LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association will recognize Lafayette architect Steve Oubre Jr. with its 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award during a ceremony on Thursday.
Oubre, principal and cofounder of Architects Southwest, specializes in cultural architecture and new urbanist land planning. He’ll receive the award, which is the Alumni Association’s highest honor given to a former student, during a ceremony planned during homecoming week festivities.
Oubre is a 1976 graduate of UL-Lafayette and received his bachelor’s degree in architecture.
“Steve is an accomplished, respected architect who has championed the concept of mixing residences and businesses to create neighborhoods that are reminiscent of small towns,” said Liz Landry, interim vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Alumni Association.
Landry also noted in a news release that Oubre has also long been a good friend to UL-Lafayette, providing the association with guidance in creating the Walk of Honor on campus and in acquiring the Alumni Center.
Oubre was at the forefront of the urbanist movement in Lafayette and his firm has worked on dozens of urbanist projects in Louisiana and across the South, earning local, regional and national recognition.
New urbanism — a sustainable model of land development featuring multiuse, walkable neighborhoods with a mix of retail and residential spaces to create a greater sense of community — is the guiding principle of the university’s own master plan, which was developed by Oubre’s firm.
The university adopted its master plan in 2013 and Oubre played a major role in steering the university’s growth strategy for the next 10 to 15 years.
Working with Holly and Smith Architects, of Hammond, Oubre helped develop a master plan for Southeastern Louisiana University that received an American Institute of Architects Louisiana Honor Award of Excellence Merit Award for Planning in 2000. His firm received an AIA South Louisiana Honor Award in 2010 for its work on the LSU South Campus Master Plan.
Oubre has contributed to many UL-Lafayette campus projects since the early 1980s when he designed the university’s Walk of Honor, a brick walkway display of past graduates.
In the 1990s, his firm designed the expansion and renovation of Edith Garland Dupré Library and additions to the Alumni Center on St. Mary Boulevard.
More recent projects for the firm include: the expansion and renovation of the Student Union; a parking garage under construction adjacent to Fletcher Hall; and an Athletic Performance Facility to be built near Cajun Field.