School of Architecture holds 2017 Final Reviews

May 4th, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds 2017 Final Reviews

Mississippi State University School of Architecture Final Reviews were held April 21-28 in Giles Hall.

photo by Kelsey Brownlee

First-Year: Friday, April 21: Foundational ‘sacred space’ project
Faculty: Assistant Professor Jacob A. Gines, coordinator; Visiting Assistant Professor Francesca Hankins; Visiting Associate Professor George Joseph Martin

photo by Kelsey Brownlee

Second-Year: Mon., April 24: Natchez Trace Residential project
Faculty: Assistant Professor Fred Esenwein, Ph.D., coordinator; Associate Professor Alexis Gregory; Assistant Clinical Professor Justin Taylor

(photos by Zachary Henry)
Third-Year: Tues., April 25: Collaborative Studio w/ BCS; Starkville Armory renovation
Faculty: Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn; Associate Professor John Poros; Lecturer David Beatty (building construction science)

Photo by Kelsey Brownlee

Fourth-Year: Wed., April  26: Birmingham Library project
Faculty: Associate Professor Hans Herrmann, coordinator; Assistant Professor Andrew Tripp, Ph.D.

Photo by Kelsey Brownlee

Fifth-Year: Thurs. – Fri, April 27-28: DowntownJackson Individual Comprehensive projects
Director: Jassen Callender

Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio builds Boy Scout cabin

December 19th, 2016 Comments Off on Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio builds Boy Scout cabin

MSU Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio – Boy Scout Cabin BUILD time lapse from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Final model of the Boy Scout cabin from CAADatMSU on Vimeo. (Model by Honors students: Daniel Ruff and Abby Jackson)

The fall 2016 Collaborative Tectonics Studio, which consisted of second-year students studying architecture (41 students) and building construction science (40 students), spent the semester building a cabin for the Hood Boy Scout Reservation in Hazelhurst, Miss., approximately 180 miles from the MSU main campus in Starkville.

Architecture faculty members for the studio included Associate Professor Hans Herrmann, Briar Jones (visiting practitioner) and Associate Professor John Poros.

Building construction science faculty included Lee Carson, lecturer, and Visiting Assistant Professor Mohammed Mawlana, Ph.D. 

Herrmann, who served as studio coordinator and project P.I., worked closley with Larry Cagle, field director and lead contact for the Hood Reservation for the project. He also worked closely with School of Architecture alumnus and architect John McBride with the Boy Scouts. 

Additional Boy Scout supports/sponsors for the project included:
Andrew Jackson, Council
Tony Haines, Scout Executive/ CEO
Dr. Steve Zachow, Council Executive Board President
Property and Maintenance Committee:
Billy Boykin
Robby Bush
Ken Echols
Stephen Heard
Joe Lewis
Tim Rooks
Charlie Smith
Col. David Smith
Steve Smith
Joe Stamper
Jim Ulmer

The project was funded by the Boy Scouts with a partial match by the School of Architecture and College of Architecture, Art and Design. 

Students present their final projects. (images via Hans Herrmann) 

Aside from the prototype Steep Slope Cabin (referring to the typical hillside site condition the cabins are designed to fit on) that students built in the first half of the term, each student also generated an individual proposal for a second prototype cabin.

Master planning a second grouping of 16 cabins, or what’s known as a “village” on the reservation, these cabins were designed to accommodate a different user group for corporate retreat style events. (Above images show students presenting these projects at the final review).

See some of the students’ final portfolios, which outline their final project in assembly sequence drawings:
Abby Jackson Portfolio
Maria Ory Portfolio
Daniel Ruff Portfolio

School of Architecture holds fall 2016 semester Final Reviews

December 8th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds fall 2016 semester Final Reviews

Final Reviews for MSU architecture students were recently held in Starkville for first through fourth-year and in Jackson for fifth-year students.

The final project for the first-year architecture studio was to design and build a chair for listening. Over the course of the two final weeks of the semester, students worked in teams of two to create a full-size proposal for a chair made only of wood and cardboard to be sited on the Giles Hall grand stair. The final review was held on Mon., Nov. 21.
Professors: Francie Hankins, George Martin, Andrew Tripp

architecture students in the Collaborative Studio with Building Construction Science students spent the semester building a sleeping shelter prototype for the Hood Boy Scout Reservation in Jackson. Their final project assignment was to design and model a luxury sleeping shelter for camp councilors or corporate retreats. Individuals were asked to design trusses that would accommodate a skylight, then come up with a comprehensive design around it, keeping passive notions in mind. Their final review was held on Mon., Nov. 28.
Professors: Hans Herrmann, Briar Jones, John Poros (architecture); Lee Carson, Mohammed Mawlana, Ph.D. (building construction science)

students presented their final projects on Tues., Nov. 29. The project was to design multi-family housing in Chicago, Ill.
Professors: Fred Esenwein, Ph.D.; Alexis Gregory; Justin Taylor

The final reviews for fourth-year students were held on Wed., Nov. 30. Students in Professor Jacob Gines’s studio showcased design proposals for a new mass-timber mid-rise commercial building in Jackson. Students in Professor Emily McGlohn’s studio designed affordable houses to be placed in the master plan for Eastmoor Estates, a neighborhood near Moorehead.

Fifth-year reviews were held on Nov. 18 and 19 before students headed out for their annual field trip study abroad to Rome.

Architecture students return from annual Field Trip Week

October 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Architecture students return from annual Field Trip Week

All students in the school of architecture participate in an annual weeklong field trip in the fall semester.

This year, students went to the following locations:

First-Year Studio:
Dallas, Texas
Professors: Andrew Tripp, Francie Hankins, George Martin

(Above photos by Austin Keaton, Satchel Starling and Jessi Hines, second-year architecture students)
Second-Year (Collaborative) Studio:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
Professors: Hans Herrmann, John Poros, Briar Jones (architecture); Mohammed Mawlana, Lee Carson (building construction science)

Third-Year Studio:
Chicago, Illinois
Professors: Justin Taylor, Fred Esenwein

(Above photos by Cory Moxley, fourth-year architecture student)
Fourth-Year Studio:
Portland, Oregon
Professors: Jacob Gines, Emily McGlohn

School of Architecture holds final reviews

May 5th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds final reviews

Final Reviews for the School of Architecture were held in Giles Hall recently.

First-Year Studio —  Foundation studio

Second-Year Studio —  Foundation studio @ Columbus Lock and Dam site

Third-Year Studio: Collaborative Studio w/ Building Construction Science

Fourth-Year Studio — Black Box Theatre in Memphis

Fifth-Year Studio — Comprehensive Individual projects (Jackson Urban)

Collaborative Studio researches Japanese teahouses, treated to ceremony demonstration

October 28th, 2015 Comments Off on Collaborative Studio researches Japanese teahouses, treated to ceremony demonstration

Traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Chieko Iwata, MSU’s Japan outreach coordinator, recently visited the second-year Collaborative Studio.

Her visit included a lecture on traditional Japanese teahouses and a demonstration of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

This experience will assist both the architecture and building construction science students in the fall Collaborative Studio with their own design of a contemporary teahut.

These designs will be shared at the final reviews at the end of November. View the final review schedule here.

School of Architecture announces fall 2015 jury schedule

October 27th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces fall 2015 jury schedule

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All are invited to the School of Architecture’s fall 2015 Jury Reviews.

NOTE: All times are subject to a bit of change (due to the nature of the review process) along with breaks for lunch. Please call to confirm and let us know you are coming. Giles: 662-325-2202; Jackson Center: 601-354-6480

Fifth-Year Final Jury Schedule (Jackson)

NOTE: Jury to be in the 5th-Year Jackson Center, 509 Capitol Street. Please call first to confirm times. 601-354-6480

  • Thurs., Nov. 19 9-6 p.m. (w/ possible evening session)  
    “Stitching the Urban Fabric” | Jackson Center Director: Jassen Callender

    Project #1: Constructing a Civic Artifact. (Teams of two) Students designed and construct full-scale sheet metal doors for an unprogrammed but significant civic building. Through this work, students were expected to formulate a response to the question, “how do individual things join into a larger, more meaningful, whole.”

    Project #2: Conceiving a Patch. (Teams of four to five) Students conducted site analyses, documented the figure-ground relationships, and constructed a digital site model that accurately represents the area bounded by Amite Street (north), Adams Street (west), Pearl Street (south), and Roach Street (east). At the conclusion of the Theory of Urban Design intensive course, students worked to develop master plan proposals for this rail viaduct district. These proposals should address issues of program, form, and social justice.

    Project #3: Stitching. (Individual) Each student will select a site within his or her team’s master plan for the design of an Archive for the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. This is not a destination for tourists. The facility is intended to serve local, national, and international scholars, provide community meeting spaces, and, of course, house the state’s most significant Civil Rights artifacts. The latter function as well as the building’s symbolic importance demands a robust response, both structurally and perceptually. These designs must incorporate the student’s sheet metal door, without modification, and serve as a test of his or her thesis statement on the role of architecture in the making of a city.

  • Fri., Nov. 20 9-6 p.m. (w/ possible evening session)  
    “Stitching the Urban Fabric” (continued)

First through Fourth-Year Final Jury Schedule (Starkville)

NOTE: Jury to be in Giles Hall, Starkville (Giles Gallery and/or Fazio Jury Room) Please call first to confirm times. 662-325-2202

  • Mon., Nov. 23, 9-6 p.m. (w/ possible evening session)
    First-Year Studio
    Foundational Intervention
  • Tues., Nov. 24, 9-6 p.m. (w/ possible evening session)
    Third-Year Studio | Coordinator: Justin Taylor
    Urban Chicago Medium Density Housing
    The third-year studio’s final project is the design of a mixed-use, multi-family housing project on a site in Chicago, Ill. The project teaches students what’s involved in building housing in a metropolitan city.
  • Mon., Nov. 30, 8-6 p.m. (w/ possible evening session)
    Second-Year Studio | Coordinator: Hans Herrmann
    Collaborative Studio ‘Build/Design’
    The second-year Collaborative Tectonics Studio presents BUILD/DESIGN a full-scale study of wood frame materials and methods in service of heightened design education.  This fall, 62 architecture and building construction science students participated in a detailed project planning, cost estimating, scheduling and construction exercise. The 11-week effort resulted in the construction of two unique structures on the MSU campus. The structures form part of a home garden demonstration site located adjacent to the Landscape Architecture buildings just off Bully Blvd. on the MSU main campus. Realized by students as a kit-of-parts which feature hand built Shou Sugi Ban cypress partitions and a gull wing kinetic folding wall system the project focused students foundational materials and methods issues.

    The detailing and assembly logic learned in the BUILD portion of the semester will be presented by students in their DESIGN term-project, a Tea House. Students will present original Tea House designs based upon the recast kit of parts they previously deployed for the MSU Landscape Architecture BUILD project. Detailed assembly diagrams, materials estimates, and design models/renderings will be presented as evidence of the students newly forged knowledge of architectural tectonics.

  • Tues., Dec. 1, 9-6 p.m. (w/ possible evening session)
    Fourth-Studio (two studios)
    Studio One: Timber Hi-Rise in NYC | Coordinator: Jacob Gines
    “Scaffolding + Skin”
    BACKGROUND – This studio will examine the role of heavy timber tectonics in contemporary architecture – primarily focusing on structure as scaffolding and façade as skin. Students will engage this topic from a historic perspective and research the significance and varied application of these tectonic manifestations through an introduction to some tectonic theory and precedent. The scholarly study of the tekton (carpenter or builder) and the discourse surrounding the notion of tectonics received much attention throughout the late 1800’s and continues to exist as a critical endeavor today. It can be argued that at the heart of tectonic inquiry is the idea and application of poesis, ‘to make’. This constructed attitude will motivate the students to express their research and design attitude through a series of iterative exercises which will be visualized using palimpsestic drawing and additive modeling.

    Final proposals will be of a speculative building sited in Manhattan, NY at 104 West 57th Street.

    SUSTAINABLE STRATEGY – Utilize heavy timber and/or engineered wood construction in innovative and experimental ways to develop a proposal for a tall wood building (15-20 stories) in Midtown Manhattan.

    Benefits of using wood in tall wood buildings include…

    • Renewable natural resource

    • Reduction of carbon emissions

    • Carbon sequestering / carbon sink

    • Expedited erection schedules – 20%±

    • Reduction of overall project costs – 4%±

    • Innovative applications

    Studio Two: Boys & Girls Club Educational Garden | Coordinator: Alexis Gregory

    The School of Architecture, Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, Horticulture Club, and Graphic Design have joined together with the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville to design and construct an Educational Garden. The hope in constructing the garden is to get the kids at the Boys and Girls Club excited about growing and cooking with homegrown foods. This project intends to educate children on how to grow multiple different foods appropriate for the Starkville climate. The phases in the project intend to lay out a full plan for the construction of the gardens as well as intentions for future building changes. The building changes set up an educational kitchen to teach the kids how to prepare the food they grow. This educational garden will be an example of a community garden that will hopefully grow through the city of Starkville.

Spring Collaborative Studio presents final projects

April 29th, 2015 Comments Off on Spring Collaborative Studio presents final projects

The Spring Collaborative Studio, which included third-year architecture and building construction science students and professors from both units, presented their final reviews on April 28, 2015 in Giles Hall.

For the project, the student teams designed a new fire station in Starkville for the Starkville Fire Department. The students have been working with their faculty, professional architects and professional constructors to develop the project.

School of Architecture announces final 2015 jury schedule

April 9th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces final 2015 jury schedule

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All reviews will occur in the Giles Gallery or Michael Fazio Jury Room in Giles Hall, Starkville.

Fri., April 24, 9-6 p.m. (with possible evening session)
First-Year Studio
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Andrew Tripp
The first-year studio will be presenting final proposals for a stargazer’s retreat.  The content of the studio is focused on the fundamental topics of orientation, order, proportion and the elemental language of architectural form.

Mon., April 27, 9-6 p.m. (with possible evening session)
Second-Year Studio
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Justin Taylor
The second-year studio will be presenting their Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge research station. The studio is focused on interventions into the landscape, utilizing pre-existing site structures.

Tues., April 28, 9-6 p.m. (with possible evening session)
Third-Year: Collaborative Studio
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Tom Leathem
The third-year spring Collaborative Studio is a partnership between the School of Architecture and the Building Construction Science Program. The students are combined into teams of three to four students with at least one student from each department in each team. The student teams are designing a new fire station in Starkville for the Starkville Fire Department. The students have been working with their faculty, professional architects and professional constructors to develop the project.

Wed., April 29, 9-6 p.m. (with possible evening session)
Fourth-Year Studio
Coordinator: Associate Professor Hans Herrmann
The fourth-year design studio is developing proposals for a New Library in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark. This studio is the demonstration point for Integrative/Comprehensive Design. Students will present projects inclusive of Visioning, Programming, Site Design, Structural, Active and Passive Systems with a special focus on Water Ecology. The libraries will be approx. 12,000 sq.ft. in size with an additional exterior theater space accommodating up to 200 viewers. Click here to see the full description of the project.

Thurs., April 30, 10-6 p.m. (with possible evening session)
Fri., May 1, 9-6 p.m. (with possible evening session)
Fifth-Year Studio
Coordinator: Jackson Center Director Jassen Callender
Independent thesis projects

NOTE: All times are subject to a bit of change (due to the nature of the review process) along with breaks for lunch. Please contact the school to confirm the final schedule as it relates to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Student-designed, built shelters now open at MSU Golf Course

March 27th, 2015 Comments Off on Student-designed, built shelters now open at MSU Golf Course


Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State


Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State

By Leah Barbour | Mississippi State University

Local golf enthusiasts joined Mississippi State University administrators, faculty, staff and students this week for the unveiling of two on-course shelters at the MSU Golf Course.

The new structures at the fourth and 10th holes, complete with men’s and women’s accommodations and cart parking spaces on each side, were designed and built by second-year architecture and second-year building construction science students.

Both the School of Architecture and the building construction science academic program are part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

The work was completed during the fall semester collaborative studio, coordinated by associate professor Hans Herrmann and assistant professor Emily McGlohn of the architecture school, along with assistant professor Tom Leathem and lecturer Lee Carson of building construction science.

“Thank you for your active involvement, for the collective leadership from all our faculty and for everyone involved in this,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This is an opportunity to really showcase what Mississippi State talent is about. What a great new addition this is, not only to this golf course, but to our professional golf management program.”

The PGM program, housed in the College of Business, is the second oldest sanctioned by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. Students completing the four-and-a-half-year curriculum receive a bachelor’s degree in marketing and 16 months of practical work experience.

Michael Berk, architecture school director, said MSU is the only institution of higher learning in the country to require all second-year architecture and building construction science students to complete a full year of collaborative studio.

“There’s no other school in the nation to require two full semesters of working together,” agreed Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. “Our students have the opportunity to do truly collaborative work, and we’re always interested in having these types of projects for the community and our students and faculty.”

Though building construction science and architecture students have completed their portion of the project, MSU Department of Landscape Architecture students will continue by improving the landscaping around the buildings, said Craig Capano, director of the building construction science program.

“This is only the first of many projects that I hope we can all do together,” he said. “We’ve already started discussions about next fall, and the faculty have some great ideas. And that’s what Mississippi State is all about–it’s about learning; it’s about changing; it’s about improving.”

Sharon Oswald, College of Business dean, emphasized the on-course shelters also benefit PGM students.

“I want to thank the faculty, and particularly the students, on behalf of the PGM program and the MSU Golf Course,” Oswald said. “We love collaborative projects, and anything we can ever do to help, we will.”

The 6,390-yard, par-72 course, located three miles east of campus at 1520 Old Highway 82, opened to the public in 1986. Along with the two on-course shelters, cart path and driving range, the course features a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse with men’s and women’s locker rooms, a snack bar, and a fully stocked golf shop and classroom.

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