Summer studio visits Memphis

June 29th, 2015 Comments Off on Summer studio visits Memphis

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photos by Hans Herrmann

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A project by archimania the architecture group was able to view.

A project by archimania the architecture group was able to view.

Another project by archimania the group saw.

Another project by archimania the group saw.

Associate Professor Hans Herrmann’s first term summer architecture studio recently visited Memphis, Tenn.

While there, the studio met with alumnus Todd Walker at his firm, archimania.

The group also toured the Bridges Foundation building by architect Coleman Coker.

School of Architecture alumnus makes ‘Top 50 under 40’ list

June 29th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture alumnus makes ‘Top 50 under 40’ list

(screenshot via http://msbusiness.com)

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Michael Boerner, a 2002 graduate of the School of Architecture and managing principal of Jackson architecture firm Wier Boerner Allin PLLC, was selected to the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Top 50 under 40” list for 2015.

Click here to see the digital magazine.

Alumni’s firm wins D.C.-area AIA awards

June 26th, 2015 Comments Off on Alumni’s firm wins D.C.-area AIA awards

Foundry Architects, a firm started by MSU School of Architecture alumni Will Couch and Matthew Compton (2002), recently was honored with AIA design awards in the Washington, D.C., area:

Longtime Jackson Center staff member retires

June 22nd, 2015 Comments Off on Longtime Jackson Center staff member retires

Co-workers, friends, family and former students gathered on June 19 at the Stuart C. Irby Jr. Studios in Jackson to honor longtime administrative assistant Janine Davis, who will retire at the end of the month.

Davis worked for the MSU School of Architecture’s fifth-year program in Jackson for 28 years.

In 2004, she was honored with by the university with the Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award. The award honors staff members who exemplify professionalism and dedication to MSU by performing beyond the call of duty to improve service, quality, and image of the department/unit; serve as a positive role model for other faculty, staff, and/or students; demonstrate outstanding accomplishments of significance based on initiative, cooperation, and ability to perform a job successfully; demonstrate a high degree of competence and expertise; and work beyond the boundaries of the job by participating in university or community service projects.

Most recently, Davis was awarded the College of Architecture, Art and Design Staff Award, which is given annually to one staff member in the college who exemplifies professionalism and dedication by performing above and beyond the job description; takes initiative on tasks; relates to others on the staff or faculty; and has demonstrated innovation or creativity in his/her job.

Heritage Museum project lands EPA award

June 22nd, 2015 Comments Off on Heritage Museum project lands EPA award

Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State

Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State

Via WTVA.com

A rain garden project in Starkville has been awarded a regional award from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mississippi State received the 2015 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Neighborhood/Community Category for the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s rain garden program.

The five-year project was designed and constructed by MSU students, faculty and volunteers.

The project included a rain garden, public use pavilion, cistern and sand filter and education signage to explain the elements of the project.

Over 200 MSU students from various fields of study worked on the garden which now serves as a demonstration site for North Mississippi.

The Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence for using natural or man-made systems to manage stormwater and reduce water impacts.

The work helps reduce the volume of stormwater discharges and removes pollutants present in runoff.

Additional information on Mississippi State University’s stormwater project can be found at: http://oktibbehaheritagemuseum.com/wordpress/.

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The Green Building Technology Demonstration Pavilion project was realized under the guidance School of Architecture assistant professor Hans C. Herrmann, AIA, LEED Green Associate, and assistant professor of landscape architecture W. Cory Gallo, ASLA, with special assistance by extension associate Brian Tempelton, ASLA.

It was featured by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as a 2013 Year of Public Service Project and was awarded an American Society of Landscape Architects, Mississippi Chapter, Merit Award.

The project also received an ASLA Professional and Student Award of Excellence in the category of Student Collaboration. (Click here to see the full article)

Faculty Advisors included Brian Templeton, ASLA; Cory Gallo, ASLA; Wayne Wilkerson; Tim Schauwecker; Hans Hermann, AIA; Justin Taylor; and Suzanne Powney.

Students who worked on the project include: (architecture) Jared Barnett, Amy Bragg, Reed Bradford, Katherine Ernst, Jonathon Greer, Scott Polley, Nick Purvis, Salena Tew and John Thomas; (building construction science) Lake Jackson; and (art) Johnathan Nowell.

MSU School of Architecture to co-host 2015 International BTES Conference

June 11th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture to co-host 2015 International BTES Conference

This summer, the Mississippi State University School of Architecture will be co-hosting the 2015 International Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES) Conference with the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The conference theme is “Intersections and Adjacencies” and will be held June 24-27.

MSU School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jacob Gines is a co-chair for the conference along with Assistant Professor Erin Carraher and Professor Jose Galarza from the University of Utah.

MSU School of Architecture Associate Professor Hans C. Herrmann and Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn are also serving on the conference organizing committee.

Multiple MSU architecture faculty will make presentations, and two MSU architecture students, Ria Bennett and Cody Smith, will be receiving international BTES awards for their research paper, “The Leaky American Dream: A Study of Air Infiltration Rates of Residential Construction Over Forty Years.”

‘Audit Squad’ wins national award

June 8th, 2015 Comments Off on ‘Audit Squad’ wins national award

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Three Mississippi State University Students were recently honored with the inaugural Building Technology Educators Society Student Award.

Senior architecture students Cody Smith and Aaron “Ria” Bennett and building construction science major William “Bill” Plott made up an independent study class taught by Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn.

The group, dubbed “The Audit Squad,” worked throughout the year with McGlohn studying the relationship between energy efficiency and the quality of construction.

In the fall, the Audit Squad traveled to Greenwood to test air infiltration rates of the new Katrina cottages in the Baptist Town neighborhood. They also paid a visit to the Auburn University’s Rural Studio to perform tests on some of their projects.

“The best way to understand how a building performs is to actually test it with tools,” said McGlohn, who explained that the lower the air infiltration rate, the better the envelope. “A high air infiltration rate signifies a leaky building.”

After analyzing their results, the squad began working on their own independent research project in which they tested the air infiltration rates of a variety of student rental properties built in Starkville over the last 40 years to see if age has anything to do with the rates.

The results of their findings make up their award-winning paper, “The Leaky American Dream: A Study of Air Infiltration Rates of Residential Construction Over Forty Years.”

Bennett and Smith have also been awarded the School of Architecture’s Jason Labutka Travel Scholarship, which will fund their trip to accept the group award and a $1,000 check at the 2015 BTES Conference in Utah at the end of June.

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This summer, the research will continue in Greenwood.

Teaming up with the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Enterprise Rose Fellow, Emily Roush Elliott, McGlohn and new Audit Squad members will test the air infiltration rates of a variety of low-income housing in the Greenwood area to compare the typical rental property with more modern low-incoming housing.

The data will be analyzed next fall to try to quantify the monetary and health burdens that can come from leaky, low-income housing.

The findings and suggestions for improvement will be shared in a brochure for distribution to nonprofit organizations that could benefit from the data.

“The overall main goal,” said McGlohn, “is to create a baseline metric of energy efficiency rates for low-income housing in the Mississippi Delta.”

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