Architecture site planning class takes NYC

July 17th, 2017 Comments Off on Architecture site planning class takes NYC

Thirteen Mississippi State students are in New York for three weeks taking Associate Professor Hans Herrmann’s course, ARC 4733 Site Planning for Architects.

The group is studying examples of planning and site development strategies including small and large-scale works for stormwater management and landscape/architecture interface.

They visited four architecture groups run by Mississippi State architecture alumni:

  1. Herzog + deMuron | Associate, Mr. Philip Schmerbeck 
  2. STRATA Architecture & Design | Principal, Ms. Kimberly Brown 
  3. H3 Collaborative | Principal, Ms. Daria Pizzetta
  4. Ted Porter Architecture | Principal, Ted Porter 

See the daily pics from the trip below (via Herrmann):

Day 1: July 10: Getting started on Day 1!

Day 2: July 13: Brooklyn Tour – Students on the bouncy Squibb Park Bridge entering the new Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Day 3: July 14

Day 4: July 17: Students working on District Mapping on hotel roof

Day 5: Students at the B.I.G. Tetrahedron building at West 57th

Day 6: Students at Lincoln Center

Students at National General Grant Memorial

Columbia University Vagelos Medical Education Center.

Students exploring Forest Hills Garden in Queens, a community planned in accordance with English garden community style.

Students on Roosevelt Island Tram

Students at Columbia’s new José Rafael Moneo building.

Students at Riverside Church

Students at Roosevelt Island tram crossing.

Students explore landscape improvements at Queens Plaza

MSU School of Architecture mourns the loss of student Taylor Christian Yates

July 10th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture mourns the loss of student Taylor Christian Yates

Mississippi State University architecture student Taylor Christian Yates passed away on Sun., July 9 at 2:43 a.m.

He fought courageously until the very end,” said Taylor’s mother, Anne Yates. “Taylor always had a resilient and positive spirit, and he was an inspiration to many. We are thankful that he went peacefully and quietly in his sleep. We are comforted in the knowledge that he is now in a better place, where he is finally healed and there is no pain or suffering.”

“We are all devastated with the sad news of Taylor’s passing,” said MSU School of Architecture Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk. “Taylor was an extraordinary architecture student who always pushed the boundaries of design innovation in the studio. He was so close to completing the coursework within our program; as far as I am concerned, with four years of professional study at the Starkville campus and the year-long architectural internship, Taylor had already demonstrated the knowledge to be called an architect. I will miss him deeply.”

Yates received his bachelor of architecture degree posthumously from Mississippi State University.

A memorial service will be held at Parkway Hills United Methodist Church in Madison on Fri., July 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. Visitation is set for Thurs., July 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., also at Parkway Hills United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial donations be made to the UMMC Bone Marrow Transplant Support Fund (, UMMC options; or mail to Developmental Accounting, 2500 North State St, Jackson, MS 39216-4505). Also please consider becoming an organ donor so that others may live.


At 6’7″ tall, Taylor Yates stood out in a crowd.  Taylor was a reserved and fun loving young man whose smile and wit could light up a room.  His optimism and will to live helped in his battle against lymphoma which finally took its toll on July 9, 2017, at age 26.             

A native of Ridgeland, Taylor lived a full life surrounded by friends and family who loved him.  Taylor was born on July 17, 1990 to Bobby and Anne Yates.  He is a 2009 graduate of Madison-Ridgeland Academy and went on to major in architecture at Mississippi State University. 

In late 2010, Taylor was diagnosed with liver disease that forced him to put his education on hold.  After 3 months in the hospital, Taylor was blessed to receive a donor liver during the 2010 Thanksgiving holidays.  The transplant allowed Taylor to resume his education in the fall of  2011. He finished his 4th year of Architecture in the spring of 2015. He completed a one year internship at Studio 906 Architecture in Franklin, TN in July 2016. He began his fifth and final year of Architecture school in August 2016, only to be diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma about a month later.  During his courageous fight in the last 10 months, Taylor had a resilient and positive spirit.

While at Mississippi State, Taylor met and fell in love with fellow Architecture student, Laura Cole.  For nearly three years, they have been inseparable.  During the time that they have been together, Laura has been a loving companion, friend and comfort to Taylor.  Her presence and commitment have been a blessing to Taylor and our family. We are so grateful that she is a part of our lives.

Taylor is survived by his parents, Bobby and Anne Yates of Ridgeland, MS, brother Austin Yates, Birmingham, AL, maternal grandparents Denman and Polly Bridges of Balsam, NC, and the love of his life Laura Cole of Biloxi, MS. Taylor was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Herman and Joy Yates.

Taylor’s family would like to express their gratitude to the very generous liver donor that allowed Taylor to enjoy nearly seven additional years of life; the staffs of the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Alabama Birmingham hospitals for their constant, attentive treatment; the Mississippi State University School of Architecture faculty and staff for their patience, understanding, and assistance in shaping Taylor’s education around his health issues; grandparents Denman and Polly Bridges for putting so much of their lives on hold to help with Taylor’s care (both during the liver transplant years and during lymphoma treatment); and to Laura Cole for her love, care, and dedication to Taylor.  We also thank Taylor’s many friends from MRA and MSU, and we thank all our family, church and friends for their constant prayers and support given to our family in this very difficult time.

MSU architecture student honored by Building Technology Educators’ Society

July 5th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU architecture student honored by Building Technology Educators’ Society

Zachary Henry presenting at BTES 2017.

Henry at far right.

Henry is third from right.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

A senior architecture major in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design recently received national recognition from the Building Technology Educators’ Society.

Zachary R. Henry of Knoxville, Tennessee, is one of only two students who were awarded scholarships by BTES during the nonprofit’s national conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

In addition to receiving a $500 travel scholarship, free conference admission and a complimentary BTES one-year membership, Henry presented his Best Undergraduate Paper award-winner “Ecological Functionalism in the Work of Glenn Murcutt: A Case Study of the Fredericks-White House” at the conference.

The BTES award jury concluded that Henry’s paper “gave a rare glimpse into a good topic of post-occupancy evaluation for a well-known architect.”

Research for the paper was conducted under the guidance of MSU Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn’s Audit Squad, an independent study course comprised of students exploring energy efficiency and the quality of construction.

Last summer, Henry traveled to Australia to conduct research and interview internationally renowned architect Glenn Murcutt. The opportunity was made possible by a $2,000 fellowship courtesy of MSU architecture alumnus Briar Jones and his wife Michelle. For more, visit

A student in the university’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, Henry plans to pursue a master’s degree in environmental design studies following graduation. He also expressed interest in moving to Nova Scotia and working for a highly respected firm that shares similar architectural values.

Founded in 1996, BTES is comprised of architectural educators who are passionate about teaching the technology of building design and construction. Its mission is to promote and publish the best pedagogic practices, relevant research, scholarship and other creative activity to facilitate student learning, advance innovation and enhance the status of disciplines in the profession at large. For more, visit

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. 

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at

See the story in The Starkville Daily News.

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