James P. Cramer to present 24th Annual Jean Giles Memorial Lecture

April 21st, 2014 Comments Off

jcramer IMAGERecognition Day for the School of Architecture will be held on Fri., May 16 at 1 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

Graduating fifth-year architecture students will be honored along with students in each year level receiving scholarships and other awards.

The Annual Jean Giles Memorial Lecture will be given by James P. Cramer.

(Via DesignIntelligence) “James P. Cramer is the founding editor and publisher of DesignIntelligence as well as the founder and CEO of the Greenway Group. He researches, consults, and gives seminars for leading professional firms around the world. He is the author of several hundred articles and several books, including the critically acclaimed Design Plus Enterprise: Seeking a New Reality in Architecture. He is co-author of How Firms Succeed: A Field Guide to Management Solutions, and the editor of the Almanac of Architecture and Design. Cramer is the former chief executive of the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C. (1988-94), the recipient of more than 80 awards and honors, a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the AIA, and a Fellow of the International Leadership Forum in La Jolla, Calif. He is currently the president of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Design Futures Council. An educator, futurist, and business adviser, he is often leading strategic retreats and facilitating sessions about “futures invention” and value migration changes in the design professions.”

For more information about Recognition Day, contact the School of Architecture at 662-325-2202.

Reception held for ‘Transparent Reflections’ exhibit

April 21st, 2014 Comments Off

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A reception was held on April 16 for “Transparent Reflections,” an exhibit sponsored by Tau Sigma Delta (TSD), that features the photography of David C. Lewis, Ph.D.

Lewis is the current interim director of the Building Construction Science Program.

School of Architecture director named 2014 University of Florida distinguished Architecture Alumnus

April 17th, 2014 Comments Off

Michael Berk with Green Mobile project - ArchitectureMichael A. Berk, AIA, has been selected by the University of Florida to receive the 2014 Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award.

Berk, director of the MSU School of Architecture and F.L. Crane Endowed Professor, is a 1981 graduate of the University of Florida.

Florida’s College of Design,
 Construction and Planning honors recipients in each
 of its five units – architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, building construction, and urban and regional planning – annually with this award.

The architecture awards are chosen by faculty
 for the recipient’s outstanding contributions to the School of Architecture, academia and the profession of architecture.

“To receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from an institution of the caliber and with the national reputation that the School of Architecture at the University of Florida caries is an award of the very highest level,” said Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. “This award is one given by your peers, architects and professors who have followed your work and achievements for many years.  These awards are given to individuals who have had a notable impact on the profession of architecture and in the case of Michael Berk have also left a recognizable and indelible imprint on countless students who have worked and studied under his guidance in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State.  I can think of no alumnus more deserving of this recognition.”

Berk was honored at an awards ceremony on March 
31 at the University of Florida, where he also participated in the school’s Masters Research Projects (MRP) final presentations jury review with fellow critics Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Berk is a registered architect with an extensive practice as a design partner in the West Palm Beach firm (AOA) prior to his return to the academy. Berk teaches and researches in the areas of Information Design and Factory-built Housing (GreenMobile®). He is considered by many to be an expert in the area of ecological design; recent lecture invitations include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Hearst Lecture Series Cal Poly, Rural Studio and the National Building Museum. Berk has been responsible for more than $7 million in funded research. He was also a pioneer in design studio pedagogies; his Digital Nomads (1992) program created the first student-owned laptop requirement (breaking the machine out of the traditional computer lab) and strategically placed it along-side power saws and drawing boards to complement traditional analog design processes.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

CAAD director of development named 2014 MBJ ‘Top 40′

April 16th, 2014 Comments Off

Nathan_MooreBy Sasha Steinberg | MSU Public Affairs

STARKVILLE – The director of development for Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is among the Mississippi Business Journal’s 2014 “Top 40 Under 40.”

Since July 2008, Nathan A. Moore has overseen all major-gift fundraising for the state’s only college of architecture and design. A Starkville native and Starkville High School graduate, he holds both a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s in public policy and administration from the land-grant university.

Moore and the other selections recently were recognized formally by the Jackson-based weekly newspaper whose annual program spotlights Mississippians that have established themselves as business and community leaders before the age of 40.

Before assuming his current position, Moore directed orientation and on-campus events for the MSU Office of Admissions and Scholarships. Prior to that, he was an admissions counselor in the office.

In addition to campus duties, Moore serves on the Starkville Rotary Club’s board of directors and as a member of Starkville Young Professionals. Additionally, he is a reading volunteer at the local Boys & Girls Club, a weekly reader at Brickfire Project #1 Preschool, a War Dawgs Male Mentor at Sudduth Elementary School, and a deacon at the city’s Grace Presbyterian Church.

Jack McCarty praised Moore for being named to this “highly selective group of Mississippi young professionals.”

“Nathan is a leader not only in our office but in the community as well. We are so proud of him and congratulate him on such an honorable achievement,” said the MSU Foundation’s executive director of development who was a “Top 40 Under 40″ selection in 2009.

Moore said he feels “both excited and humbled to be included in such a prominent group of young business leaders around the state.

“Being selected for this honor reinforced to me the importance and impact of this university on the state of Mississippi,” he added. “To meet other leaders my age and to learn of their activities, service and impact on their communities has motivated me to continue making a positive difference.”

For more about MBJ’s Top 40 Under 40 awards program, visit http://msbusiness.com/events/top-40-under-40/.

Lunch, lecture concludes 2013-2014 Harrison Lecture Series

April 15th, 2014 Comments Off

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The School of Architecture Lecture Committee hosted a cookout reception for all School of Architecture students and faculty on Fri., April 1, in honor of Bob Harris.

The reception, held in the Giles Hall Courtyard, was coordinated and run by students from all four architecture student organizations including AIAS, Alpha Rho Chi, NOMAS and Tau Sigma Delta.

Immediately following the cookout, Harris presented the final Harrison Lecture of the 2013-2014 Harrison Lecture Series. (Harris’ lecture, originally scheduled for Jan. 31, was postponed due to a flight cancellation.)

Tau Sigma Delta presents ‘Transparent Reflections’ exhibit, reception

April 15th, 2014 Comments Off

“Transparent Reflections,” an exhibit sponsored by Tau Sigma Delta (TSD), features the photography of David C. Lewis, Ph.D.

Lewis is the current interim director of the Building Construction Science Program.

The exhibit will be on display in the Giles Gallery from April 15-22, and a reception will be held at 5 p.m. on April 16.

See the full TSD Gallery schedule.

School of Architecture holds annual NOMAS Symposium, Harrison Lecture

April 15th, 2014 Comments Off

Zena Howard, fourth from left (Photo by Casey Walker)

Zena Howard, fourth from left (Photo by Casey Walker)

The School of Architecture held the annual National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) Symposium on April 4.

The symposium included two panel discussion with various College of Architecture, Art and Design professors and students as well as featured guest Zena Howard. The topic of the discussions was “Design for the Body,” design in relationship to the body (based on the book, World of Perception, by Maurice Merleau-Ponty).

Following the panel discussions, Zena Howard presented a Harrison Lecture, “The Freelon Group – Cultural & Civic.” One of the largest African American-owned architecture firms in the country, The Freelon Group recently joined with Perkins + Will. The firm works on various project types, such as public and private institutions such as libraries, research science and laboratory projects and healthcare.

Howard discussed several projects, including:
• Anacostia Public Library in Washington, D.C.
• Tenley-Friendship Public Library in Washington, D.C.
• Durham County Human Services Complex in Durham, N.C.
• Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, N.C.
• International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, N.C.
• National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

School of Architecture announces Design Discovery camp dates

April 10th, 2014 Comments Off

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Claire M. Sims of Hernando was among high school graduates attending last year’s Design Discovery Camp at Mississippi State. The daughter of Denise and Alan Sims, she now is a freshman architecture major at the university. Registration for the 2014 camp now is open. Photo by: Nikki McKenzie

Via MSU website:

STARKVILLE – For prospective students considering an academic major in architecture, Mississippi State is announcing the dates of its summer introductory program.

Taking place June 6-13, the 2014 Design Discovery Workshop Camp is offered by the university’s School of Architecture, part of College of Architecture, Art and Design.

The annual session was created specifically for high school students age 16 and older–especially entering MSU freshmen–with an interest in architecture or related design fields. Activities simulate the levels of information processing, individual skills and focused intensity required of students enrolled in the state’s only accredited architecture program.

The 45 camper slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The total cost of $595 includes a $100 non-refundable application processing fee.

Design Discovery coincides with MSU’s summer orientation sessions. Since incoming freshmen may pre-enroll for fall classes during orientation, prospective architecture majors are encouraged to attend both the camp and an orientation session.

With support of Johnson-McAdams P.A., a Greenwood architectural firm, a limited number of scholarships are available to either Leflore County residents or members of minorities under-represented in higher education. Scholarship application forms are available at http://www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/designdiscovery.php

Scholarships also are available for students in Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties, thanks to the Toyota Wellspring Education Fund. Visit www.diveintocamps.com to learn more.

For more on Design Discovery or the scholarships, contact Phyllis Davis-Webber at 662-325-2202 or pdavis@caad.msstate.edu.

2013 School of Architecture alumna featured as Clarion Ledger ‘People on the Move’

April 10th, 2014 Comments Off

ppl on the movePeople on the Move:
Eley Guild Hardy Architects

Melissa Knesal has passed the LEED AP exam and is now a LEED AP BD+C. Knesal, a 2013 Mississippi State University, School of Architecture graduate, joined Eley Guild Hardy in 2009 as a summer intern and became a full-time employee upon graduation.

See the post via the Clarion Ledger.

School of Architecture to host lunch reception for Harrison Lecturer

April 9th, 2014 Comments Off

The School of Architecture Lecture Committee is hosting a free lunch reception for all School of Architecture students and faculty on Fri., April 1, starting at 11:30 a.m. in honor of Bob Harris, the final speaker in the 2013-2014 Harrison Lecture Series.(Harris’ lecture, originally scheduled for Jan. 31, was postponed due to a flight cancellation.)

The reception will be coordinated and run by students from all four architecture student organizations including AIAS, Alpha Rho Chi, NOMAS and Tau Sigma Delta.

The lunch reception will be held in the Giles Hall Courtyard, where students and faculty will have the opportunity to chat with Harris.

The lecture will be held immediately following in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium at 1 p.m.

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