Architecture student work on display in Giles Hall Gallery

August 22nd, 2012 Comments Off

Students’ final projects from spring 2012 are on display for a little longer in the gallery in Giles Hall.

As you enter the gallery, work that is closest to the door was done by first-year architecture students.  Work in the back of the exhibit was done by fifth-year students.

Don’t miss your chance to see some amazing projects!

Work will come down soon in preparation for the Brasfield & Gorrie Student Design Competition projects that will be displayed in the gallery starting on September 5th.

A quick look into the gallery …

Architecture student in Starkville Daily News

August 22nd, 2012 Comments Off

Chelsea Pierce, a third-year student in the School of Architecture at MSU, received a company-endowed scholarship from Richard M. Dean, AIA, President of Dean and Dean/Associates Architects, P.A.

See the photo from the Starkville Daily News on Aug. 21.

Braden, Varhalla win design competition

August 10th, 2012 Comments Off

The Brick Industry Association Design Competition is a $1,000 travel scholarship awarded each year to two students.

This year’s winners were Mack Braden and Michael Varhalla.

The project was for the design of a culinary arts school in downtown Memphis, Tenn., as part of the Spring 2012 Third-Year Design Studio taught by Assistant Professor Alexis D. Gregory, AIA, and Assistant Professor Hans Herrmann, AIA.

Honorable Mention went to Chelsea Pierce and John Thomas.

This is the second year that the Brick Industry Association has sponsored this studio.

Reviewers of the student work included
• Glen Clapper – Architectural Services Manager for the Brick Industry Association, Southeast Region
• Julie Granacher – Architect, Balance Design, Atlanta GA
• Grady Griffin – Mississippi Restaurant Association, Jackson MS
• Todd Walker, FAIA – Principal Partner in Archimania, Memphis TN, MSU School of Architecture alumnus

MSU professors receive Bringing Theory to Practice grant

August 9th, 2012 Comments Off

Alexis Gregory, AIA, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, and her research partner, Dr. April Heiselt in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, have been awarded a $1,000 Seminar grant.  The grant comes from the Bringing Theory to Practice Project, an independent organization working in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

AAC&U’s website states:
The proposed project is a civic seminar on the importance of community engagement in architecture education. The seminar brings together members from the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, College of Education, T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability, and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (RRTC), as well as the Starkville Commission on Disability, and the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity to discuss the creation and implementation of service-learning architecture coursework that will teach students about the importance of universal design through community engagement. The grant will facilitate a community-wide effort to engage students in a transformative experience to better the lives of their fellow citizens through the design of accessible architecture.

Architecture professor published in AIA Forward

August 9th, 2012 Comments Off

Alexis Gregory, AIA, assistant professor in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, published an article in the summer issue of AIA Forward journal, Forward 112: Process.  Check out her article on Page 118!

According to the publication staff, the summer issue raises a number of provocative questions about the nature of the design process and explores possibilities for design discovery.  What are the processes we follow and invent when learning, teaching and practicing design? The articles describe a series of balancing acts, compelling cross-sections of thought and design process that direct us to look inward to our own balance of art and practice, theory and science, teaching and learning.

Forward, a scholarly journal, is produced by the National Associates Committee to provide a voice for Associate AIA members within the Institute.

Architecture students design Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity house

August 7th, 2012 Comments Off

Alexis Gregory did a lot of work at her previous job in Savannah, Ga., with nonprofits, so it was no surprise for her to get involved in Starkville as well.

“It’s just a passion that I have,” the assistant professor in the School of Architecture at MSU said.

Gregory worked with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity last fall and began a class with 11 students last spring to design houses for the organization.

Students researched projects other universities have done, general information about Habitat for Humanity and information about the local chapter.  They also were able to take field trips to local Habitat for Humanity houses and others throughout the state.

“The students learned a lot by seeing other people’s homes and learning how people other than themselves live,” said Gregory. “They also learned how hard it is to work with such a limited building footprint because the building slab was existing; the students had to work within that limitation.”

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School of Architecture alumna hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers

August 7th, 2012 Comments Off

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Janet Marie Smith as Senior VP of Planning and Development.

Smith, known throughout the sports world for her work with the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves, joins the Dodgers immediately.  She most recently served as the Orioles Vice President of Planning and Development.

“Dodger Stadium is one of the most iconic venues in sports and Janet Marie is one of the few people I would trust with its future,” said Dodger President Stan Kasten. “She respects baseball’s tradition and knows how to retain a ballpark’s distinctive charms while providing fans with the amenities and comfort they’ve come to expect. Any fan that has walked through the gates at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the renovated Fenway Park or Atlanta’s Turner Field has been a beneficiary of her understanding of what a ballpark means to its community. Every new baseball stadium built since 1992 has been influenced by what she helped build at Camden Yards.  And we thank Orioles owner Peter Angelos for allowing Janet Marie to join us.”

In her new role with the Dodgers, Smith will oversee upgrades and enhancements to Dodger Stadium.

“I’m looking forward to working with the new Dodgers ownership to find ways to create an even better fan experience,” said Smith. “Dodger Stadium is a treasured piece of the Los Angeles community and a special place where I watched more than a dozen games per season when I lived in L.A. during the early 1980s. It’s important to all of us that we restore and enhance the park in a way that honors its heritage and highlights its distinctive appeals, while still capturing what fans want and franchises need in a modern venue.”

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Carl Small Town Center awarded grant to help communities plan for growth

August 1st, 2012 Comments Off

The Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University has been awarded a grant to work with communities along the Tanglefoot Trail on transportation and economic development issues.

The $120,000 grant comes from the federally funded Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center, a regional university transportation center located at the University of Florida.  The funds will be shared by MSU, North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Tanglefoot Trail is a new bike/hike route linking New Albany to Houston, Miss. CSTC will craft a plan for the adjacent towns to grow in a way that improves the quality of life for all residents and increases transportation choices.

The project’s goal is to develop a plan over the next 15 months for increasing pedestrian and bicycle travel and decreasing traffic congestion, air pollution and unnecessary expenditures on new or wider roads.

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