Trashion Show work on display in Giles Hall

November 19th, 2013 Comments Off

The MSU Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) in the School of Architecture held the annual Trashion Show with MSU’s Fashion Board on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall.

All the work is currently on display in the Giles Gallery. Click here to watch the video.

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Photos by Taylor Howell | MSU Office of Public Affairs

Photos by Taylor Howell | MSU Office of Public Affairs


CAAD hosts third-grade arts integration field trip

November 18th, 2013 Comments Off

clockwise from bottom left: Emma Murphree, Riley Rose Mulrooney, Harley Jordan, Caroline Harris and Jennifer Mulrooney (parent chaperone).

clockwise from bottom left: Emma Murphree, Riley Rose Mulrooney, Harley Jordan, Caroline Harris and Jennifer Mulrooney (parent chaperone).

The College of Architecture, Art and Design recently hosted a group of 38 third-graders from Pierce Street Elementary in Tupelo. Student volunteers from the college’s Dean’s Council worked with the intellectually gifted “Challenge” group on two arts-related projects.

“Tupelo Public Schools really focus on arts integration,” said Challenge teacher L.V. McNeal. “Integrating the arts into the classroom will help our kids become critical thinkers, a skill they will need for their college educations and future careers.”

The students’ first project focused on architecture. The third-graders were challenged to build the tallest tower possible using just 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of masking tape, one yard of string and one marshmallow in just 15 minutes. When time was up, none of the elementary students and the parent chaperones who helped were able to create a tower that could stand on its own.

The visitors were told that this same challenge is often done with everyone from business executives to kindergartners, and the kindergartners often do the best at the challenge.  Therefore, the group was given a second chance; only this time, parents weren’t allowed to help. At the end of the next round without help, many of the third-graders’ towers were standing, and the winning tower reached 24 inches.

Next, the Challenge students headed to the Visual Arts Center Gallery, where they were able to view the poster exhibit, “From Seoul to Mississippi,” by Korean artists O8AM, 1000Day, Gwaja and Sakiroo. (Click here to see photos from the art project)

Students then worked in groups to create their own collage murals to display in the gallery. Using partial cutouts from magazines, they had to use their imaginations to finish the missing pieces and create a mural as a group.

As a follow-up to the trip, the students will write stories about the murals they created, and those will be put on display with their artwork.

“Several of my students are really into art,” said McNeal. “Getting to meet college students with similar interests really showed them that they can pursue that passion.”

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Read the story on WCBI’s website.

School of Architecture announces fall 2013 Final Review schedule

November 15th, 2013 Comments Off

(In Giles Hall – Starkville:)
First-Year Studio (Foundation Design)
Monday, Nov. 25
Noon – 6 p.m. (and probably later . . . w/ evening session)

Second-Year Studio (Tectonic Studio I)
Monday, Dec. 02
9 a.m. – noon
* A ribbon-cutting will be held at 2 p.m. for the Collaborative Studio’s bus shelter design/build installation on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Lands. Call the main office – 662-325-2202 – for more information.

Third-Year Studio  (Urban Housing)
Tuesday,  Nov. 26
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (and probably later . . . w/ evening session)

Fourth-Year Studio (Topical Studios: Gulf Coast)
Tuesday, Dec. 03
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (and probably later . . . w/ evening session)


(Stuart C. Irby Jr. Studios, Jackson)
Fifth-Year Studio (Urban+ Conceptual Projects)
Thursday, Dec. 05
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 06
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

“The fifth-year fall studio considers some of the myriad ways in which architecture animates human experience. To this end, students are asked to focus on projects of three distinct scales – a light fixture and its relation to an interior space, a significant interior space and its relation to the building and a building and its relation to the surrounding urban fabric. It is intended that larger concerns that emerge as we make linkages between these scales will serve as beginning points for the students’ independent projects in the spring semester.” – Jassen S. Callender, fifth-year program director and studio coordinator

Please call the main office – 662-325-2202 – to confirm if you will be attending any of the reviews.

2013 NOMAS School of Architecture Trashion Show | HD Video |

November 7th, 2013 Comments Off

Direct Link to HD Version:

Mississippi Committee of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art announces year-end event

November 5th, 2013 Comments Off

The event will be held at the historic Cotesworth Culture and Heritage Center.

Anyone interested in attending the year-end gathering of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Southeast Chapter, should RSVP to  Click to view the PDF.

Find info. about the Mississippi Chapter of the ICAA on Facebook.

ICAA Event - Dec 6, 2013

School of Architecture alumna named first African American female U.S. District Judge in Miss.

November 5th, 2013 Comments Off


By Leah Barbour | MSU Office of Public Affairs

The U.S. Senate today appointed 1987 Mississippi State alumna Debra M. Brown as Mississippi’s first African-American female U.S. District Judge.

Brown graduated with the top architecture award, and her perseverance, diligence and focus were obvious to the School of Architecture’s faculty and administration.

“MSU alumni have enjoyed growing success in their judicial careers at both the state and federal levels,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “The confirmation of MSU alumna Debra M. Brown to the bench of the U.S. District Court in Mississippi’s Northern District is an honor for MSU and for the state of Mississippi. She will do a marvelous job.”

Michael Fazio, retired MSU professor emeritus, has been a member of the architecture faculty since the school’s inception in 1973.

“I knew her quite well. She was a serious student and worked hard,” he said. “Her sense of focus, diligence and improvement — I always saw her as someone who had a plan.”

Brown’s work ethic and determination served her through architectural associate jobs, then law school. Prior to her judicial appointment, she was a shareholder with Wise Carter Child & Caraway in Jackson.

“She has remained on the Architecture Advisory Council, and that speaks volumes to what we do here,” said Michael Berk, director of MSU’s School of Architecture. “You can relate your education in architecture to almost anything in terms of what you want do, and that’s what Brown has done.”

After graduating from MSU, Brown worked in Washington, D.C. Not only was she involved in several construction projects for residential and commercial properties, Brown also renovated historic and municipal buildings. In 1994, she entered the University of Mississippi School of Law. In the years since her graduation in 1997, her practice has focused on civil litigation, especially commercial litigation and construction-related issues.

Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, said Brown’s architecture experiences in Washington, D.C., probably influenced her decision to pursue a legal career.

“There is a whole area of law related to building and construction law and construction litigation,” he said. “Somebody who has a degree in arch as well as a degree in law would be exceptionally well prepared to understand that practice.”

In Brown’s July response to questions from U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking member of the judiciary committee, she emphasized respect is the most important attribute of a judge.

“When a judge truly respects the position, I believe the judge will necessarily execute all judicial duties with impartiality, fairness, integrity and discipline, and apply the law to the facts of each case or controversy in an even-handed manner consistend with judicial precedent and applicable procedural rules,” Brown said.

She’s the only attorney in the state who also has a degree in architecture, West said.

“She is unique in the state of Mississippi, and she’s been very successful professionally,” he said. “Brown has stayed active in the community, and that commitment began in the school of architecture.”

In addition to serving on the advisory board, Brown is a member of various bar groups, including the National Bar Association, American Bar Association, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association and Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association, serving in various leadership positions.

Read the articles in the following news outlets:
The Daily Journal in Tupelo.
The Hattiesburg American in Hattiesburg.
Mississippi Press Broadcasting
The Columbus Dispatch

Junk 2 Funk Sale open to all MSU students

November 1st, 2013 Comments Off

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The second annual Junk 2 Funk sale will be held along with the annual Trashion Show on Wednesday, Nov. 6 beginning at 3 p.m. Both events are sponsored by the MSU Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) in the School of Architecture.

All MSU students who have handmade items can be a part of the Junk 2 Funk Sale. The deadline to join the sale has been pushed back to Tuesday, Nov. 5 by 2 p.m.  For more details, email Emily at

Click here for more about this year’s Trashion Show.


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