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November 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on Models to showcase trash transformations at NOMAS Trashion Show
Trash will be transformed into fashion at Mississippi State University’s seventh annual NOMAS Trashion Show.
MSU Fashion Board models will stroll the runway Wednesday [Nov. 4] at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall. Free and open to the public, the show is anticipated to fill quickly, so early arrival is advised.
The models will be sporting fashionable outfits made of materials varying from soda cans, water bottle labels, dryer sheets and straws, to newspapers, bottle caps, and other recycled goods, said Elizabeth Bueche, treasurer of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students. The masterminds behind the designs are architecture and fashion design and merchandising students.
“Each year we challenge ourselves by pushing for new ideas,” said Bueche, a third year architecture student from Maryville, Tennessee.
“Designers and members have been working diligently for this year’s Trashion Show, and we can’t wait for everyone to come out and see the designs,” she added.
In addition to the show, Junk to Funk also will return, but with a twist. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., just before the Trashion show, guests can receive a makeover by a Fashion Board member, a custom made-to-order “Trashion” accessory and two professional photographs for $20. The whole process is anticipated to take less than 10 minutes.
Both the Trashion show and Junk to Funk are sponsored by MSU’s School of Architecture, School of Human Sciences, Fashion Board and the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS).
On Instagram, follow NOMAS @msunomas and Fashion Board @msufashionboard. When posting or searching photos from the show, use #msutrashion2k15.
October 27th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces fall 2015 jury schedule
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)
- 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.
August 25th, 2015 Comments Off on Julio Bermudez to present first fall 2015 Harrison Lecture
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.
June 11th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture to co-host 2015 International BTES Conference
The conference theme is “Intersections and Adjacencies” and will be held June 24-27.
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.”
May 20th, 2015 Comments Off on Alumni, ICAA to host event in Natchez
April 9th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces final 2015 jury schedule
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
February 24th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture, ICAA to host classical architecture workshop
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.
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
(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
(Remember, the event is FREE, but you must register. Please bring a sketch pad to this session. Minimum size: 8.5 x 11″).
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.
• 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-325-3344.
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).