David Turnbull presents second Harrison Lecture

September 30th, 2015 Comments Off on David Turnbull presents second Harrison Lecture

MSU’s School of Architecture welcomed architect David Turnbull as the second guest speaker in its 2015 Harrison Lecture Series on September 25 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Turnbull is the director of ATOPIA Innovation and design director of PITCHAfrica, an award-winning, tax-exempt organization with a specific focus on the development and construction of building types that address global ecological and social challenges. He also is a professor of architecture with more than 25 years of international experience in design education.

View the 2015-2016 Harrison Lecture Series schedule.

The annual series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Robert V. M. Harrison, Ph.D., FAIA, FCSI.

School of Architecture awards first Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship

September 28th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture awards first Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Maria Degtyareva

Maria Degtyareva, a third-year architecture student at Mississippi State University, is the fall 2015 recipient of the newly established Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Degtyareva, daughter of Grigoriy and Larisa Degtyareva of Novosibirks, Russia, will receive $3,000 and will spend the semester conducting research with Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

Gines, who is in his fourth year of teaching in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, also serves as the vice president of research and design at Method, a full-service architectural and design firm based in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gines said the firm hopes to establish itself as “thought leaders” in the architectural community – both to generate and disseminate knowledge.

“There is a lot of support for connecting academia to the profession of architecture,” he added. “With this fellowship there is a unique opportunity to strengthen that connection between the Mississippi State School of Architecture and Method Studio, which is a leader around the area for architecture and design.”

“We are honored to be working with Method Studio and value the confidence they have placed in the School of Architecture,” added F.L. Crane Professor and Director of the school Michael Berk. “This research collaboration is an important endorsement of our faculty expertise and will provide our faculty with research assistants, enabling us to continue to push the boundaries of cutting-edge tectonic research.”

While the firm may not be local, Degtyareva and future fellows will be conducting research on issues that are transportable across regions.

“There is strength and value in connecting not just locally but at a distance as well,” said Gines.

The fellowship will also provide students a unique opportunity to interface with professionals with a possibility to present at Method Studio.

“Maria will start to understand at a deeper level the concerns, opportunities and issues that the profession is facing right now,” said Gines. “It’s really great for her to play this critical role in formulating some research – not just for a firm but for the architectural community.”

Degtyareva has already started on her first research assignment – to compare and document design trends in student housing across the U.S.

Read the story at msstate.edu.

Annual collaborative student competition held

September 14th, 2015 Comments Off on Annual collaborative student competition held

Brasfield and Gorrie Student Design Competition 2015 from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

The Fifth Annual Brasfield & Gorrie Student Design Competition was held from Mon., Aug. 17 through Fri., Aug. 28.

Ten teams composed of students from the four departments in the College of Architecture, Art and Design worked together over these two intensive weeks to create a branding, interior design, architectural design and construction strategy for a new local brewery, SweetGum Brewing Company.

The students presented their final work at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on Fri., Aug. 28 from 1:30 – 4 p.m. Reviewers from Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, Fuscia Architects and Brewworks and SweetGum Brewing Company attended to review the student work and to choose teams for the top three design awards.

The winning teams were:

First Place
first place

  • Michael Carraway – Building Construction Science
  • Brent Gaudé – Building Construction Science
  • Vanessa Holden – Interior Design
  • Edward Holmes V – Architecture
  • Casey Jennings – Graphic Design
  • Ben Marshall – Architecture
  • Jared Robinson – Architecture

Second Place
second place

  • Ashton Aime – Architecture
  • Caleb Fearing – Architecture
  • Liz Grantham – Interior Design
  • Robby Keifer – Building Construction Science
  • Keith Kellum- Graphic Design
  • Anna Strohm – Interior Design
  • Nathan Thomas – Architecture

Third Place
third place

  • Kyle Alford – Building Construction Science
  • Kaiyla Barber – Graphic Design
  • Ria Bennett – Architecture
  • Josh Johnson – Architecture
  • Kalyn Johnson – Interior Design
  • Luke Marshall – Architecture
  • Cheyenne Underwood – Interior Design

Click here to view the winning team projects on our student work site.

Students hard at work:

Final presentations:


Q&A by Marissa Landon:BrasfieldClick here to download the PDF file.

Reception held for TSD’s ‘Italy Abroad’ exhibition

September 11th, 2015 Comments Off on Reception held for TSD’s ‘Italy Abroad’ exhibition

A reception was held for Tau Sigma Delta’s “Italy Abroad” exhibition on Wed., Sept. 9 at 5:15 in the Giles Architecture Gallery.

Students within the College of Architecture, Art and Design are encouraged to broaden their horizons by participating in the college’s signature study abroad program in Rome. This past summer, students traveled abroad to Italy to study and experience classical art and architecture. Taught by architecture Assistant Professor Andrew Tripp, students engaged the incredible experience of Roman Italy through cultivating visual responses and stimulating discussion.

This gallery features the visual responses of top students through the form of drawing in ink/pencil, watercolor, writing and photography.

The work will be on display through the end of the month. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

View the full fall schedule.

Carl Small Town Center fellow selected for prestigious Japanese young professionals program

September 11th, 2015 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center fellow selected for prestigious Japanese young professionals program



Emily Roush-Elliott, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow with Mississippi State’s Carl Small Town Center, has been selected to participate in the The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Program in Osaka, Japan. Roush-Elliot is one of several young professionals around the world selected to participate in this year’s week-long program in September.

Since 1981, the Junior Chamber International Osaka has been inviting 5-10 young people each year who work in a variety of fields all over the world “to encourage mutual understanding and communications beyond national frameworks.” At TOYP, participants discuss, learn and encourage each other on a variety of subjects and learn about Japanese culture.

“I am honored to be selected to participate in TOYP 2015,” said Roush-Elliot. “I am particularly excited about the Designing Society for Equity theme this year. Utilizing design thinking to respond the globe’s most complex social equity challenges is at the core of my work and the work of the organizations I am a part of. I am confident that TOYP will advance my thinking and provide invaluable connections that I can bring back to Mississippi.”

Roush-Elliot will add to the 187 who have attended since the program’s start, including special guests such as Steve Wozniak, the co-Founder of Apple; former presidential aide Roger B. Porter; and Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity. See a full list of past attendees.

Greg G. Hall, associate dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, participated in TOYP in 1994, and described the program as a valuable opportunity to discuss critical issues with colleagues from around the world as well as Japanese business leaders.

“We’re excited that Emily has been invited to participate. Her experience as an architect and her work with the college’s Carl Small Town Center in the Mississippi Delta will provide an especially important viewpoint.”

Roush-Elliot, who holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University, began working as a Rose Fellow with the Carl Small Town Center in January 2013 and has been leading the Baptist Town Neighborhood Reinvestment project. During her tenure, she has worked to plan and build a park, playground, streetscapes, signage and community events, as well as open a community center in the Delta community. Additionally, her multi-disciplinary team completed an eleven-unit modular affordable housing project in which low-income families were able to purchase new homes from the Greenwood-Leflore Fuller Center for Housing, utilizing 15-year, 0% interest mortgages.

The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship offers a select few of the nation’s finest, early career architects the opportunity for first-hand training and experience in sustainable community design work. Mississippi State’s Carl Small Town Center – a research center in the College of Architecture, Art and Design – was one of just four national organizations to receive an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow in 2012.

CAAD project featured as ‘State Spotlight’

September 2nd, 2015 Comments Off on CAAD project featured as ‘State Spotlight’

Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

The Green Building Demonstration Pavilion, with its 600 square-foot green roof, is a public use space that forms the centerpiece for the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s rain garden. Over five years, more than 200 undergraduate- and graduate-level landscape architecture, landscape contracting, architecture, art, building science and graphic design students designed and built the museum’s green infrastructure and sustainable building technologies. The garden project has earned several awards, most recently winning the 2015 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4’s Rain Catcher Award in the neighborhood/community-level.

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