MSU interior design students again dominate regional ASID competition

May 5th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU interior design students again dominate regional ASID competition


(Photos via Haley Austin)

Mississippi State interior design students received 45 of 71 possible awards, including the student team building competition honor, at the American Society of Interior Designers South Central Career Day recently held on the Starkville campus.

Professor Beth Miller, MSU interior design program director, credits the group’s success to its involvement in a wide range of university programs, including furniture design, computer renderings, hand renderings and lighting courses.

“For the past few years, the MSU interior design program has dominated the competition, and we hope to continue the tradition,” Miller said. “I think it is evident that student work from MSU is high quality and competitive.”

The ASID student competition drew representatives from higher education institutions throughout Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

The 2017 MSU winners and their categories include (by hometown):

BIG SANDY, Texas—Sophomore Natalie R. Allen, gold in 2D design and bronze in 2D design.

BRANDON—Junior Sydney A. White, gold in hand rendering and new student spotlight-commercial, and silver in 2D design.

BREMEN, Alabama—Senior Shelby E. Newton, silver in 2D design.

CLINTON—Senior Martina R. Walker, gold in computer-generated rendering, silver in computer-generated rendering and bronze in hospitality.

COLUMBUS—Senior Hannah E. Higgins, gold in computer-generated rendering and bronze in large-scale commercial business and portfolio.

CORDOVA, Tennessee—Sarah A. Galbreath, bronze in large-scale commercial business; and S. Regan Sanders, silver in product design and bronze in hospitality. Both are seniors.

DIAMONDHEAD—Senior Jessica H. Moore, silver in midscale residential and 2D design.

GERMANTOWN, Tennessee—Sophomore Nancy E. Strube, bronze in hand rendering.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—Junior Ansley M. Zimmerman, bronze in product design and 2D design.

MADISON, Alabama—Sophomore Kaitlynn B. Harness, gold in hand rendering, silver in 2D design and bronze in new student spotlight-commercial.

MADISON—Annah K. Pennebaker, bronze in retail design, large-scale commercial business and portfolio; and J. Elizabeth Sosebee, bronze in healthcare design. Both are seniors.

MEADOWS PLACE, Texas—Senior Joy C. Bottom, gold in hospitality and computer-generated rendering.

MEADVILLE—Senior Hannah E. Monroe, gold in hand rendering and silver in healthcare design and retail design.

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—Senior Rylee H. Laborde, bronze in product design.

OLIVE BRANCH—Junior Natalie E. Watson, gold in computer-generated rendering and silver in healthcare design and product design.

PONCHATOULA, Louisiana—Sophomore Olivia B. Duhe, gold in 2D design.

RICHMOND, Texas—Senior Victoria C. “Tori” Reynolds, silver in hand rendering and computer-generated rendering.

SOUTHAVEN—Senior Mary Katherine “Katie” Hughes, bronze in portfolio.

STARKVILLE—Junior Brooke R. Pogue, silver and bronze in hospitality.

WEST POINT— Sophomore Mary Campbell Gray, gold in 2D design, silver in 2D design; and senior Carlie R. Teffeteller, bronze in new student spotlight-commercial.

Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and National Association of Schools of Art and Design, MSU’s interior design program is part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. Its curriculum provides a broad background in interior elements, materials, sources and practical experiences. 

Miller also may be contacted at 662-325-7689 or BMiller@caad.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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2017 Steelcase Competition winners announced

May 4th, 2017 Comments Off on 2017 Steelcase Competition winners announced


Interior design students recently presented their Steelcase Competition projects.

This year’s project was a corporate office for a packaging design company.  Students were asked to develop a company and product, taking into account the goals of the organization and the company culture and brand.  The project was a three-floor office building that included a training center, a corporate library and organizational departments that were made up of offices and workstations for 60 employees. 

The goal of the project, sponsored by Barefield Workplace Solutions in Jackson, is to increase proficiency in planning and designing large-scale commercial interiors. This project focused on the specific issues of general office and training space types and on understanding systems furniture selection and specification. Students were guided through the project in Associate Professor Amy Crumpton’s third-year studio course.

Student winners were selected by Emily Kimbrell, interior designer at Barefield Workplace Solutions in Jackson, and Ginger Huffman, RID, IIDA, interior designer for Office Interiors in Huntsville, Ala. Both are alumnae of the Mississippi State Interior Design Program. 

Two winners were chosen, and each received a $500 scholarship:

  • Cody Moore  – Project Name: Diffusion Teas

     

  • Regan Sanders – Project Name: Espress-Go
 

Franklin Co. interior design student at MSU named Celia Moh Scholar

May 1st, 2017 Comments Off on Franklin Co. interior design student at MSU named Celia Moh Scholar

Hannah Monroe (photo by Russ Houston | Mississippi State University)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A Mississippi State interior design major from Franklin County is one of only five U.S. undergraduates selected to receive the highly coveted Celia Moh Scholarship for the upcoming academic year.

Given by the Lexington, North Carolina-based Celia Moh Scholarship Foundation, the prestigious award will cover full tuition, room, board, books and fees for senior Hannah E. Monroe of Meadville during the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters.

Established in 2001 by furniture industry entrepreneur Laurence Moh in his wife’s honor, the scholarship is considered among the most prestigious honors for U.S. undergraduates planning careers in the industry. For more, see www.mohscholarship.org.

Candidates for the honor must be enrolled full time in interior design, furniture products or other approved academic programs, and have completed an extensive questionnaire and personal essay. Faculty recommendations and demonstrated superior academic achievements also are criteria for evaluation.

Monroe is a member of MSU’s Montgomery Leadership Program and the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, as well as Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute manages the university’s Celia Moh Scholarship awards program, including the application process. For complete information, contact institute director Bill Martin at 662-325-3348 or wmartin@cfr.msstate.edu.

Accredited by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation and National Association of Schools of Art and Design, MSU’s interior design program provides students with a broad background in interior elements, materials, sources and practical experience in the business of interior design.

Interior design students present 2017 Senior Show

April 28th, 2017 Comments Off on Interior design students present 2017 Senior Show


(photos by Kelsey Brownlee)

Interior design creations by 16 graduating seniors at Mississippi State were on display April 7-8 at the university’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

MSU’s 2017 senior interior design exhibitors include (by hometown):

BARTLETT, Tennessee—Caitlyn R. Fleming.

CLINTON—Martina R. Walker. She was chosen earlier this year as one of just five national semi-finalists in the fourth annual Steelcase NEXT Competition.

COLUMBUS—Hannah E. Higgins.

CORDOVA, Tennessee—Sarah A. Galbreath.

CORINTH—Anastasia F. Miller.

CUMMING, Georgia—Anastasia D. Dorsey.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida—Catherine H. Conner.

LONGVIEW, Texas—Caroline E. Smith.

MADISON—Annah K. Pennebaker.

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee—Haley F. Austin.

NEW ALBANY—Bobbie O. Rogers.

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—Rylee H. Laborde.

RICHMOND, Texas—Victoria C. “Tori” Reynolds.

SOUTHAVEN—Mary Katherine “Katie” Hughes.

STAFFORD, Texas—Joy C. Bottom.

TERRY—Amber C. Henry.

MSU interior design student named semi-finalist in national competition

April 12th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU interior design student named semi-finalist in national competition

By | Addison Arledge | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University interior design senior Martina R. Walker of Clinton recently was selected as a semi-finalist in the fourth annual Steelcase NEXT Competition.

Out of nearly 800 entries and 65 design programs, Walker was chosen as one of just five semi-finalists. In addition to MSU, honorees represented Virginia Tech University, California State University, University of Minnesota, and Purdue University.

This year, the Steelcase NEXT Competition was a project for the Los Angeles, California-based design studio, NEXT. Competitors were given an existing building shell and asked to use research-based design to develop a concept that could be implemented into the allotted space using Steelcase furniture.

“My concept was inspired by a terrarium, which is essentially a miniature ecosystem within a container,” Walker explained.

She compared the ecosystem of the terrarium and its relationship between organism and resource to the workplace.

On Monday [Feb. 6], the semi-finalists will be flown to Steelcase headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They will present their projects to a panel of professional judges, who will select an overall winner.

The winner will receive a grand prize of $2,500, as well as a $2,500 contribution to their school’s design program or the charity of their choice.

Founded in 1912, Steelcase Inc. offers architecture, furniture, and technology products and services in order to turn insight into innovation. For more information about Steelcase, visit www.steelcase.com.

Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and National Association of Schools of Art and Design, MSU’s interior design curriculum provides a broad background in interior elements, materials, sources and practical experiences. For more information, contact professor and program director Beth Miller at 662-325-7689 or BMiller@caad.msstate.edu.

Learn more about the College of Architecture, Art and Design and its interior design program at www.caad.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

A special thank you to Ashley Hughes, who for the past two years has taught the studio in which the competition resides. 

Interior Design to hold 2017 Senior Show April 7-8

March 29th, 2017 Comments Off on Interior Design to hold 2017 Senior Show April 7-8

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Interior design creations by 16 graduating seniors at Mississippi State are on display Friday-Saturday [April 7-8] at the university’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the exhibit showcases the practical knowledge and range of skills that the rising professional designers have acquired throughout their participation in the state’s largest interior design program.

In addition to general education coursework, the students have gained studio experience in a variety of interior design areas, including design theory, lighting design and interior construction and furniture design, among others.

“We are proud of our interior design students, and we are excited that they have secured summer internships with firms in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Others are seeking internships with firms in Colorado, Florida and Oregon as well,” said Beth Miller, professor and director of the university’s interior design program.

MSU’s 2017 senior interior design exhibitors include (by hometown):

BARTLETT, Tennessee—Caitlyn R. Fleming.

CLINTON—Martina R. Walker. She was chosen earlier this year as one of just five national semi-finalists in the fourth annual Steelcase NEXT Competition.

COLUMBUS—Hannah E. Higgins.

CORDOVA, Tennessee—Sarah A. Galbreath.

CORINTH—Anastasia F. Miller.

CUMMING, Georgia—Anastasia D. Dorsey.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida—Catherine H. Conner.

LONGVIEW, Texas—Caroline E. Smith.

MADISON—Annah K. Pennebaker.

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee—Haley F. Austin.

NEW ALBANY—Bobbie O. Rogers.

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—Rylee H. Laborde.

RICHMOND, Texas—Victoria C. “Tori” Reynolds.

SOUTHAVEN—Mary Katherine “Katie” Hughes.

STAFFORD, Texas—Joy C. Bottom.

TERRY—Amber C. Henry.

Exhibit hours are 4-6 p.m. Friday [April 7] and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday [April 8] in MSU Welcome Center’s second-floor gallery located at 75 B.S. Hood Drive on the Starkville campus.

Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, as well as by appointment.

Accredited by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation and National Association of Schools of Art and Design, MSU’s interior design program provides students with a broad background in interior elements, materials, sources and practical experience in the business of interior design.

For more information about the interior design program, contact Miller at 662-325-7689 or BMiller@caad.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Alumna Cindy Simpson makes ‘2017 Most Powerful Business Leader’ list

March 23rd, 2017 Comments Off on Alumna Cindy Simpson makes ‘2017 Most Powerful Business Leader’ list

Cindy Simpson

Via Natalie Esfandiary | Gensler

Cindy W. Simpson, Mississippi State University alumna and co-managing director of Gensler’s Dallas office, has been named one of the Dallas 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas and Fort Worth for 2017 by D CEO Magazine.

Divided into over 60 different categories, the prestigious standalone publication recognizes the most influential business and civic leaders and entities in the DFW Metroplex. A result of exhaustive research and interviews, the Dallas 500 is coined the ultimate “business bible;” Simpson shares this platform with such iconic powerhouses as Ross Perot and Charlotte Jones Anderson.

Simpson is one of six powerful leaders awarded within the Architecture and Design subcategory of Real Estate – and the only woman in her group. Within the Real Estate category as a whole, she is one of only nine women out of 54 awardees. In dealing with her toughest challenges, she emphasizes, “In the male-dominated profession of architecture, it is imperative that women in the industry are professionally confident, intellectually valiant and mentally agile.”

Since joining Gensler in 2002, Simpson has emerged as a visionary leader, inspiring confidence in her clients, respect among her peers and loyalty from her staff. Promoted to managing director in 2013, she is now supported by nine principals and a co-managing director in the Dallas office with over 200 passionate designers and architects. A design-centered, research-focused, business-minded architecture firm, Gensler works with clients to deliver bold solutions that meet the constantly evolving demands of a changing workforce and rapidly growing city. A dedicated client advocate, Simpson serves on the Firmwide Client Relationships Management Committee, working across the firm to strengthen client partnerships. As both an accomplished project leader and designer, she offers her clients and project teams strategic solutions that also respect and advance design excellence. Her leadership style, breadth of experience, knowledge of the market, effective communication skills and intense focus on her clients’ business drivers have merited her a reputation as a strategic partner and trusted advisor.

Simpson graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Interior Design from Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design in 1996, and was named Alumnus of the Year by the College in 2010. Dedicated to numerous philanthropic initiatives, at MSU she established the Cindy W. Simpson Loyalty Scholarship, providing scholarships to incoming freshmen who exhibit academic excellence and leadership potential; she also supports the advancement fund for the Interior Design Program and in September 2016, established the Cindy W. Simpson Endowed Scholarship in the Interior Design program of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. In January 2015, she became a member of the MSU Foundation Board of Directors. She serves on the Executive Committee for MSU’s Foundation Board, is a member of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and is Chair of the Fundraising Committee.

MSU Interior Design program heavily involved with national educators’ council

November 18th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU Interior Design program heavily involved with national educators’ council

All of the Mississippi State University interior design faculty are members of the national Interior Design Educators Council Inc. (IDEC), and several hold leadership roles with the organization.

Assistant Professor William Riehm serves as regional chair for the Southern Region and was responsible for organizing the recent conference in conjunction with the host institution, Middle Tennessee State University.

In the role, Riehm coordinated sponsorships and logistics for the conference as well as logistics and communications with IDEC members. He also set the standards for acceptance to the conference and criteria for the awards.

Director and Professor Beth Miller sat on a panel on the conference – “A is for Advocacy; Educators Making the Grade.”

Associate Professor Amy Crumpton serves as the national abstract coordinator for the organization. In this role, she is responsible for the coordination and logistics of the national abstracts.

She also serves as the regional national student design competition coordinator and is responsible for collecting entries and organizing reviews in this role.

Crumpton is also on the National K-12 Interior Design taskforce, studying how interior design education is integrated into K-12 education across the nation.

Assistant Professor Lyndsey Miller is the regional creative scholarship coordinator. In this role, she recruits design professionals from the Southern Region to engage with IDEC in reviewing and encouraging creative scholarship.

IDEC’s mission is the advancement of interior design education, scholarship, and service.


During the convention, Beth Miller and William Riehm had the opportunity to tour ESa (Earl Swensson Associates Inc), which has been ranked the largest architecture firm in Nashville by The Nashville Business Journal.

The tour guide was an alumnus of the program, Isaac Holman. Holman interned with the firm while a student at MSU and has been working there for 14 years.

Numerous alumni also work at the firm, including Misty Seeley, who has been there for 16 years. Haley Haverstock and Kindyl Black also both interned with the firm and are now employed.

“It was really fun to have designers pop up to say ‘hey’ to us that were our students,” said Riehm. “We were the only ones on the tour that happened to,” he proudly stated.

Local furniture manufacturer rewards design competition winner with prototype

November 17th, 2016 Comments Off on Local furniture manufacturer rewards design competition winner with prototype

(Photos by William Riehm)

Students in Assistant Professor William Riem’s furniture design class were recently presented with a challenge that came with not-your-typical trophy.

Students were tasked with designing a piece of furniture that would be appropriate for use in a one- to four-star hotel. The winner would get the chance to have his/her design prototyped by a local furniture manufacturer, Eaton Custom Seating (ECS).

Riehm said the goal of the project was for students to learn the various ranges of that market.

“What’s trend and what’s style,” he said, “And for them to learn how to make the appropriate drawings so that their design can actually be made.”

Students submitted digital drawings, 3D model renderings and a miniature 3D print of their designs.

Riehm then reviewed the work with Susan Sublette with Maharam, who also donated the upholstery fabric to help make the project a reality. Maharam is a leading creator of textiles for commercial and residential interiors.

Top designs were submitted to ECS, and the company selected the winner with the most appropriate design for the market place, which was created by senior interior design student Bobbie Rogers of New Albany.

Rogers’s chair has since been fabricated and sits in the interior design building in Etheredge Hall.

MSU interior design majors receive national hospitality industry scholarships

November 14th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU interior design majors receive national hospitality industry scholarships

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By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Three Mississippi State interior design majors are being recognized by the nation’s premier networking resource for the hospitality industry.

Seniors Mary Katherine “Katie” Hughes of Southaven and Caitlyn R. Fleming of Bartlett, Tennessee, along with junior Natalie E. Watson of Olive Branch, each are receiving scholarships from the Sunshine Chapter of NEWH: The Network of the Hospitality Industry.

Hughes is one of four nationwide receiving a $5,000 scholarship, while Fleming and Watson are receiving $1,000.

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Hughes

“We appreciate scholarship opportunities from NEWH, and we are proud of our interior design students who were selected,” said Beth Miller, MSU professor and interior design program director.

Through educational programs, seminars, and networking and career opportunities, the Shawano, Wisconsin-based NEWH works to facilitate cooperation and exchange of information among those in hospitality, food service, senior living and related industries. For more, visit www.NEWH.org.

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Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and National Association of Schools of Art and Design, MSU’s interior design curriculum provides a broad background in interior elements, materials, sources and practical experiences. For more, contact Miller at 662-325-7689 or BMiller@caad.msstate.edu.

Additional information about the College of Architecture, Art and Design and its interior design program can be found at www.caad.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.