NOMAS, Fashion Board to hold TRASHIONshow, JUNK 2 FUNK sale

October 22nd, 2012 Comments Off

Dresses like this one made out of chip bags and wrappers will be seen at this year’s TRASHIONshow.

Students in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University will hold the annual NOMAS TRASHIONshow with MSU’s Fashion Board on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall. The show will exhibit student fashion designs made completely of recyclable materials that were once considered trash.  There is no charge for the show, but donations will be accepted.

Samuel Ball, president of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), said attire in the past has ranged from ties to jackets to dresses to shoes and bracelets, and there was even mention of an umbrella at this year’s planning meeting.

“I think this year is going to be pretty dynamic in terms of what you’re going to see,” Ball said.

Last year’s president, Andrew Robertson, made a dress completely out of toilet tissue.

“It was actually beautiful,” said Ball.

The year before, he said Robertson made a dress out of receipts.

“It was even better!”

This year’s TRASHIONshow will also showcase the JUNK 2 FUNK sale.  Students in the College of Architecture, Art, and Design will have the opportunity to put their work on display or for sale in the gallery in Giles Hall immediately before and after the TRASHIONshow.

Many of the items will be made from reclaimed or recycled materials, such as paper from books, old prints, newspaper, bass wood, wood from old projects, glass, film, rocks, paper clips, nuts and bolts, zippers, yarn, bottles, can caps and wire.

NOMAS is the student arm of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Students participating seek to enhance the educational experience of its members by fostering diversity within the School of Architecture and the community.

The Fashion Board is an organization the involves the creativity of MSU students in modeling, set design, hair and make-up, model direction, music, fashion, styling and the overall production of fashion shows.

Click here for more information about the JUNK 2 FUNK sale.

Read the story by Leah Barbour with MSU University Relations.

Read the story by Christine Bowman with The Reflector.

MSU Harrison Lecture Series teaches design

October 19th, 2012 Comments Off

(Photo from MSU University Relations) Acclaimed photographer Todd Hido will speak as part of the Harrison Lecture Series and the SPESC photography conference on Oct. 26.


Story by Leah Barbour | MSU University Relations

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The culture of craft influences artistic assessment, house design and furniture arrangement–it impacts quality of life.

Interested community members, amateurs and professionals can attend Mississippi State University’s Harrison Lecture Series on Friday, Oct. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in McComas Hall’s main theater to learn more about this culture.

Todd Hido, a photographer known for his nighttime images of houses, will offer a free presentation, sponsored by MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

“Since our theme this year is the ‘culture of craft,’ the photographer will talk about his craft and how he develops the ideas for his photos,” said Alexis Gregory, assistant professor of architecture. “Lecture presenters always answer questions at the end, and the people who ask those questions can help us all learn even more.”

“We want people to know what’s happening on our campus, so they can start to understand the resources that we have here and engage the public in what we are doing,” Gregory noted.

Hido’s lecture is part of collaboration among the college, the art department, the communication department and the Society for Photographic Education Conference. The lecture series is funded in part through a donation from Robert V. M. and Freda Wallace Harrison and funding from the department of art.

For more information, contact Gregory at 662-325-2202 or agregory@caad.msstate.edu.

Architecture alumnus Davis selected as juror

October 17th, 2012 Comments Off

Lance Davis, AIA, LEED, recently served as a juror for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Design and Environmental Awards.

These awards recognize excellence in design and construction achievement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Geographic Districts, Centers, Laboratories and Field Operating Activities in tandem with private sector professional partners in design and construction.

The winning projects reflect a wide range of skills, innovation and commitment to deliver quality projects for our nation and the Armed Forces.

Davis, a 1995 graduate from the School of Architecture, has also been appointed to the distinguished jury for the 2012 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building Awards by the National Institute of Building Science’s Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC).

These awards highlight those initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance building market, while providing real-world examples of high-performance design and construction processes.

The jury is responsible for selecting the buildings, initiatives and products that best exemplify the eight design objectives of high-performance from all of the entries submitted to SBIC.

(Click here to read the full article on the National Institute of Building Sciences’ website)

School of Architecture alumnus Lance Davis highlighted in publication

October 17th, 2012 Comments Off

Lance Davis, AIA, LEED, is highlighted in the upcoming book, The Rise of Living Architecture. 

Davis, a 1995 graduate of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, is also participating in a book signing at the 10th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference: Cities Alive, being held in Chicago, Ill., from Oct. 17-20.

Davis was recognized in the book for his work in bringing planted roofs to Washington, D.C., and the explosion of planted roofs and living walls within the Federal Government.

The alumnus will also speak at the conference about the integrated design process and its use to increase the benefits of natural and man-made systems.

From the Green Roofs website:
The Rise of Living Architecture
celebrates the contribution of more than 50 leading experts to the development of the green roof and wall industry over the past decade. Leadership profiles are drawn from a wide range of business, academia, policy and design professionals. These extraordinary individuals share their greatest accomplishments and views on the future development of the industry. The Rise of Living Architecture is a beautiful table top book that was designed by award-winning Ian Rapsey and includes a Foreward on Restorative Design by celebrated academic Stephen Kellert of Yale University and an essay on the transformative power of living architecture by Steven W. Peck, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. The outstanding photographic work of Brad Temkinis featured throughout this limited edition work.

Architecture professor named Fulbright Scholar Representative

October 17th, 2012 Comments Off

Jane Britt Greenwood is interviewed (with her interpreter, right) by the local Armenian television station in 2011.

Jane Britt Greenwood gives a lecture while in Armenia as a Fulbright Scholar.

Associate Professor Jane Britt Greenwood, AIA, first got involved with The Fulbright Scholar Program in 2010 when she was the state’s only representative to receive the honor that academic year.

Greenwood used her Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction [YSUAC] in Yerevan, Armenia, and do research on Armenian vernacular architecture. While there, she discovered the country’s need for curriculum development. She filed for an extension of her scholarship and remained in Armenia for an additional semester to help both YSUAC and Yerevan State Linguistics University after V Brusov with their curriculum development.

When she arrived back at Mississippi State, Greenwood had a new passion for telling others about The Fulbright Scholar Program.

“It was such a tremendous experience,” she said.

So, when she heard the call from the program for peer reviewers last April, she applied and is now one of three Peer Discipline Reviewers for The Fulbright Program for architecture.  Since she was notified in August, the School of Architecture professor has reviewed 11 applications.

Greenwood said her job as a reviewer is to look only at the scholarly content, such as the proposal details, the applicant’s background and the details of the research plan.  Each review takes her about an hour, and she gives written comments and feedback that is given back to applicants.  That way, if an applicant’s proposal is not accepted, he or she will have an idea of improvements that need to be made if submitted again.

Greenwood further explained that the peer review is just the first step in the yearlong process. The proposals next head to a regional review, and the last step is a review by the embassy in the country of the applicant’s proposed project.

Along with her involvement as a peer reviewer, Greenwood also serves as a co-representative for the university with Dr. Stephen Cottrell.

As MSU Fulbright Program Campus Representatives, the two work to promote the program to students and faculty.

Greenwood said faculty, administrators and professionals can apply for seven types of Fulbright Scholarships. One offering is a Senior Specialist project that is short-term, usually lasting two to six weeks.  The Core Fulbright, which is the program Greenwood participated in, is a longer opportunity that allows faculty to do research and/or teach for a year.

Students can also take advantage of The Fulbright Program.  There is an umbrella under the program that allows students to study abroad, and those with an undergraduate degree can travel to teach English or work on their own special project.

The co-representatives plan to hold a workshop soon to help students and faculty learn more about the application process, and they have a goal to increase the number of Fulbright Scholars at Mississippi State.

Carl Small Town Center, Architecture students receive APA MS awards

October 17th, 2012 Comments Off

The Carl Small Town Center (CSTC) has received the Public Outreach Award from The Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA MS). The center won the award for its MS Bypass Guidelines, which were published this year.

The Public Outreach award was one of only three awards given by the MS APA this year and is for an individual or program that uses information and education about the value of planning to create greater awareness among citizens and other segments of society.

Rachel McKinley and Zachary James, students in the School of Architecture, also received the Collaborative Project Award from APA MS. The award is for their work done in the CSTC’s CREATE Common Ground class last spring, which focused on revitalizing New Albany.

The Collaborative Project Award recognizes research, projects or other activities in which a student has worked collaboratively with practitioners/planners and/or faculty.

The awards will be accepted at the annual conference in Meridian next Friday, Oct. 26.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Creating Sense of Place: Collaborative, Sustainable & Innovative.”

Read the story by Leah Barbour | MSU University Relations

Fall Jury Week 2012 schedule set for the School of Architecture

October 17th, 2012 Comments Off

Final reviews will take place Nov. 28–Dec. 6 in Giles Hall in Starkville. Please let us know if you plan to attend!

Please call the Main Office at 662-325-2202 to confirm exact times and dates prior to attending. Also, let us know if you will attend. We would like to provide enough snacks and/or meals for our guests!

All the following reviews will be in Giles Hall – Starkville:
First-year studio (Foundation Design)
Wednesday, Nov. 28
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (and probably later with an evening session)

Second-year studio (Tectonic Studio I)
Thursday, Nov. 29
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  (and probably later with an evening session)

Third-year studio (Mixed-use multi-family Housing – Chicago)
Friday, Nov. 30
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (and probably later with an evening session)

Fourth-year studio (Topical Studios: Gulf Coast) 
Monday, Dec. 3
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (and probably later with an evening session)

Fifth-year studio (Urban+ Conceptual Projects) 
Wednesday, Dec. 5
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (and probably later . . . w/ evening session)
Thursday, Dec. 6
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (and maybe later)

Below is a description of what you will see at the final presentations.
First-year studio (Foundation Design)
Professors: Andrew Tripp (coordinator); Jacob Gines; Todd Walker, FAIA
Studio Assistant: Finas Townsend III
The first semester of design one is divided into three modules:
1.  “Drawing Intensive” – For the first seven weeks students are challenged to develop a rigorous but critical creative process through a variety of black and white freehand drawing assignments.

2.  “Rotation around a void” – The next three weeks are spent on a three-dimensional composition exercise designed to challenge and condition a student’s ability to conceive and represent space.  The conventions of architectural representation (including model making, plan, elevation, section and axonometric drawing are introduced in this module.

3.  “Time tables” – The final weeks of this semester are dedicated to fostering an elementary understanding of siting.  Students are asked to document and analyze a typical place and purpose and to create a series of drawings.  At the final review, this project will only be in progress.  It will not be completed until spring semester.”

Second-year studio (Tectonic Studio I)
Professors: Hans Herrmann, AIA (coor dinator); Emily McGlohn
The second-year studio will be presenting design proposals for the composition, material palette logic, detailing / tectonic considerations, methods of installation and finishing for the floating ceiling of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, Green Building Demonstration Pavilion.  The students will present individual schematic designs along with a single, full-scale built design. The designs will be presented via digital and physical means of representation.

Third-year studio (Mixed-use multi-family Housing – Chicago)
Professors: Alexis Gregory, AIA (coordinator); Jane Britt Greenwood, AIA, Justin Taylor
The third-year studio is designing a mixed-use, multi-family housing project on three different sites in Chicago, Ill.

Fourth-year studio (Topical Studios: Gulf Coast) 
Professors: Rachel McCann, Ph.D (coordinator); Frances Hsu, Ph.D.
Fourth-year students will present on Topical Studios: Gulf Coast.

Fifth-year studio (Urban+ Conceptual Projects) 
Professors: Jassen Callender (coordinator); Mark Vaughan
In the first five weeks, fifth-year students worked in four large groups to create master plan proposals for the future development of the fairgrounds in Jackson.

Individually, in the middle five weeks of the semester, half of the students are developing wooden ‘seeing’ frames, which correct for some aspect of the tendency of knowledge to short circuit full-fledged vision; the other half of the students are working with ‘language’ and developing a new graphic means of conveying spoken English. (They are reading Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees and Rousseau’s Social Contract, respectively). In addition, students are working in ‘seeing/language’ pairs to develop proposals for retrofitting/improving an existing street wall in downtown Jackson.

In the final five weeks, students will continue to work in ‘seeing/language’ pairs to more fully develop a single street wall of their choice from one of the master plans.

Architect delivers update on Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center

October 10th, 2012 Comments Off

(Article By Terri Ferguson Smith /  The Meridian Star)

MERIDIAN —  A long-awaited project to build the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center in Meridian is a step closer to becoming a reality. It still has a ways to go, but conceptual drawings of the center, to be located on property at the corner of 22nd Avenue and Front Street, were revealed Tuesday (Oct.9) to members of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.

Bob Luke, an architect with LPK Architects in Meridian, presented an update on the project that began in 2001 when the Mississippi State Legislature enacted Senate Bill 2666, establishing the center.

Meridian was chosen for its home and in 2005 the Legislature passed a bill approving a local food and beverage tax of up to 2 percent in Meridian to help fund the project. The bill was subject to approval by Meridian voters in a referendum; however no referendum has ever been called, so the tax has not gone into effect. That particular legislation is only good for this project and cannot be used for any other project, Luke said.

In 2006, the state issued $4 million in bonds to get the project going. Last year and this year, The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center Board of Directors purchased the property and tore down the existing buildings there. The property is now project-ready, Luke said.

A professional design team is now in the process of completing the project’s design and drawings. Those are expected to be completed by the summer of 2013.

The work that has been done so far has been funded by the $4 million from the state, Luke said, but now the project is entering another phase — fundraising.

“They are interviewing private fundraisers to solicit private funds for this project,” Luke said. “There is a lot of potential money on the table that will allow us to do something good.”

Luke told EMBDC members that between $30 million to $40 million is needed to construct the center.

“They are now trying to raise construction dollars,” Luke said. “When we met with the governor a couple of weeks ago, he was very excited, very supportive. He said, ‘Alright, let’s get going. Let’s make this thing happen.’ That means we’ve got to get public money. We obviously need to start in Meridian.”

Gov. Phil Bryant asked them to add a recording studio to the center, so they have included one in the plans, Luke said.

Typically, museum projects get about half their funding from public dollars; and about half from private sources, he said.

Money will come from outside of Meridian and Lauderdale County as well.

“This is not a Meridian project. It’s located in Meridian. We’re the beneficiaries, but it’s statewide,” Luke said. “But we can’t go to Jackson and ask for state money unless we put our money where our mouth is first.”

As to the question of what the city and county will be asked to contribute, Luke said no dollar amount has been discussed.

“The city and county are both being supportive and they’re both talking about how they can participate,” Luke said. “I don’t think anybody has issued an official request, nor have they provided any in-depth support other than conceptually they support the project and are trying to work with us. The county has made it clear that they will do whatever they need to do to step up to the plate. The same with the city.”

Mayor Cheri Barry said the city is 100 percent in favor of the project, but it’s too early to name an amount the city could give to the project.

“I think that the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment (board) has ample time to look at it and determine how they are going to move forward with fundraising,” Barry said. “When the timing is right, I think you’ll see this community coming together in support of this project. We’re still in hard times and it would be premature to say what we can do at this point.”

Joe Norwood, president of the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors, also serves on the Entertainment Center Board of Directors.

“Specifically, I can’t say what the county can do,” Norwood said. “We’ve been dealing with this for years and there is support from this Board of Supervisors to see this project through.”

AIAS, others participate in Green Apple Day of Service

October 10th, 2012 Comments Off

(Photo by Hans Herrmann). Volunteers at the Green Apple Day of Service 2012 in front of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum. Pictured: Back Row (left to right): Jared Brown (4th-year; Web Master of AIAS), Sam Krusee (4th-year), Jonathan Greer (3rd-year), Scott Polley (3rd-year), Mack Braden (4th-year; Vice President of AIAS). Middle Row: Professor Cory Gallo (Landscape Architecture), Katherine Ernst (3rd-year), Alex Reeves (3rd-year), Emily Lysek (3rd-year), Kristin Perry (4th-year; Member Involvement of AIAS), Jacob Owens (4th-year; Public Relations of AIAS), Spencer Powell (1st-year), Landscape Architecture Masters student, Mike Varhalla (4th-year), Tyler Baumann (4th-year). Front Row: Kapish Cheema (1st-year), Chance Stokes (4th-year; President of AIAS), Danielle Glass (4th-year), Jared Barnett (3rd-year), Chelsea Pierce (4th-year; Secretary of AIAS).

About twenty people showed up Saturday (Sept. 29) at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum for Saturday’s national Green Apple Day of Service.

Many of the volunteers were American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) who have been working on the project at the museum throughout the summer with School of Architecture Professor Hans Herrmann and Landscape Architecture Professor Cory Gallo.

Chelsea Pierce, secretary for AIAS, said volunteers worked from around 9 a.m until noon painting 2x4s for the roof installation, cutting Plexiglass for kickbacks in the stairs, weeding the garden, painting and other small projects.

“It was good to be out there to give the School of Architecture a good name and volunteering,” she said.

Alpha Rho Chi donates to local Habitat for Humanity

October 8th, 2012 Comments Off

Mississippi State University’s Alpha Rho Chi fraternity donated $1,250 to Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity. From left are Daniel Torres, fraternity fundraising chairman; Freddie Rasberry, Habitat executive director; and Adam Rhoades, fraternity chapter president. Photo by Beth Newman | University Relations.

Story By Leah Barbour | MSU University Relations
(Also read the story on MSU’s website.)

STARKVILLE, Miss. — By donating more than $1,000 toward the completion of a fourth Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity home, a new Mississippi State University service fraternity is fulfilling one of its missions.

Alpha Rho Chi at MSU primarily includes College of Art, Architecture and Design majors, though service-oriented students can join. From the fraternity’s inception almost three years ago, members have focused on donating to Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity.

“We’re a service-oriented organization, so we started pushing the Maroon Edition Habitat House — we wanted to get more involved and increase community awareness,” said senior Adam Rhoades of Diamondhead, chapter president.

The fraternity organized two major Habitat fundraisers: selling “Got Sleep?” wristbands and holding a “penny wars” competition where students attending classes in Giles Hall — the location of most architecture design courses — donated whatever pocket change they had.

“We wanted to take a dominant role in Maroon Edition house and help out the community in any way we can,” added sophomore Daniel Torres of Enterprise, Ala., fundraising chair.

Freddie Rasberry, executive director for Habitat Starkville, said the donation will help pay to finish the fourth Maroon Edition project, which will also be the 50th local Habitat house.

“This money will go a long way toward finishing that house and preparing for building another one,” Rasberry said. “Each house contains one family, and our goal is for this money and other donated money to help those children grow up in their own home, so they can go to college and buy their own home. And, so the cycle goes from generation to generation.”

To learn more about Alpha Rho Chi at MSU, visit http://msuapx.com; to donate to Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity, www.starkvillehabitat.com.

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