April 10th, 2014 Comments Off
February 24th, 2014 Comments Off
The CAAD Career Fair was held on Feb. 19 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Fourteen firms were represented.
A panel discussion was also held before the fair. One representative from each of the four various units of study within the college (architecture, art, interior design and building construction science) made up the panel.
The panelists included Tom Howorth of Howorth & Associates, Darren Swindaman of Creative Distillery, Matt Pringle of Broadmoor LLC, and John Moores of Gensler – Atlanta.
The discussions gave students a chance to get their questions answered regarding what firms are looking for in a potential employee as well as tips for interviewing.
The CAAD Career fair is held at Giles Hall each spring. For more information or to get involved with next year’s fair, contact Ryan Colvin, senior coordinator with the MSU Career Center, at 662-325-3344 or email@example.com.
February 21st, 2014 Comments Off
Seabold, a 2002 graduate of the School of Architecture, was nominated for the award for his residential work.
The public will have an opportunity to vote for a finalist, and three winners will be chosen.
Please support our alumnus, and vote today! (Seabold Architectural Studio; Jackson, MS)
(Voting is open through 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28).
January 30th, 2014 Comments Off
A reception was held on Wed., Jan. 29, for the Belinda Stewart Architects P.A. exhibition, “Preserve Nation: An Exhibit on Historical Preservation and Vernacular Design,” in the Giles Gallery.
Many of the firm’s architects came to the reception, including owner Belinda Stewart, FAIA.
Stewart gave a brief history about her career and the firm and left the students with the message to “Do what you love where you love.”
The work will be on display through Fri., Jan. 31.
January 29th, 2014 Comments Off
The Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art, and Design will hold a career fair on Feb. 19 and 2 in Giles Hall.
The fair is open to all companies interested in speaking to students in the college’s four disciplines: architecture, art, interior design and building construction science. This event will be a great opportunity for firms to get exposure to students and have a presence on MSU’s campus for future recruiting needs.
To register, visit the MSU Career Center website, and click “Employer Registration” under “Architecture, Art & Design Fair” listed at the bottom of the “events” page. A username and password will be emailed to you after you fill out the information form.
If you have any questions about registration, contact Angie Chrestman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-325-3823 or Jan Fitzgerald at email@example.com
Wednesday, February 19
3:30 – 5:00: Panel Discussion (optional)
5:00 – 6:30: Career Fair Giles (refreshments provided)
We have rooms available if you want to stay over and interview candidates that you met at the fair. Listed below are the times available for interviewing:
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 4:30 : Interviews Resume
January 27th, 2014 Comments Off
True renaissance woman: Architecture alumna named first African- American female U.S. District Judge in Miss.
With a unanimous vote of 90-0, the U.S. Senate appointed Mississippi State University alumna Debra Brown as the new U.S. District Judge presiding over north Mississippi. Brown is the first African-American female U.S. District Judge in Mississippi. Brown fills the position previously held by U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. who passed away in 2012.
The importance of her appointment lies not only in the racial boundaries that are torn down but also in her incredible work ethic. In an article by the Associated Press on GulfLive.com, a “thrilled” and “honored” Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker said Brown has worked hard in all areas of her career so far.
“(She has a) record of professional excellence, integrity and public service,” he said.
Wicker also said he is excited to have an architect as a judge.
“(Greenville is) in desperate need of a new state-of-the-art courthouse,” he said.
MSU President Mark Keenum told Leah Barbour in an MSU news release that many MSU alumni have had successful judicial careers. MSU alumnus Bill Waller Jr. currently resides as Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court. Three of the nine justices who reside on the Mississippi Supreme Court are MSU graduates.
Though Brown works in politics, she did not study political science, pre-law or any subject typically associated with politics at MSU. Brown actually received her bachelor degree in architecture in 1987, and she made an impact in the department of architecture during her time at MSU.
She still serves on the School of Architecture Advisory Council. Michael Berk, director of the School of Architecture, said Brown focuses on students and keeping them first on the council.
“Debra Brown’s impact on the School of Architecture Advisory Council mostly centered on issues related to student scholarships and support,” he said. “She was, and still is, a strong advocate for students.”
Berk said though architecture is not a subject directly linked to politics, Brown’s success working with law and politics builds on the foundation of her architecture education.
“The pedagogy of architectural design education emphasizes and teaches organizational principles and hierarchical skills, enabling a student to rationally and logically analyze and solve complex problems — both socially and technically. It also balances this rationalism with intuition and compassion,” he said. “This type of renaissance knowledge (and unique balance of science and art) is of paramount importance in most fields and disciplines.”
Berk said with an education in architecture, the possibilities are endless. There are MSU architecture graduates in filmmaking, computer design with Apple, teaching, set design, graphic design, working with PBS and working with national major league baseball teams, just to name a few.
After Brown graduated from MSU, she began to work in the field of architecture and, ultimately, landed a job in Washington, D.C. There she worked on a myriad of projects involving commercial, residential and historical renovation work.
Brown then came back to Mississippi to pursue a law degree at the University of Mississippi and finished the degree in 1997. After graduation, much of her work included civil litigation and construction-related issues that tied back to her architectural education. Brown worked at several firms in Jackson as a partner at Phelps Dunbar and as a shareholder at Wise Carter Child & Caraway.
If Brown’s future in the Supreme Court follows the same trajectory as her professional life thus far, she will take Mississippi nowhere but up.
January 23rd, 2014 Comments Off
School of Architecture Assistant Professors Alexis Gregory, AIA, and Emily McGlohn, along with architecture alumnus and former Building Construction Science faculty member Chris Cosper, had a poster accepted to the 50th International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).
The poster is titled “Teaching Today’s Master Builder: A Collaborative Studio in Architecture and Construction Management.”
The poster explores the spring 2013 combined architecture-construction management studio at Mississippi State University. Surveys were given to both groups of students, and the results and recommendations are explored in the poster.
From the abstract’s ‘research impact:’ “Assuming the Architecture-CM studios develop as planned, the integrated studios at MSU may be of interest to other universities who have architecture and construction management programs and wish to address the critical issues surrounding fragmented design and construction practice.”
The 2014 ASC conference will be held from March 26 – 28 in Washington, D.C.
January 23rd, 2014 Comments Off
The School of Architecture and Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD) are excited to feature the work of Belinda Stewart Architects.
“Preserve Nation: An Exhibit on Historical Preservation and Vernacular Design,” will be on display in the Giles Hall Gallery through Jan. 31. A reception will be held on Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.
Student curator for the event was Jake Johnson, and the faculty curator for the TSD exhibits is Professor Jacob Gines.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Click here to see the full 2013-2014 TSD Exhibit Schedule.
January 14th, 2014 Comments Off
Callender wrote “From Shopping Mall to Village: Retrofitting the Built Environment for the 21st Century” with fellow Jackson State University colleagues Anthony R. Mawson, MA, DrPH, and Thomas M. Kersen, PhD.
Click here to see the full article.
According to the website, World Health Design is a subscription-based journal with an interdisciplinary readership that includes architects, designers, developers, health scientists, clinicians, health managers, psychologists, economists working within government, academia and business. World Health Design’s mission is to be the leading international authority online and in print, promoting, celebrating and disseminating new knowledge, information and excellence in the field of design and health.
January 10th, 2014 Comments Off
Nels Long, a 2013 graduate of the Mississippi State School of Architecture, has launced a project on Kickstarter for a software application he is developing. Long is currently pursuing an advanced degree in Emerging Systems, Technology and Media, at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
“For the past six years, I have been fascinated with the link between architecture and virtual reality,” said Long. “Recently, this fascination has developed into an exploration of how spaces can be designed to interact differently with people who have different needs. One example of this is designing spaces specific to the understanding and treatment of people with Autism, General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In an office environment how can these tools be used to increase productivity through the mitigation of stress and fatigue. How can this hybrid environment bring together people of varying backgrounds to increase cooperation and incubate innovation?”Long’s new project, “Affinity,” combines virtual and physical environments to stimulate creativity and trigger the imagination within a collaborative platform. The program will provide a fully immersive virtual environment specifically tailored to individual users to stimulate creativity and trigger the imagination.
This project will only be funded if at least $60,000 is pledged by Click here to see the project and for info. about backing it.
“‘Affinity’ is already seeing action in the real world. To date its platform is being used to develop a world design for a feature film, present architectural projects to critics at SCI-Arc, and soon we hope that a prominent philosophy and neuroscience team will be using ‘Affinity’ in their research on emotion and neural physiology,” said Long.