Architecture, BCS students take third place at MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium

March 28th, 2013 Comments Off

left to right: Adam Trautman, Alex Reeves, Melinda Ingram, Jacob Johnson and Mark Riley

Students in Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory’s Habitat Prototype House class won third place in the Community Engagement Track of the MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium held on March 22.

The students received a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble for their project, titled “Elevating Habitat: Service-Learning in Design and Construction.”

Adam Trautman, a senior in the Building Construction Science Program, presented the project. Third-year architecture students Melinda Ingram, Jacob Johnson, Alex Reeves and Mark Riley also worked on the project.

Symposium Board

Read more on MSU’s website.

Good turnout for Harrison Lecture, reception in Jackson

March 27th, 2013 Comments Off

On Friday, March 22, David J. Lewis, architect and professor, delivered a lecture as part of the Harrison Lecture Series in Jackson.  Students and alumni turned out for the event, and a reception and open house was held afterward at the MSU School of Architecture’s fifth-year building.

Click below to watch video from the lecture:

The final Harrison Lecture for the year will be Lisa Iwamoto on April 5 at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall. Iwamoto is principal at Iwamoto Scott Architecture and an associate professor at the University of Califorinia, Berkeley. The lecture will be in conjunction with the NOMAS symposium.

Alumnus publishes book, works to form ICAA chapter in Mississippi

March 22nd, 2013 Comments Off

Tracy Ward, a 1987 graduate of the School of Architecture, recently published the first volume in a series of books that will trace the history of county courthouses. Historic Courthouse Architecture of Mississippi will be available by the end of March 2013.

Ward, a registered architect and architectural historian, will sign copies of his book at the 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Mississippi Petrified Forest in Flora on April 6.

Volume two in the series, which will feature Alabama’s historic courthouses, is expected to be completed in the fall.

Ward is also the chairman of the Mississippi Committee of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). Currently part the Southeast Chapter based in Atlanta, Ward is working hard to form an independent chapter in the state in the near future.

ICAA is a national organization based in New York City. The ICAA is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts. ICAA fulfills its mission through four program areas: education, publications, awards and advocacy. Membership includes professionals such as architects, landscape architects, interior designers, as well as builders, craftsmen and general members of the community.

For more information about Ward’s activities to form an ICAA chapter in Mississippi, visit

School of Architecture, AIA to host Atmos Energy Workshop

March 19th, 2013 Comments Off

Each year, the Mississippi State University School of Architecture and the Mississippi chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) host a CEU energy-related lecture/workshop open to students, professors, regional practitioners and other interested members of the community. This annual event, sponsored by Atmos Energy, consists of a structured workshop with two industry speakers.

This year’s workshop will be held on Thurs., April 11 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the School of Architecture’s fifth-year program facilities in Jackson – the Stuart C. Irby Jr. Studios (509 East Capitol Street). The cost is $55 for AIA members and $95 for nonmembers; architecture students get in for free, and lunch will be provided.

The program will begin with a welcome and presentation on “The Golden Age of Gas” by Bob Kerley, vice president of Atmos Energy, Mississippi Division.

Next, the featured speaker, Alison G. Kwok, Ph.D, LEED® AP, will discuss the conceptual and practical aspects of Solar PV and how an office can immediately start promoting and specifying this technology in order to affect immediate environmental change. She will demonstrate how to get started and what resources to use when designing with this technology in mind.

Kwok, a registered architect, is a professor at the University of Oregon. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkley in 1990 and earned her Ph.D in 1997. Kwok is co-author of The Green Studio Handbook, a book of practical guidelines for applying environmental strategies during the schematic design of green buildings. She is also the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Upjohn Research Initiative and is currently collaborating with architectural firms to document the design and delivery process of new buildings that meet the 2030 Challenge.

The final speaker, Michael Smith, PE, LEED® AP, will discuss “Multi-Zone Gas Heat Pump Technology.”

Smith is president and founder of MD Engineering, a design engineering firm based out of Plano, Texas. He graduated from MSU in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Mississippi, Texas and eight other states.  MD Engineering has a history of providing innovative and energy efficient projects, including designing the city of Starkville’s first LEED-certified project. MD Engineering projects have also included active and passive chilled beams, photovoltaic systems, LED lighting systems and natural gas heat pumps.

To register for the event or for more information, contact Joe Blake, executive director of AIA Mississippi, at 601-360-0082 or

Or, click here to register now! (Online registration ends Tues., April 9 at 12 p.m.)

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Read the announcement on MSU’s website.

Reception held for Melanie Townsend Colvin exhibit

March 19th, 2013 Comments Off

A reception was held in the gallery in Giles Hall Monday, March 18 for Birmingham artist Melanie Townsend Colvin.

Watch the video of Colvin explaining some of her work!

Alumnus William P. Tompkins dies at 66

March 19th, 2013 Comments Off

William P. Tompkins, AIA, passed away Sept. 26, 2012. Tompkins was a 1979 graduate of the MSU School of Architecture.

He was the owner of Tompkins Design Group and served on the National Board of Architecture for 10 years.

Click here to read the full obituary.

Architecture alumna Amy Stankus takes first place at ‘Flavor of Georgia’ contest

March 14th, 2013 Comments Off

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, left, stands with MSU School of Architecture alumna Amy Stankus and Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black. (Image credit: Merritt Melancon)

MSU School of Architecture alumna Amy Stankus serves chocolates to the public during the Flavor of Georgia 2013 legislative reception on Monday, March 11 at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta. Stankus’ company Chocolate South won the first prize in the 2013 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. Image credit: Merritt Melancon.


By J. Merritt Melancon | Public Relations Coordinator | College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences | University of Georgia

Athens, Ga. – Atlanta architect Amy Stankus (MSU BARC May 1985) has spent years creating beautiful buildings, but lately she’s turned her sights to some smaller—albeit more delicious—creations.

Her Atlanta-based chocolate shop won the grand prize March 12 in the 2013 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest, a competition conducted annually by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Chocolate South’s Peach Tea Bonbons were one of 24 products sampled and judged by a panel of food brokers, buyers and other food industry experts. In addition to winning the overall grand prize, Chocolate South took home first place in the competition’s confections category.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black were on hand to announce the winners as part of Georgia Agriculture Awareness Day at the Georgia Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta.

“The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the state of Georgia,” Black said at the awards ceremony. “If you don’t believe that, then you should see what these outstanding business people are bringing to the table.”

The annual contest is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products.

“We had so many great contestants this year,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator and UGA food business development specialist. “It really highlighted the high caliber of the food products created by Georgians.”

A licensed architect specializing in medical buildings and an avid “I Love Lucy” fan, Stankus started making her hand-crafted chocolates in her home kitchen for friends before launching an online shop and, in June 2012, opening her Chocolate South shop on Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta.

“I love talking to people about chocolate,” Stankus said. “I love sharing good chocolate with people… I hope (being in the Flavor of Georgia Contest) showcases some interesting flavor combinations with chocolate. We have great products here in Georgia to pair with chocolate.”

Her Peach Tea Bonbon features a ganache infused with the flavor of Georgia Peaches Tea, created by Atlanta-based small-batch tea maven Brandi Shelton. Shelton’s Georgia Peaches Tea was also a finalist in this year’s Flavor of Georgia.

Food industry experts—including chefs, grocery buyers, food service personnel and agricultural marketing executives—rated Stankus’s chocolates and the other products based on qualities like innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor, said James Daniels, a UGA CAED food business development specialist.

Showcase events like the 2013 Flavor of Georgia competition help entrepreneurs get the word out about their products. After the contest, many have landed spots in regional and national grocery chains, like Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Harvey’s and Piggly Wiggly.

Other category winners are listed below by product, company, entrant’s name and location.
People’s choice: Georgia Buffalo N.Y. Strip Steak by Georgia Buffalo Inc., Troy Biven, Townsend
Jams and jellies: MiDi Spiced Blueberry Peach Jam by MiDi Blueberry Farm, Mike and Diane Stafford, Byron
Sauces: My Sweet Hottie Homestyle Sweet & Sour Sauce by Chinese Southern Belle LLC, Natalie and Margaret Keng, Smyrna
Barbecue and hot sauces: Hotlanta Honey: Honey With a Sting by Atlanta Bee Company, Grant Giddens, Atlanta
Dairy: Georgia Red cheese by Flat Creek Farm and Dairy, Ryan and Spice Burger, Swainsboro
Snack foods: Burke Bar by Byne Blueberry Farms, Richard Byne, Waynesboro
Meat: Hunter Pork Company Pork Sausage by Hunter Cattle Company, Del and Debra Ferguson, Brooklet
Miscellaneous products: Gayla’s Grits by Gayla’s Grits, Gayla and Kevin Shaw, Lakeland

For more information about these products and Flavor of Georgia, see

Winners and finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2013 Flavor of Georgia logo.

The contest is sponsored by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in partnership with the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Office of Governor Nathan Deal, Walton EMC, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Agribusiness Council and the UGA department of food science and technology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Habitat Prototype House class presents plans

March 14th, 2013 Comments Off

Future homeowner Marcus Hendrix talks with the students in the Habitat Prototype House class tabout the design for his house. (Photo by Alexis Gregory)

On Thurs., March 7, students in Professor Alexis Gregory’s Habitat Prototype course presented their design ideas to the future homeowners and board of the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity.

Tickets on sale now for the Beaux Arts Ball

March 8th, 2013 Comments Off

The Beaux Arts Ball, an event sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), will be held April 5 from 8–11 p.m. on the grounds of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum.

The event, “Ties for Guys and Pearls for Girls,” is semi-formal attire with a creative spin.

City Bagel Cafe is catering, and there will be a cash bar. The event is open to everyone.

A band of four architecture students (Jordan & the Gents) will be providing live music.

Tickets are on sale now for $10. The price will increase to $15 after spring break.

Lewis to present Harrison Lecture in Jackson

March 8th, 2013 Comments Off

(images by Prakash Patel)

(images by Prakash Patel)

David J. Lewis, AIA

David J. Lewis, AIA, will present a lecture at the War Memorial in Jackson as part of the Harrison Lecture Series on March 22 at 4 p.m.

Attendance to the lecture will provide 1 hour of HSW continuing education credit from the AIA.  Please be sure to bring your AIA number to register at the lecture.

A reception and open house will be held immediately following the lecture at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture’s fifth-year building, the Stuart C. Irby Jr. Studios just around the corner on Capitol Street.

All are invited! Contact Janine Davis at 601-354-6480 or for more information.

Lewis is a principal at LTL Architects in New York. He holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, a Master of Arts in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College.

He is an Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design and currently serves as the Interim Dean of the School of Constructed Environments.  At Parsons, he directed the Design Workshop program from 2007 to 2010 and was on the faculty for the Solar Decathlon project in 2011.

He has also taught at Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Limerick and Ohio State University.

Lewis is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the School of Architecture at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

The next lecture in The Culture of Craft Harrison Lecture Series will be by Lisa Iwamoto on April 5.

Click here to view the Harrison Lecture Series Poster.

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