School of Architecture announces 2017-2018 Giles Gallery exhibition schedule

August 23rd, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces 2017-2018 Giles Gallery exhibition schedule

‘Sharing Experience’ helps promote diversity, inclusion at MSU

May 5th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Sharing Experience’ helps promote diversity, inclusion at MSU

Marion Sansing of Starkville, an authority on international culinary traditions, prepared all rice, maize and wheat dishes served during the “Shared Experience: Heritage, Home and History” spring workshop at Mississippi State. (Photos by Megan Bean)

Assistant history professor Muey Saeteurn discusses the global history of rice during “Sharing Experience: Heritage, Home and History,” a recent workshop for students at Mississippi State.

Renée Matich serves a rice dish to students during a “Sharing Experience: Heritage, Home and History” workshop recently held at Mississippi State University. She was an organizer of the multi-cultural, interdisciplinary project that included meals featuring rice, maize and wheat dishes.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Organizers of a special spring-semester workshop at Mississippi State are deeming successful the multi-part cultural experience that brought together a diverse group of university students.

“Sharing Experience: Heritage, Home and History” was the title of the research project made possible by an interdisciplinary grant from MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development. Co-principal investigators were School of Architecture assistant professors Emily McGlohn and Andreea Mihalache. Mihalache now teaches at Clemson University.

Other co-principal investigators included two faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ food science, nutrition and health promotion department—Renée Matich, who coordinates the expanded food and nutrition education program, and assistant professor Terezie Mosby, who directs dietetic internships. Also participating was assistant professor Muey Saeteurn of the College of Arts and Sciences’ history department.

To launch examinations of culture and diversity, the nearly two dozen students brought along personal recipes from their respective homes. With them, each began researching the origins and foodways—the cultural, social and economic practices of production and consumption—of their recipes’ various ingredients.

Each of the workshop’s three sessions involved a “focus food”; in this case, rice, maize and wheat. At each session, an informational lecture by a workshop’s organizer was followed by a multi-course meal of cultural dishes featuring the “focus food” of the day.

All meals were organized and prepared by Marion Sansing of Starkville, a recognized authority on international culinary traditions.

Bringing together students from diverse backgrounds to share personal memories, recipes and a meal in the context of their unique cultural backgrounds proved a fun and enriching way to build empathy and promote cultural and global awareness, McGlohn said.

“Sharing a meal is a sensitive, respectful way to understand, learn and start a conversation about our heritage, home and history,” she explained. “We gained a better understanding of each other’s heritage through our culinary traditions, and we also learned about each other’s history and background through stories shared around the table.”

Using the “wheat” session as an example, McGlohn said the main dish was lamb tagine with couscous. For dessert, students enjoyed topfenpalatschinken, a sweet, filled pancake of Austrian heritage that is similar to a French crèpe. Workshop participants also were served mote con huesillo, the national drink of Chile made from a blending of wheat berries and dried peaches in water flavored with cinnamon and lemon rind.

The nationally accredited School of Architecture in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design offers the only curriculum in the state leading to a professional degree in architecture.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Mississippi State University AIA National Convention alumni reception update

April 12th, 2017 Comments Off on Mississippi State University AIA National Convention alumni reception update

Due to a conflict with academic schedules, the Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design will not be hosting an alumni reception at the 2017 AIA National Convention, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., from April 27-29.

The college has enjoyed hosting numerous alumni receptions across the country in recent years, including events this year in Jackson and Dallas, Texas.

We have identified several cities for future receptions and welcome interest from alumni in hosting receptions in their cities.

If you’d like to get involved with coordinating an alumni event in your area, please contact Associate Dean Greg Hall, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, at 662-325-2202 or ghall@caad.msstate.edu.

2017 Final Jury Review Schedule announced

April 3rd, 2017 Comments Off on 2017 Final Jury Review Schedule announced

The School of Architecture has set its final Jury Reviews schedule. All events will take place on the Starkville campus. Most reviews will start in the morning and last to the evening.

Starkville campus Final JURY Schedule [Spring 2017]:                                                         

  • 1st YR:  Friday, 21 April  (Foundational ‘sacred space’ project)
  • 2nd YR: Monday, 24 April  (Natchez Trace Residential project)
  • 3rd YR:  Tuesday, 25 April  (Collaborative Studio w/ building construction science; Starkville Armory renovation)
  • 4th YR:  Wednesday, 26 April  (Birmingham Library project)
  • 5th YR:  Thursday-Friday, 27-28 April  (Downtown Jackson Individual Comprehensive projects)

PLEASE call the main offices to confirm attendance at 662-325-2202.

School of Architecture announces 2017 Recognition Day Speaker

March 28th, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces 2017 Recognition Day Speaker

Belinda Stewart, FAIA, will present the annual Dr. William L. and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture for the School of Architecture’s 2017 Recognition Day.

 

Recognition Day honors Mississippi State University School of Architecture students and faculty and will be held in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium on Fri., May 5 at 1 p.m.

Stewart is principal of Belinda Stewart Architects PA, a rural architectural firm specializing in historic preservation and in new construction in historically significant environments. Stewart, a graduate of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, moved back to her hometown area 27 years ago and established her firm in the small town of Eupora. She firmly believes in the power of our small towns to inspire, that family roots can build an ethic that weaves through a profession, and that architecture can see beauty in our history and hope in our future. Her firm understands that their work is more than architecture but a way to make a positive difference in the life of a person and their community. They are people connected to place. They have helped plan, seek funding and/or implement many successful projects throughout the region, and in so doing have received more than 70 design/preservation awards primarily for new and rehabilitated public facilities. The firm’s portfolio includes courthouses, downtown commercial buildings, municipal buildings, university buildings, museums, visitor centers, train depots and theaters.

This is the final lecture in an annual series made possible through a generous gift by Dr. Robert V. M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI, and his wife, Freda. See past Harrison Lectures.

Annual Beaux Arts Ball set for March 25

March 23rd, 2017 Comments Off on Annual Beaux Arts Ball set for March 25

The annual Beaux Arts Ball, sponsored by the MSU American Institute of Architecture Student group, will be held March 25 at 8 p.m. at the Fellowship Place located across from The Little Dooey on East Lampkin St.

The semi-formal event is open to anyone. Tickets will be for sale Fri., March 24 on the bridge in Giles Hall at 12 p.m. for $15 and will also be for sale the night of the event for $17.

For tickets, please contact Leah Ballard at lsb137@msstate.edu or Kelli Weiland at krw259@msstate.edu.

For more information, contact AIAS President Hannah Hebinck at lsb137@msstate.edu.

MSU School of Architecture to host TIMBR exhibit, student design award reception

December 5th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture to host TIMBR exhibit, student design award reception

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By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s School of Architecture is hosting a Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined (TIMBR) exhibit and student design award reception Wednesday [Dec. 7] on the Starkville campus.

Free to all, the 6-7 p.m. reception will be held in the Architecture Gallery at Giles Hall, home to the university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. Light refreshments will be served.

Undergraduate students from MSU Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob A. “Jake” Gines’ fourth-year architecture wood-based design studio will showcase design proposals for a new mass-timber mid-rise commercial building in Jackson.

Designed for the Mississippi Forestry Association, the proposals incorporate innovative mass-timber technologies, such as Cross-Laminated Timber. For more, visit http://tinyurl.com/MSUArchTIMBRstudio.

Support for the TIMBR studio was provided by internationally recognized nonprofit Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., the Mississippi Forestry Foundation, and Weyerhaeuser, among other industry partners.

For complete details on the TIMBR studio, visit the above-mentioned website or contact Gines at 662-325-0094 or jgines@caad.msstate.edu.

Trash to be transformed into fashion at MSU Trashion Show

November 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Trash to be transformed into fashion at MSU Trashion Show

Mississippi State’s eighth annual NOMAS Trashion Show will be held Nov. 9 at Giles Hall. (Photo by Taylor Howell)

Mississippi State’s eighth annual NOMAS Trashion Show will be held Nov. 9 at Giles Hall. (Photo by Taylor Howell)

By Addison Arledge | Mississippi State University

Trash is “in” at Mississippi State University’s eighth annual Trashion Show.

Free and open to the public, the event takes place Wednesday [Nov. 9] at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall.

The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), in collaboration with MSU fashion design and merchandising students, will work to design custom outfits made of recycled goods and modeled by MSU’s Fashion Board.

The event’s theme, “Diametric Parallels,” encourages designers to discover something common between two seemingly opposite materials.

Past creations have been assembled from bottle caps, straws, soda cans, newspaper, playing cards and more.

“It’s a creative look at design elements with the incorporation of unconventional materials that promote sustainability,” said Diondria Bingham, senior architecture major from Pearl who is serving as NOMAS president.

For questions or further information about the show, contact Bingham at dmb514@msstate.edu

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Reception held for TSD’s ‘International Viewfinds’ exhibit

October 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Reception held for TSD’s ‘International Viewfinds’ exhibit

The reception for the School of Architecture’s “International Viewfinds” exhibit was held by Tau Sigma Delta and took place at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.


(Images by Kelsey Brownlee)

Register now for MSU School of Architecture’s TIMBR Symposium

September 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Register now for MSU School of Architecture’s TIMBR Symposium

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s School of Architecture is hosting a Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined (TIMBR) Symposium Thursday-Friday [Sept. 15-16] on the Starkville campus.

Registration is free and must be completed by Sept. 10 at www.msstate.edu/timbr. American Institute of Architects (AIA) continuing education units will be provided.

Funded in part by a $10,000 Community Partnership Grant from internationally recognized nonprofit Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), the daylong event will bring together architects, engineers, students, educators, researchers, timberland owners and forest product professionals, among others.

MSU Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob A. “Jake” Gines said this first-of-its-kind event will focus on mass-timber innovations and their potential application in the construction industry for Mississippi and the Southern region of the U.S.

Sustainable forest management can provide strategic long-term benefits for the Magnolia State, Gines emphasized.

“Mississippi contains approximately 19.8 million acres of forested land, which accounts for 64 percent of the state’s total area,” he said. “The value of timber harvested in Mississippi has averaged in excess of $1 billion per year over the past 20 years and accounts for over 70,000 jobs in the state.”

Gines said funding also was provided by a $12,000 grant from the Mississippi Forestry Foundation and other industry partners. This fall, the grant is enabling fourth-year undergraduate architecture students’ participation in a wood-based design studio.

Focusing on recent innovations in wood products and construction methods, the studio will culminate with a design competition in which students will craft plans for a mid-rise wood structure that could serve as a showcase for wood building design in Mississippi and an office space for the Mississippi Forestry Association. For more, visit http://tinyurl.com/MSUArchTIMBRstudio.

For complete details on the TIMBR Symposium, visit the above-mentioned websites or contact Gines at 662-325-0094 or jgines@caad.msstate.edu.

The School of Architecture is part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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