The CAAD Career Fair was held on Feb. 19 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Fourteen firms were represented.
A panel discussion was also held before the fair. One representative from each of the four various units of study within the college (architecture, art, interior design and building construction science) made up the panel.
The panelists included Tom Howorth of Howorth & Associates, Darren Swindaman of Creative Distillery, Matt Pringle of Broadmoor LLC, and John Moores of Gensler – Atlanta.
The discussions gave students a chance to get their questions answered regarding what firms are looking for in a potential employee as well as tips for interviewing.
The CAAD Career fair is held at Giles Hall each spring. For more information or to get involved with next year’s fair, contact Ryan Colvin, senior coordinator with the MSU Career Center, at 662-325-3344 or email@example.com.
The Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art, and Design will hold a career fair on Feb. 19 and 2 in Giles Hall.
The fair is open to all companies interested in speaking to students in the college’s four disciplines: architecture, art, interior design and building construction science. This event will be a great opportunity for firms to get exposure to students and have a presence on MSU’s campus for future recruiting needs.
To register, visit the MSU Career Center website, and click “Employer Registration” under “Architecture, Art & Design Fair” listed at the bottom of the “events” page. A username and password will be emailed to you after you fill out the information form.
If you have any questions about registration, contact Angie Chrestman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-325-3823 or Jan Fitzgerald at email@example.com
Schedule: Wednesday, February 19 3:30 – 5:00: Panel Discussion (optional)
5:00 – 6:30: Career Fair Giles (refreshments provided)
Thursday, February 20 We have rooms available if you want to stay over and interview candidates that you met at the fair. Listed below are the times available for interviewing:
8:30 – 11:30: Interviews (Montgomery Hall – Career Center)
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 4:30 : Interviews Resume
With a unanimous vote of 90-0, the U.S. Senate appointed Mississippi State University alumna Debra Brown as the new U.S. District Judge presiding over north Mississippi. Brown is the first African-American female U.S. District Judge in Mississippi. Brown fills the position previously held by U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. who passed away in 2012.
The importance of her appointment lies not only in the racial boundaries that are torn down but also in her incredible work ethic. In an article by the Associated Press on GulfLive.com, a “thrilled” and “honored” Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker said Brown has worked hard in all areas of her career so far.
“Ms. Brown is a proven trailblazer,” he said.
Wicker said Brown’s record proves her hard-working nature and paints her as a politician who cares about the public.
“(She has a) record of professional excellence, integrity and public service,” he said.
Wicker also said he is excited to have an architect as a judge.
“(Greenville is) in desperate need of a new state-of-the-art courthouse,” he said.
MSU President Mark Keenum told Leah Barbour in an MSU news release that many MSU alumni have had successful judicial careers. MSU alumnus Bill Waller Jr. currently resides as Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court. Three of the nine justices who reside on the Mississippi Supreme Court are MSU graduates.
Though Brown works in politics, she did not study political science, pre-law or any subject typically associated with politics at MSU. Brown actually received her bachelor degree in architecture in 1987, and she made an impact in the department of architecture during her time at MSU.
She still serves on the School of Architecture Advisory Council. Michael Berk, director of the School of Architecture, said Brown focuses on students and keeping them first on the council.
“Debra Brown’s impact on the School of Architecture Advisory Council mostly centered on issues related to student scholarships and support,” he said. “She was, and still is, a strong advocate for students.”
Berk said though architecture is not a subject directly linked to politics, Brown’s success working with law and politics builds on the foundation of her architecture education.
“The pedagogy of architectural design education emphasizes and teaches organizational principles and hierarchical skills, enabling a student to rationally and logically analyze and solve complex problems — both socially and technically. It also balances this rationalism with intuition and compassion,” he said. “This type of renaissance knowledge (and unique balance of science and art) is of paramount importance in most fields and disciplines.”
Berk said with an education in architecture, the possibilities are endless. There are MSU architecture graduates in filmmaking, computer design with Apple, teaching, set design, graphic design, working with PBS and working with national major league baseball teams, just to name a few.
After Brown graduated from MSU, she began to work in the field of architecture and, ultimately, landed a job in Washington, D.C. There she worked on a myriad of projects involving commercial, residential and historical renovation work.
Brown then came back to Mississippi to pursue a law degree at the University of Mississippi and finished the degree in 1997. After graduation, much of her work included civil litigation and construction-related issues that tied back to her architectural education. Brown worked at several firms in Jackson as a partner at Phelps Dunbar and as a shareholder at Wise Carter Child & Caraway.
If Brown’s future in the Supreme Court follows the same trajectory as her professional life thus far, she will take Mississippi nowhere but up.
The poster is titled “Teaching Today’s Master Builder: A Collaborative Studio in Architecture and Construction Management.”
The poster explores the spring 2013 combined architecture-construction management studio at Mississippi State University. Surveys were given to both groups of students, and the results and recommendations are explored in the poster.
From the abstract’s ‘research impact:’ “Assuming the Architecture-CM studios develop as planned, the integrated studios at MSU may be of interest to other universities who have architecture and construction management programs and wish to address the critical issues surrounding fragmented design and construction practice.”
The 2014 ASC conference will be held from March 26 – 28 in Washington, D.C.
Jassen Callender, associate professor and director of the MSU School of Architecture Jackson Center, had an article he co-authored published in the April 2013 issue of World Health Design.
Callender wrote “From Shopping Mall to Village: Retrofitting the Built Environment for the 21st Century” with fellow Jackson State University colleagues Anthony R. Mawson, MA, DrPH, and Thomas M. Kersen, PhD.
According to the website, World Health Design is a subscription-based journal with an interdisciplinary readership that includes architects, designers, developers, health scientists, clinicians, health managers, psychologists, economists working within government, academia and business. World Health Design’s mission is to be the leading international authority online and in print, promoting, celebrating and disseminating new knowledge, information and excellence in the field of design and health.
Nels Long, a 2013 graduate of the Mississippi State School of Architecture, has launced a project on Kickstarter for a software application he is developing. Long is currently pursuing an advanced degree in Emerging Systems, Technology and Media, at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
“For the past six years, I have been fascinated with the link between architecture and virtual reality,” said Long. “Recently, this fascination has developed into an exploration of how spaces can be designed to interact differently with people who have different needs. One example of this is designing spaces specific to the understanding and treatment of people with Autism, General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In an office environment how can these tools be used to increase productivity through the mitigation of stress and fatigue. How can this hybrid environment bring together people of varying backgrounds to increase cooperation and incubate innovation?”Long’s new project, “Affinity,” combines virtual and physical environments to stimulate creativity and trigger the imagination within a collaborative platform. The program will provide a fully immersive virtual environment specifically tailored to individual users to stimulate creativity and trigger the imagination.
This project will only be funded if at least $60,000 is pledged by Click here to see the project and for info. about backing it.
“‘Affinity’ is already seeing action in the real world. To date its platformis being used to develop a world design for a feature film, present architectural projects to critics at SCI-Arc, and soon we hope that a prominent philosophy and neuroscience team will be using ‘Affinity’ in their research on emotion and neural physiology,” said Long.
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) – The Mississippi Maritime Museum Group is getting some help transforming the old Pascagoula High School into a naval history museum.
The old building may not look like a museum now, but that will soon change. Mississippi State University architecture professors and students have teamed up with Mississippi Maritime Museum Group to breathe new life into this place.
“We are having the beginning of a Charette from Mississippi State School of Architecture,” said Museum Vice President Jack Hoover.
“The Charette means that they are coming in here and they will study this building as far as the best usage, plans and future development.”
During the two day trip, the MSU group will meet with maritime museum and city leaders to get insight on what they want to see developed here.
“It is a combination of looking at the kind of museum and what they need and also make into a great project for students,” said David Perkes, Director of MSU’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio.
Museum board member Robert Hardy also has some suggestions for the naval center.
“I think our primary focus is to build this museum as an educational tool and opportunity to gather and preserve artifacts,” said Hardy.
“We have a 300 year heritage going back to 1699 with maritime development on the Pascagoula River. Today, 85 percent of U.S. Navy warships that are active in the Navy were built here at Ingalls.”
MSU student John Taylor Schaffhauser of Canton said creating an action plan should be easy because there is potential in every room of this structure.
“It has some really good bones and when I walked in, I was immediately amazed how well lit it is. The natural light pouring in, it is feels how school should feel. The walls are thick and they’re honest. Yes, it really has some great potential,” Schaffhauser said.
Thursday afternoon, the MSU staff and students will present and discuss the details and visuals for the new Museum with city leaders and the maritime board. The meeting will be held at the Chamber of Commerce building in Pascagoula.