer
Chris Elberson is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and received his Bachelor of Architecture from LSU in 1994. Born and raised in the field of design, he follows a family passion for art and the development of the built environment. In over 24 years of professional practice, Elberson has led the design of complex projects in a wide range of building types. As Director of Design for Somdal Associates, he oversees the design of all projects from concept to construction documents, working closely with a team of designers to ensure the consistent quality level that drives his practice. His engaging design process concentrates on first developing a detailed design program for clients including building image and brand goals, program compliance and ultimately physical design drivers. With a range of experience on many different types of projects, he specializes in healthcare design. Elberson works with regional healthcare providers in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. Elberson is a Past-President of AIA Louisiana and AIA Shreveport and serves as an active professional mentor within the region. He is also passionate about community leadership, serving on several non-profit community boards.

Board Members

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Edward Cazayoux, FAIA

Board Member
Edward (Eddie) Jon Cazayoux, FAIA is an architect whose firm, EnvironMental Design, practices sustainable architecture and historic preservation. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and American Solar Energy Society. He has received awards for his work from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Green Building Council, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Louisiana, and the State of Louisiana-Energy Division. Cazayoux is a retired professor from the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). He taught for 17 years and was the Director for 13 years, a total of 30 years. He was awarded Distinguished Professor by ULL and held the Regents Professorship in Architecture. He was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA, awarded Professor Emeritus by ULL, and received the ULL College of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. He has a Masters of Architecture and a Masters of City Planning from Georgia Tech. He received his undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He has written three books on sustainable design and historic preservation. He has received many grants for his research and work in sustainable design, construction and historic preservation. He has presented papers on sustainable design, French colonial architecture and settlements throughout the world.
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Henley Hunter

Board Member
Henley A. Hunter is a native of Shreveport, LA. He attended the University of Arkansas, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in History and English. He attended LSU law school and served as a law clerk at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He practiced law in Shreveport with the firm of Eatman and Hunter for 17 years. He was appointed a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Alexandria Division, United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana in 1987, and served two fourteen year terms, retiring in 2015. He is interested in historical preservation and is the author of Magnolia Plantation: A Family Farm, published by Northwestern State University in 2005. After retirement, he has enjoyed serving as a volunteer docent at the Oakland Plantation unit of the Cane River Creole National Historical Park. He is descended from the families which founded both Oakland and Magnolia Plantations in the park.
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Peter W. Patout

Board Member
Peter Patout is a historic property realtor connecting buyers and sellers who value preserving architectural treasures in Louisiana and Mississippi. Patout's passion for preservation, architecture, history, decorative and fine arts permeates his life along with his commitment to supporting related cultural organizations. In addition to being a founding member of the ICAA Louisiana Chapter, Patout actively supports the Louisiana Museum Foundation. He is also a member of the following organizations: Friends of the Cabildo, Historic New Orleans Collection, Louisiana Landmarks Society, Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Resource Center, Save our Cemeteries, and the Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents and Associates.

ICAA-LA Chapter Committees

Program Committee:

Henley Hunter 

Peter Patout 

Edward Cazayoux

Courtney Coleman

Education Committee: 

Michael Rouchell 

Laura Thomas 

Membership Committee: 

Peter Patout 

Communications Committee: 

Kevin Harris 

Laura Thomas 

Michael Rouchell 

Awards Committee: 

Michael Rouchell 

Kevin Harris 

Edward Cazayoux  

Sponsorship Committee: 

Chris Elberson 

Kevin Harris 

*The italicized names are Committee Chairs*