(Front row, left to right): Robert Ledet, Landon Kennedy, Trey Symington, Melinda Ingram, KeAirra Williams, Ashlyn Temple, Anna Lyle, Samantha King, J. Brooke Dorman, Sanjay Rajput, Nick Purvis, Will Commarato, Anthony Penny, Will Tonos; (back row, left to right): Katherine Ernst, Kyle Stover, John Taylor Schaffhauser, Michael Davis, David Lewis, Cory May, Rusty McInnis, Emily Lysek, Byron Belle, Nick Dodd, Jared Barnett, Rachel McKinley, Mark Riley, Colton Stephens, McKenzie Moran, Alex Reeves, Larry Travis, Clay Cottingham and John Thomas (photo: Justin Taylor)
Dean West introduces Dr. Peter Ryan.
Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 8, 2015 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.
Dr. Peter Ryan
Dr. Peter Ryan, associate provost for Academic Affairs, welcomed everyone to campus.
F.L. Crane Professor and Director welcomes his former student Anne Marie Decker.
Anne Marie Decker
Alumna Anne Marie Deckergave the 25th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.
Faculty was recognized before announcing the awards.
2014-2015 School of Architecture Awards:
Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Recipient: Associate Professor Jassen Callender
The architectural firm of Allen & Hoshall of Jackson, Mississippi, has established a $500 annual award to a faculty member “who has demonstrated excellence in teaching.” The award winners are selected by the fifth-year graduating class. ______________________________________________________
Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD)
Chapter President: Mary Sanders
Faculty Advisors: Hans Herrmann, Associate Professor
Jacob Gines, Assistant Professor
Tau Sigma Delta is the architectural (and allied programs) honor society open to top academic students in design disciplines. Induction does not occur until the student consistently demonstrates high academic standards and is in the third-year.
TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Richard Cottingham, J. Brooke Dorman, Landon Kennedy,
David Lewis, Rusty McInnis, Alex Reeves,
John Taylor Schaffhauser, Larry Travis
TSD First-Year Design Award
Recipient: Matthew Lewis
The Tau Sigma Delta First-Year Design Award is presented to the first-year design student who has exhibited excellence in design. This is a book award.
TSD Bronze Award
Recipient: Jared Barnett
The Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal is presented by the third- and fourth-year student membership of the society to a fifth-year student who, in his/her thesis
project, has expanded the students’ insight and awareness of architecture.
TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient: Erik Herman
The Tau Sigma Delta Faculty Book Award is presented by the third- and fourth-year student members to the faculty member who has inspired them
TSD Charles Calvo Digital Media Award
Recipient: Ryan Mura
In fall 2000, Tau Sigma Delta established this book award in memory of a School of Architecture faculty member, Charles Calvo, and his contribution to the field of digital media in architecture. This award goes to a fourth-year student who, like Charles, has exemplified an incredible knowledge and skill in digital media and has continually educated other students in this field. A copy of the book given to the award winner is also given to the library in memory of Charles.
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President: Aryn Phillips
Faculty Advisors: Emily McGlohn, Assistant Professor
Erik Herman, Visiting Assistant Professor
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) is the student arm of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Students participating seek to enhance the educational experience of its members by fostering diversity within the School of Architecture and the community at-large.
The 2015 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient: Kapish Cheema
Chosen by the NOMAS membership, the NOMAS Diversity Award is given to a
student who has shown outstanding initiative and leadership in promoting diversity within the School and the larger community.
Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Chapter President: Megan Vansant
Faculty Advisor: Justin Taylor, Assistant Clinical Professor
Alpha Rho Chi is the only national co-ed professional/social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. MSU’s Hippodamus chapter includes members representing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering. Their mission is academic excellence, and the group focuses on leadership, mentoring and professionalism.
Alpha Rho Chi Student Book Award
Recipient: Melinda Ingram
The Alpha Rho Chi student book award is given to a graduating fifth-year
architecture student who is an active member of Alpha Rho Chi who has
furthered the mission of the fraternity through service.
American Institute of Architecture Students
Chapter President (2015-2016): Emily Turner
Faculty Advisor: Alexis Gregory, Assistant Professor
American Institute of Architecture Students is the student counterpart of the American Institute of Architects. The chapter works closely with professional architects in the state through the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
(Anna Barr not pictured)
AIAS Member of the Year Award
Recipient: Anna Barr
The recipient of the AIAS Award is chosen by the AIAS membership. The qualifications for this award are: “…that the student goes above and beyond what
has been asked of him/her; has shown initiative and leadership qualities; has been
an AIAS leader within his/her year level; and does well academically.”
Mississippi Chapter AIA Book Award
Presented by: Michael Berk, Director
Recipient: Alex Reeves
This inaugural award is funded by the Mississippi Chapter of the American
Institute of Architects. It recognizes a high-achieving student who holds a
leadership position within the MSU chapter of the American Institute of
(Rayce Belton and Tahir Khan not pictured)
First-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Andrew R. Tripp, Assistant Professor
Recipient: Rayce Belton, Tahir Khan
This award is a book selected by the first-year faculty and is presented to a first-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.
Second-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Justin Taylor, Assistant Clinical Professor
Recipient: Lara Lynn Waddell
This award is a book selected by the second-year faculty and is presented to a second-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.
Third-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Alexis Gregory, Assistant Professor
Recipients: Ashton Aime, Ria Bennett
This award is a book selected by the third-year faculty and is presented to a third-year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.
Fourth-Year Capstone Awards:
Fourth-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Hans Herrmann, Associate Professor
Recipients: Cody Smith, Haley Whiteman
This award is a book selected by the fourth-year faculty and is presented to a fourth-
year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.
Fourth-Year Jurists’ Award
Recipients: Hannah Waycaster, Haley Whiteman
The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by visiting jurors and critics upon the
student(s) who has achieved the greatest personal growth as a designer, and whose
work has contributed to the overall success of the fourth-year Design Studio.
ARCC King Award
Presented by: John Poros, CSTC Director
Recipient: Anthony Penny
Selection for this award is made by the entire faculty. Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), this award is presented to one student per ARCC-member school. Selection of the recipient is based upon criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.
Fifth-Year Jurists’ Award
Presented by: Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients: Jared Barnett, Will Commarato
The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by the fifth-year design faculty upon the student(s) who has achieved the greatest personal growth as a designer and whose work has contributed to the overall success of the fifth-year Design Studio.
Academic Achievement Award
Recipient: John Taylor Schaffhauser
The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average.
Creative Windows & Doors/Marvin Windows Traveling Fellowship
($2,500) Recipient: J. Brooke Dorman
In September 2004, Dave Young and Eddie Rives, owners of Creative Windows & Doors; and David Morris, Marvin Windows representative, established this traveling fellowship for a student completing the fifth-year.
Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by: Dean Jim West
Recipient: David Lewis
The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded to the graduating fifth-year student who has shown an ability for leadership, performed willing service for the school, and gives promise of professional merit through attitude and personality. The medal is offered each year to every NAAB-fully accredited school of architecture. The recipient is chosen by the entire faculty of the school.
John Taylor Schaffhauser
AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal
Presented by: Professor Michael Berk
Certificate Recipient: Clay Cottingham
Medal Recipient: John Taylor Schaffhauser
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal are considered to be the most important awards given to graduating students. They are awarded for “general excellence in architecture” throughout the course of study. The medal is awarded to the most qualified student, and the certificate is awarded to the runner-up. Selection is made by the entire faculty.
Other Notable Student Awards, 2014-2015
Second Place, Gensler Diversity Award
Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm, has awarded nearly $200,000 in academic scholarship over the last 15 years. The Gensler Diversity Scholarship is a juried program recognizing emerging talent among African-American college students enrolled in an accredited architecture program. As a second place winner, Aryn will receive $5,000 and has accepted a paid internship this summer with Gensler in Washington, D.C.
Best Undergraduate Paper, Building Technology Educators Society
Ria Bennett, Cody Smith, Bill Plott
The student group, dubbed the “Audit Squad,”received a $1,000 award for their paper, “The Leaky American Dream: A Study of Air Infiltration Rates of Residential Construction Over Forty Years,” which was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn. Ria and Cody have each been awarded the Jason Labutka Travel Scholarship ($1,500 each), which will fund their trip to the 2015 BTES Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, this summer to accept the award.
Alpha Rho Chi National Fraternal Service Award
Melinda Ingram, Sang Nguyen
Melinda and Sang were recognized by the Alpha Rho Chi Grand Council for their efforts developing and supporting national fraternity projects and mentoring other student members at universities across the country. Faculty Advisor: Assistant Clinical Professor Justin Taylor
Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award for Excellence in Architecture
This $500 award was established in 1997 in honor and memory of William Lincoln Giles, a charter member of ARF. It is given each year to a student selected by the School of Architecture on the basis of academic excellence and overall leadership within the school. Funding for the award comes from a contribution by Ms. Hazel Presson, aunt of Ginger Giles Jones, Dr. Giles’ daughter.
First Place, MSU S3 Innovation Challenge
Emily received a $500 cash prize and prototyping stipend for her project titled, “Emergency Homeless Shelter.” Faculty Advisor: Visiting Assistant Professor Erik Herman
Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Ryan received $1,900 for his proposal, “Regional Material sand Sustainability.” He conducted his research under faculty mentor Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.
Honors Undergraduate Research Program Travel Award
Ryan received $750 in funding to present two accepted posters, “Material Stewardship and Sustainable Practices” and “Mapping the Regional Landscape of Building Materials” at the 6th North American Materials Education Symposium hosted at Ohio State University. Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Jacob Gines
Paul Grootkerk Travel Award
($4,000) Yerix Morel
The Paul Grootkerk Travel Award (funded by Ted T. Porter) is available to full-time students who will have completed their second year of study. Candidates must have a minimum MSU 2.5 GPA, be hard working, and can demonstrate financial need.
Rowan Taylor Endowed Scholarship
($2,500) Cody Smith
Applicants must be entering the fifth year of architectural study within the school; have maintained a minimum MSU 3.0 GPA; have demonstrated exceptional design work and ability to achieve exceptional design; and have demonstrated financial need.
Acme Brick Company Scholarship
($2,000) Aryn Phillips
Applicants must be: entering the fifth-year design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum grade point average of 3.0; be of good moral character; and have demonstrated leadership ability and strong overall academic performance.
Duvall Decker Minority Travel Scholarship
($2,000) Danielle Griffin
Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time student and be a member of an under-represented minority group in the practice of architecture and also meet the following criteria: 1)self motivated learner; 2)high GPA; 3)demonstrate financial need.
Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Annual Scholarship
($2,000) Devin Carr, Megan Vansant
In May 2007, Taylor Guild III and David Hardy established this scholarship to assist talented students in their fifth-year of study in the architecture program.
Lyndall Gail Wood Memorial Scholarship
($2,000) Sara Peppers
This scholarship was established by the Wood family to honor Lyndall Gail’s passion as an MSU architecture student. Applicants must be full-time students entering the fourth-year design studio in the School of Architecture, be in excellent academic standing with the university, and be a student with exceptional design ability.
Fred Carl, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
($1,500) Mary Holland
Applicants must be entering the first-year design studio; residents of Mississippi; have achieved a minimum composite ACT score of 28, and can demonstrate financial need.
Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Edward Holmes
Any full-time MSU students in their third- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Applicants must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.
Creig B. Hoskins Architects Scholarship
($1,000) Tony D. Coleman, Sierra Gillion
Applicants must be entering the first-year design studio in the School of Architecture; be a resident of one of the following Mississippi counties: Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Coahoma, Grenada, Humphreys, Leflore, Montgomery, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Washington, Yalobusha; and can demonstrate financial need.
Interior Elements Annual Scholarship
($1,000) Edward Holmes
Applicants must be full-time students entering the fourth-year design studio, be in excellent academic standing, and be a student with exceptional design ability.
Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Aryn Phillips
Students must be entering their third-year; have a 2.80+ GPA; be of good moral character; have demonstrated leadership; can show financial need; and a resident of: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, or Yazoo Counties.
Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Annual Scholarship
($1,000) Maria Degtyareva,
Caleb Fearing, Zachary Henry, Yerix Morel, Lara Lynn Waddell
Candidates must be full-time students at Mississippi State University; have completed their second-year of design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.
Boral Bricks, Inc. Loyalty Scholarship
($500) Danielle Mason
Applicants must be majoring in Building Construction Science or Architecture, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be an entering freshman.
Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500) Diondria Bingham,
Kapish Cheema, Savannah Ingram, Haley Whiteman
Any full-time MSU students in their second- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Students must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.
Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship
(CAAD software) Richard Bryant, Shelby Christian,
Jake Gartman, Patrick Greene, Alan Pittman
Applicants must be full-time MSU students entering the second-year design studio in the School of Architecture; and can demonstrate financial need.
Johnson-McAdams Design Discovery Scholarships
($600) 4 Awards, To Be Determined
Applicants must be from Leflore County, or be an under-represented minority group in architecture; and be interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines.
Joseph L. Echols D2 Scholarships (Design Discovery)
($600) 3 Awards, To Be Determined
Candidates must: be a high school student who shows an interest in majoring in architecture by taking college preparatory math and science courses and demonstrating ability; show strong work ethic and satisfactory performance; be a minority student from the Marshall County area; demonstrate financial need.
World-Architects.com, the premium network of outstanding architects, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, lighting consultants and architectural photographers, recently featured Duvall Decker Architects‘ Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services Cooperative Data Center.
“Two buildings with disparate functions and programing create an ensemble, in which an expanded field of potential experience is promoted. A monolithic, poured-in-place hardened concrete data center and a flexible, open steel frame office building, are positioned and shaped as sisters.”
Duvall Decker Architects specializes in public buildings, state institutions, school and university buildings, affordable housing and planning. The firm is a recognized leader and has received state, regional and national awards for design excellence. Most recently, the building featured by World-Architects.com (above) was awarded the 2014 Design with Brick President’s Award. The design for the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building at Hinds Community College was honored with a 2013 AIA Committee on Architecture for Education Excellence Award. The Oak Ridge House received a 2013 AIA Gulf State Region Honor Award. The Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center earned a 2013 AIA Gulf State Region Honor Citation and a 2011 Design with Brick President’s Award. The firm’s work has frequently been published and highlighted in publications such as the Journal of Architectural Education, Houses for All Regions, a book published by AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network, Design Bureau Magazine, the Oxford American and in exhibits such as AIA’s “Design for the Decades.”
Anne Marie Decker (MSU S|ARC Class of 1994) is principal with and her partner Roy Decker. Anne Marie was the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Alumni Fellow in 2009; most recently, she served as the Eminent Architect of Practiceat the Jackson Center and was the 2015 Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecturer for the school’s annual Recognition Day.
Tracy and Kimberly Ward’s firm (MSU S|ARC Class of 1987), Benchmark Design PC, has been working tirelessly for almost three years on the architectural reproduction aspects of the Welty Biennial – namely the sonar scanning of the “new” Capitol pediment (tympanum) in Jackson and the columns of Windsor near Port Gibson.
This first edition of the Welty Biennial is titled “Classical Mississippi” and, therefore, appropriately reached out for the aid of the Southeast Chapter of theInstitute of Classical Architecture & Art. Tracy Ward is chairman of the Mississippi Committee. Three full-scale replicas of Windsor’s 45-foot-tall columns stand outside the museum, and a 6-foot-tall Corinthian capital sits on the exhibit floor inside the museum.
The first Welty Biennial includes 12 weeks of exhibits on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson through July 3. Exhibits include ninety double-exposure photographs by American surrealist Clarence John Laughlin, nine modernist constellation sculptures by James Seawright, and an up-to-date interpretation of the sculptural figures on the 1903 Capitol pediment. Other related events, installations, performances and contests will also take place throughout the city during the biennial. All exhibits and events are free and open to the public.
The Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art, and Design hosted an alumni reunion and reception on May 14, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga.
Held at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis hotel and coinciding with the 2015 AIA Convention, the informal gathering was a time for CAAD alumni, friends and family to re-connect, visit and network as well as get updates on what is currently happening within the college.
All reviews will occur in the Giles Gallery or Michael Fazio Jury Room in Giles Hall, Starkville.
Fri., April 24, 9-6 p.m. (with possible evening session)
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Andrew Tripp The first-year studio will be presenting final proposals for a stargazer’s retreat. The content of the studio is focused on the fundamental topics of orientation, order, proportion and the elemental language of architectural form.
Mon., April 27, 9-6 p.m. (with possible evening session)
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Justin Taylor The second-year studio will be presenting their Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge research station. The studio is focused on interventions into the landscape, utilizing pre-existing site structures.
Tues., April 28, 9-6 p.m. (with possible evening session)
Third-Year: Collaborative Studio
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Tom Leathem The third-year spring Collaborative Studio is a partnership between the School of Architecture and the Building Construction Science Program. The students are combined into teams of three to four students with at least one student from each department in each team. The student teams are designing a new fire station in Starkville for the Starkville Fire Department. The students have been working with their faculty, professional architects and professional constructors to develop the project.
Wed., April 29, 9-6 p.m. (with possible evening session)
Coordinator: Associate Professor Hans Herrmann The fourth-year design studio is developing proposals for a New Library in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark. This studio is the demonstration point for Integrative/Comprehensive Design. Students will present projects inclusive of Visioning, Programming, Site Design, Structural, Active and Passive Systems with a special focus on Water Ecology. The libraries will be approx. 12,000 sq.ft. in size with an additional exterior theater space accommodating up to 200 viewers. Click here to see the full description of the project.
Thurs., April 30, 10-6 p.m. (with possible evening session) Fri., May 1, 9-6 p.m. (with possible evening session)
Coordinator: Jackson Center Director Jassen Callender Independent thesis projects
NOTE: All times are subject to a bit of change (due to the nature of the review process) along with breaks for lunch. Please contact the school to confirm the final schedule as it relates to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Scott Allen, a New York-based project/ lead designer with the global architecture and design firm Perkins+Willand a 2010 graduate of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, recently traveled to Cannes, France, to accept an Architectural Review / MIPIM Future Project Awardfor one of his latest projects.
Allen was one of around 28,000 in attendance of the global real-estate event along with 200 architects and industry elite from across the globe who came together for the 14th annual awards celebration.
Perkins+Will was honored with the award in the Tall Buildings category for conceptual plans of its East 37th Street Residential Tower in New York City, slated to begin construction in early 2017 with a late 2018 completion date. The 700-foot-tall Manhattan tower boasts a “shimmering, angled curtain wall” organized around five clusters of shared amenity space and open-air gardens. See all of the winners here.
“The idea is to create a new kind of communal ecosystem of social relationships within a thin tower design,” said Allen. “Rather than giving residents small, almost unusable balconies as seen in many towers, they will enjoy big community terraces that are the kind of social and interactive spaces in high demand today. It’s about re-imagining a new type of architectural ecosystem in residential high-rise design (or even commercial high-rise design) to help evolve the way we understand vertical city life.”
The Future Project Awards celebrates excellence in unbuilt projects worldwide that are examples of fine architecture but have also responded to the client’s development brief while considering the way in which they will impact and contribute to the community around them. All entries were assessed by an international jury chaired by Paul Finch, editorial director, The Architectural Review & The Architects’ Journal. See the 2015 judges here.
Scott’s work has garnered considerable attention for his idealistic yet practically rooted creative solutions that steer clear of conventional architectural responses. His process profiles architecture’s fundamental relationships and each project’s creative response to global commerce, sustainability, location and economy in design. His projects are currently taking shape from Manhattan to Kuwait, Riyadh to Washington, D.C., and coming soon to Istanbul. As a major part of the New York practice, Scott has secured a series of new projects over the past year including two future major New York City Skyscrapers, a future net-zero office development in Greenburgh, a Global Consumer Goods North American Headquarters, and two 1 million+ square foot mixed-used developments in New York and Istanbul.
Scott’s portfolio encompasses over thirty million square feet of work throughout a broad range of building types, ranging from residential and office skyscrapers, hospitals, master plans, corporate headquarters and large-scale universities. He is currently involved in a number of projects across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia where his work has been seen in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Record, Fortune, Fast Company, Bloomberg Business, CNN, USA Today, World Landscape Architecture, Arch Daily, Architizer, Design Boom numerous other publications and events, and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and abroad.
Project Team Design Principal: Rob Goodwin
Project/ Lead Designer: W Scott Allen
Design Team: Jordan Hanson, Aimee Hultquist
Business Development Director: Cagri Kanver
About Perkins+Will Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm established in 1935 and founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. Each of the firm’s 24 offices focuses on local, regional and global work in a variety of practice areas. With hundreds of award-winning projects annually, Perkins+Will is highly ranked among top global design firms. Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms due to its innovative research, design tools and expertise. The firm’s 1,600 professionals are thought leaders in developing 21st century solutions to inspire the creation of spaces in which clients and their communities work, heal, live and learn. Social responsibility is a fundamental aspect of Perkins+Will’s culture and every year the company donates 1% of its design services to pro bono initiatives. In 2015, Fast Company ranked Perkins+Will among “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture.” For more information, visit www.perkinswill.com.
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The Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art, and Design will host an alumni reunion and reception on May 14, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga.
Held at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis hotel and coinciding with the 2015 AIA Convention, this informal gathering will be a time for CAAD alumni, friends and family to re-connect, visit and network as well as get updates on what is currently happening within the college.
Other university receptions will be held at the same time in this location, so we expect to be able to network with many additional visitors from the AIA and other professional organizations.
Who: CAAD Alumni, friends and family; peers in the industry
What: A time to catch up with your classmates, re-connect, and network with friends.
When: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Atlanta Marriot Marquis Room A703
(located on the Atrium level/accessible from the guestroom elevators as floor “AL”)
265 Peachtree Center Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
I’m a Mississippi native. I was born and raised [there]. I attended Mississippi State. That had an impact. I got a very good architecture education there; my professors influenced me, especially Samuel Mockbee, who later founded the Rural Studio at Auburn University.
How did he influence you?
I worked most especially with him through my fifth-year thesis project. He was one of my critics. I was able to learn a lot from him that way. The subject of my fifth-year thesis project was “Building in the Wilderness Environment.” The ideals that informed my designs at that time are still important to me now—treading lightly on the landscape and integrating designs within their specific environment.
From Samuel, I learned a strong sense of regionalism and a belief that all people, not just the wealthy, deserve an architect’s best effort. Ever since I started my firm, I have had a constant stream of nonprofit clients.
So how did you end up going from Mississippi to Florida?
After finishing school, I moved to Florida. My grandparents had always vacationed in Florida, and we came down here for spring-break holidays and I liked it; I liked the beach and the Everglades. And, when I finished school, there was a construction downturn in Atlanta and Birmingham—areas where, traditionally, Mississippi State graduates go.
So, I had worked a couple of summers down here in Florida at a firm in Ft. Meyers. After I graduated, in 1990, I was offered a job at that firm that lasted for about a year and a half. And then I started at [Andrea Clark Brown Architect] in Naples and worked there for more than four years. Following that, I became a partner at [Architectural Network] in Naples. I was there for about eight years and built that up into a very successful, award-winning architecture firm. And then, about eight years ago, I decided that I would do best and have the most success and opportunity for doing good design on my own.
How would you describe your approach on your own?
Corban says the design of his own home is one of the accomplishments he is most proud of in his career. (Photo: Ed Chappell)[/caption]
We [architects] always have an obligation to our clients, but also there is a kind of unspoken obligation to the larger community and to the environment. So, I feel strongly that buildings have to respond to the environment. As architects, we have to take a leading role in combating climate change because buildings and architecture are some of the largest users of fossil fuels. So, it’s important, whether it’s in the program or not, to create buildings that are built for their environment. And, I also think our buildings should be a good player within the community. I don’t think we should do buildings that call a huge amount of attention to themselves. They should be part of the context, whether urban, a natural context, or a more pristine environment.
How does the context of Southwest Florida and its landscape inform your work?
I think what we’re trying to do as an architectural firm is appropriate to the Florida landscape. For instance, with Grace Place, we could have done a large 15,000-square-foot single building, but this nonprofit organization is located in the middle of a single-family neighborhood, so we wanted to give it a more residential scale. Also, some of the residential projects we’ve done are more appropriate to the Florida landscape than the kind of mini-castles—the kind of Noveau-Mediterranean buildings that look like they belong in Spain or the east coast of Florida more than the west of Florida. So, I think the projects we’ve done fit better in the Florida landscape. Buildings that are intended for Florida are a fairly new thing, and I think it probably started with Seaside, up in the panhandle, going back over 30 years ago. It was the start of people embracing an architecture that belongs in Florida. That style of architecture is more historically generated architecture than what I’m trying to do, however. I want to use the materials and scale of the Florida vernacular … but do it in a 21st-century method, using contemporary materials and things that we have available to us now. So, I suppose it’s kind of a modern vernacular.
What are some of your proudest moments so far as an independent architect?
Probably the biggest one would be when my home [Haldeman Creek House] was selected by the AIA Florida as … one of the top 100 buildings in the last 100 years. So, it’s right up there with some Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and Paul Rudolph. I was very flattered to get that award and that recognition.
Modern Residence in Old Naples In Florida, hurricane codes require homes to be built to withstand 175 mph winds, with windows that can’t be shattered by flying objects, so the common architectural approach is to use small windows and heavy construction. Corban’s 4,500-square-foot seasonal Old Naples home, though, built for a Washington, DC-based couple, is a light and airy structure designed to stand out from the crowd with contemporary architecture, natural materials, and carefully engineered floor-to-ceiling windows that offer unobstructed views. (Photo: Ed Chappell)[/caption]
What about bigger projects?
The Cambier Park Bandshell—it has kind of become an icon of Naples. I think everyone knows that structure, and we won a state excellence in architecture award for that. We found a way to come up with something interesting; we found things in the program and the building to do a piece of architecture that solves more problems than what people expected from it. It was really just supposed to expand the space and add some bathrooms, but we also improved the acoustics and provided a building that forms an entrance from Fifth Avenue into the park.
Where is your practice now, and where is it going?
When I first started practicing on my own, it was probably the worst time in the world to do that. We were at the bottom of the market; Florida was at the top of the foreclosure issue, and there was just not much work to be had out there. But, we pushed through it by building relationships and working with nonprofits. When you don’t have a lot of work, I think it’s good to do pro bono work so that you’re keeping busy and creating relationships, even when you’re not getting paid for it. So, that’s paid off for us, and now we’re six people, which is not large by many standards, but we’re very busy now. We’re doing interesting projects, and people are coming to us for the work we’re doing, … saying, “We’re looking for that type of architecture.” That’s a place where an architect wants to get to, where people aren’t just finding you in the phone book and saying, “Okay, draw up some blueprints”—instead, they’re saying, “I like the work you do; I’d like you to do this project for us.” That’s where we’re at now; I think that’s a good place to be, and we’d like to continue along that path, to continue to work with clients who feel the same about architecture and the built environment as we do—and continue to improve the landscape of Collier County, South Florida, and further out if possible.
[Ed. note: Since the release of David Corban’s feature for American Builders Quarterly, he has won two awards for a new project, the Immokalee Zocalo. His plans for the job won an Excellence in Design award from the Florida Southwest Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and an Audrey Nelson Community Development Award from the National Community Development Association.]
The two-day workshop included a series of presentations from ICAA representatives teaching classical design, a tour of Starkville’s Cotton District by its founder and developer Dan Camp, a reception sponsored by Duncan-Williams Inc. Investment Bankers, and a drawing session.
The program was made possible by an endowed gift from Dan and Gemma Camp as well as generous gifts from Briar and Michelle Jones and Duncan-Williams Inc. Investment Bankers.