As founding principal, Doug Ashe, FAIA, began the firm with the goal of creating thoughtful architecture, sensitive to its time and place, and tailored to the individual client. Now, over 37 years later, Doug’s leadership of the firm has led to a long list of award-winning projects and a reputation for design excellence that is well known, both locally and throughout the Gulf South region. A New Orleans native, Doug received his Bachelor of Architecture, with honors, from Georgia Tech and went on to receive his Master of Architecture from Columbia University.
The results of Doug’s recent collaborations within the office can be seen in a wide range of designs including the Lambright Intramural Sports Center at Louisiana Tech University, the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center in Opelousas, Louisiana, and the Vidalia Landing Riverfront Park in Vidalia, Louisiana.
In 2000 during his term as the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Louisiana President, Doug created the Celebrate Architecture design symposium, which is a one day event that brings together internationally recognized architects to present their work to more than 250 architects and students. For 20 consecutive years Doug organized and moderated the event, which has become recognized as one of the premier design symposiums in the nation. After the 2019 event Doug passed on leadership of the event to others.
Doug has also served on the National AIA Board of Directors, Chair of the National AIA Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Awards Jury, and Chair of the AIA/ALA National Library Honor Awards Jury. He was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 2007 and named a Richard Upjohn Fellow in 2005.
In 2019 Doug was awarded the prestigious AIA Louisiana Medal of Honor, the highest award given by AIA Louisiana “in recognition of an individual architect who has significantly advanced the profession of architecture and who, by his/her leadership, has provided an inspiration to his/her fellow architects.
Doug has taught children’s Sunday School at First Baptist Church Pineville for over 34 years. Doug and Linda make their home in Pineville, which they share with their pets.