MSU S|ARC to hold alumni reception during 2018 AIA National Convention (NYC)

February 26th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU S|ARC to hold alumni reception during 2018 AIA National Convention (NYC)

The Mississippi State University School of Architecture Director’s Office – along with alumni Daria Pizzetta and Ted T. Porter – will host an alumni reception on Thurs., June 21, 2018, in New York, NY.

Held at the office of Ted Porter Architecture and coinciding with the 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention, this informal gathering will be a time for S|ARC alumni and friends to reconnect, visit and network as well as get updates on what is currently happening within the school. Alumni and friends don’t have to register for the AIA convention to attend this free event.


Who: S|ARC alumni, friends and invited guests

What: A time to catch up with classmates, reconnect, and network with friends

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Ted Porter Architecture
45 West 21 Street, Suite 4A
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, New York 10010



Contact the School of Architecture at 662-325-2202 with questions.


‘Dutch Complex Housing’ exhibit on display in Giles

March 7th, 2018 Comments Off on ‘Dutch Complex Housing’ exhibit on display in Giles

(Photos by Kelsey Brownlee)

From Feb. 12 through March 13, the “Dutch Complex Housing” exhibition will be on display in the Giles Hall Gallery.

The exhibit showcases ideas of multi-family housing from the Netherlands. A public reception was held on Feb. 12.

To view the Architecture Gallery schedule (presented by Tau Sigma Delta), visit

School of Architecture holds annual Academic Insight event

February 20th, 2018 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds annual Academic Insight event

(Photos by Kelsey Brownlee)

On Sat., Feb. 17, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an annual event for admitted MSU students and their guests.

The event is meant to help students get a better understanding of the programs within the college and is a chance for students to meet other incoming students, current students and professors.

After a department fair, students and their guests had a chance to mingle with current students and faculty over breakfast before Dean Jim West presented an overview of the college.

After the presentation, the group split up into the four college units – architecture, art, interior design and building construction science – and went to those facilities for a “breakout session.”

During the sessions, parents had a chance to meet with the program directors and faculty while students worked on an activity meant to give them a glimpse into their program.

Students interested in architecture worked with Assistant Clinical Professor Justin Taylor along with alumna Megan Vansant and current architecture student volunteers on a project using “giant Legos.” Students also toured the facilities in Giles Hall and had a chance to ask questions.

Junior MSU architecture student receives $20,000 travel award

February 20th, 2018 Comments Off on Junior MSU architecture student receives $20,000 travel award

Maria I. Ory (Photo by Megan Bean)

A junior architecture student is the third at Mississippi State University to receive a $20,000 award for travel and research.

Maria I. Ory of Destrehan, La., and daughter of Paul Joseph Ory and Tanya Ann Ibieta, will use the endowed Aydelott Travel Award to visit and research the following buildings – Casa Batllo by Antoni Guadi in Barcelona, Spain; Palace Portois & Fix by Max Fabiani in Vienna, Austria; Cuadra San Cristobal by Luis Barragan in Mexico City, Mexico; and Linked Hybrid by Steven Holl in Beijing, China. Her research will focus on how these four architects integrate color into their designs, which she will document through paintings, among other methods.

“The review committee was very impressed with Maria’s unique approach to analyzing buildings by focusing on the integration of color and design in 20th century architecture,” said F.L. Crane Professor and Director of the School of Architecture Michael Berk. “The jury was also very impressed with the professionalism of her proposal; it clearly demonstrated a high-level response to the goals of the Aydelott Travel Award. My office will look forward to reviewing the results of Maria’s research and travel.”

Charles “Trey” Box III (Photo by Megan Bean)

Junior Charles “Trey” Box III of Jackson, son of Chuck and Amanda Box, was runner-up and received $4,800 to support his international research and travel this summer on experimental housing in the 1970s. His proposal includes housing complexes in London, England; Deft, Netherlands; and Barcelona, Spain. The Trussel Travel Award is funded by alumnus Ted T. Porter.

“The Aydelott Travel Award offers a student an opportunity that can and should change the trajectory of their architectural career,” said MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West.

Ory agreed, saying, “I cannot thank the Aydelotts enough for this award and the MSU School of Architecture for affording me this opportunity. I feel as though the school has really given a solid foundation for me to proceed with this endeavor and have it end in success.”

The architecture student will return to MSU in the fall to work with her faculty adviser, School of Architecture Professor Andrew Reed Tripp, to compile her research and observations into a report to be judged against his fellow Aydelott Travel Award recipients.

One student will receive the Aydelott Prize and an additional $5,000.

“This award enables students to research, visit, study and comprehend four visionary pieces of architecture in a way never available to them before. I look forward to observing a true transformation in the recipients of this award,” West said.

The $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides an award each year to four architecture students currently enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at Mississippi State and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; and the University of Tennessee.

For more information about the Aydelott Travel Award and other fellowships in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, visit

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School of Architecture at MSU welcomes Atlanta architect for Harrison Lecture

February 13th, 2018 Comments Off on School of Architecture at MSU welcomes Atlanta architect for Harrison Lecture

By | Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

STARKVILLE, Miss.—As part of its Robert and Freda Harrison Lecture Series, Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture is sponsoring a Feb. 16 presentation by a co-founder of one of the Southeast’s most recognized architectural firms.

Free to all, award-winning architect Merrill Elam’s lecture takes place at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium on the second floor of Giles Hall, home to MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Elam, who served as a visiting critic at MSU in the 1980s, is principal in the Atlanta, Georgia-based firm of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, which specializes in architecture, graphic, exhibit and interior design, planning, programming and research. Having worked together in architecture for more than 40 years, Elam and fellow principal Mack Scogin have extensive experience in the formation and leadership of multi-disciplined project teams.

While colleagues at Heery and Heery Architects in Atlanta, Elam and Scogin honed their design and management skills on project types ranging from airports and hospitals to corporate and industrial campuses. For more, visit

“Merrill Elam is certainly one of the most important and critical architects practicing in the world today. Her firm’s work has been published extensively and received numerous national design awards,” said MSU F.L. Crane Professor and School of Architecture Director Michael A. Berk.

“Since its early days, our school has had a strong connection with her firm and her partner, Mack Scogin. Many of our students over the years have had the good fortune to visit and tour their offices while on a Design Studio architecture field trip to Atlanta,” Berk added.

The School of Architecture is sponsoring two more 4 p.m. lectures in Harrison Auditorium throughout the spring semester. During a March 28 presentation, MSU fourth-year architecture student Daniel P. Smith of Canton will discuss his summer research experience as a 2017 MSU Aydelott Travel Award recipient. Mark West, an educator and architectural researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will conclude the spring lecture series with a talk on April 13.

Part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, the School of Architecture offers the only curriculum in Mississippi leading to a professional degree in architecture. For more, visit and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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CAAD holds design charrette for new facilities

February 8th, 2018 Comments Off on CAAD holds design charrette for new facilities

The Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design recently brought together its six advisory boards (four industry advisory boards, a faculty advisory board and a student advisory board) for a full-day design charrette to discuss needs and wants for new facilities for the college.

The need to locate all of the college’s units together, as well as space constraints and the need for repairs/updates in several buildings, has put the college on the university’s list for new facilities in the near future.

Cindy Simpson, a 1996 Mississippi State University interior design graduate, first discussed with Dean Jim West the concept of holding a design charrette to gather ideas, and her concept came to fruition on Fri., Jan. 26.

Attendees were divided into teams – each containing a mix of faculty, students, alumni and friends in the four various fields – and were encouraged to discuss needs and wants for the future CAAD facilities.

They were given a tour of existing facilities in Howell Building and Giles Hall as well as basic program and site information to assist in their think tank session.

After hours of discussion, each team presented their ideas (ranging from the philosophical to concrete )to the group, which included invited guests Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Allison Pearson; MSU Director of Planning, Design and Construction Administration Tim Muzzi; and Executive Director of Development for the MSU Foundation Jack McCarty.

Previously known as the School of Architecture, the college was established in 2004 with the addition of the Interior Design Program and the Department of Art. In 2007, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board approved the formation of the undergraduate program in Building Construction Science, adding this fourth unit to the college.

The college is currently housed in numerous buildings across campus. The School of Architecture studios are located in Giles Hall along with the dean’s office and staff. The Department of Art buildings include Freeman Hall (houses the main office), Stafford Hall, Briscoe Hall and a portion of Howell Building; gallery spaces are located in the Cullis Wade Depot, the Visual Arts Center (808 University Drive) and the adjacent building.  The Interior Design Program studios are located in Etheredge Hall, and the Building Construction Science Program is housed in another portion of Howell Building.

Click here to view an overview of all of the teams’ work.

2018 Final Jury Review Schedule announced

February 6th, 2018 Comments Off on 2018 Final Jury Review Schedule announced

The School of Architecture has set its final Jury Reviews schedule. All events will take place on the Starkville campus. Most reviews will start in the morning and last to the evening.

Starkville campus Final JURY Schedule [Spring 2018]:

  • 1st YR:   Friday, 20 April  (Foundational project)
  • 2nd YR: Monday, 23 April  (Scholar Housing – North Farm)
  • 3rd YR:  Tuesday, 24 April  (Collaborative Studio w/ BCS — Meridian Police Station Re-use & Rennovation)
  • 4th YR:  Wed, 25 April  (Mississippi Winery – North Farm)
  • 5th YR:  Thu-Fri, 26-27 April  (Individual Comprehensive projects in urban Jackson)

PLEASE call the main offices to confirm attendance at 662-325-2202.

Maurice Cox presents first 2018 Harrison Lecture

January 29th, 2018 Comments Off on Maurice Cox presents first 2018 Harrison Lecture

Maurice Cox, architect and planning director for the city of Detroit, Mich., presented the first Harrison Lecture for the semester at 4 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 26, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium. His lecture was titled “Learning from Detroit: The Most Inclusive Comeback Story Ever Told.”

Cox is an urban designer, architectural educator and former mayor of the city of Charlottesville, Va. He most recently served as Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Tulane University, School of Architecture and Director of the Tulane City Center, a university-affiliated practice operating at the intersection of design, urban research and civic engagement throughout the New Orleans community. 

This lecture series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.

See the full schedule here.

MSU Carl Small Town Center’s Gregory to lead statewide planning association

January 29th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU Carl Small Town Center’s Gregory to lead statewide planning association

By | Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State alumnus and community planner for the university’s Carl Small Town Center is beginning a new leadership role with the state’s professional organization for city planners.

Thomas R. Gregory III recently was elected to a one-year term as president-elect of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association. In January 2019, he will begin a two-year term as the organization’s president.

“It is an honor to be selected by my peers and colleagues across Mississippi to lead our state chapter,” Gregory said. “The work we do as planners is critical to the success of Mississippi’s communities, and I will work hard to promote our profession across the state.”

Gregory said he looks forward to collaborating with the executive team to update the chapter’s strategic plan and increase membership among planning professionals in Mississippi.

“I would also like to piggy-back on our national organization’s ‘Great Places’ initiative by creating a ‘Great Places in Mississippi’ program to recognize Mississippi communities that exemplify good planning,” Gregory added.

Prior to being named president-elect, Gregory served as APA Mississippi’s public information officer and conference committee chair. He currently serves the APA on a national level as a member of its leadership development taskforce.

Gregory, a native of Greenwood, is a 2005 MSU magna cum laude business administration, construction management and land development bachelor’s graduate who also minored in economics and political science. He returned to his alma mater during the 2017 fall semester after serving eight years as chief administrative officer for the City of Greenwood. There, he served on the board of directors for Main Street Greenwood, Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce, Greenwood Boys and Girls Club and ArtPlace Mississippi.

A Master of City and Regional Planning graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gregory is licensed by the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a member of Congress for the New Urbanism, among other professional groups. He is a graduate of the Sustainable Cities Design Academy, Public Interest Design Institute and Leadership Mississippi.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the Carl Small Town Center is a statewide community design outreach program that was endowed in 2004 by MSU alumnus and major benefactor Fred E. Carl Jr. of Greenwood. For more on the college, visit; its Carl Small Town Center, at http://carlsmalltowncenter.orgor

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School of Architecture morns loss of 2010 alumna Chelsea Clark Lanier

January 11th, 2018 Comments Off on School of Architecture morns loss of 2010 alumna Chelsea Clark Lanier

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The family of Chelsea Clark Lanier, age 30, of Decatur, will host a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:00 p.m. at Beltline Church of Christ with Steve Smith officiating.  The family will receive friends for two hours prior to service.  Shelton Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Chelsea, who died January 7, 2018, after a brief battle with breast cancer, was born February 12, 1987, in Decatur, to Doug and Tammy Clark.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Matthew Clark, and grandparents, Jo Clark, and Kenneth and Freda Wilhite.

Chelsea accepted Christ as her Savior in 1997, and was a faithful member of Beltline Church of Christ.

She was a 2005 graduate of West Morgan High School where she was Salutatorian.  She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University in 2010, followed by a Master in Design Build from Auburn University in 2011.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude in May, 2017, with a degree in Graphic Design from Calhoun Community College.

Chelsea was a graphic designer for Creative Design Circle of Huntsville.  She was a talented artist who loved to draw, paint, and make jewelry.  She touch so many with her talents.

She is survived by her husband of five years, Daniel Lanier; her parents; one brother, Mitchell Clark; one sister, Courtney Clark; grandmother, Barbara Clark; nephews, Gage Roberts and Leelan Neville; mother-in-law, Nena Lanier; sisters-in-law, Lori Neville (Mike), Kristel Moser (Ryan), and Rachel Lanier.

The family offers their special thanks to Dr. Johnny Nacilla of Cullman Oncology, and to Asera Care Hospice and staff.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made in her memory to the Beltline Church of Christ Building Fund.