Jackson architecture firm impacts Mississippi State students through studio sponsorship

January 14th, 2019 Comments Off on Jackson architecture firm impacts Mississippi State students through studio sponsorship

Photo Credit: CDFL

Caption: Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons (CDFL) Architects + Engineers recently held a nacho bar reception for Mississippi State University Architecture students at the Jackson Center.


Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons (CDFL) Architects + Engineers, a firm located in Jackson, is a longtime supporter and friend of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture. Most recently, the firm entered into a spring sponsorship of the school’s fifth-year, capstone studio at its Jackson Center.

Funds from CDFL’s $5,000 sponsorship are being used to support the studio in areas of need and will provide support for prominent external project reviewers as well as two cash awards for students.

“This type of funded studio is significant – both for the direct opportunities it affords and for the encouragement it conveys to students entering their final semester,” said School of Architecture Associate Director and Fifth-Year Program Director Jassen Callender. “This is also a reminder to students that the profession supports them in their academic pursuits.”

For more than five decades, CDFL has served Mississippi and the Southeast as a leading architectural and engineering firm. The team’s impressive range of skills and commitment to the architectural and engineering process allow them to provide an extensive list of in-house services with complete integration of architecture, landscape architecture, mechanical and electrical engineering, interior design, master planning, and graphic design. Learn more about CDFL at www.cdfl.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CDFLPlus.

Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design and its School of Architecture at www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu

For more information about studio sponsorships and other impact opportunities, please contact P.K. Thomas at pthomas@caad.msstate.edu or 662-325-2542.

Alumnus Todd Walker’s firm, archimania, receives numerous honors at AIA National Convention

August 20th, 2018 Comments Off on Alumnus Todd Walker’s firm, archimania, receives numerous honors at AIA National Convention

A Memphis architecture firm employing numerous Mississippi State School of Architecture students and alumni including Todd Walker, FAIA, founding partner and principal – archimania – received numerous honors at the AIA National Convention, held June 21-23 in New York.

More than 25,000 architects from around the world attended the convention, and archimania received 9 regional, national, and international design awards:

  • AIA Education Facility Design Awards (a possible first award for a Tennessee building). There were 10 winning projects out of 130 submissions around the country.  
    • Memphis Teacher Residency – archimania
    • Ballet Memphis – archimania
  • AIA Faith & Form Religious Art & Architecture Awards (another possible first award for a Tennessee building) There were 27 winning projects out of 120 submissions from around the world.  
    • Methodist University Hospital – Garden Pavilion – archimania
    • Redeemer Presbyterian Church – archimania
  • American Architecture Awards There were over 100 winners from over 300 shortlisted projects around the world.  
    • Woodard Residence – archimania
    • Redeemer Presbyterian Church – archimania
    • Memphis Teacher Residency – archimania 
  • AIA Gulf States Region Design Awards There were 14 winning projects out of 136 submissions from our Gulf States Region.  
    • Sullivan Branding – archimania
    • Ballet Memphis – archimania

Architecture alumnus Joseph Stewart featured in AIA Jacksonville publication

July 17th, 2018 Comments Off on Architecture alumnus Joseph Stewart featured in AIA Jacksonville publication

Joseph P. Stewart, AIA, NCARB (MSU BARC May 1993), was recently featured in the “member spotlight” of AIA Jacksonville’s weekly update:

School of Architecture holds annual Jury Reviews

May 14th, 2018 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds annual Jury Reviews

The School of Architecture hosted Spring 2018 Jury Reviews in Giles Hall from Fri., April 20 through Fri., April 27:

First-Year: Foundational project

Second- Year: Scholar Housing – North Farm

Third-Year: Collaborative Studio w/ building construction science studio — Meridian Police Station Re-use & Renovation

Fourth-Year: Mississippi Winery – North Farm

Fifth-Year: Individual Comprehensive projects in urban Jackson

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us!

School of Architecture alumna and Advisory Board member Wendy Allen takes position at NBC

April 5th, 2018 Comments Off on School of Architecture alumna and Advisory Board member Wendy Allen takes position at NBC

via LinkedIn

Wendy Allen, a 1998 graduate of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture and a member of the school’s Advisory Board, recently accepted a job as Director of Systems and Workflows with NBCUniversal, Studio City, Calif., in the NBC Entertainment Marketing and Digital Group.

Allen has 20 years of experience in the Media and Entertainment industry. She has worked for several organizations including CNN, Turner Studios, PBS and FOX Networks. Allen was a part of the PBS team that received a 2009 Technical Emmy for Pioneering Efforts in Development, Implementation of Network Distribution workflows for ATSC DTV Development. She recently authored a chapter, “Digital Asset Management,” for the National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, 11th edition.

MSU S|ARC to hold alumni reception during 2018 AIA National Convention (NYC)

February 26th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU S|ARC to hold alumni reception during 2018 AIA National Convention (NYC)

The Mississippi State University School of Architecture Director’s Office – along with alumni Daria Pizzetta and Ted T. Porter – will host an alumni reception on Thurs., June 21, 2018, in New York, NY.

Held at the office of Ted Porter Architecture and coinciding with the 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention, this informal gathering will be a time for S|ARC alumni and friends to reconnect, visit and network as well as get updates on what is currently happening within the school. Alumni and friends don’t have to register for the AIA convention to attend this free event.


Who: S|ARC alumni, friends and invited guests

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

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Ted Porter Architecture
45 West 21 Street, Suite 4A
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, New York 10010

RSVP:  http://bit.ly/sarc18nyc


Contact the School of Architecture at 662-325-2202 with questions.


CAAD holds design charrette for new facilities

February 8th, 2018 Comments Off on CAAD holds design charrette for new facilities

The Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design recently brought together its six advisory boards (four industry advisory boards, a faculty advisory board and a student advisory board) for a full-day design charrette to discuss needs and wants for new facilities for the college.

The need to locate all of the college’s units together, as well as space constraints and the need for repairs/updates in several buildings, has put the college on the university’s list for new facilities in the near future.

Cindy Simpson, a 1996 Mississippi State University interior design graduate, first discussed with Dean Jim West the concept of holding a design charrette to gather ideas, and her concept came to fruition on Fri., Jan. 26.

Attendees were divided into teams – each containing a mix of faculty, students, alumni and friends in the four various fields – and were encouraged to discuss needs and wants for the future CAAD facilities.

They were given a tour of existing facilities in Howell Building and Giles Hall as well as basic program and site information to assist in their think tank session.

After hours of discussion, each team presented their ideas (ranging from the philosophical to concrete )to the group, which included invited guests Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Allison Pearson; MSU Director of Planning, Design and Construction Administration Tim Muzzi; and Executive Director of Development for the MSU Foundation Jack McCarty.

Previously known as the School of Architecture, the college was established in 2004 with the addition of the Interior Design Program and the Department of Art. In 2007, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board approved the formation of the undergraduate program in Building Construction Science, adding this fourth unit to the college.

The college is currently housed in numerous buildings across campus. The School of Architecture studios are located in Giles Hall along with the dean’s office and staff. The Department of Art buildings include Freeman Hall (houses the main office), Stafford Hall, Briscoe Hall and a portion of Howell Building; gallery spaces are located in the Cullis Wade Depot, the Visual Arts Center (808 University Drive) and the adjacent building.  The Interior Design Program studios are located in Etheredge Hall, and the Building Construction Science Program is housed in another portion of Howell Building.

Click here to view an overview of all of the teams’ work.

School of Architecture morns loss of 2010 alumna Chelsea Clark Lanier

January 11th, 2018 Comments Off on School of Architecture morns loss of 2010 alumna Chelsea Clark Lanier

(Full obituary at http://www.sheltonfuneralhome.net.)

The family of Chelsea Clark Lanier, age 30, of Decatur, will host a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 12:00 p.m. at Beltline Church of Christ with Steve Smith officiating.  The family will receive friends for two hours prior to service.  Shelton Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Chelsea, who died January 7, 2018, after a brief battle with breast cancer, was born February 12, 1987, in Decatur, to Doug and Tammy Clark.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Matthew Clark, and grandparents, Jo Clark, and Kenneth and Freda Wilhite.

Chelsea accepted Christ as her Savior in 1997, and was a faithful member of Beltline Church of Christ.

She was a 2005 graduate of West Morgan High School where she was Salutatorian.  She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University in 2010, followed by a Master in Design Build from Auburn University in 2011.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude in May, 2017, with a degree in Graphic Design from Calhoun Community College.

Chelsea was a graphic designer for Creative Design Circle of Huntsville.  She was a talented artist who loved to draw, paint, and make jewelry.  She touch so many with her talents.

She is survived by her husband of five years, Daniel Lanier; her parents; one brother, Mitchell Clark; one sister, Courtney Clark; grandmother, Barbara Clark; nephews, Gage Roberts and Leelan Neville; mother-in-law, Nena Lanier; sisters-in-law, Lori Neville (Mike), Kristel Moser (Ryan), and Rachel Lanier.

The family offers their special thanks to Dr. Johnny Nacilla of Cullman Oncology, and to Asera Care Hospice and staff.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made in her memory to the Beltline Church of Christ Building Fund.


Mississippi State architecture educator releases latest book, ‘Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy’

December 21st, 2017 Comments Off on Mississippi State architecture educator releases latest book, ‘Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy’

Theodore “Ted” G. Ammon’s recent book, “Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy: Experience Required,” was released on December 12.

Ammon, an associate professor of philosophy at Millsaps College, also teaches the Philosophy of Architecture course at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture’s Jackson Center. He has also authored “Imagine U” and edited “Conversations with William H. Gass” and “David Bowie and Philosophy: Rebel, Rebel.

“Our fifth-year students at the School of Architecture Jackson Center in historic downtown Jackson are fortunate to have such an esteemed philosopher and author from Milsaps College teaching our Philosophy of Architecture course,” said Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk. 

Jassen Callender, associate professor and director of the Jackson Center, contributed to the chapter “Facing Up to the Realities.”

About the book – via amazon.com:
“In “Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy,” philosophers come to terms with the experience and the phenomenon of Jimi Hendrix, uncovering some surprising implications of Hendrix’s life and work. Much of this book is concerned with the restless polarities and dualities that reveal themselves through Hendrix….What did Hendrix mean when he spoke of “the realities” of conflict conveyed in “Machine Gun”? What is a “Voodoo Chile”? When does noise become music? These and other questions are addressed in “Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy”.”

Ammon was born in Vicksburg and is a 1976 Mississippi State alumnus. He received his Master of Architecture as well as his Doctor of Philosophy from Washington University. He began teaching at Millsaps College in 1985 and has taught for Mississippi State for over 10 years. In 1992, he received the “Distinguished Professor Award” from Millsaps. Ammon is proud to drive a 1956 Dodge Coronet with a V8 engine, dual exhausts and pushbutton transmission. He “still plays vinyl proudly” and believes “Jimi Hendrix rules electric guitar.”

Callender, a 1994 School of Architecture alumnus, is an associate professor of architecture and director of Mississippi State University’s Jackson Center, which houses the School of Architecture’s fifth-year program, where he teaches advanced design studios and Theory of Urban Design. He is also an occasional practitioner, painter and writer who is a member of both the Society of Architectural Historians and a regional board member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Callender’s educational background underscores this range of interests and concerns, from undergraduate training in both architecture and philosophy (1987-1994) to graduate work in painting, sculpture and art history leading to an MFA in 2001. His subsequent research interests at first seem varied in equal measure – ranging from phenomenological studies of desire, to analyses of the role of perception and meaning in sustainable urbanism, to questioning the impact of shifts from meaning to information paradigms on the evolution of architecture theory and practice. All of this research aims at deepening our understanding of how meaning is constructed and shared in and through the built environment. His first book, “Architecture History and Theory in Reverse,” was published by Routledge in July 2017.

See the news in the Maroon Memo.

archimania ranked 13th by Architect Magazine

December 12th, 2017 Comments Off on archimania ranked 13th by Architect Magazine

Archimania, a memphis architecture firm, was ranked number 13 in the 2017 Architect Magazine annual top-50 ranking.

See the main story here, and see the full list of the top-50 here.

Mississippi State University architecture alumni at archimania include:

Partner/ Principal:

  • Todd Walker, FAIA

 Staff architects:

  • Greg Price AIA
  • Will Randolph Assoc AIA
  • Kayce Williford AIA


  • Anthony DiNolfo
  •  J Humphries Assoc AIA
  • Patrick Brown
  • Patrick Green (current fourth-year student)


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