Architecture professor has sketch selected for international exhibition

May 31st, 2013 Comments Off

"Speculation" | Sketch by Jake Gines

“Speculation” | Sketch by Jake Gines

School of Architecture Professor Jake Gines’s sketch, “Speculation,” was selected for the Sketch 2013 Exhibit: Didactic, Speculation, Contextual Improvisation, Palimpsest, or Watts.

Sketch., an international exhibition organized by New York-based d3, surveys contemporary conceptual design process across the disciplines.

The 2013 exhibit was at the Fordham University Center Gallery on the Lincoln Center campus in Manhatten, NY., from Feb. 21 through March 20, 2013. An opening reception was held on March 7.

“Speculation” was selected out of more than 1500 entries. Curators for the exhibit were Sandra McKee with Fordham University and Gregory Marinic with the University of Houston.

According to the call for submission, the Sketch. exhibition program began in 2011 as the opening event for Tadao Ando’s lecture and book‐signing at the Universidad de Monterrey. The exhibit revisited the use of conventional approaches, while engaging with the new technologies that have expanded opportunities for sketching as a conceptual generator. Artists, architects, designers and students from across the disciplines were invited to join in this international dialogue. Submissions were juried, and work from 88 individuals worldwide was selected for presentation in the inaugural Sketch. exhibition held at UDEM in March 2011. Due to the notable popularity and success of the first exhibition, Sketch. offers a biennial program that continuously collects, compares and documents the transformative forces impacting conceptual practices in art, architecture and design.

MSU students unveil plans for 2013 ‘Maroon Edition’ Habitat house

May 23rd, 2013 Comments Off

MSU students recently presented the house model their class developed for the 2013 Maroon Edition house project. The presenters include, from left, Alex Reeves of Ellisville, Jake Johnson of Roswell, Ga., and Mark Riley of Columbia. Photo by: Megan Bean

MSU students recently presented the house model their class developed for the 2013 Maroon Edition house project. The presenters include, from left, Alex Reeves of Ellisville, Jake Johnson of Roswell, Ga., and Mark Riley of Columbia. Photo by: Megan Bean

By Leah Barbour | MSU University Relations

STARKVILLE – Design plans developed by Mississippi State students in the College of Architecture, Art and Design will enable the next Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity house project to move forward.

The Hendrix family – parents Raven and Malcolm, nine-year-old daughter Zoë and three-year-old Malcolm Jr. or “BJ” – met with the five university architecture and building construction science majors throughout the spring semester as they developed plans for the Beattie Street home. The team’s completed plans were presented at semester’s end.

“The ‘Habitat Prototype House’ class is a service-learning project, so the idea is that it links education and service in a learning environment,” said assistant architecture professor Alexis Gregory, who teaches the class.

The course is an extension of MSU’s Maroon Edition first-year reading experience. The Maroon Edition Habitat house is an annual service-learning project open to MSU student and local volunteers who undertake construction of the building.

“Throughout this course I learned the importance of working together as a team and the importance of architects and contractors working closely,” said architecture major Jake Johnson of Roswell, Ga. “I also learned about the concept of service learning and how it impacts the construction industry.”

Instead of completing a hypothetical project, the participating students were able to gain considerable hands-on experience. Throughout the process, they sought and received feedback from both the Hendrix family and Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity board members.

“Designing for an actual client has really helped me to involve myself more in the project and become attached to it,” Johnson said. “Knowing that this house will actually shelter a family has been a huge motivation for me.”

Design challenges included a strict budget and Habitat guidelines, but the final result features a home with efficient, natural ventilation and high windows to bring in sunlight, he added.

“Everyone will have a bedroom,” said Raven Hendrix. “My son and daughter have to share a room now, which is a problem now that he’s bigger. We’ll have a pantry in the kitchen; the living room is separate, and it’s the largest area. And we’ll have a backyard.”

She emphasized how meaningful it was to the family to have input throughout the process, noting that the student designers were able to meet all of Habitat’s guidelines, as well as staying within budget.

“It started to sink in once I saw the finalized plans; I was so excited,” Hendrix said. “I’ll be even more excited when we start working on the house.”

She said one senior who graduated last weekend even promised to return in August to help build the house.

Architecture Professor Alexis Gregory wins logo competition

May 21st, 2013 Comments Off

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The Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA MS) recently announced the formation of a new component group, the Young Architects Forum (YAF).

AIA MS held a competition to design a new logo for this group, and Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Alexis Gregory, AIA, won the competition.

According to the website, YAF is organized to address issues of particular importance to recently licensed architects (within 10 years) and young designers/interns. YAF is open to all recently graduated architecture students, designers, interns, young architects and those who wish to mentor.

Architecture alumna nominated for U.S. district judgeship in Mississippi

May 17th, 2013 Comments Off

(The Associated Press)

brown_debraJACKSON – President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown to be a U.S. District judge for northern Mississippi.

If confirmed, Brown would be the first African-American woman to serve as a federal district judge in the state, said a spokesman for Mississippi’s senior U.S. senator, Republican Thad Cochran.

“I congratulate Debra Brown on her historic nomination and am hopeful the Senate will conduct a timely and thorough consideration of her qualifications to join the federal bench,” Cochran said in a news release.

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., also issued a statement praising the nominee.

“Debra Brown has a distinguished background in the practice of law,” Wicker said. “She is well-regarded among a number of people across the legal and political spectrum, and I am impressed by what they say about her qualifications and character. I will ask the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule her hearing in the very near future.”

Brown is a shareholder in a Jackson law firm, Wise Carter Child & Caraway, where she has worked since January 2012. The firm’s website says her main areas of practice have been in commercial, construction and general liability litigation.

She worked at another Jackson firm, Phelps Dunbar, more than 14 years.

Brown graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Mississippi State University in 1987 and a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1997.

“On behalf of the MSU School of Architecture family, we are delighted and honored to hear about Debra Brown’s recent nomination by President Obama for a North Mississippi Federal Judgeship,” said School of Architecture Director Michael Berk. “Ms. Brown, an esteemed alumnus of our program, is currently working as an active and vital member of the School of Architecture Advisory Council. We are confident in her future successes and the role model she continues to demonstrate to our students.”

Read the full article from the Daily Journal.

School of Architecture holds Recognition Day 2013

May 15th, 2013 Comments Off

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Class of 2013

Recognition Day was held on May 10 in Giles Hall in Starkville.

The Annual Dr. William and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture was presented by Harriet Fulbright

Class of 2013:
Katelyn Ferry Bennett
Meagan Leigh Bowlin
Amy Elizabeth Bragg
Lora (Taylor) Coleman
John (Dennis) Daniels
Brian Lamarcus Funchess
Jonathan Lee Hooker
Nicholas “Nick” Kyle Jackson
Matthew Paul Jordan
Walter “Walt” Alvis King
Michael Kasey Klein
Nels William Long
Carolyn Lundemo
James Bradley “Brad” Mallette
Steven (Cody) Millican
Michael Thomas Moore
Scott David Penman
William “Will” Howard Randolph
Hamilton (Drew) Ridinger
Andrew Robertson
David Hobson Robertson
Matthew “Matt” Keith Robinson
Vanessa Jean Robinson
Melissa Lynne Sessum
Casey Lyn Tomecek
Joel Buckley Wasser
Caitlin Amanda Wong

sarc recognition day 2013_15Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Professor Jane Britt Greenwood
The architectural firm of Allen & Hoshall of Jackson has established a $500 annual award to a faculty member “who has demonstrated excellence in teaching.” The award winners are selected by the fifth-year graduating class.

Tau Sigma Delta is the architectural (and allied programs) honor society open to top academic students in Design disciplines. Induction does not occur until the student consistently demonstrates high academic standards and is in the third-, fourth-, or fifth-year of the program.

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TSD new third-year initiates:
Alex Reeves
Jacob Johnson
Jacqueline Brooke Dorman
John David Lewis
John Taylor Schaffhauser
Landon Kennedy
Larry Travis
Rusty McInnis

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TSD members receiving stoles:
Matt Robinson
Scott Penman
Andrew Robertson
Brad Mallet
“George” Jordan
Melissa Sessum
Michael Klein
Dennis Daniels

sarc recognition day 2013_22Tau Sigma Delta First-Year Design Award
Ryan Fierro
The award is presented to the first-year design student who has exhibited excellence in design.

sarc recognition day 2013_23Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal
Casey Tomecek
The medal is presented by the third- and fourth-year student membership of the society to a graduating fifth-year student who has expanded the students’ insight and awareness of architecture through his or her thesis project.

sarc recognition day 2013_26Tau Sigma Delta Faculty Book Award
Professor Jane Britt Greenwood
The award is presented by the third- and fourth- year student members to the faculty member who has inspired them to excellence.

Tau Sigma Delta Charles Calvo Digital Media Award
John Thomas
This award was established in the fall of 2000 and is a book award given in memory of a School of Architecture faculty member, Charles Calvo, and his contribution to the field of digital media in architecture. The award goes to a fourth-year student who, like Charles, has exemplified an incredible knowledge and skill in digital media and has continually educated other students in this field. A copy of the book given to the award winner is also given to the Bob and Kathy Luck Library in memory of Calvo.

National Society of Minority Architecture Students (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 at-large.

sarc recognition day 2013_35NOMAS Diversity Award
Kapish Cheema
Jake Johnson
Chosen by the NOMAS membership, the award is given to a student who has shown outstanding initiative and leadership in promoting diversity within the school and the larger community.

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Award
Salena Tew
The recipient of the AIAS Award is chosen by the AIAS membership. The qualifications for this award are “…that the student goes above and beyond what has been asked of him/her, has shown initiative and leadership qualities, has been an AIAS leader within his/her year level and does well academically.”

sarc recognition day 2013_160Faculty Book Awards
First-Year: Ria Bennett and Ryan Fierro
Second-Year: Kevin Flores
Third-Year: Brooke DormanCory May and Landon Kennedy
Fourth-Year: Chance Stokes and Michael Varhalla
These awards, selected by faculty, go to students who exhibit design excellence.

sarc recognition day 2013_50The 2013 Brick Industry Association Design Competition Winners
$1,000 travel award: Samantha King
$1,000 travel award: Haley Whiteman
Honorable Mention: Robert Ledet
Honorable Mention: John Taylor Schaffhauser
The Brick Industry Association Design Competition – sponsored by the Brick Industry Association, Southeast Region – is an award given each year to two students who are the winners of a semester-long third-year studio competition. The 2013 Brick Industry Association Design Competition was for the design of a Community Arts Center in Birmingham, Ala.

sarc recognition day 2013_57Fourth-Year Capstone Awards
Honorable Mention: Tyler Bauman, Ryan Callahan, Danielle Glass and Jacob Owens
$500 winners: Mack Braden and Nick Purvis
The Capstone Awards are in recognition of exceptional comprehensive design as demonstrated by a fourth-year student. This year, the project was a Blues Museum for The Howlin’ Wolf Blues Society to honor the legendary and seminal blues musician who was born just outside West Point. It is a real project with potential to influence the future design of the actual building project. The program focused on the reuse and addition to the historical McClure Furniture building in downtown West Point along with the consideration of solar panels in a building design. The faculty and students were integrally engaged with the clients including: Richard Ramsey, the director of the Howlin’ Wolf Society; Roger Pryor, Architect w/ Pryor Morrow; the Mayor’s Office; and the West Point Arts Council. This funded studio allowed for student travel to the Delta to analyze the B.B. King Museum along with a trip to visit Sun Records and Beale Street in Memphis. The independent jurors for the selection of these awards were John Beard, AIA, Beard + Riser, Greenwood; and Kevin Moore, assistant professor at The University of Auburn School of Architecture.

ARCC King Award
Chelsea Pierce
Chelsea’s work: For urban areas, sustainability is a working concept, where goals, measurements, and outcomes have undergone extensive research and implementation. In rural areas, almost no research has been done to see how sustainability could be measured or what sustainability goals make sense. This project that Chelsea has worked on attempts to identify indicators for the triple bottom line of economy, community and the environment that relate strongly to rural conditions. The goal is to provide a mechanism for rural communities to understand the impact of the environmental decisions that they make on the socio-economic issues that they care about the most.
Chelsea was a team leader in developing the sustainability indicators for the project. She researched existing indicators, worked with primary data sources, and weighed a myriad of possible measures to develop a set of indicators that would work for small rural towns. For these reasons, Chelsea is the recipient of the 2013 ARCC King Medal.
Selection for this award is made by the entire faculty. Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, cofounder and first president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), this award is presented to one student per ARCC member school. Selection of the recipient is based upon criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.

sarc recognition day 2013_64Jurists Award
Joel Wasser
Dennis Daniels
Andrew Robertson
The Jurists Award, a book award, is conferred by the fifth-year design faculty upon the students who have achieved the greatest personal growth as designers and whose work has contributed to the overall success of the fifth-year design studio.

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Scott Penman
The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average.

sarc recognition day 2013_66Creative Windows & Doors / Marvin Windows Traveling Fellowship
Will Randolph
In September 2004 Dave Young and Eddie Rives, owners of Creative Windows & Doors, and David Morris, Marvin Windows Representative, established this $4,000 traveling fellowship for a student completing the fifth-year.

sarc recognition day 2013_68Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Carolyn Lundemo
Since 1931 Alpha Rho Chi, a national professional fraternity for architecture and the allied arts, has been awarding the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded to the graduating fifth-year student who has shown an ability for leadership, performed willing service for the School and gives promise of professional merit through attitude and personality. The medal is offered each year to every NAAB fully accredited school of architecture. The recipient is chosen by the entire faculty of the school.

sarc recognition day 2013_71AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal
Certificate: Scott Penman
Medal: Matt Robinson
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal are considered to be the most important awards given to graduating students. They are awarded for “general excellence in architecture” throughout the course of study. The medal is awarded to the most qualified student and the certificate to the runner-up.  Selection is made by the entire faculty.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

School of Architecture announces 2013 scholarship recipients

May 14th, 2013 Comments Off

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Baseball stadium architect shares secrets of success with MSU grads

May 13th, 2013 Comments Off

Janet Marie Smith, alumna and internationally recognized architect, presented Mississippi State University’s keynote address at the spring 2013 commencement exercises. (Photo by: Megan Bean)

By Leah Barbour | MSU University Relations

Mississippi State alumna and Los Angeles Dodgers executive Janet Marie Smith believes hard work, passionate conviction and unwavering courage are the skills that will help MSU’s Class of 2013 achieve success.

Smith, keynote speaker at the university’s commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, emphasized those ideals again and again. As an internationally recognized baseball stadium architect, Smith knows how a college degree can offer opportunity.

She completed her architecture degree at MSU in 1981 and her master’s in urban planning from City College of New York. Smith has designed stadiums for the Atlanta Braves, the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. She currently works for the Dodgers as senior vice president of planning and development.

To take advantage of opportunities, however, graduates must be willing to work hard, stick to their principles and remain strong even in the face of adversity, she said.

“I hope that you’ll find inspiration, comfort and maybe some solace that you don’t have to conquer the world in order to contribute to humanity,” Smith said. “All you really need to do to give back is to find something that you love to do.”

She explained that she wasn’t the best student academically, but her strong work ethic, her desire to succeed and her unflinching determination to achieve her goals took Smith to the places she wanted to go and gave her the opportunity to do the things she wanted to do.

“You don’t just wind up with great successes in life, either personally or professionally,” she said. “You create it for yourself by what you are able to contribute and by your willingness to make everything a learning experience.

“It is important to keep a sense of humor, for the worst situations can make the best locker room tales. And it is important to keep things in perspective — for nothing is forever. Not the good. Not the bad.”

Bob Harrison received an honorary doctorate from Mississippi State University. (photo by Russ Houston / Mississippi State University)

In addition to more than 2,400 degree awards conferred at the commencement services, former Gov. William F. Winter and Madison architect Robert V.M. Harrison received honorary doctoral degrees.

Winter accepted an honorary doctorate in public service at the Friday ceremony. Not only did he serve as governor from 1980-1984, his encouragement and leadership ensured the education reform package including public kindergarten passed through Mississippi legislature.

He currently provides special counsel to the Jones Walker firm’s Government Relations Practice Group in Jackson.

Harrison received an honorary doctorate in science during Saturday’s exercises. He helped establish MSU’s School of Architecture 40 years ago, taught at MSU for 13 years and continues to support the architecture program through a lecture series endowment, gifts for scholarships, fund-raising assistance and facilities that support architecture students’ study.

Read the article in The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

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Fulbright instructs MSU School of Architecture’s Class of 2013

May 10th, 2013 Comments Off

Harriet Mayor Fulbright, left, offered the endowed Dr. William L. and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture at Mississippi State University on Friday. The president of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, Fulbright looks at a model with Jane Britt Greenwood, MSU Fulbright faculty and representative associate professor of architecture. (Photo by: Beth Wynn)

(Story by Leah Barbour | MSU University Relations)

Harriet Mayor Fulbright, president of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, visited Mississippi State on Friday to emphasize the importance of education to the university’s graduating architects.

The widow of Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, Fulbright offered the endowed Dr. William L. and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture for the School of Architecture’s annual Recognition Day.

“Mrs. Fulbright believes that education facilitates peace: That countries with good, universal education through the primary grades and beyond are significantly more peaceful,” said Jane Britt Greenwood, associate professor of architecture and MSU Fulbright faculty representative. “Her own teaching experiences exemplify this.”

Fulbright’s address focused on her late husband’s lifelong commitment to education, and her own, and the overall importance of international experience informing that learning.

“The sources of strength lie in learning — in history, art, ecology, science, technology and business, just to name a few,” she said. “Moral values, faith and knowledge should be gained only through a system of education that teaches understanding: training that gives every student the ability and the desire to complete their learning in our society.”

Democracy relies upon an educated citizenry, Fulbright said, and worldwide peace results when we respect and embrace other cultures. To break down the barriers of prejudice, educators must lead the way to understanding and knowledge, she emphasized.

“We can and we must use our minds and our hearts to ensure that all youth are given the best education possible to ensure a peaceful and productive future for our nation and for the world,” Fulbright said. “I certainly praise this university for doing the very best in that area.”

Among Fulbright’s many honors are the Maharishi Award for contributions to international understanding through education; El Orden de Manuel Amador Guerrero, Panama’s highest civilian award; and Fulbright Award for Contribution to International Understanding.

Students and graduates receiving awards during Recognition Day included, by hometown:

ARAB, Ala. — Samantha King, third-year architecture student and daughter of William Patrick King III and Yvonne Rockweiler, received the Brick Industry Association Traveling Fellowship Award and $1,000 for her semester-long, third-year studio project in the BIA Design Competition.

BILOXI — Haley Whiteman, third-year architecture student and daughter of Glen and Diana Whiteman, received the Brick Industry Association Traveling Fellowship Award and $1,000 for her semester-long, third-year studio project in the BIA Design Competition.

CARTHAGE — Joel Wasser, spring 2013 graduate and son of William Wasser and Jane Woods, received the Fifth-Year Jurists Award in recognition of his personal growth as a designer and his contribution to the fifth-year design studio.

GULFPORT — Matt Robinson, spring 2013 graduate and son of Johnny and Cheryl Robinson, received the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal, the top award presented to a graduating student. The medal marks general excellence in architecture throughout the course of study.

JACKSON — Scott Penman, spring 2013 graduate and son of Alan and Anne Penman, received the Academic Achievement Award because he completed his architecture studies at MSU with the highest cumulative GPA in the class.

Penman also received the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Certificate, the runner-up award for general excellence in architecture throughout the course of study.

Will Randolph, spring 2013 graduate and son of William Randolph and Julie Alexander, received the Creative Windows & Doors/Marvin Window Traveling Fellowship, a $4,000 traveling award.

Andrew Robertson, spring 2013 graduate and son of David and Faustina Robertson, received the Fifth-Year Jurists Award in recognition of his personal growth as a designer and his contribution to the fifth-year design studio.

PETAL — Chelsea Pierce, fourth-year architecture student and daughter of Ronnie and Angela Pierce, received the Architectural Research Centers Consortium King Award in recognition of her innovation, integrity and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.

STARKVILLE — Dennis Daniels, spring 2013 graduate, received the Fifth-Year Jurists Award in recognition of his personal growth as a designer and his contribution to the fifth-year design studio. (Parent information not available.)

SUMMERDALE, Ala. — Carolyn Lundemo, spring 2013 graduate and daughter of Dwain and Ellen Arterburn, received the Alpha Ro Chi medal, in recognition of her leadership, service and professional merit in MSU’s School of Architecture.

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