2018 Interior Design Highlights

September 17th, 2018 Comments Off on 2018 Interior Design Highlights

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Winning design of spring furniture competition to be on display in NYC

June 18th, 2018 Comments Off on Winning design of spring furniture competition to be on display in NYC

This spring, Mississippi State University interior design students in Anna Chaney’s furniture design class competed in a design competition.

For the project, students had to research and develop a complete understanding of the design, development and manufacturing process of a piece of furniture.

Students began with the conceptual development and working drawings, which were then put into Rhino to produce 3D models of the work. They also developed project boards, which they presented with their models to jurors from Flexsteel, who selected the winning design and finalists.

Funding for the awards was provided by Mississippi State University Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner.

Winners included:

First Place, Sam Graham

Second Place, AK Russell

Third Place, Kaitlynn Harness

Fourth Place, Bailey Cummins

Fifth Place, Mary Campbell Gray

A full-scale model of Graham’s winning chair design will be on display in Flexsteel’s booth at Boutique Design New York (BDNY) in the fall.

The Mississippi State University Interior Design Program and Flexsteel plan to continue this partnership.

Read about the fall 2017 furniture design winner, Elizabeth Shapley.

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 2017 CAAD Tenured Faculty Teaching Excellence Award went to Professor Soon Ee Ngoh in the Department 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 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. 

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.

Lighting Course now part of Interior Design curriculum

November 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Lighting Course now part of Interior Design curriculum

Images via Robin Carroll (Students working in last spring’s Integrated Lighting Solutions course)

A course started with funds from a national grant has been added to the Interior Design Program’s curriculum.

ID 4673, Integrated Lighting Solutions, was started last spring with funds from the 2015 Nuckolls Fund Grant. (Read more here.)

The course, which is co-taught by Instructor Robin Carroll and Assistant Professor William Riehm, was recently approved by the University Committee on Courses and Curricula (UCCC) to be added to the program’s curriculum and will be offered again this spring.

An interdisciplinary effort across four academic units – interior design, architecture, building construction science and industrial and system engineering – the course addresses the principles of lighting design, incorporating lighting analytics and the understanding of lighting as an integrated part of building systems.

The course utilizes a hands-on, problem-based approach to help students understand the principles and techniques of lighting design as an integrated material. It also addresses changes coming to the lighting industry in the future.

Last year’s course included a variety of hands-on projects:

  • 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.

For more information about the course, contact Robin Carroll at rcarroll@caad.msstate.edu

CAAD professors part of 3D printing panel discussion

October 21st, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD professors part of 3D printing panel discussion

Michael Berk

Michael Berk

F.L. Crane Professor and School of Architecture Director Michael Berk and Interior Design Assistant Lyndsey Miller participated in a panel discussion about 3D Printing on Fri., Oct. 21.

The discussion took place in the Templeton Room of the Mississippi State University Library and also included John Wyatt with Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, Charles Freeman from Fashion Design and Merchandising and Santanu Kundu from the Chemical Engineering Department.

Lyndsey Miller

Lyndsey Miller

The discussion included how to get faculty on board with incorporating 3D printing projects into their curriculum, methods for increasing student access to the tools they need and ideas on how to expand the university’s current offerings and abilities.

MSU students dominate in regional interior design competition

July 7th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU students dominate in regional interior design competition

Mississippi State interior design majors received nearly 60 awards at the recent American Society of Interior Designers’ South Central Career Day in Ruston, Louisiana. Most notably, the nearly 30-member university group took first place in eight categories during competition drawing challengers from throughout Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Mississippi State interior design majors received nearly 60 awards at the recent American Society of Interior Designers’ South Central Career Day in Ruston, Louisiana. Most notably, the nearly 30-member university group took first place in eight categories during competition drawing challengers from throughout Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

(photos submitted by Haley Austin and Victoria Owchar)

Interior design majors at Mississippi State now own more than half the possible competition awards of the 2016 American Society of Interior Designers’ South Central Career Day.

Nearly 30 university juniors and seniors from Mississippi, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and the Bahamas recently brought back to the Starkville campus 56 of 102 total honors—including first place in eight categories.

Professor Beth Miller, interior design program director, credits their successes to involvements in a wide range of MSU academic programs, including furniture design, computer renderings, hand renderings and a new lighting course.

“For the past few years, the MSU interior design program has dominated the competition and we hope to continue the tradition,” she said.

“I think it is evident that student work from MSU is high quality and competitive,” Miller added.

Held this year at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, the ASID student competition drew representatives from higher education institutions throughout the Bayou and Magnolia states, as well as Arkansas.

The 2016 MSU winners and their categories include (by hometown):

BARTLETT, Tenn.—Senior Caitlyn R. Fleming, second place in retail and third in product design.

BILOXI—Senior Vanessa L. Holden, second in the portfolio, large-scale commercial and hospitality–restaurant.

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo.—Senior Alexandra S. “Ali” Carter, second in computer rendering, hospitality–hotel and sustainable design.

CLINTON—Senior Martina R. Walker, first in new student spotlight-healthcare, second in small-scale commercial and third in product design.

COLUMBUS—Senior Hannah E. Higgins, second in large-scale commercial and third in both product design and hospitality–restaurant.

CORDOVA, Tenn.—Junior Sarah A. Galbreath, third in product design and retail, and senior Regan Sanders, second in both small-scale commercial and new student spotlight–residential.

CORINTH—Blake Marlar, second in healthcare, and Anastasia F. “Ana” Miller, first in hospitality–restaurant and second in retail. Both are seniors.

CUMMING, Ga.—Senior Anastasia D. “Staci” Dorsey, second in retail.

FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Senior Anna L. Strohm, first in healthcare and second in large-scale commercial.

GREENWOOD—Senior Terry E. “Liz” Grantham, first in large-scale commercial and second in both hospitality–hotel and healthcare.

JACKSON, Tenn.—Junior Sydney E. Sharp, first in new student spotlight–residential.

KINGWOOD, Texas—Senior Victoria C. “Tori” Reynolds, first in retail.

LELAND—Senior Katherine F. “Katie” Fratesi, second in new student spotlight–non-interior and third in small-scale residential.

LONGVIEW, Texas—Senior Caroline E. Smith, second in both hand rendering and hospitality–restaurant.

MADISON—Annah K. Pennebaker, second in both hand rendering and hospitality–restaurant and third in retail; and Elizabeth Sosebee, second in new student spotlight–non-interior. Both are seniors.

MEADOWS PLACE, Texas—Senior Joy C. Bottom, second in both product design and hospitality–restaurant and third in hand rendering.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.—Senior Haley F. Austin, third in retail.

NASSAU, Bahamas—Senior Daniella R. Bower, second in healthcare and third in product design.

NEW ALBANY—Senior Bobbie O. Rogers, first in hand rendering.

OLIVE BRANCH—Junior Natalie E. Watson, first in new student spotlight–residential.

PICAYUNE—Junior Austin R. Deloach, second in new student spotlight–non-interior and third in mid-scale residential.

RIDGELAND—Senior Victoria M. Owchar, first in both large-scale commercial and healthcare. See Victoria’s winning project here.

SENATOBIA—Senior Kalyn S. Johnson, second in hospitality–hotel.

SOUTHAVEN—Mary Katherine “Katie” Hughes, second in hospitality–restaurant and third in educational; and Carley M. Jones, first in hospitality–hotel and third in large-scale commercial. Both are seniors.

TERRY—Senior Amber C. Henry, second in both small-scale residential and healthcare.

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.

For more, contact Beth Miller at 662-325-7689 or BMiller@caad.msstate.edu. Additional information also is found at www.caad.msstate.edu, facebook.com/CAADatMSU, twitter.com/CAADatMSU and http://tinyurl.com/CAADatMSUYouTube.

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

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MSU offers interior design dual enrollment course at Jackson Prep

October 27th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU offers interior design dual enrollment course at Jackson Prep

Nearly 20 high school juniors and seniors enrolled in a Digital Design for Interiors dual enrollment course at Jackson Preparatory School learned about the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s diverse curriculum and programs during a recent visit to Mississippi State University. (Photo by Keats Haupt)

Nearly 20 high school juniors and seniors enrolled in a Digital Design for Interiors dual enrollment course at Jackson Preparatory School learned about the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s diverse curriculum and programs during a recent visit to Mississippi State University. (Photo by Keats Haupt)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Nearly 20 juniors and seniors at Jackson Preparatory School in Flowood are participating in an interior design dual enrollment course offered by Mississippi State University.

Taught by 2009 MSU interior design graduate Swayze Neyland Pentecost of Jackson, the course provides an introduction to innovative software applications, including Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Such programs may be used to create graphic presentations, portfolios and digital illustrations of interior elements.

“Overall, the class is going wonderfully,” said Pentecost, a Jackson Prep alumna who also holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Tulane University.

As part of the class, students recently took part in a daylong field trip to the Starkville campus. They enjoyed the opportunity to interact with university officials, including Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert; Jason Keith, dean of the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering; Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design; and Naron Remillard, director of student recruitment.

The students also toured the Interior Design Program, School of Architecture, Department of Art, and Building Construction Science Program facilities, where they received information about the diverse curriculum and programs available through the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

“It was great for the Jackson Prep students to be able to observe classes and ask our students questions, so they could learn more about majors here on campus,” said Beth Miller, professor and director of the university’s interior design program. “The students are really enjoying the course at Jackson Prep, and I think we have a lot of interest in it for next year.”

Jason Walton, Jackson Prep’s Head of School, recently challenged Pentecost’s students to a billboard design competition. The winner of the competition was Mary Dunbar, whose winning design currently is displayed on two billboards in the Jackson Metro area.

“The students loved the opportunity to have a real life ‘client,’” Pentecost said.

Accredited by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation and National Association of Schools of Art and Design, MSU’s interior design program is the largest of its kind in the state of Mississippi. Providing students with a broad background in interior elements, materials, sources and practical experience in the business of interior design is its primary mission.

For more information about the interior design program and its Digital Design for Interiors course, contact Miller at 662-325-7689 or BMiller@caad.msstate.edu.

Interior design faculty receive major lighting education grant

May 18th, 2015 Comments Off on Interior design faculty receive major lighting education grant

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Via msstate.edu

Two Mississippi State faculty members in the university’s interior design program are receiving a $20,000 national grant.

The 2015 Nuckolls Fund Grant has been awarded to assistant professor William Riehm and instructor Robin Carroll by the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education Inc. They will use the funds to purchase supplies necessary to launch a new course in integrated lighting solutions.

Given annually since 1989 by the New York-based non-profit organization, the grants support development and delivery of innovative academic courses in lighting. After a rigorous review of submitted proposals, Nuckolls provided a total of $80,000 in grants this year–with MSU receiving one of the largest. For more, see www.nuckollsfund.org.

MSU’s interior design program is housed in the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

According to Riehm and Carroll, the new three-credit-hour elective course will begin in the 2016 spring semester and address lighting analytics and the understanding of lighting as an integrated part of building systems.

Jim West, dean of the college, said the award represents “a major step forward for the interior design program’s lighting curriculum.”

Speaking as both a veteran architect and university administrator, West said the lighting industry “rapidly is evolving in terms of technical advancements and, in particular, advancements in LED lighting and lighting controls directed at reducing energy usage. Keeping these advancements squarely within the purview of solid architectural lighting design practices is the fundamental aim of this new coursework.”

Joining him in expressing appreciation to Nuckolls, Carroll said the grant “will open many doors for a future lighting program at MSU.”

A five-year, $5,000 gift also is being provided by Curtis Stout of Little Rock, Arkansas, the nation’s largest representative of electrical equipment manufacturers, she added.

West said the new course will do much to enable creation of a lighting certification program and should be considered a first step in developing a new interdisciplinary teaching program involving four MSU academic units. In addition to interior design, architecture, building construction science in his college, the program would include industrial and systems engineering in the Bagley College of Engineering.

Click here to see the news release.

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