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

MSU School of Architecture adds Callender as associate director

July 30th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture adds Callender as associate director

Jassen Callender | Photo by Jamen Berk

Mississippi State’s School of Architecture Fifth-Year Program Director Jassen Callender has taken on additional university leadership duties as the school’s permanent associate director.

Callender, an associate professor, began his new role on July 1, supporting Director Michael Berk in administrative work for the school. Callender will be on the Starkville campus regularly and also will work remotely from the Jackson-based SARC Fifth-Year Program.

“Jassen has many years of professional practice, studio and lecture teaching, as well as administrative experience and scholarly research,” said Berk, who also holds the F.L. Crane Endowed Professorship. “He is a seasoned academic with practical skill, and he is a sought-after academic with a long list of invitations to prestigious programs around the country.”

Prior to the formation of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the School of Architecture—offering the only curriculum in the state of Mississippi leading to a professional degree in architecture—was a stand-alone unit on campus with two administrators, a dean and associate dean. When transitioned into a college, the school lost one of its administrators, a void that Callender now fills as associate director.

“The School of Architecture has long established itself as a leader in the field, and the appointment of Jassen Callender as the associate director will provide an excellent support to the school moving forward,” said College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Angi Elsea Bourgeois. “Jassen’s expertise will be an asset to both our faculty and students.”

A 1994 MSU School of Architecture alumnus, Callender teaches advanced studios and Theory of Urban Design at the Jackson Center. He also is an occasional practitioner, painter and writer, member of 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 to graduate work in painting, sculpture and art history leading to a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2001.

These activities and his subsequent research aim at deepening human understanding of how meaning is constructed and shared through the built environment. His first book, “Architecture History and Theory in Reverse,” was published by Routledge in July 2017.

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. (Read the story here.)

See the story in the Maroon Memo.

Mississippi State architecture students selected as finalists in national masonry competition

July 17th, 2018 Comments Off on Mississippi State architecture students selected as finalists in national masonry competition

In preparation for the local Unit Design Competition, MSU Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob A. Gines’s materials class traveled to Saturn Materials LLC in Columbus to see the manufacturing process firsthand and research the parameters and restraints of making a concrete masonry unit. (Photos submitted)

A team of three Mississippi State architecture students is a top three finalist for a national masonry competition.

Designers of “The Pulse” custom-brick entry in the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) 2018 Unit Design Competition include juniors Madison C. Holbrook of Steens; McKenzie R. Johnson of Fayetteville, Georgia; and Baron O. Necaise of Gulfport.

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of NCMA and the first year that the MSU School of Architecture has been involved in the Unit Design Competition, so it’s exciting to be a part of that legacy,” said the team’s faculty adviser and Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob A. Gines.

As a finalist, the team is invited—expenses paid—to NCMA’s mid-year conference in Chicago, Illinois, to present its design on August 1, along with the other two finalist teams from Ball State University and Iowa State University.

“We are beyond grateful for this opportunity and for all of the support and help from the faculty here at State,” Johnson said. “Professor Gines, Professor Justin Taylor and (Building Services Coordinator) Scott Hudspeth have encouraged and helped us through this process, and just making it to nationals is enough in itself.”

“It has been such an amazing experience working with our professors to learn how to design, make and use bricks,” Necaise said. “To apply this knowledge in real life as a part of a competition is even better.”

“I believe that this is a testament to the opportunities that CAAD presents us,” added Holbrook.

“The Pulse” was completed in Gines’s spring 2018 materials course and took first place in the local Unit Design Competition sponsored by Saturn Materials LLC of Columbus. Holbrook, Johnson and Necaise won $250 as a team, making their project eligible for the national competition.

For the project, Holbrook, Johnson and Necaise produced a set of eight concrete masonry units based on a single design, with each brick measuring 3-5/8 inches by 3-5/8 inches by 8 inches. The student team considered use of light and shadow, composition, orientation, usefulness and configuration while following a very specific digital fabrication process for the design and development of their custom brick.

“The design team of ‘The Pulse’ has worked tirelessly to design a concrete masonry unit that is beautiful, economic, durable and poetic,” Gines said.

The local competition consisted of submissions from 14 teams of three students each. The jury included Gines; Fred Dunand, president of Saturn Materials; Belinda Stewart, founding principal at Belinda Stewart Architects; and Neil Couvillion, landscape architect at Couvillion Design + Build.

The team of juniors Davis S. Beasley of Houston, Texas; Rory C. Fitzpatrick of Bossier City, Louisiana; and senior Felipe M. Olvera of Memphis, Tennessee, won second place and $150. Seniors Alexander “Alex” D. Boyd of Madison and Kaitlyn R. Breland of Wiggins and junior Mariah J. Green of Southaven placed third, receiving $100.

“Professor Gines’s students have demonstrated skills and knowledge way beyond the typical skill set of a second-year architecture student’s ability,” said School of Architecture Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk. “Our collaboration with Saturn Materials in Columbus has been invaluable. I am confident that Saturn was most integral to both the students’ understanding of the process and their ultimate success in this national competition.”

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.

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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:

Mississippi Architect Ralph Maisel passes away

July 13th, 2018 Comments Off on Mississippi Architect Ralph Maisel passes away

Carl Small Town Center Director shows multi-modal interpretive trail to Martin Luther King III

May 30th, 2018 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center Director shows multi-modal interpretive trail to Martin Luther King III

Contributed to by Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Martin Luther King III visited Marks in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Marks Mule Train and his father’s Poor People’s Campaign for a week of events from May 7-13.

Mississippi State University Carl Small Town Center (CSTC) Director Leah Kemp was invited to the celebration to tour King through the multi-modal interpretive trail designed by the research center. The trail highlights the Marks Mule Train Civil Rights campaign, a vision of his father in the 1960s.

The Carl Small Town Center recently received two statewide awards for its “Marking the Mule” project, which focused on advancing citizen engagement in the Marks community – a 2017 Public Outreach Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association and an AIA Design Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

In July 2015, the CSTC was awarded a $25,000 Our Town grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to work with the community to vision a way to commemorate the historic civil rights campaign.

The yearlong public outreach campaign project engaged local residents, historians, architects and planners. The CSTC developed interpretive pedestrian and vehicle trails along with corresponding signage highlighting Civil Rights-related sites in Marks. They also designed a master plan for the designated Trailhead Park and built a welcome sign showing interactive maps for new trails.

Fred E. Carl Jr., a major Mississippi State benefactor and the Carl Small Town Center’s namesake, is a Greenwood resident who founded and served as the first president and CEO of nationally recognized Viking Range Corp. A one-time architecture major at MSU, he endowed the university’s statewide community design outreach program in 2004.

The Carl Small Town Center, a community design center at Mississippi State University within the School of Architecture, was founded in 1979 to help address issues faced by Mississippi’s small towns.

Read more about “Marking the Mule” and the Carl Small Town Center.

CREATE Common Ground course implements coursework in Ripley

May 23rd, 2018 Comments Off on CREATE Common Ground course implements coursework in Ripley

Students Rayce Belton (4th year architecture) and Shelby Jaco (3rd year architecture)

(left to right): Thomas Gregory (CSTC),  Rayce Belton (4th year architecture), Chris Marsalis (Mayor, City of Ripley), Shelby Jaco (3rd year architecture), and Silvina Lopez Barrera (Assistant Professor)

(via Assistant Professor Silvina Lopez Barrera)

This year, the CREATE Common Ground (ARC 4613) course explored tactical urbanism in downtown Ripley using short-term and low-cost design interventions with long-term lasting impact for the community.

On April 19students travelled to Ripley to implement  their final design. They collaborated with the local government and Ripley Main Street Association to activate an underutilized alleyway in downtown that connects the courthouse square and a parking lot. 

This service-learning course is the result of a partnership between the Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University and the CREATE Foundation to address issues of urban development, historic preservation and transportation in communities in Northeast Mississippi.

Students: Nada Abdel-Aziz, Rayce Belton, and Shelby Jaco

Instructor: Silvina Lopez Barrera, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

Teaching Assistant: Thomas Gregory, Community Planner, CSTC

More photos from the project (via Thomas Gregory):

 

 

End-of-Year retreat includes Mississippi presentations; honors West, Funderburk, Lewis

May 22nd, 2018 Comments Off on End-of-Year retreat includes Mississippi presentations; honors West, Funderburk, Lewis

Faculty and staff in the College of Architecture, Art and Design recently gathered for the annual end-of-the year retreat.

Faculty wrapped up some final business for the year before hearing presentations about Mississippi architecture by Emeritus Professor Michael Fazio and Mississippi artist Walter Inglis Anderson by Professor Brent Funderburk.

Funderburk, who will retire at the end of May after 36 years, was recognized after his presentation.

Staff joined in for lunch and a time to recognize Jane Lewis – the dean’s assistant, who will retire at the end of June with 32 years of service – and Jim West, who is stepping down as dean of the college also at the end of June. West has served in the role of dean for 17 years.

College of Architecture, Art and Design names 2018 faculty, staff award recipients

May 22nd, 2018 Comments Off on College of Architecture, Art and Design names 2018 faculty, staff award recipients

The College of Architecture, Art and Design annually honors faculty and staff with monetary awards recognizing excellence in teaching, service and dedication. The recipients are selected by an awards committee, which includes the dean, associate dean, department heads and a faculty member from each unit.

Faculty are chosen for the award based on demonstrated excellence in teaching as evaluated by a statement of personal pedagogy or philosophy, student work, a self-critique of their own work and teaching evaluations.

The 2018 CAAD Tenured Faculty Teaching Excellence Award went to School of Architecture Jackson Center Director Jassen Callender.

School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jacob A. Gines received the Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

The 2018 CAAD Staff Award went to Laura Mitchell, admissions and advising coordinator for the School of Architecture.

The staff award honors a staff member in the college who exemplifies professionalism and dedication by performing above and beyond the job description; takes initiative on tasks; relates to others on the staff or faculty; and has demonstrated innovation or creativity in his/her job.

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!

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