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.

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