MSU architecture alumnus, wife fund student research work in Australia

August 15th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU architecture alumnus, wife fund student research work in Australia

When one door closed for Zachary Henry, four more opened.

Henry, a fourth-year MSU architecture student from Knoxville, Tenn., was disappointed when his proposal for a travel scholarship to Australia didn’t come out on top.

However, when his boss, School of Architecture alumnus Briar Jones heard about Henry’s plan, he and his wife, Michelle, decided to fund his travels and research themselves.

“I was impressed with how much thought he put into applying for the Aydelott Travel Award and was disappointed for him when he didn’t win,” the principal at Thomas Shelton Jones and Associates in Starkville said, describing his intern as “full of energy.”

“Architecture is best experienced firsthand,” he added. “Great students read and learn what they need to see. Then they figure out how to go and experience the space and place and material tactility firsthand.”

After the shock of the Jones’ generosity wore off, Henry quickly got to work planning his trip with the help of Professor Emeritus Michael Fazio and Assistant Professors Emily McGlohn and Andrew Tripp.

The first leg of his trip included an interview with award winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt at his home in Mosman, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.

“I’ve never met someone so passionate and humble about what they do,” said Henry, who said the 80-year-old Murcutt designs buildings that function as machines, unlike any other architect practicing today.

Henry said Murcutt doesn’t design for the money because he wants to create great architecture for people of any income and background to enjoy and live in.

“He breaks even on most of his work and lives in the most humble dwelling,” he said. “How incredible is that?”

Murcutt, who also teaches architecture at the University of New South Wales, paid a visit to Mississippi State University in 1998 and had nothing but high regards for MSU when he met with Henry.

“He told me, ‘You are getting a fantastic education, Zachary.’ I knew that,” he said, “but being reassured by the winner of a Pritzker Architecture Prize and Alvar Aalto Medal was just icing on the cake.”

The MSU student learned that Murcutt teaches in a similar method to his own professors – not using computers until the third-year of study and requiring lots of drawing and research before beginning to design.

The rest of Henry’s trip was dedicated to studying four Murcutt-designed buildings he had previously chosen as key to his research thesis – “Ecological functionalism in the work of Glenn Murcutt and how his buildings respond to the environment as a working machine.”

All located in New South Wales, Australia, the buildings ranged from small private residences to a large public building:

  • The Carter House, Kangaloon
  • The Magney House, Bingie Bingie
  • The Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale
  • The Fredericks-White House, Jamberoo

Henry collected data – using data loggers, multi-meters and laser devices – on how each of the four buildings responds to the physical and built environment.

He was really able to connect with the education center building, as he stayed there on the 2,700 acre property for three days collecting the data.

“It was interesting but also extremely scary; I was by myself in middle of the dense Australian rainforest with kangaroos, wombats and who knows what else!”

Now that he is back, he will compare and contrast the results and put his data into 3D modeling software to study the buildings in artificial environments.

“I’m excited to see where it goes,” he said, adding that he is not really sure what results he will get.

Henry has big plans for his research, including an Honors College Oxbridge Tutorial, presenting at conferences, a published paper, and eventually graduate school.

His end goal is to write a book and include the more than 500 Murcutt projects currently not catalogued for the library in New South Wales “so everyone can experience and learn about his work.”

Where are they now: KeAirra Williams

July 29th, 2016 Comments Off on Where are they now: KeAirra Williams

KeAirra Williams, S|ARC Class of 2015, was recently featured in the Memphis Business Journal, People on the Move:

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    via bizjournal.com/memphis

    KeAirra Williams

  • Current employer: Renaissance Group: architecture • engineering • planning • interiors
  • Current title/position: Intern Architect
  • Duties/responsibilities: KeAirra Williams joined Renaissance Group Inc. as an intern architect. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. As an intern architect, she assists in Schematic Design phases with digital massing model studies and Photoshop sketch editing.

CAAD hosts design summer camp in downtown Jackson

July 28th, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD hosts design summer camp in downtown Jackson

(Video by Kamau Bostic)

(above photos by Lori Neuenfeldt)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design recently hosted a design camp for students from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.

Held June 20–24, the five-day summer experience in Jackson had a goal of helping students in the Greater Jackson community develop their interests in architecture, art, community development, design, engineering, planning, social justice and related professional fields.

Students gained knowledge of design tools and media through individual and group workshops focused on design, sketching, photography, graphic design, model building, sculpture and construction, among other skills. Collaboration, leadership and communication skills were developed, which will help students increase their self-confidence in these areas, leaders said.

Faculty of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design—as well as those from the university’s College of Business—led students in collaborative and creative activities focused on design education. MSU alumni are led discussions on design-related career opportunities and provided information about their educational and professional experiences.

CAAD Associate Dean and Professor Greg Hall said the camp was designed to help expose students to the wide variety and scope of educational and career opportunities in design fields ranging from architecture to graphic design and interior design to fashion, as well as related fields such as engineering and construction.

“One of our primary goals is to help students form educational and professional goals that they can continue to develop during their high school education, regardless of their eventual career choice,” Hall said.

In addition to being funded in part by a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, this year’s camp is supported by MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, its School of Architecture and Department of Art, the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center and Office of the Registrar.

Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art instructor and gallery director, and architect Emily Roush-Elliott of the university’s Carl Small Town Center, served as camp co-directors.

The college plans to host sessions for teachers this fall and expects to expand the camp into other areas in the future.

For additional camp information, contact Hall at 662-325-2509 or ghall@caad.msstate.edu.

Final Day/Exhibit:

MSU School of Architecture alumni featured in Sun Herald

July 7th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture alumni featured in Sun Herald

Sun Herald - 07-03-2016

photo submitted by Mark Talley

By Justin Mitchell | sunherald.com

You won’t find these Coast home designs in the suburbs

When architects Mark (MSU S|ARC class of 2010) and Madison Talley (class of 2011) told people they were bringing their modern approach to South Mississippi, some people warned them to be careful.

Madison, a Coast native, said she and her husband thought they would end up in a large city after they graduated from Mississippi State University. But after seeing how expensive San Francisco was, they considered bringing their brand of modern design back home.

“Whenever we came to the Coast, people said, ‘I’m just not sure you’re going to find this contemporary architecture niche you’re looking for,’ ” Madison Talley said.

But those folks were wrong. In a quaint building on Government Street, TALLstudio is open for business, and residents and business owners are taking note of the Talleys’ innovative approach to design.

Form and function

“Our clients are typically younger, mid-30s, and wanted to do something different or more forward-thinking — not like the houses they grew up in on the Coast,” Madison Talley said. “Plenty of architects do that, and we wanted to differentiate ourselves by doing something else.”

Since opening TALLstudio two years ago, the Talleys have worked with 10 clients in the Southeast and are in negotiations for other projects. Their aesthetic is simple — the Talleys create functional living or business space that is sleek and modern with clean lines. Each design is individually crafted to fit clients’ needs.

You won’t find spec books or blueprint samples inside TALLstudio. You’ll see model replicas of projects under construction.

Mark Talley said their aesthetic doesn’t necessarily fit in — it stands out.

“It’s based on our client’s wants or needs,” he said.

Madison Talley said their clients want something out of the ordinary, and it’s an added bonus that TALLstudio’s designs feature materials that are easy to maintain.

“It’s something that’s not fluffy or with a lot of extra trim or ornate detailing,” she said. “We base most of our designs based on function.”

A not-so-typical ‘farm house’

One of the Talleys’ latest projects, a “farm house” in Long Beach, started with a trip to the land where the 3,100-square-foot home would be constructed.

Mark and Madison spent days at the site, taking note of how the wind moved through the trees and how the light played on the ground. When the sun is shining on the completed home, a tree shadow creates an eye-catching pattern.

“We try to capture the views that our clients want to see. We site the building so it’s ecologically responsible and responds to the environment,” Madison Talley said.

The design of the “farm house” features single-sloped roofs and large panes of glass to allow a lot of natural light. The interior finishes are very unusual, Madison Talley said.

The home is open-concept, and a second-story loft features a library area and play area for children that overlooks the main living space. The client wanted the home to look different and spark the attention of visitors, Madison Talley said, but they didn’t want it to look like a spaceship.

When the family moves into the space, they won’t be bringing anything with them so there’s not a lot of storage space or an attic.

The exterior could possibly include unconventional materials such as metal or spray concrete.

Mark Talley said he and his wife had to “form” the building within the free space in the site. The bottom floor is T-shaped to fit in the land surrounded by trees, and the second floor helps with the ecological footprint.

“The overarching idea about this house is that it could not compete with the trees on this site,” Mark Talley said.

A revamped Katrina cottage

The Talleys have recently finished an addition to a home on Davis Bayou in Ocean Springs and are working with a client who bought a Katrina cottage to make it into a relaxing oasis.

The plan was to make it look like anything but a Katrina cottage. The wraparound porch features an open area where the client can store her wind-surfing gear and a screened-in section where she could host yoga classes.

“Most of them live very interesting lives, have very interesting businesses or have a very interesting perspective on life,” Mark Talley said of their clients.

The Talleys said they usually go in 50 directions when beginning a project and narrow that down to three options to present to the client before moving in a final direction.

“We try to keep our work very easy to build,” Madison Talley said. “Hopefully, we get a better project that is more ecologically friendly. We have to take into account hurricanes and high wind. The more simple we can keep these things, the stronger we can make them.”

The Talleys said they can work with any budget, and also offer art installation and graphic design.

“We tailor our services to what a client can afford,” Madison Talley said.

Living within their means

The Talleys live on a large piece of land in Vancleave in a completely renovated AirStream trailer that is less than 200 square feet. Madison Talley said she can clean her entire home in about 10 minutes.

She said some clients think it’s cool while others think it’s a tad wacky.

“We did not want to take on a mortgage or renting a house,” she said. “We could take that money we would sink into a house and put that into our business. We’re young and we can adapt to it. We can live small right now so that our business can hopefully flourish.”

VISIT TALLSTUDIO

Mark and Madison Talley’s architecture firm, TALLstudio, is at 1508 Government St. in Ocean Springs.

To contact the Talleys, e-mail Mark Talley at mark@tall-studio.com or Madison Talley at madison@tall-studio.com

Information from TALL Studio website

CAAD holds alumni reunion in Philadelphia

June 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD holds alumni reunion in Philadelphia


(Photos submitted by Keith Bush, S|ARC Class of 1987)

The Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design hosted an alumni reunion and reception on Thurs., May 19, 2016, in Philadelphia, PA.

Held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and coinciding with the 2016 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.

School of Architecture holds annual 2016 Recognition Day

May 9th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds annual 2016 Recognition Day

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Class of 2016: (Front row, left to right): Devin A. Carr, Casey A. Walker, Lorianna J. Baker, Hannah C. Waycaster, Larry A. McMahan, Jacob L. Johnson, Jordan L. Hanson; (Second row, left to right): Ryan M. Bridges, Haley Whiteman, Jonathan Greer, Sang V. Nguyen, Emily K. Morse, Nenyatta K. Smith, Patrick D. Brown; (Back row, left to right): Carter V. Brown, Ethan D. Warren, Scott M. Polley , Stefan K. Balcer, Ryan L. Mura, Megan R. Vansant, Ericia L. Cox, Cody M. Skinner, Daniela G. Bustillos, Austin T. Robinson

Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 6, 2016, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Recognition Day 2016_6Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, introduced MSU Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Peter Ryan, Ph.D.

Recognition Day 2016_8Ryan welcomed everyone to campus.

Recognition Day 2016_18Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) and owner of Hal and Mal’s Restaurant, presented the 26th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.

Recognition Day 2016_22The School of Architecture faculty members were recognized before announcing the awards.

2015-2016 School of Architecture awards:

Recognition Day 2016_2320th Annual Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Recipient: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory
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: Ashton Aime
Faculty Advisors: Assistant Professor Jacob Gines, Associate Professor Hans Herrmann
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 Initiates:
Maria Degtyareva, Zachary Henry, Omkar Prahbu, Lara Lynn Waddell, Ben Webster

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Casey Walker

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Hannah Waycaster

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Jake Johnson

TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Hannah Waycaster, Casey Walker, Jake Johnson

TSD First-Year Design Award
Recipient: Trey Box
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.

Recognition Day 2016_25TSD Bronze Award
Recipient: Devin Carr
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.

Recognition Day 2016_26TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient: Assistant Professor Zulaikha Ayub
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
to excellence.

Recognition Day 2016_28TSD Charles Calvo Digital Media Award
Recipient: Tyler Warmath
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.

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National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President: Kapish Cheema
Faculty Advisors: Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn, Assistant Professor Andreea Mihalache
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.

Recognition Day 2016_32The 2016 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient: Diondria Bingham
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.

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Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Chapter President: Sara Peppers
Faculty Advisor: Assistant Clinical Professor Justin Taylor
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.

Recognition Day 2016_34Alpha Rho Chi Student Book Award
Recipient: Stefan Balcer
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.

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American Institute of Architecture Students
Chapter President: Emily Turner
Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory
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.

Recognition Day 2016_36AIAS Member of the Year Award
Recipient: Zachary White
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: Jim West
Recipient: Anna Barr
This 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 Architecture Students.

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Recognition Day 2016_41First-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Jeffery Roberson, Instructor
Recipient: Davis Byars
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’.

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Second-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Justin Taylor, Assistant Clinical Professor
Recipient: Matthew Lewis
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’.

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Recognition Day 2016_45Third-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Emily McGlohn, Assistant Professor
Recipients: Lara Lynn Waddell and Zachary Henry
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’.

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Fourth-Year Capstone Awards:
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Fourth-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Hans Herrmann, Associate Professor
Recipient: Ashton Aime
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’.

Ryan Fierro

Ryan Fierro

Fourth-Year Jurists’ Award
Recipients: Ryan Fierro and Morgan Powell
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.

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Recognition Day 2016_51ARCC King Award
Presented by: Jacob Gines, Assistant Professor
Recipient: Ryan Fierro
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.

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Jonathan Greer

Jonathan Greer

Devin Carr

Devin Carr

Fifth-Year Jurists’ Award
Presented by: Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients: Devin Carr and Jonathan Greer
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.

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Recognition Day 2016_57Academic Achievement Award
Recipient: Jacob Johnson
The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average.

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Recognition Day 2016_58Creative Windows & Doors/Marvin Windows Traveling Fellowship
Recipient: Hannah Waycaster ($1,600)
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.

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Recognition Day 2016_60Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by: Dean Jim West
Recipient: Patrick Brown

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.

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Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson

Haley Whiteman

Haley Whiteman

AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal
Presented by: Dean Jim West
Certificate Recipient: Jacob Johnson
Medal Recipient: Haley Whiteman
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.

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Other Notable Student Awards, 2015-2016:

Aydelott Travel Award
Lara Lynn Waddell
A $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott, FAIA, and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides a $20,000 award each year to four architecture students currently enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; Mississippi State University; and the University of Tennessee. As MSU’s recipient, Lara Lynn Waddell will travel this summer to Atlantida, Uruguay; Rome, Italy; Muuratsalo, Jyvaskyla, Finland; and Havana, Cuba, to study four unique buildings. She will work next semester with her faculty advisory, Emeritus Professor Dr. Michael Fazio to compile a report.

Second Place, Gensler Diversity Award
Rashidat “Mo” Momoh
Gensler, a global firm, has awarded more than $200,000 in academic scholarship over the last 16 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, Mo has accepted a paid internship this summer with Gensler in Boston.

Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award
for Excellence in Architecture
Ria Bennett
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, Arts & Humanities, 2016 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium
Emily Turner
Emily’s project, “The Application of Architectural Theory to Multifamily Housing Through a Feminist Lens,” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.

Second Place, Community Engagement, 2016 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium
Anna Barr
Anna’s project, “Continuing to Improve on Outreach Design,” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.

Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Emily Turner
Emily received funding to conduct research under faculty mentor Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory. Topic: Feminist architectural literature to write a scholarly paper on this topic in regards to design/build and community engagement.

Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Anna Barr
Anna received funding to conduct research under faculty mentor Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory. Topic: Construction drawings for the Oxford-Lafayette Habitat for Humanity house designs.

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art New York City Summer Program Fellowship
Scott Polley
Scott was one of 18 students selected out of 50 applicants to attend the ICAA Summer Studio in Classical Architecture – a four-week, immersive program introducing students to skills, knowledge and resources essential to the practice and appreciation of classical design.

Second Place & People’s Choice Award, MSU Investing in Innovation E-Commerce Competition
Jared C. Creel
Jared’s project for the prototype startup competition, “StruggleBusBox.com” was a project with Taylor A. Lee, a business administration major, under the guidance of Visiting Assistant Professor Erik Herman.

AIA St. Louis Chapter Scholarship
Curtis Reed
Curtis received a $500 scholarship from the chapter.

2015 Epting/Mathews MSU  Co-op Student of the Year
Jacob Johnson
This award recognizes one outstanding co-op student at Mississippi State each year for academic excellence, exhibited professionalism in the work place and leadership in respective organizations. Johnson received a $500 scholarship sponsored by Huntington Ingalls and a recognition plaque.

Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellow – Fall 2015
Maria Degtyareva
Maria received a $3,000 Stipend Award and worked on research for Method Studio, a full-service architectural and design firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Research was conducted under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellow – Spring 2016
Edward Holmes
Edward received a $3,000 Stipend Award and worked on research in the spring semester for Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

2016-2017 Scholarships:

Paul Grootkerk Travel Award
($4,000) Kirkland Webber
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.

Acme Brick Company Scholarship
($2,000) Kapish Cheema, Caleb Fearing
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) Diondria Bingham
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) Brandon Fairbanks
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.

Rowan Taylor Endowed Scholarship
($1,250) Olivia Baker, Isaac Galindo, Chester Mitchell
Applicants must be entering freshmen with a minimum 3.0 GPA; have demonstrated exceptional design work and ability to achieve exceptional design; and have demonstrated financial need.

Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Jared Robinson, Lara Lynn Waddell
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.

Lyndall Gail Wood Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Rashidat Momoh
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.

Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Patrick Greene, Kelli Weiland
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) Ashton Aime, Maria Degtyareva, Caleb Fearing, Zachary Henry, Rashidat Momoh
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.

Joseph L. Echols Scholars Program
($850) Diondria Bingham, Damion Hardy
($600) Quintarius Brown, Myles Jeffries
Candidates for the Joseph L. Echols Scholarship must: be a current undergraduate and underrepresented architecture student; show strong work ethic by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA; present a satisfactory work portfolio; demonstrate financial need.

Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500) De’Andre Gaskin, Damion Hardy, David Kett, Kirkland Webber
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
($195) Tony Coleman, Damion Hardy, Danielle Mason, Donald Murray
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) 3 Awards, To Be Determined  
Applicants must be from Leflore County, or be an under-represented minority group in architecture; and high school students interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines.

Joseph L. Echols D2 Scholarships (Design Discovery)
($600) 3 Awards, To Be Determined  
Candidate 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.

Class of 2016

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archimania in the news

May 5th, 2016 Comments Off on archimania in the news

archimania's Hattiloo Theatre received an Award of Excellence at AIA Tennessee's 2015 Design Awards (photo via archimania.com)

archimania’s Hattiloo Theatre near Overton Square in Memphis, Tenn., is among six designs being considered for the World Architecture News (WAN) Award as the best international architecture for performing arts. (photo via archimania.com)

archimania, a Memphis firm led by MSU S|ARC graduate Todd Walker, has been in the news a lot recently.

At the AIA Memphis Gala, the firm won nine out of 11 awards. Last year, the firm took half of the awards. Read more about last year’s event here.

They also have two of six designs being considered for the World Architecture News (WAN) Award as the best international architecture for performing arts. Read the story at world architecture news.com and The Commercial Appeal.

A design plan by archimania was recently selected for the Ballet Memphis’s headquarters. Read the story via The Commercial Appeal.

Way to go, archimania!

School of Architecture, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art hold lecture in classical design

April 1st, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art hold lecture in classical design

The School of Architecture at Mississippi State University and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) hosted the Dan and Gemma Camp Lecture in Classical Architectural Design on April 1 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

F.L. Crane Professor and Director of the School of Architecture Michael Berk welcomed guests – including students, alumni, S|ARC Advisory Board members, as well as the lecture sponsors – Dan and Gemma Camp.

Tracy Ward, a 1987 graduate of the School of Architecture, introduced the lecture. A registered architect and architectural historian as well as chairman of the Mississippi Committee of the ICAA, Ward discussed the national nonprofit group that focuses on promoting the classical arts.

Emeritus Professor of Architecture Michael W. Fazio, Ph.D., then presented the main lecture on “The Works of Benjamin Latrobe.”

Fazio is an architect and architectural historian. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University, a Master of Architecture degree from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in the history of architecture and urban development from Cornell University. He practices architecture in the southeast region, most often as a preservation and restoration consultant preparing historic structure reports. He is also an actively publishing scholar whose articles have appeared in the Society of Architectural Historians Journal, Arris (the journal of the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians), and the Journal of Architectural Education. An accomplished author, his books include Buildings Across Time: An Introduction to World Architecture, The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and Landscape of Transformations: Architecture and Birmingham, Alabama. Fazio was a professor at Mississippi State University from 1974 until 2005.

The Dan and Gemma Camp Lecture in Classical Architectural Design is sponsored by Dan and Gemma Camp (founder and developer of the Cotton District in Starkville) along with a generous gift by Briar (S|ARC Class of 1994) and Michelle Jones.

The lecture is also a part of the 2015-2016 Harrison Lecture Series lineup.

Upcoming lectures include:

  • April 8, 4 p.m.
    James Cathcart
    Author, Pamphlet Architecture 25: Gravity Project
    Project Director, Ralph Appelbaum Associates
  • April 15, 4 p.m.
    Gregory Walker and Benjamin Wiemeyer
    Principals, Wow Atelier
  • May 6, 1 p.m., S|ARC Recognition Day
    (Dr. William and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture)
    Malcolm White
    Author, Little Stories
    Owner, Hal & Mal’s Restaurant

The Harrison Lecture Series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.

CAAD to hold 2016 alumni reunion in Philadelphia

March 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD to hold 2016 alumni reunion in Philadelphia

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The 2015 CAAD Alumni Reunion was held in Atlanta, Ga.

The Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art, and Design will host an alumni reunion and reception on Thurs., May 19, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and coinciding with the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention, this informal gathering will be a time for CAAD alumni, friends and family to reconnect, visit and network as well as get updates on what is currently happening within the college. CAAD alumni and friends don’t have to register for the AIA convention to attend this free event.

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. See photos from last year’s reunion in Atlanta.

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Who: CAAD Alumni, friends and family; peers in the industry

What: A time to catch up with classmates, reconnect, and network with friends.

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016, 5:30-8 p.m.

Where: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Grand Ballroom, Salon K
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 625-6016

RSVP: http://bit.ly/CAAD_Philadelphia16

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Contact Christie McNeal at 662-325-9839 or cmcneal@caad.msstate.edu with questions.

Architecture alumna Janet Marie Smith to speak at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

March 21st, 2016 Comments Off on Architecture alumna Janet Marie Smith to speak at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Janet Marie Smith, alumna and internationally recognized architect, presented Mississippi State University's keynote address at the spring 2013 commencement exercises. (Photo by: Megan Bean)

Janet Marie Smith, alumna and internationally recognized architect, presented Mississippi State University’s keynote address at the spring 2013 commencement exercises. (Photo by: Megan Bean)

Janet Marie Smith, internationally recognized baseball stadium architect and MSU School of Architecture alumna, will speak at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson on Thurs., April 21, at noon.

Smith’s address is Part II of the Hometown Speaker Series, which is being held in conjunction with the Hall of Fame’s presentation of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.”

Smith completed her architecture degree at MSU in 1981 and her master’s in urban planning from City College of New York. She has designed stadiums for the Atlanta Braves, the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. She currently works for the Dodgers as senior vice president of planning and development.

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