College of Architecture, Art and Design names 2017 faculty, staff award recipients

September 20th, 2017 Comments Off on College of Architecture, Art and Design names 2017 faculty, staff award recipients

By Kelsey Brownlee | Mississippi State University

The College of Architecture, Art and Design annually honors faculty and staff with monetary awards recognizing excellence in teaching, service and dedication. The recipients are selected by an awards committee, which includes the dean, associate dean, department heads and a faculty member from each unit.

Faculty are chosen for the award based on demonstrated excellence in teaching as evaluated by a statement of personal pedagogy or philosophy, student work, a self-critique of their own work and teaching evaluations.

The 2016 CAAD Tenured Faculty Teaching Excellence Award went to Professor Soon Ee Ngoh in theDepartment of Art.

Assistant Professor Lyndsey Miller in the Interior Design Program received the Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

The 2017 CAAD Staff Award went to Darlene Gardner, business manager for the college, and Amy Massey, administrative assistant for Interior Design.

The staff award honors a staff member in the college who exemplifies professionalism and dedication by performing above and beyond the job description; takes initiative on tasks; relates to others on the staff or faculty; and has demonstrated innovation or creativity in his/her job.

MSU students learn value of creativity, teamwork through Armstrong Middle School outreach project

September 19th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU students learn value of creativity, teamwork through Armstrong Middle School outreach project

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

When the highly anticipated Starkville Oktibbeha School District Partnership School opens its doors to sixth and seventh graders in 2019, Armstrong Middle School also will welcome eighth and ninth graders to upgraded facilities, thanks to input from more than 50 students in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

With individual members representing architecture, art, building construction science and interior design disciplines, nine student groups recently presented proposals addressing innovative ways to redesign classrooms and other spaces in Armstrong Middle’s main building. The group projects were part of an annual student design competition sponsored by Birmingham, Alabama-based construction firm Brasfield and Gorrie.

Each group’s 15 to 20-minute presentation was critiqued by representatives from Brasfield and Gorrie, the Starkville Oktibbeha School District and MSU, who selected three winners. Shared equally among group members, prizes were as follows: first place, $1,400; second place, $900; and third place, $600.

Senior Anna K. “Katie” Erickson of Madison was the sole art major in the first place-winning group, which also consisted of two building construction science, three interior design and four architecture majors.

While there was no budget requirement for the project, Erickson said her group “wanted to provide valuable designs that implemented science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, or STEAM.”

 “We called our project ‘Illuminating Innovative Ideas,’ and one of our goals was to bring in more natural light from the sun,” said Erickson, who is concentrating in graphic design and photography. “We proposed a central atrium that goes from the first floor up to the second floor to help with that concept.”

Erickson said the atrium would be surrounded by glass walls on all sides, thereby enabling people to look down and see into the Learning Commons on the first floor. Equipped with booths, tables and technological equipment, the Learning Commons space would provide students with a fun and comfortable spot for studying, group work or leisure.

 “We also proposed the idea of having a compass in the middle of the first floor,” Erickson said. “It would be a design element, but also an orientation device to help students and others interact with the space. A mural on the wall of the staircase that extends from the first floor to the second floor also would help people orient themselves within the school.”

The group’s proposal also features plans for an indoor multipurpose classroom with a garage door allowing easy access to an outdoor courtyard space or classroom area with a percola, where teachers could hold class.

 “We had two weeks to get the job done, and we all put in equal effort to determine the best solution for the school,” Erickson emphasized. “We will be working in group environments with people across different disciplines in the real world, so it was important that we were all passionate about the project and willing to validate each other’s input.”

“I learned things about architecture, interior design and building construction science that I may not have otherwise. The project worked out well,” she said.

Additional project information is available from Jacob Gines, MSU School of Architecture assistant professor, at 662-325-0094 or jgines@caad.msstate.edu.

Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design and its academic programs at www.caad.msstate.edu, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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

FIRST PLACE – “Illuminating Innovative Ideas”

  • Davis Byrd
  • Regan Horn
  • Lee Bryant
  • Mitchell Hubbell
  • Alan Pittman
  • Kirkland Webber
  • Christine Smith
  • Ansley Zimmerman
  • Brooke Pogue
  • Katie Erickson

SECOND PLACE – “Regrowth”

  • Charles Cary
  • Cora Howell
  • Mariam Cancio
  • Nate Johnson
  • Asher Paxton
  • Kelli Weiland
  • Tanner Jeffers
  • Hannah Stricklen
  • Abby Richardson

THIRD PLACE – “Dynamic Space – Creative PODS”

  • Johnathan Burcham
  • Matthew Harkey
  • Rayce Belton
  • Hannah Hebinck
  • D’Shari Richardson
  • Jacob Turner
  • Katie Coit
  • Felicia Martin
  • Hannah Gentry
  • Sarah Tewolde

MSU interior design majors receive WithIt Foundation Academic Scholarships

July 5th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU interior design majors receive WithIt Foundation Academic Scholarships

Mary Campbell Gray

Samantha Sullivan

Natalie Watson

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Three Mississippi State interior design majors are receiving national recognition from a prominent organization that promotes the advancement of professional women in the home and furnishings industries.

Juniors Mary Campbell Gray of West Point and Samantha K. Sullivan of Jackson, Tennessee, and senior Natalie E. Watson of Olive Branch each are receiving academic scholarships from the North Carolina-based WithIt Foundation.

Watson is receiving a $3,000 scholarship; Sullivan, $2,500; and Gray, $1,500.

Beth Miller, MSU professor and interior design program director, praised the students for taking the initiative to complete the WithIt Foundation Academic Scholarship application process. She encourages all interior design students to apply for scholarships, internships and other opportunities that can enrich their MSU education, as well as prepare them for productive careers following graduation.

“We are excited and proud that Natalie, Samantha and Mary Campbell seized this opportunity provided by the WithIt Foundation. The scholarship monies and recent trip to South Carolina will benefit their design education and careers,” she said.

Founded in 1997, the WithIt Foundation is a not-for-profit organization driven by its belief that women should play a major role in the growth and future of the home and furnishings industries.

WithIt established its scholarship foundation to recognize and nurture the academic endeavors of preeminent college students enrolled full time in fields of study that would logically lead to careers in the home and furnishings industries. Since 1999, the organization has awarded over $75,000 in scholarships and provided internship, mentoring and networking opportunities to qualified young women from around the U.S. For more, visit www.withit.org.

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.

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.

Check out Simpson featured in Alumnus magazine.