James P. Cramer to present 24th Annual Jean Giles Memorial Lecture

April 21st, 2014 Comments Off

jcramer IMAGERecognition Day for the School of Architecture will be held on Fri., May 16 at 1 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

Graduating fifth-year architecture students will be honored along with students in each year level receiving scholarships and other awards.

The Annual Jean Giles Memorial Lecture will be given by James P. Cramer.

(Via DesignIntelligence) “James P. Cramer is the founding editor and publisher of DesignIntelligence as well as the founder and CEO of the Greenway Group. He researches, consults, and gives seminars for leading professional firms around the world. He is the author of several hundred articles and several books, including the critically acclaimed Design Plus Enterprise: Seeking a New Reality in Architecture. He is co-author of How Firms Succeed: A Field Guide to Management Solutions, and the editor of the Almanac of Architecture and Design. Cramer is the former chief executive of the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C. (1988-94), the recipient of more than 80 awards and honors, a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the AIA, and a Fellow of the International Leadership Forum in La Jolla, Calif. He is currently the president of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Design Futures Council. An educator, futurist, and business adviser, he is often leading strategic retreats and facilitating sessions about “futures invention” and value migration changes in the design professions.”

For more information about Recognition Day, contact the School of Architecture at 662-325-2202.

2013 School of Architecture alumna featured as Clarion Ledger ‘People on the Move’

April 10th, 2014 Comments Off

ppl on the movePeople on the Move:
Eley Guild Hardy Architects

Melissa Knesal has passed the LEED AP exam and is now a LEED AP BD+C. Knesal, a 2013 Mississippi State University, School of Architecture graduate, joined Eley Guild Hardy in 2009 as a summer intern and became a full-time employee upon graduation.

See the post via the Clarion Ledger.

CAAD holds career fair

February 24th, 2014 Comments Off

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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 rcolvin@career.msstate.edu.


Vote for architecture alumnus for People and Planet Award

February 21st, 2014 Comments Off

(photo via greenamerica.org)

(photo via greenamerica.org)

Jeff Seabold, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Homes, has been named as one of 10 finalists for the People and Planet Award.

Seabold, a 2002 graduate of the School of Architecture, was nominated for the award for his residential work.

The public will have an opportunity to vote for a finalist, and three winners will be chosen.

Please support our alumnus, and vote today! (Seabold Architectural Studio; Jackson, MS)

(Voting is open through 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28).

Reception held for ‘Preserve Nation’ exhibit

January 30th, 2014 Comments Off

TSD student curator Jake Johnson introduces Bellinda Stewart.

TSD student curator Jake Johnson introduces Bellinda Stewart.

A reception was held on Wed., Jan. 29, for the Belinda Stewart Architects P.A. exhibition, “Preserve Nation: An Exhibit on Historical Preservation and Vernacular Design,” in the Giles Gallery.

Many of the firm’s architects came to the reception, including owner Belinda Stewart, FAIA.

Stewart gave a brief history about her career and the firm and left the students with the message to “Do what you love where you love.”

The work will be on display through Fri., Jan. 31.

CAAD to hold career fair February 19-20

January 29th, 2014 Comments Off

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 achrestman@career.msstate.edu or 662-325-3823 or Jan Fitzgerald at jfitzgerald@career.msstate.edu

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

Architecture alumna Debra Brown featured in The Reflector

January 27th, 2014 Comments Off

True renaissance woman: Architecture alumna named first African- American female U.S. District Judge in Miss.

by David Lewis | The Reflector

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.

brown_debraThe 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.

School of architecture alumnus, professors author poster accepted to ASC Conference

January 23rd, 2014 Comments Off

School of Architecture Assistant Professors Alexis Gregory, AIA, and Emily McGlohn, along with architecture alumnus and former Building Construction Science faculty member Chris Cosper, had a poster accepted to the 50th International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).

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.


TSD’s ‘Preserve Nation’ exhibit on display through January

January 23rd, 2014 Comments Off


The School of Architecture and Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD) are excited to feature the work of Belinda Stewart Architects.

“Preserve Nation: An Exhibit on Historical Preservation and Vernacular Design,” will be on display in the Giles Hall Gallery through Jan. 31. A reception will be held on Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.

Student curator for the event was Jake Johnson, and the faculty curator for the TSD exhibits is Professor Jacob Gines.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Click here to see the full 2013-2014 TSD Exhibit Schedule.

Jackson Center director has article published in World Health Design

January 14th, 2014 Comments Off

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.

Click here to see the full article.

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.

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