Maurice Cox presents first 2018 Harrison Lecture

January 29th, 2018 Comments Off on Maurice Cox presents first 2018 Harrison Lecture

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Maurice Cox, architect and planning director for the city of Detroit, Mich., presented the first Harrison Lecture for the semester at 4 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 26, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium. His lecture was titled “Learning from Detroit: The Most Inclusive Comeback Story Ever Told.”

Cox is an urban designer, architectural educator and former mayor of the city of Charlottesville, Va. He most recently served as Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Tulane University, School of Architecture and Director of the Tulane City Center, a university-affiliated practice operating at the intersection of design, urban research and civic engagement throughout the New Orleans community. 

This lecture series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.

See the full schedule here.

MSU Carl Small Town Center’s Gregory to lead statewide planning association

January 29th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU Carl Small Town Center’s Gregory to lead statewide planning association

By | Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Mississippi State alumnus and community planner for the university’s Carl Small Town Center is beginning a new leadership role with the state’s professional organization for city planners.

Thomas R. Gregory III recently was elected to a one-year term as president-elect of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association. In January 2019, he will begin a two-year term as the organization’s president.

“It is an honor to be selected by my peers and colleagues across Mississippi to lead our state chapter,” Gregory said. “The work we do as planners is critical to the success of Mississippi’s communities, and I will work hard to promote our profession across the state.”

Gregory said he looks forward to collaborating with the executive team to update the chapter’s strategic plan and increase membership among planning professionals in Mississippi.

“I would also like to piggy-back on our national organization’s ‘Great Places’ initiative by creating a ‘Great Places in Mississippi’ program to recognize Mississippi communities that exemplify good planning,” Gregory added.

Prior to being named president-elect, Gregory served as APA Mississippi’s public information officer and conference committee chair. He currently serves the APA on a national level as a member of its leadership development taskforce.

Gregory, a native of Greenwood, is a 2005 MSU magna cum laude business administration, construction management and land development bachelor’s graduate who also minored in economics and political science. He returned to his alma mater during the 2017 fall semester after serving eight years as chief administrative officer for the City of Greenwood. There, he served on the board of directors for Main Street Greenwood, Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce, Greenwood Boys and Girls Club and ArtPlace Mississippi.

A Master of City and Regional Planning graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gregory is licensed by the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a member of Congress for the New Urbanism, among other professional groups. He is a graduate of the Sustainable Cities Design Academy, Public Interest Design Institute and Leadership Mississippi.

Part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the Carl Small Town Center is a statewide community design outreach program that was endowed in 2004 by MSU alumnus and major benefactor Fred E. Carl Jr. of Greenwood. For more on the college, visit; its Carl Small Town Center, at http://carlsmalltowncenter.orgor

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Fall 2017 Collaborative Studio booklet

January 15th, 2018 Comments Off on Fall 2017 Collaborative Studio booklet

Honors students in the Fall 2017 Collaborative Studio created a booklet showcasing work from the semester.

Forty-four architecture and 39 building construction science students collaborated on the design and construction of benches used by 13 American Utopian communities and also built benches of their own design.

Associate Professor Alexis Gregory (architecture)
Briar Jones, lecturer (building construction science)
Visiting Associate Professor George Martin (building construction science)
Professor John Poros (architecture)

Check it out on ISSUU.

School of Architecture morns loss of 2010 alumna Chelsea Clark Lanier

January 11th, 2018 Comments Off on School of Architecture morns loss of 2010 alumna Chelsea Clark Lanier

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The family of Chelsea Clark Lanier, age 30, of Decatur, will host a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:00 p.m. at Beltline Church of Christ with Steve Smith officiating.  The family will receive friends for two hours prior to service.  Shelton Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Chelsea, who died January 7, 2018, after a brief battle with breast cancer, was born February 12, 1987, in Decatur, to Doug and Tammy Clark.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Matthew Clark, and grandparents, Jo Clark, and Kenneth and Freda Wilhite.

Chelsea accepted Christ as her Savior in 1997, and was a faithful member of Beltline Church of Christ.

She was a 2005 graduate of West Morgan High School where she was Salutatorian.  She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University in 2010, followed by a Master in Design Build from Auburn University in 2011.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude in May, 2017, with a degree in Graphic Design from Calhoun Community College.

Chelsea was a graphic designer for Creative Design Circle of Huntsville.  She was a talented artist who loved to draw, paint, and make jewelry.  She touch so many with her talents.

She is survived by her husband of five years, Daniel Lanier; her parents; one brother, Mitchell Clark; one sister, Courtney Clark; grandmother, Barbara Clark; nephews, Gage Roberts and Leelan Neville; mother-in-law, Nena Lanier; sisters-in-law, Lori Neville (Mike), Kristel Moser (Ryan), and Rachel Lanier.

The family offers their special thanks to Dr. Johnny Nacilla of Cullman Oncology, and to Asera Care Hospice and staff.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made in her memory to the Beltline Church of Christ Building Fund.


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