March 29th, 2017 Comments Off on Interior Design to hold 2017 Senior Show April 7-8
March 23rd, 2017 Comments Off on Alumna Cindy Simpson makes ‘2017 Most Powerful Business Leader’ list
Via Natalie Esfandiary | GenslerCindy 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.
November 18th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU Interior Design program heavily involved with national educators’ council
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.
November 14th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU interior design majors receive national hospitality industry scholarships
November 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Interior Design students travel, network
“She is such a great role model for our students and our alumni,” said Riehm.
(photos via Amy Crumpton and students)
Junior interior design students traveled to Chicago with Associate Professor Amy Crumpton and Assistant Professor Lyndsey Miller.
On the trip, students enjoyed a walking tour and architecture boat tour of the city. They toured Merchandise Mart and visited firms - Workspring, Gensler and Perkins and Will. The final day, they were treated to a tour of Shedd Aquarium before traveling back to Starkville.
Seniors visited New York with Director Beth Miller and Visiting Assistant Professor Jeff Fulton.
The trip was jam-packed with activities, including:
- A walking tour – Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, Time’s Square
- MAD 46 Roosevelt Rooftop
- St. Patrick’s
- St. Andrew’s church service
- Plaza, FAO Schwartz, lunch in Central Park and a tour
- Zoo (feed the penguins)
- Metropolitan Museum
- Harbor Lights Cruise Pier 81
- New York Design Center
- D & D Building
- Ted Moudis Associates, Michael Sinkew, Senior Design Director
- New York Library, Highline & Chelsea
- Tour: Trinity Church, Financial District, Ground Zero, 911 Museum, Winter Gardens, & Battery Park
- Jed Johnson Associates, Arthur Dunnam, Design Director
- Guggenheim Museum
November 4th, 2016 Comments Off on Olivia Alison gives lecture to Interior Design students
November 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Lighting Course now part of Interior Design curriculum
- Students were challenged to analyze and document the lighting qualities of an existing space both functionally and aesthetically. They measured the footcandles in the space and evaluated their findings as well as documented the interaction between light and space.
- They explored the different lamps and lamp positions and the relation to a variety of different textures and materials.
- Students also studied a variety of filters and translucent materials and analyzed how filters and translucent material types change the lighting conditions of a space.
October 26th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU Interior Design Program again offers dual enrollment course with Jackson Prep
October 21st, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD professors part of 3D printing panel discussion