Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, Visiting Eminent Architect of Practice at the School of Architecture, will be lecturing at 4 PM on Monday February 28th

February 25th, 2011 Comments Off

Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, this years visiting Eminent Architect of Practice at the School of Architecture, will be lecturing at 4 PM on Monday the 28th of February in the Harrison Auditorium at Giles Hall. Please plan on attending.

Jackson Architect and MSU Alum tragically killed in a car wreck last Tuesday night

February 24th, 2011 Comments Off

We are all very saddened by this event; please keep Michael and his family in your thoughts and prayers. This is an enormous loss and a sobering shock to the profession, the state, and the local community. The family indicated that his funeral will be held this Saturday (Feb26) in the Performing Arts Center at Belhaven University, which he designed. Please see the link below.

Duvall Decker Architects’ Mississippi Library Commission Headquarters chosen by AIA Design for the Decades

February 23rd, 2011 Comments Off

Alumus Anne Marie Duvall, SARC 1994, and former faculty member Roy Decker, principals in the architectural firm DuvallDecker in Jackson, MS, have had their Mississippi Library Commission Headquarters in Jackson, MS chosen as one of ten buildings nationwide in the A.I.A. Design for the Decades: Civic Buildings. From Architect Magazine:
“Civic buildings should be places where citizens feel safe and welcomed, where they can grow and learn, and where they can strengthen their community ties. Designed by AIA members and featured in its Design for Decades initiative, the design projects featured in this slide show highlight the intersection of city government, community interaction, and public education–courthouses, federal office buildings, convention centers, children’s shelters, and more–all demonstrating the lasting value of design.”
For a slideshow of the ten buildings, please visit: AIA Design for the Decades Civic Buildings:

MSU School of Architecture Announces Lawrence Scarpa FAIA as the Visiting “Eminent Architect of Practice” Faculty member for Spring 2011 Semester

February 9th, 2011 Comments Off

The MSU School of Architecture is pleased to announce that Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, will be joining the School’s faculty for the Spring 2011 semester, inaugurating the first annual Eminent Architect of Practice; this visiting faculty position is a new program that the School established to bring a distinguished award-winning architect of contemporary practice to the MSU campus to teach in the senior level studio capstone project. “Having Larry come to Starkville to interact with our faculty, engage with our students, and present public lectures, provides a remarkable opportunity to have a world-class architect walk among us”, states Michael A. Berk, F.L. Crane Professor and Director of the School of Architecture. “We are all very excited . . . we would also like to encourage the public to monitor our web page to see the details for a forthcoming public lecture”. Scarpa will be co-teaching with Professors Hans Herrmann, AIA, and Berk of the MSU Architecture faculty.

Scarpa is the founding partner and principal in the Los Angeles based firm of Pugh + Scarpa, recipients of the 2010 American Institute of Architects (AIA) “Firm of the Year” Award – – – the most prestigious award bestowed upon a US firm in North America; his office also received the 2010 California AIA “Firm of the Year” designation. Since 2001 Mr. Scarpa’s firm, Brooks + Scarpa (formerly Pugh + Scarpa) has received over fifty major design awards including 16 National AIA Awards, 2005 Record Houses, 2003 Record Interiors, 2003 Rudy Bruner Prize, 2006 and 2003 AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Award and was a finalist for the World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. In 2004 The Architectural League of New York selected him as an “Emerging Voice” in architecture. His work was recently exhibited at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. In 2009 he received The Interior Design Magazine “Lifetime Achievement” Award.

His work redefines the role of the architect and results in some of the most remarkable and exploratory design today. He does so by looking, questioning, and reworking the very process of design and building. Each project appears as an opportunity to rethink the way things normally get done, to redefine and cull out latent potentials that exist in materials, form, construction, and even financing—to, as Scarpa says, make the “ordinary extraordinary.” This produces entirely inventive work that is quite difficult to categorize because it is driven by exploration rather than an initial intent. It is environmentally sustainable, but it is not about ‘sustainable design.’ It employs new materials, digital practices and technologies, but it is not defined by nor molded by technologies. It is socially and community conscious, but it is not created as a politically correct statement. Rather, it is deeply rooted in conditions of the everyday and works with our perception and preconceptions to allow us to see things in new ways. Ongoing research in materials and technologies as well as constant reexamination of known conditions, accepted norms, and established methods has led him to innovative solutions and stimulating new ways of approaching design.

Scarpa is also considered a pioneer and leader in the field of sustainable design. He has pioneered much of the current thinking about the integration of sustainable building ideas and quality design. His ground breaking project Colorado Court in Santa Monica was the first Multi-family housing project in the USA to be LEED Certified and has shifted thinking about “Sustainable Building Design”. His Solar Umbrella house in Venice, California has been cited as one of the most important houses of this century. Both Colorado Court and the Solar Umbrella House are the only projects in the history of the American Institute of Architects to win a National AIA Design Award, an AIA COTE (Committee on the Environment) “Top Ten Green Building” Award and a National AIA special interest award for a single project. His buildings facilitate best practices in the field but are particularly powerful because he meshes such components throughout design elements, not as individual criteria but part of a holistic structure.

He has taught and lectured at the university level since 1987 at numerous schools including UCLA, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Florida, Mississippi State University (1991) and SCI-arc. He was the 2010 Ivan Smith Eminent Visiting Professor at The University of Florida, 2009 E. Fay Jones Distinguished Professor in Architecture at the University of Arkansas, 2008 Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor, 2007 Eliel Saarinen Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, 2005 Max Fisher Visiting Professor at Taubman College of Architecture at the University of Michigan, 2004 Friedman Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.
[Sources: Pugh+Scarpa web site + Wikipedia]

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