CAAD holds Academic Insight event

February 25th, 2013 Comments Off on CAAD holds Academic Insight event

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an event for admitted MSU students and their guests.

The event was meant to help students get a better understanding of the programs within the college and was 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 lunch 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.

The School of Architecture split students into groups and presented them with a bag of supplies: 20 pieces of spaghetti, one yard of string, one yard of masking tape and one regular marshmallow. The groups were challenged to build the tallest tower in 18 minutes.

A few groups triumphed, while others found that their towers crumbled from the enormous weight of the marshmallow.

The winning group!

Cazayoux presents first spring Harrison Lecture

February 18th, 2013 Comments Off on Cazayoux presents first spring Harrison Lecture

(Photos by Justin Taylor)

Director of the School of Architecture, Michael Berk, presents Edward Cazayoux with a copy of BARNworks, which includes some of the School’s top student work.

Edward J. Cazayoux, FAIA, kicked off the first Harrison Lecture for the spring on Friday, Feb. 15.

Cazayoux, principal at EnvironMental Design out of Breaux Bridge, La., discussed The Culture of Craft.

Glenn Smith of Smith + Murray Studios in Washington, D.C., will present the next Harrison Lecture in conjunction with the Department of Landscape Architecture in Giles Hall at 4 p.m. on Wed., March 6.

David J. Lewis, AIA, principal at LTL Architects and associate professor at Parsons The New School for Design, will present a lecture in Jackson on March 22. The lecture starts at 4 p.m. at the War Memorial in Jackson, and an open house/reception will follow at the Suart C. Irby Jr. Studios. Contact Janine Davis at or 601-354-6480 for more information.

Heritage Museum Project featured as 2013 Year of Public Service project

February 14th, 2013 Comments Off on Heritage Museum Project featured as 2013 Year of Public Service project

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The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum project was recently featured by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as a 2013 Year of Public Service Project.

The five-phase project has involved the efforts of six landscape architecture classes, two graphic design classes and an architecture studio, and work began in spring 2009.

Read the full story.

Architecture alumna Belinda Stewart elevated to AIA Fellow

February 12th, 2013 Comments Off on Architecture alumna Belinda Stewart elevated to AIA Fellow

Belinda Stewart was one of just 122 AIA members elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the 2013 Jury of Fellows.

Out of a total of over 80,000 AIA members, only about 3,000 members have received this distinguished honor.

Stewart, the founder of Belinda Stewart Architects, PA and past AIA Mississippi president, was honored in the Public Service Work category.

Anne Marie Decker, the current president of the Mississippi chapter of AIA, described Stewart in a congratulatory letter.

“Belinda has been serving her community and the state of Mississippi as an exceptional architect in the broadest sense of the term for many years. She is a trailblazer, a successful architect in small town Mississippi, the first female president of AIA Mississippi and now the first female Fellow of the Institute from Mississippi.” (Click here to read the full letter).

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Stewart and the 2013 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2013 National AIA Convention.

See the list of 2013 AIA Fellows.

See Belinda Stewart’s Summary of Achievements.

Professor Hans Herrmann to deliver opening lecture at Clemson

February 7th, 2013 Comments Off on Professor Hans Herrmann to deliver opening lecture at Clemson

Hans Herrmann, professor in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, has been invited to give the opening lecture of this spring’s lecture series at Clemson University, Southern Roots + Global Reach.

The school is celebrating a century of architecture at Clemson, and Herrmann be speaking on Feb. 8th.

His lecture, “Opportunist[eth]ic” will cover his professional development over the past 10 years and how opportunism and ethics have had an influence on his design and teaching.

Bill Polk honored as CAAD Alumnus of the Year

February 4th, 2013 Comments Off on Bill Polk honored as CAAD Alumnus of the Year

Bill Polk receives his award from Dean Jim West on Feb. 1, 2013

William L. “Bill” Polk, III AIA, CSI, LEED AP, was selected as this year’s Alumnus of the Year for the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

As a child, Polk was always designing house plans. Now, almost twenty-nine years since his graduation from the Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture in 1984, Polk is still enjoying architecture – now as a principal at Richard Wittschiebe Hand in downtown Atlanta, Ga.

“It’s always a source of great pride to see a finished building that you were involved in designing that people love,” he said.

Richard Wittschiebe Hand was selected as the Georgia AIA Firm of the Year for 2011, and Polk and his firm are currently doing work for the Atlanta airport. They are helping to reorganize some of the gates and will potentially be doing conceptual work involving airport transportation, including parking decks and pedestrian crossings.

Since graduation, the alumnus has stayed connected with the School of Architecture. He currently serves on the Advisory Council and was heavily involved in planning his class’s 25-year reunion.

“It was a great success,” he said. “So much fun.”

The gathering was also used as a way to honor the passing of one of his classmates, Sheila Jackson. Polk helped raise about $1,200 that was used to purchase books in Jackson’s name for the library.

Polk was honored for his award with events on campus from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.

“It was an unexpected selection, but I’m extremely honored and proud to be recognized by the college and the university,” he said.

During the visit, Polk was able to sit in on project reviews for the Habitat for Humanity Prototype House course, where students are working with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to design houses.

“It’s exciting to see that happening,” said Polk. “They are working with real clients with real issues.”

He left some advice for current architecture students – get involved.

“For someone who they know architecture is their calling, the best way to make an impact is to get involved in your community; use your design knowledge to affect the way things change.”

Read the article about the Alumni of the Year in the Starkville daily news | Feb. 4, 2013

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