Reception held for TSD’s ‘International Viewfinds’ exhibit

October 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Reception held for TSD’s ‘International Viewfinds’ exhibit

The reception for the School of Architecture’s “International Viewfinds” exhibit was held by Tau Sigma Delta and took place at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.

(Images by Kelsey Brownlee)

David Dowell present Harrison Lecture

October 24th, 2016 Comments Off on David Dowell present Harrison Lecture

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David Dowell, AIA, principal at El Dorado Inc., presented the Harrison Lecture on Fri., Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Dowell has been with the firm since 1998. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 followed by a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. 

HE is a REVIEW Studios patron and serves on the Nelson-Atkins Friends of Art Leadership Council, he supports the Kansas City Art Institute and has organized the biennial KCAI Auction to raise scholarship funds for current and future students.

The Harrison Lecture Series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.

News from the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

October 18th, 2016 Comments Off on News from the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

VERTICAL_WEB_maroonThe Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, a research center housed within the School of Architecture and the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University, has had a busy few months:

  • Recently, Professor David Perkes, AIA, director of the center, was asked to serve on the AIA Affordable Housing Design Awards Jury.
  • Perkes also presented an AIA webinar on flooding along with the executive director of the Baton Rouge AIA Chapter and Russell Davidson, AIA President.
  • Perkes then traveled to Colorado for the NIST Community Resilience Panel Meeting.
  • The center was one of eight MSU programs to host a table at the university’s Infinite Impact Campaign Celebration on October 7.  The event showcased research and exciting projects happening throughout the university.
  • Perkes was invited to participate in the White House “Frontiers” Conference on October 13.

S|ARC alumnus Lance Davis named 2016 LEED Fellow

October 14th, 2016 Comments Off on S|ARC alumnus Lance Davis named 2016 LEED Fellow

Lance Davis, AIA, LEED program manager for Design Excellence Architecture+Sustainability, in front of the U.S. General Services Administration in Washington, D.C. (photo via

Lance Davis, AIA, LEED program manager for Design Excellence Architecture+Sustainability, in front of the U.S. General Services Administration in Washington, D.C. (photo via

Via GBCI press release

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) recently announced its 2016 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. This year’s 24 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community.

“LEED would not have grown from an idea to a movement that spans more than 160 countries without the leadership and innovative thinking of professionals like our 2016 LEED Fellows,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president, GBCI, and COO, U.S. Green Building Council. “This group’s work is a clear reminder of the significant progress we’ve made to create a sustainable built environment, and it is the ideas and contributions that these individuals make that will continue to advance our mission of a green building for all within this generation.”

2016 LEED Fellows:

  • Jim Chidester, senior mechanical engineer, Batson Inc.
  • Lance Davis, sustainability architect, U.S. General Services Administration (MSU S|ARC Class of 1995)
  • Aalok A. Deshmukh, general manager and head—energy efficiency, Schneider Electric India
  • Rebecca Dunn Bryant, principal, Watershed
  • Steven Guttmann, principal, Guttmann & Blaevoet
  • Anne Hicks Harney, sustainability director, Ayers Saint Gross
  • Elizabeth Heider, chief sustainability officer, Skanska USA Inc.
  • Susan Heinking, director of high performance, Pepper Construction Company
  • Julie Hendricks, vice president and director of EcoServices, Kirksey Architecture
  • R. Kirk Johnson, director of sustainable design, Corgan
  • Michael Kawecki, certification reviewer, GBCI
  • Juzer S. Kothari, managing director, Conserve Consultants Private Limited
  • Brian Lomel, principal, TLC Engineering for Architecture
  • Jorge Lopez de Obeso, chairman of the board, EA Energía y Arquitectura
  • Josée Lupien, president, Vertima—Green Building and Materials Experts
  • Tom Marseille, senior vice president and director of Sustainability, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • John Mlade, senior sustainability manager, YR&G
  • Diana Paez, green building & sustainable materials specialist, THREE Consultoria Medioambiental
  • Dana Robbins Schneider, managing director, JLL
  • David Rodriguez, firm principal, BCE
  • Megan Ritchie Saffitz, director of LEED support, GBCI
  • Susie Spivey-Tilson, senior program manager, CBRE
  • Wes Sullens, green building program manager, StopWaste
  • Shigeru Urashima, regional senior staff architect, Intel

The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to honor LEED professionals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key mastery elements of LEED certification and significant contributions in teaching, mentoring or research with other industry professionals. LEED Fellows also have a strong history of highly impactful commitment, service and advocacy for green building and sustainability.

LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have at least 10 years experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI.

The recipients were honored at the 2016 USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif. The nomination period for the 2017 LEED Fellows class will open in January 2017. For more information about the LEED Fellow program, visit

Fourth-year architecture students featured at ‘State Spotlight’

October 14th, 2016 Comments Off on Fourth-year architecture students featured at ‘State Spotlight’


Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

MSU architecture students work on an interactive community design model they built for the residents of Eastmoor Estates, a neighborhood near Moorehead. Students are bringing the model to the community and using it to foster dialogue and ideas on what residents want their neighborhood to become. Pictured, from left to right, are MSU students Nathan Miley, a senior from Pearl, Elizabeth Bueche, a senior from Maryville, Tennessee, Taylor McKinney, a senior from Cantonment, Florida and Diondria Bingham, a senior from Pearl.

Next week the students will begin designing affordable houses that will placed in the master plan. This studio is sponsored by the College of Architecture, Art and Design and a 2015 Ottilie Schillig Special Teaching Project Grant awarded to Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn.

School of Architecture Class of 2006 holds reunion

October 13th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture Class of 2006 holds reunion


photo via Sally Zahner

photo via Sally Zahner

photo via Sally Zahner

photo via Sally Zahner

The School of Architecture Class of 2006 held a reunion in Starkville the weekend of October 7-8. A total of 19 alumni plus their families attended from around the state and region and as far away as Panama and New York.

F.L. Crane Professor and Director Michael Berk kicked off the event on Friday in Giles Hall with an update on the progress and changes in the school over the past ten years.

The event continued with happy hour and dinner that night at Restaurant Tyler and a tailgate behind Giles before the MSU vs. Auburn game on Saturday.

“We had a wonderful time,” said alumna and coordinator Sally Zahner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.

The class is currently gathering donations to put toward the school’s furniture project. They have raised $2,000 so far.

The funds will be used to support the school’s need for chairs for seminar rooms, critique spaces and jury reviews in in the gallery or hallways.

“It is always amazing to see the successes and accomplishments of my former students,” said Berk. “The fact they chose to ‘reunite’ here, some traveling from other countries, speaks volumes to their continued passion and connection with our program. Furthermore,” he added, “their interest and willingness to make a financial commitment to our current students in the Giles Hall School of Architecture building in order to enhance our studio environment is very endearing.”

Anyone who would like to add to the Class of 2006’s gift can send a check directly to:
School of Architecture
Mississippi State University
Attention: Michael Berk
P.O. Box AQ
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Please make checks payable to: MSU School of Architecture Advancement fund, memo: Giles Studio Seating.

For more information about how to give to the School of Architecture, contact P.K. Thomas, director of development, at (662) 325-2542 or

CAAD takes part in 2016 Imagine the Possibilities career expo

October 12th, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD takes part in 2016 Imagine the Possibilities career expo

Students, staff and alumni from the Mississippi State College of Architecture, Art and Design participated in “Imagine the Possibilities,” a career expo. for Northeast Mississippi 8th graders sponsored by Create’s Toyota Wellspring Education Fund.

The event was held Oct. 4-6 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, and MSU participated in the Architecture and Construction Pathway.

MSU projects included:

  • Giant “Legos”
    Goal: To show the importance of teamwork and communication between architects and construction professionals
    Task: Students were given a variety of projects to build throughout the event with the giant blocks, including a tiny house with one entry and a window; a chair; an arch; and a bridge.
  • Giant Jenga
    A giant version of JENGA built by Building Construction Science students at Mississippi State University … because, why not?!
    “It’s the classic block-stacking, stack-crashing game of JENGA! How will you stack up against the law of gravity? Stack the wooden blocks in a sturdy tower, then take turns pulling out blocks one by one until the whole stack crashes down. Is your hand steady enough to pull out the last block before the tower collapses? If it is, you’ll win at JENGA!”
  • 3D Houses
    Students were given pieces of wood that fit together to form a 3d house. They had to work together to fit the puzzle together. Some students competed to see who could do the puzzle the fastest.
  • Kit of Parts
    Students were given a cardboard sheet with various shapes that popped out. They could then cut notches in the sheets to piece them together into whatever they imagined. Creations included power lines, bridges, Star Wars spaceships, catapults, and more!

MSU students also helped with Architecture South’s interior design booth, where students were challenged to piece together an interior space.

See more about the event and photos at or on social media with the hashtag #msitp16.

School of Architecture holds 2016 Advisory Board meeting

October 11th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds 2016 Advisory Board meeting

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(Photos by Kelsey Brownlee)

The School of Architecture Advisory Board met on October 10 in Starkville.

The group heard a presentation from Executive Associate Vice President Julia Hodges, Ph.D, who served as the interim provost during the School’s NAAB Accreditation visit last February. Hodges provided the group with first-hand insight into the comments and exchange by the NAAB Visiting Team when they met with her and MSU President Mark Keenum, Ph.D.  

More about the recent accreditation can be found here.

The group also voted to adopt new by-laws and visited with students at the School of Architecture.

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Architecture students return from annual Field Trip Week

October 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Architecture students return from annual Field Trip Week

All students in the school of architecture participate in an annual weeklong field trip in the fall semester.

This year, students went to the following locations:

First-Year Studio:
Dallas, Texas
Professors: Andrew Tripp, Francie Hankins, George Martin

(Above photos by Austin Keaton, Satchel Starling and Jessi Hines, second-year architecture students)
Second-Year (Collaborative) Studio:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
Professors: Hans Herrmann, John Poros, Briar Jones (architecture); Mohammed Mawlana, Lee Carson (building construction science)

Third-Year Studio:
Chicago, Illinois
Professors: Justin Taylor, Fred Esenwein

(Above photos by Cory Moxley, fourth-year architecture student)
Fourth-Year Studio:
Portland, Oregon
Professors: Jacob Gines, Emily McGlohn

MSU School of Architecture featured in New York Times

October 6th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture featured in New York Times

(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s SuperUse Pavilion, a part of the museum’s rain garden program that has benefitted from the efforts of more than 100 Mississippi State undergraduate and graduate-level students, recently has been selected for exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

The exhibition, “By the People: Designing a Better America,” is now open and features 60 design projects from every region of the U.S. For more, visit

School of Architecture Associate Professor Hans Herrmann is the only faculty member from Mississippi State University to exhibit at the museum.

Read the review, “In ‘By the People,’ Designing for the Underserved and Overlooked,” By Michael here.

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