Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio builds Boy Scout cabin

December 19th, 2016 Comments Off on Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio builds Boy Scout cabin

MSU Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio – Boy Scout Cabin BUILD time lapse from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Final model of the Boy Scout cabin from CAADatMSU on Vimeo. (Model by Honors students: Daniel Ruff and Abby Jackson)

The fall 2016 Collaborative Tectonics Studio, which consisted of second-year students studying architecture (41 students) and building construction science (40 students), spent the semester building a cabin for the Hood Boy Scout Reservation in Hazelhurst, Miss., approximately 180 miles from the MSU main campus in Starkville.

Architecture faculty members for the studio included Associate Professor Hans Herrmann, Briar Jones (visiting practitioner) and Associate Professor John Poros.

Building construction science faculty included Lee Carson, lecturer, and Visiting Assistant Professor Mohammed Mawlana, Ph.D. 

Herrmann, who served as studio coordinator and project P.I., worked closley with Larry Cagle, field director and lead contact for the Hood Reservation for the project. He also worked closely with School of Architecture alumnus and architect John McBride with the Boy Scouts. 

Additional Boy Scout supports/sponsors for the project included:
Andrew Jackson, Council
Tony Haines, Scout Executive/ CEO
Dr. Steve Zachow, Council Executive Board President
Property and Maintenance Committee:
Billy Boykin
Robby Bush
Ken Echols
Stephen Heard
Joe Lewis
Tim Rooks
Charlie Smith
Col. David Smith
Steve Smith
Joe Stamper
Jim Ulmer

The project was funded by the Boy Scouts with a partial match by the School of Architecture and College of Architecture, Art and Design. 


Students present their final projects. (images via Hans Herrmann) 

Aside from the prototype Steep Slope Cabin (referring to the typical hillside site condition the cabins are designed to fit on) that students built in the first half of the term, each student also generated an individual proposal for a second prototype cabin.

Master planning a second grouping of 16 cabins, or what’s known as a “village” on the reservation, these cabins were designed to accommodate a different user group for corporate retreat style events. (Above images show students presenting these projects at the final review).

See some of the students’ final portfolios, which outline their final project in assembly sequence drawings:
Abby Jackson Portfolio
Maria Ory Portfolio
Daniel Ruff Portfolio

MSU architecture students recognized for design studio plans that showcase mid‑rise wood buildings

December 15th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU architecture students recognized for design studio plans that showcase mid‑rise wood buildings

Pictured: Front Row from left: Jacob Gines, Omkar Prabhu, Curtis Reed, Keith Ward, Mark Power and Jarred Creel; Back Row: Anna Kendall, Ian Munn, Tedrick Ratcliff and Robby Toombs (Image via MFA)

Pictured: Front Row from left: Jacob Gines, Omkar Prabhu, Curtis Reed, Keith Ward, Mark Power and Jarred Creel; Back Row: Anna Kendall, Ian Munn, Tedrick Ratcliff and Robby Toombs (Image via MFA)

Via msforestry.site-ym.com

Using innovative wood technologies on the inside and exterior of a proposed mid-rise design studio earned architecture student Curtis Reed a $500 prize and – more importantly – an appreciation for mass-timber technologies.

“Mississippi needs a tall wood building because people need to see it. As people see these students’ designs, I believe it will draw businesses and other entities to want these kinds of buildings for themselves,” said Tedrick Ratcliff, Executive Vice President of the Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA).

The competition was facilitated by TIMB(R): Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined Studio. This studio was taught by Mississippi State University (MSU) Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob Gines and was open to fourth-year architecture students.

Students were judged based on their design’s ability to promote MFA’s mission as well as for practicality and innovation. The projects used innovative mass-timber technologies, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT).

“It doesn’t mean the winning design will necessarily be built, but it will provide MFA an opportunity to conjure interest and investment for such a project in Mississippi. We love the idea of being able to facilitate that process,” said Gines.

TIMB(R) held a symposium that featured expert speakers in the green building field from across the country. Students also went to Oregon to be exposed to some of the most influential research and projects on mass-timber in the United States.

Funding for the TIMB(R) Studio was provided by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), Mississippi Forestry Foundation, and Weyerhaeuser through the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. Learn more at sfiprogram.org.

“The TIMB(R) Studio has garnered a lot of excitement about the possibility of mass-timber buildings in Mississippi. Through the programs and projects made possible by the SFI grant, we feel confident that these future architects are prepared to incorporate innovative wood technologies into their work,” Ratcliff said.

Additional support for the project was provided by Shuqualak Lumber, the MSU Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, the MSU College of Art, Architecture and Design, and other private partners.

MFA’s vision is to serve as the “Voice of Forestry” in Mississippi. MFA’s mission is leading diverse groups to promote landowner rights, environmental stewardship, member prosperity, and community understanding. MFA members and staff work to accomplish the mission by conducting public affairs, communication, and education programs that will foster better understanding and appreciation of conservation, development, and use of forestland and resources. Learn more at msforestry.net.

MSU faculty honored by American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter

December 13th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU faculty honored by American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Three faculty members in Mississippi State’s School of Architecture are receiving statewide honors for their role in advancing the architecture profession.

Associate professors John Poros, Hans Herrmann and Alexis Gregory were formally recognized by the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter during the organization’s recent Public, Design, Community and Membership Awards Celebration at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

The AIA MS awards programs recognize extraordinary efforts and achievements to encourage excellence and elevate the engagement of architecture within Mississippi. For more, visit http://aiamississippi.org.

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Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture John Poros, right, accepts a Community Service Membership Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. Presenting the honor were, from left, AIA MS President John Beard and Secretary/Treasurer Brian Cabunac. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

Specifically, Poros is a 2016 recipient of the AIA MS Community Service Membership Award, honoring his commitment to fostering sustainable rural development throughout the state of Mississippi. He is past director of the Carl Small Town Center, a community design and outreach component of MSU’s School of Architecture. The center is nationally recognized with awards from the AIA, as well as the American Planning Association.

Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture Hans Herrmann, center, accepts a Merit Design Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. Pictured with Herrmann are Jim West, dean of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, left, and AIA MS President John Beard. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture Hans Herrmann, center, accepts a Merit Design Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. Pictured with Herrmann are Jim West, dean of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, left, and AIA MS President John Beard. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

Herrmann also accepted an AIA MS Merit Design Award for the MSU Golf Course Storm Shelters Project, a collaborative effort between second-year students of the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s School of Architecture and building construction science academic program.

The work was completed during the 2014 fall semester collaborative studio, coordinated by Herrmann and Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn of the architecture school, along with Assistant Professor Tom Leathem and Lecturer Lee Carson of building construction science and Assistant Professor Peter Summerlin of the landscape architecture department.

Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture Alexis Gregory, center, accepts an Education Commendation Membership Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. AIA MS Secretary/Treasurer Brian Cabunac, left, and President John Beard presented the award on behalf of the organization. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture Alexis Gregory, center, accepts an Education Commendation Membership Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. AIA MS Secretary/Treasurer Brian Cabunac, left, and President John Beard presented the award on behalf of the organization. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

In recognition of her role in encouraging excellence in architectural education within the state, the AIA MS Chapter also presented Alexis Gregory with its Education Commendation Membership Award.

“The School of Architecture is incredibly proud of its faculty accomplishments and acknowledgements within the professional community,” said Michael Berk, director for the School of Architecture and F.L. Crane Endowed Professor.  “Winning AIA awards demonstrates that we are not only engaged in high-level academic activities with our research and students, but also value the practice of architecture and its outreach within our state, region and the nation.”

The nationally accredited School of Architecture in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design offers the only curriculum in the state leading to a professional degree in architecture. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

School of Architecture holds fall 2016 semester Final Reviews

December 8th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds fall 2016 semester Final Reviews

Final Reviews for MSU architecture students were recently held in Starkville for first through fourth-year and in Jackson for fifth-year students.


The final project for the first-year architecture studio was to design and build a chair for listening. Over the course of the two final weeks of the semester, students worked in teams of two to create a full-size proposal for a chair made only of wood and cardboard to be sited on the Giles Hall grand stair. The final review was held on Mon., Nov. 21.
Professors: Francie Hankins, George Martin, Andrew Tripp


Second-year
architecture students in the Collaborative Studio with Building Construction Science students spent the semester building a sleeping shelter prototype for the Hood Boy Scout Reservation in Jackson. Their final project assignment was to design and model a luxury sleeping shelter for camp councilors or corporate retreats. Individuals were asked to design trusses that would accommodate a skylight, then come up with a comprehensive design around it, keeping passive notions in mind. Their final review was held on Mon., Nov. 28.
Professors: Hans Herrmann, Briar Jones, John Poros (architecture); Lee Carson, Mohammed Mawlana, Ph.D. (building construction science)


Third-year
students presented their final projects on Tues., Nov. 29. The project was to design multi-family housing in Chicago, Ill.
Professors: Fred Esenwein, Ph.D.; Alexis Gregory; Justin Taylor


The final reviews for fourth-year students were held on Wed., Nov. 30. Students in Professor Jacob Gines’s studio showcased design proposals for a new mass-timber mid-rise commercial building in Jackson. Students in Professor Emily McGlohn’s studio designed affordable houses to be placed in the master plan for Eastmoor Estates, a neighborhood near Moorehead.

Fifth-year reviews were held on Nov. 18 and 19 before students headed out for their annual field trip study abroad to Rome.

MSU School of Architecture to host TIMBR exhibit, student design award reception

December 5th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture to host TIMBR exhibit, student design award reception

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By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s School of Architecture is hosting a Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined (TIMBR) exhibit and student design award reception Wednesday [Dec. 7] on the Starkville campus.

Free to all, the 6-7 p.m. reception will be held in the Architecture Gallery at Giles Hall, home to the university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. Light refreshments will be served.

Undergraduate students from MSU Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob A. “Jake” Gines’ fourth-year architecture wood-based design studio will showcase design proposals for a new mass-timber mid-rise commercial building in Jackson.

Designed for the Mississippi Forestry Association, the proposals incorporate innovative mass-timber technologies, such as Cross-Laminated Timber. For more, visit http://tinyurl.com/MSUArchTIMBRstudio.

Support for the TIMBR studio was provided by internationally recognized nonprofit Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., the Mississippi Forestry Foundation, and Weyerhaeuser, among other industry partners.

For complete details on the TIMBR studio, visit the above-mentioned website or contact Gines at 662-325-0094 or jgines@caad.msstate.edu.

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