Hans C. Herrmann, AIA, LEED Green Assoc., NCARB, is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Mississippi State University focusing on Foundational Design, Comprehensive / Integrative Design, and Building Technology. His published research is focused on numerous issues including DESIGN|build and BUILD|design Pedagogies, Collaborative Design Means & Methods, the SuperUse of materials, buildings & landscapes and the Landscape/Architecture interface. With degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture both his professional work and teaching have received numerous national awards and recognitions from organizations such as the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, American Institute of Architects National and State level, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, American Society of Landscape Architects National and State level, and Architecture + Construction Alliance.

Before entering academia, professor Herrmann practiced with several southeastern and east coast practices including the firm of Ike Kligerman Barkley, an Architectural Digest Top 100 design firm located in New York City. While practicing in New York, professor Herrmann completed numerous residential and institutional projects with locations ranging from Martha’s Vineyard, MA to San Francisco, CA, and Miami Beach, FL. As a licensed architect in the state of New York, his professional interest is on issues of residential construction and the role of architectural renovation as a sustainable form of practice. Professor Herrmann currently maintains his own design practice as the sole practitioner of H.Herrmann resDesign, an interdisciplinary practice offering full-scope design services.

Fall 2015 Collaborative Tectonics Studio

Second-year Architecture and Building Construction Science students in the Collaborative Studio spent the semester building a steep slope sleeping shelter prototype for the Hood Boy Scout Reservation outside of Jackson, MS. The prototype unit was constructed in Starkville, MS in the fall of 2016 and delivered to the installation site in Hazlehurst, MS this past July. This December the Boy Scouts began installation of the prototype unit with intent to complete the earthworks and landscaping this spring 2018.

Collaborative Tectonic Studio Professors: Hans Herrmann (architecture coordinator and project P.I.), Briar Jones (architecture), John Poros (architecture); Lee Carson (building construction science coordinator), Mohammed Mawlana, Ph.D. (building construction science)

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, By The People: Designing a Better America exhibition opening, October 1, 2016


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SuperUse Pavilion Redux

SuperUse Pavilion Redux from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

The video illustrates the pavilion’s transformation from former fuel pump canopy to public amenity moving from decaying remnant, to raw material, to platform, to venue for cultural exchange and the demonstration of low-tech high-yield ecological design and storm water management.   

Producers: Prof. Hans Herrmann, Prof. Cory Gallo, Mr. Cody Smith (Student Production Assistant, Illustrator, Videographer) Mr. Trey Box (Student Production Assistant, Soundtrack Composer)

Fall 2015 Collaborative Tectonics Studio

Fall 2014 Collaborative Tectonics Studio

Nothing New? An Elective Course On Addaptive ReUse

This course focused on the reuse and superuse of found materials as a means of considering Contemporary Ecological Design.  Notions of renovation and retrofit formed the foundation for the semester work. Discussions brought about through the critical reading of texts on theory and practice generated the primary impulses for formal exploration.

1st Year Design Studio, Summer 2010

The studio is designed for students entering the school of architecture from the pre-architecture program. The studio focuses on issues of foundation design such as Basic Ideation, Composition, Representation, Etc. with a special concern on the importance of  context and site design.

Didactic Sketching (Italy Study Abroad Summer 2009 + 2010)

Course Description

Didactic Sketching will attempt to enable each student. It is a course about seeing and making seen, the intention is to pass along a way of visualization that not only informs the viewer of the subject but also the intent behind the making of the subject. This is to say, you will not draw postcard images of the great building of Italy you will learn to draw diagrams and directions for someone to understand the design intent of these buildings. This course is as much about reading architecture and it is about writing architecture though the architect’s language of drawing.

Techniques of orthographic project will be explored in free hand sketching. All work will be done in a travel sketchbook and every sketch is to be accompanied by a photo of the subject of your sketch. This will force a measurement of value, if the sketch does (looks) the way your picture does, it’s not right!

4th Year Design|Building Studio w/Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

This studio followed-up on a Funded Rural Transit Study performed by Prof. Herrmann in association with the Carl Small Town Center at MSU. The studio was funded to construct a prototype rural bus shelter / pavilion. 2 units were built one on campus at Mississippi State University and one in the Choctaw town of Bogue Chitto, MS

The project received the Mississippi State University Diversity Award (Team Category) granted by the President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities.