Alexis Gregory, AIA, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, and her research partner, Dr. April Heiselt in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, have been awarded a $1,000 Seminar grant. The grant comes from the Bringing Theory to Practice Project, an independent organization working in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
AAC&U’s website states:
The proposed project is a civic seminar on the importance of community engagement in architecture education. The seminar brings together members from the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, College of Education, T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability, and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (RRTC), as well as the Starkville Commission on Disability, and the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity to discuss the creation and implementation of service-learning architecture coursework that will teach students about the importance of universal design through community engagement. The grant will facilitate a community-wide effort to engage students in a transformative experience to better the lives of their fellow citizens through the design of accessible architecture.