Katrina documentary features Gulf Coast Community Design Studio director

August 24th, 2015 Comments Off on Katrina documentary features Gulf Coast Community Design Studio director

The director of Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio is part of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s new documentary about Hurricane Katrina, its impact on the region and the 10-year recovery process.

MPB interviewed David Perkes about the center’s work for its special, “Rising Above the Surge: The Post Katrina Coast.”

The documentary will air on Wednesday [Aug. 26] at 7 p.m., and again on Saturday [Aug. 29] at 7 p.m., as part of MPB’s special coverage of Hurricane Katrina 10 years after it made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio is embedded in Biloxi, and provides planning and architectural design assistance to communities and nonprofit organizations following Hurricane Katrina. Since Katrina struck in August 2005, the design studio work has led to over 150 new houses and redevelopment plans for neighborhoods along the Gulf Coast.

For more information, please visit www.gccds.org or contact Perkes at 228-436-4661 or dperkes@gccds.msstate.edu.

Gulf Coast Community Design Studio director featured in Sun Herald

August 21st, 2015 Comments Off on Gulf Coast Community Design Studio director featured in Sun Herald

A better blueprint: Jackson architect’s post-Katrina studio helped homeowners rebuild

Architect’s post-Katrina studio helped homeowners rebuild

Gulf Coast Community Design Center (GCCDS) - Biloxi Katrina recovery architecture and landscape architecture - for Foundation Annual Report

David Perkes

When Hurricane Katrina in 2005 left thousands without homes, an architect from Jackson saw an opportunity to help residents rebuild homes they could be proud of.

David Perkes realized the need for architectural expertise in the aftermath of Katrina while he was working in Jackson at a Mississippi State University architectural outreach program.

“It was pretty obvious work was desperately needed on the Coast,” he said. “I was commuting from Jackson to Biloxi immediately to offer as much assistance as I could.”

After a few months, Perkes found an office in Biloxi and formally opened the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio.

“All we could do at the beginning was give homeowners a professional opinion,” he said. “We presented them with options so they wouldn’t feel hopeless.”

Perkes said he didn’t want to build houses just to get them up.

“I didn’t want to look back in 10 years and say we could have done better,” he said. “I was terrified of the houses being labeled as just another temporary Katrina house.”

Perkes quickly realized the best way to get homeowners to enjoy their houses was to get them involved in the design process.

“Most agencies present people with two or three floor plans,” he said. “We opened it up to endless possibilities.”

Homeowners were encouraged to build what they truly wanted and to use the opportunity to remedy any issues they had with their old homes.

“Wider bathrooms, handicap-accessible utilities, larger bedrooms, it was completely up to the person who would be living in it,” he said. “People fell in love with the finished product.”

To date, GCCDS has built 230 new homes and rehabilitated 100 others for residents all along the Coast.

“It’s encouraging to see,” he said. “Being so close to the recovery of this community is why we’re still here.”

Perkes and his studio have shifted their main focus from housing to landscape development.

“We’re a direct reflection of the community,” he said. “Everyone is moving from housing concerns to the environment.”

The studio, on Howard Avenue, has brought in specialists to help plan for better wetland habitats and irrigation systems.

“I guess if you really sum us up we just want what’s best for the people of the Gulf Coast,” he said.

“Fulfilling their interests and needs is what keeps us going.”

Carl Small Town Center featured in HUD’s EDGE magazine

August 12th, 2015 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center featured in HUD’s EDGE magazine

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First-Time Homeownership with the Baptist Town Cottages

In the historic African American community of Baptist Town in Greenwood, Mississippi, 10 families recently realized the dream of homeownership with Baptist Town Cottages. The preassembled cottages were among the several thousand houses built for families in Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Working with numerous local partners, the Greenwood/Leflore Fuller Center for Housing acquired the Baptist Town Cottages and sold them to families in 2014. The cottages are part of the Baptist Town neighborhood revitalization project, which includes new parks, streetscape improvements, job training, and a community center.

A Proud History, but Lingering Problems

Baptist Town has a rich history stretching back to the post-Civil War era. Residents maintain that their community was one of the first in the Mississippi Delta where freed slaves could own property. Seventy years later, famous blues singers Robert Johnson and David “Honeyboy” Edwards were drawn to the community, based on its reputation as a haven for aspiring musicians who wanted to escape working in the fields. During the 1960s, civil rights groups used Greenwood as a base of operations to reach African Americans in the Mississippi Delta between Memphis and Jackson.

Despite the efforts of civil rights leaders, the city of Greenwood continues to be highly segregated and experiences many of the ills associated with segregation. Fifty percent of the estimated 10,000 African American residents of Greenwood live below the federal poverty level. Cut off from the city’s downtown by railroad tracks and a bayou, the Baptist Town neighborhood needs new investment, particularly quality, affordable housing. Many of Baptist Town’s houses were built for sharecroppers and are now largely dilapidated. A Harvard University survey of 165 homes in Baptist Town found that 136 were substandard.

According to Emily Roush-Elliott, an architectural fellow at Enterprise Community Partners which manages the cottage project, the built environment often reinforces social and economic inequity instead of helping residents. One of the goals of the Baptist Town Cottages is to reverse some of that inequity by providing desperately needed affordable housing and helping residents build financial equity through homeownership.

Baptist Town Cottages

Photograph of eight women in work clothes standing beside newly planted shrubs.
Women from the Ladies in Landscaping program learned new skills by creating a stormwater management garden. Credit: Emily Roush-Elliott

In 2014, the Greenwood/Leflore Fuller Center for Housing installed the first 11 of 26 cottages that the state had donated to Greenwood several years earlier. The Fuller Center selected families, all of whom were first-time homebuyers, based on need and ability to pay. Other partners on the project included the Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation (GLCEDF), Mississippi State University’s Carl Small Town Center, and Enterprise Community Partners. The Carl Small Town Center was an early proponent of Baptist Town’s rejuvenation, having created a master plan for the community in 2001. That planning effort led to Greenwood hosting a participant in the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship program, which places architects within development organizations to add value to projects through design.

The homebuyers were required to volunteer for service in the community or provide sweat equity to complete the cottages. Roush-Elliott and the Fuller Center worked with the future occupants to customize certain features of their homes, such as some architectural details, the color scheme, and the location of their cottage on the development site. The homes and their foundations are designed to withstand hurricane-force winds and have thick walls built with 2x6s instead of 2x4s. The cottages’ tight building envelope reduces heat transfer to help maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. As residents finish their first year in their new homes, the energy performance of the buildings will be compared with that of a typical affordable home in Greenwood.

The installation and finishing of the cottages were seen as a “joint investment in both the built environment and human capacity,” says Roush-Elliott, and were used to enhance the job readiness of some Baptist Town residents. Local residents received on-the-job training in carpentry and other building trades as they helped complete the cottages. For work that required technical specialties, the project hired local and minority contractors. Also, Ladies in the Landscaping, a program that helped train eight minority women in landscaping, completed an eco-friendly stormwater management garden.

Achieving Affordability

The homes are affordable to households earning less than 30, 50, 60, or 70 percent of the area median income. The homeowners financed their cottages using no-interest, 15-year mortgages, with average monthly payments ranging from $132 to $159. Through grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, the homeowners received $4,000 in downpayment assistance. Enterprise Community Partners’ Gulf Coast office sponsored homebuying workshops for families that included information on maintaining a home and credit counseling.

The total cost of the project was approximately $600,000, including the $232,477 estimated value of the cottages donated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. The Fuller Center invested more than $350,000 in the project, which included a $45,000 loan from GLCEDF and grants and donations from local foundations, businesses, and individuals.

The Work Still to be Done

The Baptist Town Cottages are part of the larger Baptist Town Neighborhood Investment (BTNI) project, a collaboration involving GLCEDF, the Fuller Center, and other local organizations. Partners in BTNI, with significant funding from the Walton Family Foundation, have invested in public spaces, improved the walkability and visibility of streetscapes, and built a park designed by local youth. These smaller projects helped build community trust and overcome residents’ concerns about redevelopment promoted by nonresidents, says Roush-Elliott. After those projects were completed, residents became very supportive, she says, and actively helped complete the cottages. Residents now manage Baptist Town Community Development, a nonprofit that oversees the Baptist Town Community Center (which offers educational programs and health and fitness training), the community garden, and Baptist Town Day, an event held annually in October. Resident engagement is crucial to the long-term success of the remaining redevelopment projects — most importantly, installing the 15 remaining cottages.

Read more about the Baptist Town project.

MSU student architecture exhibit featured in Jackson

August 11th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU student architecture exhibit featured in Jackson


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Via msstate.edu

A photography exhibit by four Mississippi State students highlighting the state’s distinctive modern architecture is being featured through Nov. 15 at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.

Displayed in the historic downtown building’s main hall, the images captured by current and just-graduated university architecture majors pay homage to a wealth of modern structures, some of which are in disrepair and danger of being demolished.

“The diversity of projects and range of work is the most fascinating part of the exhibit,” said May School of Architecture graduate David Lewis of Jackson. “From schools to homes, from Durant to Jackson, the exhibit expresses the breadth of the modern footprint in Mississippi.”

Along with Lewis, the exhibit represents the efforts of seniors Mary K. Sanders of Indian Springs, Ala., and Casey A. Walker of Brandon, along with Landon G. Kennedy of Clinton, a May cume laude School of Architecture graduate.

All are current or former members of the campus chapter of Tau Sigma Delta national honor society.

Assistant professor Jacob Gines provided guidance and also photographed one of the buildings for the project that debuted last year at MSU’s Giles Hall, home of the school and College of Architecture, Art and Design.

The exhibit then traveled to Greenwood before being on special display in Ocean Springs at the Sullivan-Wright/Charnley-Norwood home. The latter location represented a collaboration with the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s “Mississippi MAD MOD” website and celebration.

The trust and Mississippi Department of Archives and History are assisting with the exhibit.

“It was a privilege for our office to be able to provide seed funding for this entrepreneurial effort two years ago,” said Michael A. Berk, the school’s director and F. L. Crane Professor.

Observing that the exhibit “has truly taken on a life of its own,” Berk expressed hope that it “will continue to make the rounds in our state with future aspirations of a national exhibition down the road.”

Gines said both Lewis and Kennedy were instrumental in getting the exhibit into the Old Capitol Museum.

“With the exhibit being in my hometown of Jackson, it is very surreal to see my work up and having my friends and family go see the exhibit,” said Lewis. “It’s great to continue the conversation and education with folks from home.”

“The greatest satisfaction came by opening the eyes of other Mississippians about the importance of this modern movement within their own state,” added Kennedy. “Some people knew where some of these buildings were, but a lot did not, which was neat because it would often solicit a response of ‘oh I didn’t know that was in Mississippi.'”

To view the exhibit, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Capitol -Museum/124269894286616.

Question and Answer with graduates David Lewis and Landon Kennedy

What is your favorite part of the exhibit?
LK: My favorite part of the exhibit was getting to collaborate with, not only the school and the resources that the faculty brings, but also the ability to see a project emerge from something in the Giles gallery to traveling around the state. It’s a big deal to see projects, and in this case an exhibit, be appreciated outside of Giles.  It really encourages current and future students in the School of Architecture to use the knowledge already gained in classes and apply them to work that can be appreciated outside of school.

What was a challenge you faced in putting together the exhibit?
DL:The layout of the exhibit. Landon and I spent a lot of time evaluating and redesigning the layout of the photos. It was something that was modular in design, in order to adjust to each space it would be housed in. In a way, the layout reflects principles of modern architecture design.
LK: A challenge faced in putting the exhibit together was a sacrifice of time.  Obviously, we did this project in our spare time (which is quite difficult to come by as an architecture major).  But it was enjoyable spending the extra hours in studio assembling the pieces or printing images because we knew the work would be realized, whether in the Charley Norwood House or in the Old Capitol Museum.

How MSU/the School of Architecture prepared you to curate this exhibit?
DL: MSU School of Architecture has helped us tremendously with this exhibit. First, they encouraged and enabled us to put together the exhibit. Then, they have continued to provide resources to make this exhibit continue to this day.
LK: The School of Architecture has prepared us to curate the exhibit by giving us the resources to find the information we needed and place the exhibit where it should go. The school also has taught me to put forth thought and time into a project to develop it into something that surprises you in the end.  This exhibit has done just that.

Read the story in the Clarion Ledger about the event.

See the story in the Starkville Daily News.

Architecture students get inspired at national AIAS leadership conference

August 7th, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture students get inspired at national AIAS leadership conference


MSU Freedom by Design Director Rashida Momoh (center, green dress) and MSU AIAS 2015-2016 President (to her right) at Grassroots 2015

(left to right) Ben Webster, Rashida Momoh, Elizabeth Beuche and Emily Turner

(left to right) Ben Webster, Rashida Momoh, Elizabeth Beutche and Emily Turner

Four Mississippi State architecture students, along with CAAD Associate Dean Greg G. Hall, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, recently attended the 2015 national American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., from July 23-26.

Emily Turner, who was elected to serve as this year’s president of Mississippi State’s chapter of AIAS, approached the associate dean last semester about attending the annual convention, which works to develop future leaders in architecture by bringing together AIAS chapter leaders, AIAS Freedom By Design program leaders and emerging professionals.

“Freedom by Design was part of my campaign when I ran for president,” said Turner, who explained Freedom by Design to be an AIAS service project that uses student talent to help out the community. “Mississippi State AIAS has participated in the past, but it has been several years since we’ve had a project. And you have to attend Grassroots to host a Freedom by Design Project,” she added.

Turner said the associate dean, who serves as the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Liaison to the AIAS Board, was excited about both the prospect of starting back Freedom by Design at MSU as well as students attending the national convention.

“The national convention is a huge opportunity for students to network and meet national board members,” said Hall, who helped prepare Turner and three other students for convention – Elizabeth Beuche, Rashida Momoh and Ben Webster.

While Turner attended the leadership workshops, Beuche, Momoh and Webster soaked up everything they could at Freedom by Design workshops – learning how to get started and what other schools have done in the past.

“Their projects were so fantastic,” said Momoh, who said other schools had done everything from large projects: community parks and full houses, to small projects: a bridge and a ramp for a house. “We got a lot of ideas and are currently in the process of looking for a client and a project.”

“We were also just really inspired by being with people who had such great ideas about how to improve the community,” said Momoh. “And we not only came home with ideas to help us improve our outside community through Freedom by Design but also the studio culture in Giles.”

The group came up with an idea to create a waste room where architecture students can store materials they are done with that can be re-used by others. If the project is a success, they hope to implement similar rooms across campus.

The students were also able to take advantage of their time in D.C. during the conference.

“It was great to go see the city,” said Momoh. “I think everyone needs to go to a conference like this, so they can get out and see the world and see what’s around you. It’s so important to be able to get out and see good architecture.”

All the students said they are making plans to attend the 2015 AIAS Forum in San Francisco on New Years and are planning to get more AIAS members to attend as well.

“I want everyone to get to experience this,” said Turner. “It was great meeting architecture students from across the country and realizing it’s one big collective experience – that you are not by yourself. And, I really enjoyed getting to know my classmates personally without the stress of school,” she added.

“And just seeing how motivated people were and how much they wanted to help you to become better with what you are already doing and make sure you are on a track of progression,” added Momoh. “The atmosphere was just fantastic!”

Additional MSU Involvement
In addition to attending the national board meeting as (ACSA) Liaison, Hall was awarded an AIAS Legacy Citation; participated in a panel discussion, “Leadership: Working with Components and Administration;” organized a second meeting for AIAS faculty advisors and guests; and attended the AIA Gold Medal Exhibition reception.

2015-2016 MSU AIAS Officers:
President: Emily Turner
Vice President: Zac White
Treasurer: Ben Webster
Secretary: Kelli Weiland
Event Coordinators: Hannah Hebinck and Lucas Posey
Public Relations: Zach Henry
New Member Involvement: Anna Belle Neville

2015-2016 Freedom by Design Board:
Director: Rashidat Momoh
Project Manager: Yerix Morel
Fundraising Manager: Elizabeth Bueche
Public Relations/Historians: Ben Webster and Hannah Hebinck
Construction and Design Mentors: Professors John Poros and Leah Kemp

Heritage Museum project lands EPA award

June 22nd, 2015 Comments Off on Heritage Museum project lands EPA award

Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State

Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State

Via WTVA.com

A rain garden project in Starkville has been awarded a regional award from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mississippi State received the 2015 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Neighborhood/Community Category for the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s rain garden program.

The five-year project was designed and constructed by MSU students, faculty and volunteers.

The project included a rain garden, public use pavilion, cistern and sand filter and education signage to explain the elements of the project.

Over 200 MSU students from various fields of study worked on the garden which now serves as a demonstration site for North Mississippi.

The Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence for using natural or man-made systems to manage stormwater and reduce water impacts.

The work helps reduce the volume of stormwater discharges and removes pollutants present in runoff.

Additional information on Mississippi State University’s stormwater project can be found at: http://oktibbehaheritagemuseum.com/wordpress/.

Read the story at WCBI.com.

Read the story by the Sun Herald.

Read the story on MSU’s website.


The Green Building Technology Demonstration Pavilion project was realized under the guidance School of Architecture assistant professor Hans C. Herrmann, AIA, LEED Green Associate, and assistant professor of landscape architecture W. Cory Gallo, ASLA, with special assistance by extension associate Brian Tempelton, ASLA.

It was featured by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as a 2013 Year of Public Service Project and was awarded an American Society of Landscape Architects, Mississippi Chapter, Merit Award.

The project also received an ASLA Professional and Student Award of Excellence in the category of Student Collaboration. (Click here to see the full article)

Faculty Advisors included Brian Templeton, ASLA; Cory Gallo, ASLA; Wayne Wilkerson; Tim Schauwecker; Hans Hermann, AIA; Justin Taylor; and Suzanne Powney.

Students who worked on the project include: (architecture) Jared Barnett, Amy Bragg, Reed Bradford, Katherine Ernst, Jonathon Greer, Scott Polley, Nick Purvis, Salena Tew and John Thomas; (building construction science) Lake Jackson; and (art) Johnathan Nowell.

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.”

‘Audit Squad’ wins national award

June 8th, 2015 Comments Off on ‘Audit Squad’ wins national award


Three Mississippi State University Students were recently honored with the inaugural Building Technology Educators Society Student Award.

Senior architecture students Cody Smith and Aaron “Ria” Bennett and building construction science major William “Bill” Plott made up an independent study class taught by Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn.

The group, dubbed “The Audit Squad,” worked throughout the year with McGlohn studying the relationship between energy efficiency and the quality of construction.

In the fall, the Audit Squad traveled to Greenwood to test air infiltration rates of the new Katrina cottages in the Baptist Town neighborhood. They also paid a visit to the Auburn University’s Rural Studio to perform tests on some of their projects.

“The best way to understand how a building performs is to actually test it with tools,” said McGlohn, who explained that the lower the air infiltration rate, the better the envelope. “A high air infiltration rate signifies a leaky building.”

After analyzing their results, the squad began working on their own independent research project in which they tested the air infiltration rates of a variety of student rental properties built in Starkville over the last 40 years to see if age has anything to do with the rates.

The results of their findings make up their award-winning paper, “The Leaky American Dream: A Study of Air Infiltration Rates of Residential Construction Over Forty Years.”

Bennett and Smith have also been awarded the School of Architecture’s Jason Labutka Travel Scholarship, which will fund their trip to accept the group award and a $1,000 check at the 2015 BTES Conference in Utah at the end of June.


This summer, the research will continue in Greenwood.

Teaming up with the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Enterprise Rose Fellow, Emily Roush Elliott, McGlohn and new Audit Squad members will test the air infiltration rates of a variety of low-income housing in the Greenwood area to compare the typical rental property with more modern low-incoming housing.

The data will be analyzed next fall to try to quantify the monetary and health burdens that can come from leaky, low-income housing.

The findings and suggestions for improvement will be shared in a brochure for distribution to nonprofit organizations that could benefit from the data.

“The overall main goal,” said McGlohn, “is to create a baseline metric of energy efficiency rates for low-income housing in the Mississippi Delta.”

School of Architecture holds annual 2015 Recognition Day

May 22nd, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds annual 2015 Recognition Day

Class of 2015

(Front row, left to right): Robert Ledet, Landon Kennedy, Trey Symington, Melinda Ingram, KeAirra Williams, Ashlyn Temple, Anna Lyle, Samantha King, J. Brooke Dorman, Sanjay Rajput, Nick Purvis, Will Commarato, Anthony Penny, Will Tonos; (back row, left to right): Katherine Ernst, Kyle Stover, John Taylor Schaffhauser, Michael Davis, David Lewis, Cory May, Rusty McInnis, Emily Lysek, Byron Belle, Nick Dodd, Jared Barnett, Rachel McKinley, Mark Riley, Colton Stephens, McKenzie Moran, Alex Reeves, Larry Travis, Clay Cottingham and John Thomas (photo: Justin Taylor)

Dean West introduces Dr. Peter Ryan.

Dean West introduces Dr. Peter Ryan.

Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 8, 2015 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

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Dr. Peter Ryan

Dr. Peter Ryan, associate provost for Academic Affairs, welcomed everyone to campus.

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F.L. Crane Professor and Director welcomes his former student Anne Marie Decker.

Anne Marie Decker

Anne Marie Decker

Alumna Anne Marie Decker gave the 25th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.

Recognition Day 05082015_10Faculty was recognized before announcing the awards.

2014-2015 School of Architecture Awards:

Recognition Day 05082015_11Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Recipient: Associate Professor Jassen Callender
The architectural firm of Allen & Hoshall of Jackson, Mississippi, has established a $500 annual award to a faculty member “who has demonstrated excellence in teaching.” The award winners are selected by the fifth-year graduating class.        ______________________________________________________

Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD)
Chapter President: Mary Sanders
Faculty Advisors: Hans Herrmann, Associate Professor
Jacob Gines, Assistant Professor
Tau Sigma Delta is the architectural (and allied programs) honor society open to top academic students in design disciplines. Induction does not occur until the student consistently demonstrates high academic standards and is in the third-year.

Recognition Day 05082015_20TSD Initiates:
Ashton Aime, Ria Bennett, Caleb Fearing, Ryan Fiero,
Brad Travino

Recognition Day 05082015_13 Recognition Day 05082015_14TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Richard Cottingham, J. Brooke Dorman, Landon Kennedy,
David Lewis, Rusty McInnis, Alex Reeves,
John Taylor Schaffhauser, Larry Travis

Recognition Day 05082015_15TSD First-Year Design Award
Recipient: Matthew Lewis
The Tau Sigma Delta First-Year Design Award is presented to the first-year design         student who has exhibited excellence in design. This is a book award.

Recognition Day 05082015_16TSD Bronze Award
Recipient: Jared Barnett
The Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal is presented by the third- and fourth-year         student membership of the society to a fifth-year student who, in his/her thesis
project, has expanded the students’ insight and awareness of architecture.

Recognition Day 05082015_17TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient: Erik Herman
The Tau Sigma Delta Faculty Book Award is presented by the third- and             fourth-year student members to the faculty member who has inspired them
to excellence.

Recognition Day 05082015_18TSD Charles Calvo Digital Media Award                    
Recipient: Ryan Mura
In fall 2000, Tau Sigma Delta established this book award in memory of a School         of Architecture faculty member, Charles Calvo, and his contribution to the field         of digital media in architecture. This award goes to a fourth-year student who,         like Charles, has exemplified an incredible knowledge and skill in digital media         and has continually educated other students in this field.  A copy of the book         given to the award winner is also given to the library in memory of Charles.

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President: Aryn Phillips
Faculty Advisors: Emily McGlohn, Assistant Professor
Erik Herman, Visiting Assistant Professor
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) is the student arm of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Students participating seek to enhance the educational experience of its members by fostering diversity within the School of Architecture and the community at-large.

Recognition Day 05082015_22The 2015 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient: Kapish Cheema
Chosen by the NOMAS membership, the NOMAS Diversity Award is given to a
student who has shown outstanding initiative and leadership in promoting             diversity within the School and the larger community.

Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Chapter President: Megan Vansant
Faculty Advisor: Justin Taylor, Assistant Clinical Professor
Alpha Rho Chi is the only national co-ed professional/social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. MSU’s Hippodamus chapter includes members representing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering. Their mission is academic excellence, and the group focuses on leadership, mentoring and professionalism.

Recognition Day 05082015_24Alpha Rho Chi Student Book Award
Recipient: Melinda Ingram
The Alpha Rho Chi student book award is given to a graduating fifth-year
architecture student who is an active member of Alpha Rho Chi who has
furthered the mission of the fraternity through service.
American Institute of Architecture Students
Chapter President (2015-2016): Emily Turner
Faculty Advisor: Alexis Gregory, Assistant Professor
American Institute of Architecture Students is the student counterpart of the American Institute of Architects. The chapter works closely with professional architects in the state through the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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(Anna Barr not pictured)

AIAS Member of the Year Award
Recipient: Anna Barr
The recipient of the AIAS Award is chosen by the AIAS membership. The             qualifications for this award are:  “…that the student goes above and beyond what
has been asked of him/her; has shown initiative and leadership qualities; has been
an AIAS leader within his/her year level; and does well academically.”

Recognition Day 05082015_26Mississippi Chapter AIA Book Award
Presented by: Michael Berk, Director
Recipient: Alex Reeves
This inaugural award is funded by the Mississippi Chapter of the American
Institute of Architects. It recognizes a high-achieving student who holds a
leadership position within the MSU chapter of the American Institute of
Architecture Students.

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(Rayce Belton and Tahir Khan not pictured)

First-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Andrew R. Tripp, Assistant Professor
Recipient: Rayce Belton, Tahir Khan
This award is a book selected by the first-year faculty and is presented to a first-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

Recognition Day 05082015_128Second-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Justin Taylor, Assistant Clinical Professor
Recipient: Lara Lynn Waddell
This award is a book selected by the second-year faculty and is presented to a second-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

Recognition Day 05082015_31Third-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Alexis Gregory, Assistant Professor
Recipients: Ashton Aime, Ria Bennett
This award is a book selected by the third-year faculty and is presented to a third-year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

Fourth-Year Capstone Awards:

Recognition Day 05082015_34Fourth-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Hans Herrmann, Associate Professor
Recipients: Cody Smith, Haley Whiteman
This award is a book selected by the fourth-year faculty and is presented to a fourth-
year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

Haley Whiteman

Haley Whiteman

Hannah Waycaster

Hannah Waycaster

Fourth-Year Jurists’ Award
Recipients: Hannah Waycaster, Haley Whiteman
The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by visiting jurors and critics upon the
student(s) who has achieved the greatest personal growth as a designer, and whose
work has contributed to the overall success of the fourth-year Design Studio.

Recognition Day 05082015_39ARCC King Award
Presented by: John Poros, CSTC Director
Recipient: Anthony Penny
Selection for this award is made by the entire faculty.  Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), this award is presented to one student per ARCC-member school. Selection of the recipient is based upon criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.

Jared Barnett

Jared Barnett

Will Commarato

Will Commarato

Fifth-Year Jurists’ Award
Presented by: Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients: Jared Barnett, Will Commarato
The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by the fifth-year design faculty upon the student(s) who has achieved the greatest personal growth as a designer and whose work has contributed to the overall success of the fifth-year Design Studio.

Recognition Day 05082015_43Academic Achievement Award
Recipient: John Taylor Schaffhauser
The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average.

Recognition Day 05082015_44Creative Windows & Doors/Marvin Windows Traveling Fellowship
($2,500)    Recipient: J. Brooke Dorman
In September 2004, Dave Young and Eddie Rives, owners of Creative Windows & Doors; and David Morris, Marvin Windows representative, established this traveling fellowship for a student completing the fifth-year.

Recognition Day 05082015_45Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by: Dean Jim West
Recipient: David Lewis
The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded to the graduating fifth-year student who has shown an ability for leadership, performed willing service for the school, and gives promise of professional merit through attitude and personality. The medal is offered each year to every NAAB-fully accredited school of architecture. The recipient is chosen by the entire faculty of the school.

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Clay Cottingham

John Taylor Schaffhauser

John Taylor Schaffhauser

AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal
Presented by: Professor Michael Berk
Certificate Recipient: Clay Cottingham
Medal Recipient: John Taylor Schaffhauser
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal are considered to be the most important awards given to graduating students. They are awarded for “general excellence in architecture” throughout the course of study. The medal is awarded to the most qualified student, and the certificate is awarded to the runner-up. Selection is made by the entire faculty.

Other Notable Student Awards, 2014-2015

Second Place, Gensler Diversity Award
Aryn Phillips
Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm, has awarded nearly $200,000 in academic scholarship over the last 15 years. The Gensler Diversity Scholarship is a juried program recognizing emerging talent among African-American college students enrolled in an accredited architecture program. As a second place winner, Aryn will receive $5,000 and has accepted a paid internship this summer with Gensler in Washington, D.C.

Best Undergraduate Paper, Building Technology Educators Society
Ria Bennett, Cody Smith, Bill Plott
The student group, dubbed the “Audit Squad,” received a $1,000 award for their paper, “The Leaky American Dream: A Study of Air Infiltration Rates of Residential Construction Over Forty Years,” which was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn. Ria and Cody have each been awarded the Jason Labutka Travel Scholarship ($1,500 each), which will fund their trip to the 2015 BTES Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, this summer to accept the award.

Alpha Rho Chi National Fraternal Service Award
Melinda Ingram, Sang Nguyen
Melinda and Sang were recognized by the Alpha Rho Chi Grand Council for their efforts developing and supporting national fraternity projects and mentoring other student members at universities across the country. Faculty Advisor: Assistant Clinical Professor Justin Taylor

Mississippi Modern Exhibit at Charnley-Norwood House, Ocean Springs
Mary Sanders, Landon Kennedy, David Lewis
These Tau Sigma Delta students curated this photography exhibition, which was part of the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s MOD educational program.

Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award
for Excellence in Architecture
Patrick Brown
This $500 award was established in 1997 in honor and memory of William Lincoln Giles, a charter member of ARF. It is given each year to a student selected by the School of Architecture on the basis of academic excellence and overall leadership within the school. Funding for the award comes from a contribution by Ms. Hazel Presson, aunt of Ginger Giles Jones, Dr. Giles’ daughter.

First Place, MSU S3 Innovation Challenge
Emily Turner
Emily received a $500 cash prize and prototyping stipend for her project titled, “Emergency Homeless Shelter.” Faculty Advisor: Visiting Assistant Professor Erik Herman

First Place, 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
J. Brooke Dorman
Brooke’s project, titled “Technical Publications Detailing,” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.

First Place (tie), Arts and Humanities Category, 2014 MSU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
J. Brooke Dorman
Brooke’s project, titled “Exposing Gaps in Student Literature for Building Construction Technology,” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.

Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Ryan Fierro
Ryan received $1,900 for his proposal, “Regional Material sand Sustainability.” He conducted his research under faculty mentor Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

Honors Undergraduate Research Program Travel Award
Ryan Fierro
Ryan received $750 in funding to present two accepted posters, “Material Stewardship and Sustainable Practices” and “Mapping the Regional Landscape of Building Materials” at the 6th North American Materials Education Symposium hosted at Ohio State University. Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Jacob Gines

Second Place, Arts and Humanities Category, Spring 2015 MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium
Team: Anna Barr, Patrick Brown, Lucas Posey
“Improving on Outreach Design” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.

Second Place, Service Learning Category, Spring 2015 MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium
Team: Anna Barr, Patrick Brown, Lucas Posey
“Improving on Outreach Design” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.

2015 Office of Research and Economic Development Undergraduate Research Assistant Award
J. Brooke Dorman
Brooke was honored for her work with Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory on her book, Comprehensive Tectonics: Technical Building Assemblies from the Ground to the Sky


2015-2016 Scholarships

Paul Grootkerk Travel Award
($4,000)    Yerix Morel
The Paul Grootkerk Travel Award (funded by Ted T. Porter) is available to full-time students who will have completed their second year of study. Candidates must have a minimum MSU 2.5 GPA, be hard working, and can demonstrate financial need.

Rowan Taylor Endowed Scholarship
($2,500)    Cody Smith
Applicants must be entering the fifth year of architectural study within the school; have maintained a minimum MSU 3.0 GPA; have demonstrated exceptional design work and ability to achieve exceptional design; and have demonstrated financial need.

Acme Brick Company Scholarship
($2,000)    Aryn Phillips
Applicants must be: entering the fifth-year design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum grade point average of 3.0; be of good moral character; and have demonstrated leadership ability and strong overall academic performance.

Duvall Decker Minority Travel Scholarship
($2,000)    Danielle Griffin
Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time student and be a member of an under-represented minority group in the practice of architecture and also meet the following criteria: 1)self motivated learner; 2)high GPA; 3)demonstrate financial need.

Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Annual Scholarship
($2,000)    Devin Carr, Megan Vansant
In May 2007, Taylor Guild III and David Hardy established this scholarship to assist talented students in their fifth-year of study in the architecture program.

Lyndall Gail Wood Memorial Scholarship
($2,000)    Sara Peppers
This scholarship was established by the Wood family to honor Lyndall Gail’s passion as an MSU architecture student. Applicants must be full-time students entering the fourth-year design studio in the School of Architecture, be in excellent academic standing with the university, and be a student with exceptional design ability.

Fred Carl, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
($1,500)    Mary Holland
Applicants must be entering the first-year design studio; residents of Mississippi; have achieved a minimum composite ACT score of 28, and can demonstrate financial need.

Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($1,000)    Edward Holmes
Any full-time MSU students in their third- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Applicants must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.

Creig B. Hoskins Architects Scholarship
($1,000)    Tony D. Coleman, Sierra Gillion
Applicants must be entering the first-year design studio in the School of Architecture; be a resident of one of the following Mississippi counties: Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Coahoma, Grenada, Humphreys, Leflore, Montgomery, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Washington, Yalobusha; and can demonstrate financial need.

Interior Elements Annual Scholarship
($1,000)    Edward Holmes
Applicants must be full-time students entering the fourth-year design studio, be in excellent academic standing, and be a student with exceptional design ability.

Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial Scholarship
($1,000)    Aryn Phillips
Students must be entering their third-year; have a 2.80+ GPA; be of good moral character; have demonstrated leadership; can show financial need; and a resident of: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, or Yazoo Counties.

Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Annual Scholarship
($1,000)    Maria Degtyareva,
Caleb Fearing, Zachary Henry, Yerix Morel, Lara Lynn Waddell
Candidates must be full-time students at Mississippi State University; have completed their second-year of design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.

Boral Bricks, Inc. Loyalty Scholarship
($500)    Danielle Mason
Applicants must be majoring in Building Construction Science or Architecture, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be an entering freshman.

Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500)    Diondria Bingham,
Kapish Cheema, Savannah Ingram, Haley Whiteman
Any full-time MSU students in their second- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Students must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.

Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship
(CAAD software)    Richard Bryant, Shelby Christian,
Jake Gartman, Patrick Greene, Alan Pittman
Applicants must be full-time MSU students entering the second-year design studio in the School of Architecture; and can demonstrate financial need.

Johnson-McAdams Design Discovery Scholarships
($600)    4 Awards, To Be Determined
Applicants must be from Leflore County, or be an under-represented minority group in architecture; and be interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines.

Joseph L. Echols D2 Scholarships (Design Discovery)
($600)    3 Awards, To Be Determined
Candidates must: be a high school student who shows an interest in majoring in architecture by taking college preparatory math and science courses and demonstrating ability; show strong work ethic and satisfactory performance; be a minority student from the Marshall County area; demonstrate financial need.

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2015 Recognition Day Program

Architecture professor receives service-learning grant

May 19th, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture professor receives service-learning grant

Alexis Gregory

Alexis Gregory

Alexis Gregory, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, received a $500 Center for Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence (CASLE) Mini-Grant for 2015-2016.

Gregory will use the grant funds for her fall 2015 fourth-year studio’s Educational Garden project working with the Boys and Girls Club.

Gregory is working with a graphic design student, Lorianna Livingston, who also received the Dawn Brancheau Service-Learning Scholarship and $500 of funding to complete educational graphics and signage for the project.

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