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Rhodes Alumnus Invited to Prestigious American Academy in Rome

Publication Date: 3/16/2012

Rhodes alumnus and Memphis architect Louis R. Pounders ’68 has been invited to attend the prestigious¬†American Academy in Rome as a Visiting Artist & Scholar in Architecture.

The American Academy in Rome is the oldest American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. Each year through a national juried competition, the Academy offers approximately 30 Rome Prize fellowships.

Pounders will travel to the Academy in April where he will spend five weeks studying the effects that the Tiber River has had on the patterns of urban settlement in Rome.

After graduating from Rhodes, Pounders received a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His work has received more than 40 local, regional and national architectural awards.

Pounders is a Rhodes College Red and Black Society Associate and in 2005, he received the Distinguished Alumnus award.


Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a private, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences. It aspires to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world.

Tags: Alumni, Arts/Performances, Honors, Research


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Chris Linder ′94 March 16, 2012

Congratulations Louis - there are a few alums here in Rome...enjoy!