Blair Begnaud, Assoc. AIA
Blair is fascinated with the built and natural world around her and the melding of the two very different components together in a balanced way. The environment, its inhabitants, and architecture should all coexist, but she believes architecture has a responsibility to help connect the natural world with the built world to create environments that are healthy and sustainable for generations to come.
Upon graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Blair went on to pursue her Masters of Architecture at the University of Louisiana. During that time, she had the pleasure to partake in multiple team projects. One of her team projects won internationally in the Vertech Greener Cities Competition, and another team project won nationally in the EPA Rainworks Master Planning Competition. Both of these projects are tied together by a theme of sustainability. Her interest in sustainability only grew bigger after joining the Office of Sustainability on campus as a research graduate assistant. She was able to create various masterplans, design greenhouses, and plan pocket parks for the university. In addition to designing, Blair helped create graphics and run various green events. She also helped convert the University of Lafayette’s football stadium to a Zero Waste Stadium with only composting and recycling, the first of its kind in Louisiana.
In her free time, she continues her love for design with her hobbies by creating ceramics and painting pet portraits. Blair also enjoys spending time outdoors by hiking, biking, and rollerblading.