School of Architecture professor featured on Center for Service-Learning Excellence site

September 24th, 2013 Comments Off

Alexis Gregory

Alexis Gregory

Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory, AIA, is the first faculty spotlight for MSU’s new center Center for Service-Learning Excellence (CASLE).

Service-Learning Class:
ARC 4990: Habitat Prototype House Course

Semester Taught:
Spring 2013

Course Description:
This course is designed for the development of well-designed, low-cost housing for low-income clients of the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity. Students in the course developed one final design concept that was given to the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity for consideration for implementation.

Comments from Professor Gregory:

Why do you use service-learning as a teaching pedagogy?

“Service-learning is an important part of my teaching pedagogy because architecture is both for and experienced by the public and has more influence on the lives of everyone than most people realize. Architecture students are very interested in public service and community outreach and therefore it is an important way to engage them in their learning process.”

What advice do you have for faculty and students when considering service-learning?

“The advice I would give faculty and students considering a service-learning class is to give yourself plenty of time to figure things out and be patient. It seems like it would be easy to incorporate service-learning into a class that already serves someone, but to truly learn about service-learning and to make sure the course is successful in both the service-learning aspect and in achieving the needs of the project partner you need good planning and course development. It is very rewarding to achieve this, but it takes work, as does anything worth doing well.”

Name something important you learned (as a faculty member) through your work with CASLE and service-learning.

“The most important thing that I learned is that adding service-learning to a course takes time, but it is well worth it. It is harder than you may think to achieve the connection between what you are teaching and service-learning, even though it seems like an obvious connection at first. The in-depth exploration of that connection is what makes the course richer and more beneficial for the students, faculty, and project partner.”

To learn more about CASLE, visit

Bob and Kathy Luke Library Dedication set for October 7

September 19th, 2013 Comments Off

Luke Library

Gordon Watkinson hosts photography workshop

September 18th, 2013 Comments Off


(Photos by Professor Emily McGlohn)


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The first Harrison Lecturer, photographer Gordon Watkinson, offered a short workshop on how to photograph a building to students in the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Collaborative Tectonics Studio.

Watkinson taught architecture and building construction science students how to use several pieces of equipment including a wide-angle lens.

The workshop’s subject was Giles Hall, and the resulting photographs will be used in the School of Architecture’s yearly publication of student work, BARNworks.

Students who participated in the workshop include:
Kapish Cheema (Architecture)
Robby Keifer (Building Construction Science)
Brent Gaude (Building Construction Science)
Rashidat Momoh (Architecture)
Ryan Fierro (Architecture)
Anna Barr (Architecture)
David Lewis (Architecture)
Cory  May (Architecture)
Katherine Ernst (Architecture)

Gordon Watkinson presents first Harrison Lecture

September 16th, 2013 Comments Off


photos by Melinda Ingram


Gordon Watkinson presented the first Harrison Lecture on Friday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

The photographer discussed his work as a commercial photographer, which includes a broad range of clients from the fields of advertising, architecture, design and fashion.

During a trip to the Bauhaus School in Dessau/Germany in the late 1990s, Watkinson said he was introduced to the role of design as a solution to social issues, which became the catalyst for an intense and ongoing interaction with modernist design and its different iterations in and outside of Europe.

Watkinson has lectured internationally, most notably at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo/Norway and at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar/Germany.

His work is in the permanent collection of the German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt/Germany and in various private collections.

Watkinson also hosted a photography workshop for architecture students during his visit to Starkville. (See more.)

Tau Sigma Delta hosted a reception following the lecture.

The next lecture will be on held Oct. 18 with Jennifer Bonner. 

H3 building design featured in Contract magazine

September 13th, 2013 Comments Off

inside the BAM Fisher theater design by H3 (photo from Contract magazine screenshot)

BAM Fisher theater design by H3 (photo from Contract magazine screenshot)

An article about the BAM Fisher theater in Brooklyn, NY, designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC, was recently featured in Contract, a magazine of commercial design knowledge, connecting professionals, processes, products and projects.

Click here to read the article.

Daria Pizzetta, AIA, partner, graduated from the School of Architecture in 1983 and currently serves on the Advisory Council.

H3 makes Architect magazine’s top 50

September 13th, 2013 Comments Off


H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC was recently honored with a ranking by Architect magazine. The firm was ranked 41 overall and ninth for design.

Daria Pizzetta, AIA, partner, graduated from the School of Architecture in 1983 and currently serves on the Advisory Council.

Click here to see the full listing.

AIA MS announces Mississippi Celebrates Architecture Professional and Architecture Student Competition

September 6th, 2013 Comments Off

“In a time of such economic hardship, the discourse on public expenditure is politically and socially charged and often oversimplified. How do we advocate for the value of design quality and durability when the economy of the built environment is so inherently complex?”

2013 Mississippi Celebrates Architecture Professional and Architectural Student Competition

What is the Mississippi Celebrates Architecture Competition?
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Mississippi Chapter, the aim of this competition is to promote architectural awareness in Mississippi through public competitions and exhibits. The Professional and Architectural Student Competition is one part of a three part exhibit.

This competition is open to any AIA Mississippi member, any AIA Mississippi associate member, and any Mississippi State University architecture student.
In order to be eligible for judging, each project must include the edge art work, statement and registration form .
There is no cost to enter this competition.

Intent to Participate: Due September 6, 2013
Email your Registration form to

Click here for the full PDF.

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