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
 

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.

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.

Interior Design students travel, network

November 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Interior Design students travel, network

Interior design students recently went on their annual field trips, designed to expose students to different design options and as a chance to network with various professionals in the industry.

Sophomores in Assistant Professor William Riehm’s studio traveled to nearby Eupora to visit School of Architecture alumna Belinda Stewart, owner of Belinda Stewart Architects P.A.

Stewart explained her work and talked with students about what it means to be in the design profession.

“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
  • MOMA
  • Guggenheim Museum

Olivia Alison gives lecture to Interior Design students

November 4th, 2016 Comments Off on Olivia Alison gives lecture to Interior Design students

By Kelsey Brownlee

On Thurs., Nov. 3, the interior design students gladly welcomed Olivia Alison.

Alison is a native of Selma, Alabama, who has earned art history degrees from Hollins College and the University of Delaware, as well as a certificate from the Sorbonne in Paris. She began her career as a field representative for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem and worked at the Smithsonian, the National Gallery, Winterthur Museum and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

In 1989 she became Curator of Decorative Arts for Savannah’s Telfair Museum of Art. Alison was also the director of the Telfair’s Owens-Thomas House museum and its multi-million dollar architectural conservation project.

In 1999, she joined Colonial Williamsburg as Director of Major Gifts for Collections, Conservation and Museums. In addition she was co-founder and the Director of the Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections.

For six years she worked with Williamsburg’s curators, conservators and development staff to attract world class objects and collections to the Foundation and to garner support for the Foundation’s museums, trade shops, architectural restorations and educational programs. She then worked at Monticello as the Vice President of External Affairs for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and at Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC, as a consultant.

She returned to her native state in 2007 and became the Director of Development for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. In 2014, she joined the Birmingham Public Library to help strengthen its funds development program.

She is currently the Director of Development for the Birmingham Public Library system, and her office is in the historic Linn-Henley Research Library.  She is delighted to be associated with the largest public library in Alabama, which is also the most visited cultural institution in the county and the official repository of the city of Birmingham’s history.

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