Julio Bermudez to present first fall 2015 Harrison Lecture

August 25th, 2015 Comments Off on Julio Bermudez to present first fall 2015 Harrison Lecture

julio_web2The first lecture for the fall 2015 Harrison Lecture Series will be presented by architect Julio Bermudez on Fri., Aug. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

The annual lecture series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Robert V. M. Harrison, Ph.D., FAIA, FCSI.

Julio Bermudez joined the Catholic University of America (CUA) School of Architecture and Planning in fall 2010 to direct the cultural studies and sacred space graduate concentration program. He holds a master’s in architecture and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota. He has been teaching architectural design, theory and representation for nearly 30 years.

Bermudez’s teaching and research are focused in architectural phenomenology; the development of voluntary architectural simplicity (VAS); and the relationship between architecture, culture and spirituality. He has lectured, led symposia and published articles in these areas nationally and internationally. Current projects include a fMRI study of architecturally induced contemplative states, the analysis of a massive survey on profound phenomenologies of place and work on a manuscript on the architectural extraordinary. His edited volume “Transcending Architecture. Contemporary Views on Sacred Space” was published by CUA Press in January 2015, whereas his second, co-edited, book “Architecture, Culture and Spirituality” (Ashgate) is scheduled for release in October 2015.

Prior to this work, Bermudez’s efforts unfolded around two areas: (1) the pedagogic investigation of design process and digital media, and (2) the application of architectural concepts and methods to the interdisciplinary design of data environments. The result of this work included the analog-digital design method and theory (influencing many teachers and researchers worldwide), a successful information visualization research across multiple domains (attracting nearly $5M in funding), three patents, and a very extensive number of lectures, workshops, and publications both in the U.S. and abroad.

Bermudez has received several national and international recognitions including the 1998 AIA Education Honors Award, the 2004-05 ACSA Creative Achievement Award, the 2005 Arturo Montagu Creative Career Prize bestowed by SiGraDi (Latin American organization), the 2006 ACADIA Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2010 Sasada Award for his sustained and significant international record of scholarship and service (conferred by CAADRIA, Asia). Bermudez co-founded the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality in 2007 and has continued to be one of its leaders since then.

Harrison Lecture Series Schedules

MSU School of Architecture to co-host 2015 International BTES Conference

June 11th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture to co-host 2015 International BTES Conference

This summer, the Mississippi State University School of Architecture will be co-hosting the 2015 International Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES) Conference with the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The conference theme is “Intersections and Adjacencies” and will be held June 24-27.

MSU School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jacob Gines is a co-chair for the conference along with Assistant Professor Erin Carraher and Professor Jose Galarza from the University of Utah.

MSU School of Architecture Associate Professor Hans C. Herrmann and Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn are also serving on the conference organizing committee.

Multiple MSU architecture faculty will make presentations, and two MSU architecture students, Ria Bennett and Cody Smith, will be receiving international BTES awards for their research paper, “The Leaky American Dream: A Study of Air Infiltration Rates of Residential Construction Over Forty Years.”

Alumni, ICAA to host event in Natchez

May 20th, 2015 Comments Off on Alumni, ICAA to host event in Natchez


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.

School of Architecture, ICAA to host classical architecture workshop

February 24th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture, ICAA to host classical architecture workshop

Poster Design: Jeanz Holt | ICAA

Poster Design: Jeanz Holt | ICAA

The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) in conjunction with the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University is pleased to announce the Dan and Gemma Camp Workshop in Classical Architectural Design. The program is made possible by an endowed gift from founder and developer of Starkville’s Cotton District development Dan and Gemma Camp as well as generous gifts from Briar and Michelle Jones and Duncan-Williams Inc. Investment Bankers.

Participation in this FREE workshop will provide 6 CEUs:
• Friday afternoon: 2 regular LUs and 2 HSW LUs (Register here)
• Saturday: 2 LUs (Register here)

Open to friends of the School of Architecture, builders, practicing architects and MSU students, this workshop will provide an introduction to the practice of classical architectural design.

A series of presentations beginning early in the afternoon of Friday, March 20 and continuing through March 21 (see schedule below), will be held in Starkville, MS, at the School of Architecture and will introduce the language and principles of classical architectural design and traditional urbanism and its practice today. The day will conclude with a guided tour of Starkville’s historic Cotton District and a dinner reception at MSU’s Hunter Henry Center.

On Saturday, participants will have an opportunity to explore in greater depth the language of classical design through drawing and examine examples of classical design on the campus of Mississippi State.

The program will be presented by practitioners and educators active in the field of classical design.


Events will be held in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall – 899 Collegeview Street, Mississippi State, MS 39762 – unless otherwise noted.

FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (2 regular LUs and 2 HSW LUs)
1:00 – 1:15 pm           Welcome and Introduction – Michael Berk + ICAA
1:15 – 2:00                  A Classical Primer – ICAA
2:00 – 2:45                 Elements of Classical Architecture – ICAA
3:00 – 3:45                 The Practice and Craft of Classical Architectural Design – ICAA
3:45 – 4:30                 Making Places: Buildings and Public Spaces– ICAA
4:30 – 6:30                 Tour of the Cotton District – Michael Fazio, Dan Camp, ICAA Members
6:30  – until                Dinner and Reception at the Hunter Henry Center, MSU Campus

Click here to register for Friday. 

(Remember, the event is FREE, but you must register. Please bring a sketch pad to this session. Minimum size: 8.5 x 11″).

SATURDAY, March 21, 2015 (2 LUs)
10 am – noon                Introduction to Classical Elements
Field Study and Drawing – Classical Architecture on the MSU campus

Click here to register for Saturday. 

(Remember, the event is FREE, but you must register. Please bring a sketch pad to this session. Minimum size: 8.5 x 11″).

Download the poster.


CAAD to host panel discussion in conjunction with spring MSU Career Days

January 27th, 2015 Comments Off on CAAD to host panel discussion in conjunction with spring MSU Career Days

The College of Architecture, Art, and Design will host a special career presentation panel discussion for students in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium (Giles Hall) following the MSU Career Fair on Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m.

Panelists include:
• Ann Somers, AIA, Principal, CDFL Architects + Engineers, P.A.

• Mary Beth McDavid, Creative Director, DPM Fragrance

• Adam Moore, Montgomery Martin Contractors, LLC

• Ashley Hughes, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C, Certified Interior Designer MS & FL, Pryor & Morrow Architects & Engineers

A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. for students and professionals in Giles Hall.

The Spring MSU Career Days will be held Feb. 3 (business and non-technical organizations) and Feb. 4 (engineering and technical organizations) from noon – 4 p.m. in the Humphrey Coliseum on MSU’s Starkville campus.

If you have any questions about MSU Career Days, please contact our representative with the Career Center, Ryan Colvin, rcolvin@career.msstate.edu or 662-325-3344.

TSD to host Jure Kotnik’s ‘Container Architecture Exhibition’

January 27th, 2015 Comments Off on TSD to host Jure Kotnik’s ‘Container Architecture Exhibition’


The School of Architecture’s Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD) will host Jure Kotnik’s “Container Architecture Exhibition” from Jan. 28 through Feb. 25.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Feb. 2 at 5:15 p.m.

Jure Kotnik’s widely acclaimed exhibit that explores the rising trend of shipping container architecture. The exhibit showcases the most high profile container projects from around the globe.

The exhibition features the work of Adam Kalkin (USA), AFF Architekten (Germany), DeMaria Design Associates (USA), HVDN Architecten (Netherlands), Hybrid (USA), Knock.Se (Sweden), Lot-Ek (USA), Luc Deleu (Belgium), MMW Architects (Norway), Nicholas Lacey & Partners (UK), Phooey Architects (Australia), Pierre Morency Architecten (Canada), Platoon + Graft (Germany), Shigeru Ban Architects (Japan), Spillmann-Echsle (Swiss), Spillmann-Felser (Swiss), Will Alsop Design Ltd. (UK) and Jure Kotnik (Slovenia).

Download the poster.

Gregory to present at CASLE Mini-Grants Workshop

January 20th, 2015 Comments Off on Gregory to present at CASLE Mini-Grants Workshop

Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory, AIA, will present at the CASLE Mini-Grants Workshop on Thurs., Feb. 5, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in 1405 Presentation Room at the Mitchell Memorial Library.

The workshop will provide an overview of the service-learning mini-grant program offered by the Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence (CASLE) including the mini-grant application process and examples of funded service-learning projects.

Gregory received a service-learning grant in the past and will share about her project.

Service-Learning Advisory Committee members will also discuss the best ways to write proposals that will be funded.

For more information, visit servicelearning.msstate.edu

School of Architecture, Building Construction Science to host ‘Integrated Project Delivery Theater’

November 5th, 2014 Comments Off on School of Architecture, Building Construction Science to host ‘Integrated Project Delivery Theater’

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(Via the ACSA website)

Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture and Building Construction Science Program, in cooperation with the Architecture and Construction Alliance (A+CA) announce the Integrated Project Delivery Theater. This interactive symposium is designed to introduce the exciting but complex world of Integrated Practice.

The two-day symposium features the project team responsible for the commission, design and construction of the New Orleans Bio Innovation Center, a LEED Gold building. Featured presenters include Jose Alvarez, AIA, LEED AP, Project Architect and Principle with the 2014 AIA Firm of the Year Eskew+Dumez+Ripple; Kevin N. Overton, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Manager for Turner Construction Company; and Brian Bozeman, LEED AP, Executive Director ADAMS, (client’s representative) for the New Orleans Bio Innovation Center.

Coupled with this dynamic project team, integrated practice educators Assistant Professor Michele M. Herrmann, Esq.; Assistant Professor Emily M. McGlohn, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; and Associate Professor Hans C. Herrmann, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc., will offer an exceptional educational opportunity. The unique interactive theater-like presentation includes problem-based learning activities and illustrative visual and verbal presentations designed to generate synthetic comprehension of IPD.

The A+CA, through its generous sponsorship, has enabled the MSU faculty to develop this special event. As a critical component to the symposium’s success, the A+CA and MSU School of Architecture and Building Construction Science Program invite students and faculty members from all programs of study engaged in Integrated Project Delivery to attend.

The free symposium will be held in Giles Hall on the MSU campus in charming Starkville, MS.

For more information on the participating practitioners and MSU faculty presenters please visit: http://caad.msstate.edu/wpmu/ipdtheater2015/

Symposium Date: January 29–30, 2015
Location: School of Architecture
Giles Hall, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762
Local Accommodations: Hotel Chester, Downtown Starkville, MS

School of Architecture announces fall 2014 Jury Review schedule

October 31st, 2014 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces fall 2014 Jury Review schedule

Please call the main office at 662-325-2202 to confirm exact times and dates prior to attending.

First-Year Studio:

Mon., Nov. 24 (Giles Hall, Starkville)
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Andrew Tripp
“The first semester of the first year is dedicated to the study of space and its representation in perception and architectural models and drawings.  Each student has completed a three-dimensional project called “Composition-Around-A-Void” in which they used a selection of given architectural members (columns, planes and vaults) to establish an ordered relationship between a “figurative void-space” and a larger “field-space.” This project is a vehicle for teaching the architectural conventions of descriptive drawing (including orthometric, axonometric and perspective projections), but drawing is also engaged as a place of invention and conjecture.”

Second-Year (Collaborative Studio with Building Construction Science):

Mon., Dec. 1 (Giles Hall, Starkville)
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn
“In Collaborative Studio I, the second-year architecture and building construction science studios are working together to design and construct two restroom facilities on MSU’s Golf Course. The final review will be held in Giles Hall in the morning, where students will present their design work for the facilities. A ribbon cutting ceremony and reception will be at held to celebrate the completion of the project in the spring.

Third-Year Studio:

Tues., Nov. 25 (Giles Hall, Starkville)
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Justin Taylor
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.

Fourth-Year Studio:

Tuesday, Dec. 2 (Giles Hall, Starkville)
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory
“Gregory’s fourth-year students are designing a mixed-use building based on functional symbiosis that includes a local micro-brewery, Sweetgum Brewing, and a local baker, DeRego’s Bread. Additional programmatic elements include a community garden and community space. Functional symbiosis is the sharing of building waste to prevent it from being placed into landfills. The waste water from the brewery is used by the community garden, and the spent grain from the brewing process is being used by both the bakery and the community garden. Community symbiosis is being achieved by the sharing of the products from the building with the community, as well as educating the community on the functional symbiosis in the building. Students can add any more programs that they feel are needed to enhance this community symbiosis. The project site is at the corner of Jackson Street and Lampkin Street in downtown Starkville. The studio is being funded by Build Ivywild’s James Fennell and Keith Findley, both MSU alumni.”

Assistant Professor Jake Gines’ studio has worked on proposals for the college for a connector building between Howell and Giles that would house the dean’s offices and other college services, bringing all the units of the college into a mini fine arts campus.

Fifth-Year Studio:

Thurs., Dec. 4 – Fri., Dec. 5 (Stuart C. Irby Jr. Studios, 509 East Capitol Street, Jackson; 601.354.6480)
Coordinator: Associate Professor Jassen Callender, Jackson Center director
“Fifth-year students were asked to re-conceive the future patterns of mid-size American cities, and Jackson in particular, in light of environmental and economic challenges. These thoughts have been made manifest at various scales, from master planning 14 blocks of downtown for the year 2100 to designing individual buildings within that plan.

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