Second-Year Architecture students go to Philadelphia

September 28th, 2012 Comments Off

Students sketch The Barnes Foundation | Professor Emily McGlohn

Fourth-Year Architecture students visit New York

September 27th, 2012 Comments Off

Taylor Keefer, Chelsea Pierce and Danielle Glass in Times Square

Check out some of the photos from the trip!

Event set for national Green Apple Day of Service

September 27th, 2012 Comments Off

Volunteers from AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) from Mississippi State University have set up an event for Saturday’s national Green Apple Day of Service (Sept. 29).
The project, the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum Rain Garden (Take It Outside), is part of Phase 5 of a project to highlight the Blues Trail Marker designated for the Heritage Museum site in Starkville.  Also included in this phase is a 400-square-foot green roof pavilion, a pervious concrete walk and 14 solar panels for the museum.

Representatives from the U.S. Green Building Council of Mississippi will be present at the event, which will take place at the museum from 9 a.m. to noon.

Activities will include painting and other small tasks.

All associated with the College of Architecture, Art, and Design are encouraged to wear a T-shirt representing the College.  Volunteers should also wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.  Boots, hard hats and goggles are also recommended.

Anyone is welcome to participate and help with  his great service project.  Click here to volunteer!  Or visit

Pryor & Morrow announces registration of Taylor, Daniel

September 21st, 2012 Comments Off

From The Dispatch:

Michael Taylor has been with Pryor & Morrow Architects and Engineers, P.A. since 2003 and completed his professional degree in 2009. He is originally from Central Arkansas and currently resides in Caledonia.

He joined Pryor & Morrow in 2003 while pursuing his degree. Taylor has been project manager for various projects including: The Wise Center Exterior Renovation, Necropsy Renovation and Verner G. Hurt Research and Extension Building for Mississippi State University, and The Tennessee Williams Home Renovation located in downtown Columbus for the Columbus Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

He graduated from Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture.

Stephens Daniel has been on staff at Pryor & Morrow since 2010 and completed his professional degree in June 2005.

He is originally from Petal and a current resident of Tupelo. He joined Pryor & Morrow Architects and Engineers’ in 2010 and specializes in financial, residential, educational building design, and manages projects for BancorpSouth.

Registered architects are responsible for accommodating client needs, following building and life-safety codes and administrating the construction process. Local building departments often require that buildings of a certain size or complexity be designed by a registered architect.

He graduated from Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture.

A person seeking to become a registered architect in Mississippi must obtain a professional degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, must complete the three-year Intern Development Program (IDP) and must pass all seven components of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).

Robin Wade to attend furniture exhibit reception

September 19th, 2012 Comments Off

The Stump of the tree that was used to make the oak desk in the exhibit.

Robin wade, the furniture maker behind the collection that is currently in the gallery in Giles Hall, will be present for the reception next Monday night (Sept. 24) at 5 p.m.

Wade will give a brief talk about the exhibit and will be available for a question and answer session.

Check out more photos that show the work that went into acquiring the “media” for the oak desk in the exhibit.  The photos were taken by the now-deceased Photo Journalist Charles Moore, and this was the last photo shoot of his historic career.

Massie presents second Harrison Lecture on ‘Surface’

September 18th, 2012 Comments Off

William “Bill” Massie, architect in residence and head of the Department of Architecture at Cranbook Academy of Art, presented the second lecture in the Harrison Lecture Series on September 14.

Massie, who is visiting the School for the second time, discussed the idea of surface and presented a sampling of his work that focused on this idea.

The architect began his discussion of ‘surface’ by describing his ipad as a “minimalist box.”

“What’s really interesting,” he said, “is that’s it’s only a surface from an architecture standpoint. It’s all interior in a strange way, but all you can see is exterior.”

Massie then also showed a picture of the grass tennis court that is beside his house.

“I’m obsessed with the surface,” he said, going on to explain how he mows the grass every day to keep it at just over ¼-inch.

“The better the surface is,” Massie explained, “the more the surface goes away.” He later described how this idea works with reflections by showing images from one of his projects dealing with projection of light.

Massie said his first built thing was a concrete wall that was 70% stronger because he designed it with a curve.  He further demonstrated the idea to the audience by curving a sheet of paper.

Next, Massie discussed the idea of “visual rhyming.”

He explained how he tried to make a building in Montana look like the landscape but not be camouflaged – make the building “visually rhyme,” he said.

Massie went on to discuss projects where he experimented more with curvature and light.  He also described his designs that dealt with surface for a shower, kitchen, sink, and even his office in New York.

Massie finished the lecture by discussing the exhibit he created for his 2011 Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Massie described the exhibit, which played with surface, projection and lighting as, “My attempt at trying to construct surface and image into a new kind of way of making space.”

Michael Berk, director of the School of Architecture, presented Massie with a copy of BARNworks before everyone headed to a reception organized by Tau Sigma Delta.
The next lecture will be in collaboration with the Department of Art, Department of Communication and the Society for Photographic Education Conference.  Photographer Todd Hido will present a lecture in the McComas Theatre in McComas Hall at 4:30 p.m. on October 26.

Architecture students study materials, methods of construction

September 14th, 2012 Comments Off

Architecture students recently finished up a project in second-year studio with Professors Hans Herrmann, AIA and Emily McGlohn.

The goal of of the project was to teach students how a design may evolve based on how it would be constructed.

The students worked in groups and had to use different materials, such as wood, cardboard,  clay and paper to build their designs.

Mississippi Business Journal features Carl Small Town Center project

September 10th, 2012 Comments Off

Read the article in the Mississippi Business Journal: Researchers at MSU to examine possible Tanglefoot development.

Also, check out the article on WTVA.

School of Architecture student featured as MSU ‘Our People’

September 10th, 2012 Comments Off

Check out MSU’s feature on John Taylor Schaffhauser, a third-year architecture student.

School of Architecture students featured in national MSU commercial

September 5th, 2012 Comments Off

Have you seen the national commercial featuring OUR students, yet?

Check it out!

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