Jacob A. Gines is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Mississippi State University (MSU) where he teaches advanced design studios and building technology courses – with an emphasis on Mass-Timber Innovations, Materials and Methods. His research and scholarship investigate Bio-sustainable + Innovative Materials, Manufacturing + Fabrication Processes, and Post-Industrial Building + Landscapes.

Gines received his Master of Architecture from the University of Utah in 2007 and began teaching undergraduate and graduate design studios the following semester at his alma mater. Gines later received the 2009 Roger Bailey Traveling Fellowship, wherein he traveled to Northern India to study culture, craft, and meaning in Hindu, Islamic and contemporary architecture. In 2012, Gines was awarded the AIA Grassroots Award for Outstanding Overall Component that recognized AIA Utah’s Young Architects Forum and Gines’ contribution as a founding member.

That same year Gines relocated to Mississippi State University to teach at the School of Architecture. Gines regularly presents his work and research in various venues across the county – most recently presenting “Sustainable Futures: Solid Timber Application in Mid-Rise Construction” at the 6th International Conference on the Constructed Environment, chairing the 2016 Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined (TIMBR) Symposium, and co-chairing the 2015 international conference for the Building Technology Educators’ Society.

The TIMBR Studio, which Gines leads, recently completed proposals for an 8-10 story mass-timber commercial building planned for Jackson, MS. Funding for the TIMBR Studio was provided by Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI, Inc.), Weyerhaeuser, and various Mississippi timber companies. The TIMBR studio partnered with the Mississippi Forestry Association and the MSU Department of Sustainable Bioproducts.

As Vice President of Research and Design at Method Studio in Salt Lake City, Utah, Gines leads the firm’s research activities which are aimed at constructing designed solutions utilizing innovative techniques, practices and critical discourse. Gines has been engaged in architectural practice since 2001 and is an award-winning designer of several institutional, higher-ed, and multi-family housing projects – most recent of which is the Campus View Student Housing at Dixie State University.