Beaux Arts Ball set for Saturday

April 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Beaux Arts Ball set for Saturday

A past Beaux Arts Ball was held at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum (photo by Megan Bean / Mississippi State University)

A past Beaux Arts Ball was held at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum (photo by Megan Bean / Mississippi State University)

The School of Architecture and the American Institute For Architecture Students will host their annual fundraiser, Beaux Arts Ball, tomorrow night [Saturday, April 9] at 7 p.m.

The event will be held upstairs at Restaurant Tyler, and the theme is “monochrome.” Dress up in different shades of your favorite color, or even coordinate colors with a date!

There will be food, music, a cash bar and lots of dancing!

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door.

For more information, follow bab_msstate on instagram, or contact Hannah Hebinck at hh676@msstate.edu.

School of Architecture, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art hold lecture in classical design

April 1st, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art hold lecture in classical design

The School of Architecture at Mississippi State University and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) hosted the Dan and Gemma Camp Lecture in Classical Architectural Design on April 1 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

F.L. Crane Professor and Director of the School of Architecture Michael Berk welcomed guests – including students, alumni, S|ARC Advisory Board members, as well as the lecture sponsors – Dan and Gemma Camp.

Tracy Ward, a 1987 graduate of the School of Architecture, introduced the lecture. A registered architect and architectural historian as well as chairman of the Mississippi Committee of the ICAA, Ward discussed the national nonprofit group that focuses on promoting the classical arts.

Emeritus Professor of Architecture Michael W. Fazio, Ph.D., then presented the main lecture on “The Works of Benjamin Latrobe.”

Fazio is an architect and architectural historian. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University, a Master of Architecture degree from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in the history of architecture and urban development from Cornell University. He practices architecture in the southeast region, most often as a preservation and restoration consultant preparing historic structure reports. He is also an actively publishing scholar whose articles have appeared in the Society of Architectural Historians Journal, Arris (the journal of the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians), and the Journal of Architectural Education. An accomplished author, his books include Buildings Across Time: An Introduction to World Architecture, The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and Landscape of Transformations: Architecture and Birmingham, Alabama. Fazio was a professor at Mississippi State University from 1974 until 2005.

The Dan and Gemma Camp Lecture in Classical Architectural Design is sponsored by Dan and Gemma Camp (founder and developer of the Cotton District in Starkville) along with a generous gift by Briar (S|ARC Class of 1994) and Michelle Jones.

The lecture is also a part of the 2015-2016 Harrison Lecture Series lineup.

Upcoming lectures include:

  • April 8, 4 p.m.
    James Cathcart
    Author, Pamphlet Architecture 25: Gravity Project
    Project Director, Ralph Appelbaum Associates
  • April 15, 4 p.m.
    Gregory Walker and Benjamin Wiemeyer
    Principals, Wow Atelier
  • May 6, 1 p.m., S|ARC Recognition Day
    (Dr. William and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture)
    Malcolm White
    Author, Little Stories
    Owner, Hal & Mal’s Restaurant

The Harrison Lecture Series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.

CAAD to hold 2016 alumni reunion in Philadelphia

March 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD to hold 2016 alumni reunion in Philadelphia

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The 2015 CAAD Alumni Reunion was held in Atlanta, Ga.

The Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art, and Design will host an alumni reunion and reception on Thurs., May 19, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and coinciding with the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention, this informal gathering will be a time for CAAD alumni, friends and family to reconnect, visit and network as well as get updates on what is currently happening within the college. CAAD alumni and friends don’t have to register for the AIA convention to attend this free event.

Other university receptions will be held at the same time in this location, so we expect to be able to network with many additional visitors from the AIA and other professional organizations. See photos from last year’s reunion in Atlanta.

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Who: CAAD Alumni, friends and family; peers in the industry

What: A time to catch up with classmates, reconnect, and network with friends.

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016, 5:30-8 p.m.

Where: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Grand Ballroom, Salon K
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 625-6016

RSVP: http://bit.ly/CAAD_Philadelphia16

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Contact Christie McNeal at 662-325-9839 or cmcneal@caad.msstate.edu with questions.

Architecture alumna Janet Marie Smith to speak at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

March 21st, 2016 Comments Off on Architecture alumna Janet Marie Smith to speak at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

Janet Marie Smith, alumna and internationally recognized architect, presented Mississippi State University's keynote address at the spring 2013 commencement exercises. (Photo by: Megan Bean)

Janet Marie Smith, alumna and internationally recognized architect, presented Mississippi State University’s keynote address at the spring 2013 commencement exercises. (Photo by: Megan Bean)

Janet Marie Smith, internationally recognized baseball stadium architect and MSU School of Architecture alumna, will speak at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson on Thurs., April 21, at noon.

Smith’s address is Part II of the Hometown Speaker Series, which is being held in conjunction with the Hall of Fame’s presentation of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.”

Smith completed her architecture degree at MSU in 1981 and her master’s in urban planning from City College of New York. She has designed stadiums for the Atlanta Braves, the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. She currently works for the Dodgers as senior vice president of planning and development.

Click here to download the full release and schedule of events.

CAAD to host career panel in conjunction with MSU Career Days

January 22nd, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD to host career panel in conjunction with MSU Career Days

MSU Career Panel 2016

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Models to showcase trash transformations at NOMAS Trashion Show

November 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on Models to showcase trash transformations at NOMAS Trashion Show

MSU Fashion Board models will stroll the runway Wednesday [Nov. 4] at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall. 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. (via msstate.edu)

MSU Fashion Board models will stroll the runway Wednesday [Nov. 4] at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall. 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. (via msstate.edu)

By Georgia Clarke | Mississippi State University

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.

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

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    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.

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

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