Architecture professor completes new writing excellence course

June 30th, 2014 Comments Off

New Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence graduates include (seated from left) Kim Walters, Stephanie Bennett, Amy Crumpton and Renee Clary, (standing from left) Becky Smith, Robert Damm, Elizabeth Payne, Melanie Loehing, Juyoung Lee, institute facilitator Rich Raymond, Jeff Roberson, Peter Allen and Mehrzad Netadj. Photo by: Megan Bean

New Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence graduates include (seated from left) Kim Walters, Stephanie Bennett, Amy Crumpton and Renee Clary, (standing from left) Becky Smith, Robert Damm, Elizabeth Payne, Melanie Loehing, Juyoung Lee, institute facilitator Rich Raymond, Jeff Roberson, Peter Allen and Mehrzad Netadj. Photo by: Megan Bean

By Leah Barbour | MSU Public Affairs

After becoming students once again at Mississippi State’s recent Maroon Institute for Writing Excellence, the new faculty-member graduates are ready to incorporate what they’ve learned in courses not traditionally associated with writing.

Now in its second year, the annual summer institute trains teachers to modify course syllabi to incorporate more writing-to-learn strategies in class assignments. Known as “Maroon & Write,” the overall initiative is the university’s quality enhancement plan to improve undergraduate learning at all class levels.

The QEP is required to maintain accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

During Thursday [June 26] ceremonies, the 11 participants representing architecture, language arts, mathematics, music and various sciences formally concluded the three-week intensive institute. By free writing and journaling, conversing and debating, they have developed methods to amend syllabi to include writing assignments, many of which qualify as participation grades.

Creating a “culture change” to make MSU a more writing-centric institution is the underlying purpose of Maroon & Write, said Rich Raymond. Head of the English department and the institute’s facilitator, Raymond has for some time applied the writing-to-learn techniques in all his courses.

“We are very excited about the QEP and Maroon & Write,” said Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president, at the graduation celebration. “We’re introducing writing-across-the-curriculum, and I tell students at each orientation, it’s important for their future careers. We’re preparing them for life and to be leaders.

“Our students are going to graduate from Mississippi State better prepared to be better members of the community,” Gilbert added.

The summer 2014 institute graduates and the writing-to-learn courses they’ll be teaching this fall include, by department:

–Agricultural economics assistant extension professor Becky Smith, three Honors Forum sections in the Shackouls Honors College.

–Architecture visiting assistant professor Jeffery Roberson, architectural theory.

–Communication assistant professor Melanie Loehwing, rhetorical theory.

–Curriculum, instruction and special education assistant professor Stephanie Bennett, integrated language arts instruction.

–Geosciences associate professor Renee Clary, principles of paleobiology.

–Human sciences assistant professor Juyoung Lee, sociological and psychological aspects of clothing.

–Interior design associate professor Amy Crumpton, principles, processes and practices for interior design.

–Landscape architecture assistant professor Elizabeth Payne, fundamentals of planning design.

–Mathematics and statistics instructor Kim Walters, problem-solving with real numbers for education majors.

–Music professor Robert Damm, African-American music.

–Sociology instructor Mehrzad Netadj, marriage and family.

–Wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture assistant professor Peter Allen, fish physiology.

This group joins the institute’s inaugural class from 2013, many of whom plan to continue teaching Maroon & Write courses. They include, by department:

–Animal and dairy science assistant professor Jamie Larson, physiology of reproduction.

–Associate professor Matthew Little, American literature survey, and instructor LaToya Bogard, introduction to literature. Both are English department faculty members.

–Forestry professor Stephen Grado, forest resources survey.

–Human sciences instructor Rick Noffsinger, introduction to technical writing in agricultural communication.

–Marketing, quantitative analysis, and business law professor Robert S. Moore, Internet marketing.

–Music professor Michael Brown, history and appreciation of music and honors history and appreciation of music.

Learn more about Maroon & Write at

School of Architecture professors to retire after 26 years of service

June 10th, 2014 Comments Off

Two longtime professors in the School of Architecture will retire this summer after twenty-six years of service.

David C. Lewis, Ph.D., and Rachel McCann, Ph.D., will both retire at the end of June.

Lewis joined the School of Architecture faculty as a visiting assistant professor in 1988. He served as an associate professor from 1994-2007, was interim director of the School of Architecture from 2006-2007 and was promoted to full professor in 2007. He represented the College of Architecture, Art and Design from 2008-2013 as associate dean and most recently was the interim director of the Building Construction Science Program.

Lewis was the recipient of the National Educator Honor Award AIAS for the 1988-1989 academic year. In 2005, he received the College of Architecture, Art and Design Faculty Research Award, and he was also the recipient of the prestigious ACSA Faculty Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the association’s top teaching honor.

McCann joined the School of Architecture in 1988 as assistant professor. She served as an associate professor from 1994-2007, and she was promoted to full professor in 2007.

For the past 10 years, she has been the coordinator of the history/theory curriculum in the school, giving rise to numerous invitations to present workshops, critiques and lectures around North America on the subject. McCann was appointed to the international Board of Directors of the Merleau-Ponty Circle, one of the top philosophical societies in the world. In 2010, she was the recipient of the prestigious Grisham Master Teacher award, Mississippi State University’s top teaching honor. Also in 2010, she was named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities. Currently, McCann has three books in the works with top-tier publishers.

“David and Rachel’s significance started when they became key players in furthering the development of the phenomenological curriculum at MSU, making it one of the earliest curriculums to embrace experiential design-theory in the architectural academy,” said Michael Berk, F.L. Crane Professor and director of the School of Architecture. “Many programs subsequently have been modeled after it. “As senior members of the faculty, their leadership and knowledge will be greatly missed.”

“When a school hires new assistant professors, the ultimate goal is for them to develop, over time, their own thoughts and expertise and then be able to use those to influence, in a most positive way, the pedagogy and direction of the school,” said Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. “This is an elite goal, but in fact both David and Rachel have accomplished this in the School of Architecture. Their individual contributions to the foundational structure of the architecture curriculum are indelible. While their continued input will be missed, the school will continue to benefit from the rich heritage of their design thinking.”

A lunch celebration was held for McCann on June 25. See the photos:

School of Architecture holds annual Recognition Day honoring the Class of 2014

May 19th, 2014 Comments Off

Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 16, 2014 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

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Class of 2014: (Left to Right) First Row: Danielle Glass, Taylor Keefer, Ariel Westmark, Jordan Gill, Salena Tew, Brennan Plunkett, Chelsea Pierce, Chris Rivera; Second Row: Adam Rhoades, Chance Stokes, Mike Varhalla, Mack Braden, Eric Lynn, Blake Clanton, Joe Mangialardi, Kristen Brown, Sam Ball; Third Row: Zach Carnegie, Mike McKinnon, Sam Krusee, Jacob Owens, Michael Ford (almost hidden), Tyler Baumann, London Evans, Jared Brown; Not pictured: Jessica Alexander (summer 2014), Ryan Callahan, Taylor Stewart

Dr. Julia HodgesDr. Julia Hodges, associate vice president for academic affairs, welcomed everyone to campus.

HarrisonsRobert V. M. Harrison and his wife, Freda, were honored for their many contributions to the school, including the Harrison Lecture Series.

James P. CramerJames P. Cramer gave the 24th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.

Faculty and staff were recognized before announcing the 2014 awards:

Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award Hans HerrmannAllen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Recipient: Assistant Professor Hans Herrmann
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: David Lewis
Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professors Hans Herrmann, Jacob Gines
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.

TSD Initiates:
West Pierce, Joseph Rose, Mary Sanders, Cody Smith,
Casey Walker, Hannah Waycaster, Taylor Yates

TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Tyler Baumann, Mack Braden, Kristen Brown, Danielle Glass,
Taylor Keefer, Michael McKinnon, Brennan Plunkett,
Chance Stokes, Michael Varhalla

TSD 1 year design award Ben WebsterTSD First-Year Design Award
Recipient: Ben Webster
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.

TSD Bronze Medal Jordan GillTSD Bronze Medal (Fifth-Year Award)
Recipient: Jordan Gill
The Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal is presented by the third and fourth-year student membership of the society to a graduating fifth-year student who in
his/her thesis project has expanded the students’ insight and awareness of architecture.

TSD Faculty Book Award Alexis GregoryTSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory
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.

TSD Charles Calvo Digital Media Award Recipient: Robert Ledet
In fall 2000, Tau Sigma Delta established this book award in memory of a School of Architecture faculty member, Charles Calvo, and his contribution in 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 Calvo.

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President: Anthony Penny
Faculty Advisors: Professor Rachel McCann
Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn
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.

NOMAS Diversity Award Colton StephensThe 2014 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient: Colton Jackson Stephens
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.

American Institute of Architecture Students
Chapter Vice President: West Pierce
Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is the student counterpart of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The chapter works closely with professional architects in the state through the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

AIAS member of yr Joseph RoseThe AIAS Member of the Year Award
Recipient: Joseph Rose
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.”


First-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Assistant Professor Andrew R. Tripp
Recipient: Diondria Bingham
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’.

Ryan Fierro

Ryan Fierro

Second-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Assistant Professor Justin Taylor
Recipients: Ryan Fierro and Brad Trevino
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’.

West Pierce

West Pierce

Third-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory
Recipients: West Pierce and Scott Polley
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’.

The Brick Industry Association Student Design Competition
Winning team members, $800 each:
Carter Brown, Patrick Brown, Casey Walker (Architecture);
Bryan Marks (Building Construction Science)
Honorable Mention team members:
Ryan Mura, Mary Sanders, Hannah Waycaster (Architecture);
Allie Salas (Building Construction Science)
The Third Annual Brick Industry Association Student Design Competition was held this spring 2014 semester. For the competition, student teams composed of third-year students from the School of Architecture and the Building Construction Science Program were tasked with designing a new fire station for the Lowndes County Volunteer Fire Department in Caledonia. The students worked with faculty and a collection of volunteer firefighters, professional architects, and professional constructors to develop their projects.

4th year book awards Will Commarato and Brooke DormanFourth-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Assistant Professor Hans Herrmann
Recipients: Will Commarato and Brooke Dorman
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’.

Landon Kennedy

Landon Kennedy

John Taylor Schaffhauser

John Taylor Schaffhauser

Mississippi Maritime Museum Capstone Awards (Fourth-Year)* Winners ($500 each): Landon Kennedy and John Taylor Schaffhauser

4th year capstone honorable mention Jonathan GreerHonorable Mention (book award): Jonathan Greer
The Capstone Awards are in recognition of exceptional comprehensive design as demonstrated by a fourth-year student. This year, the students worked on a project to design schematic proposals and scenarios for a proposed “Mississippi Maritime Museum” to honor the legendary history of shipbuilding in Pascagoula and the various maritime interests on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The students and faculty worked closely with the museum’s Board of Directors. It is a real project with potential to influence the future programming and design of the actual museum. Results of the students’ work (this semester) will be used to market the project and become an instrumental component of their fundraising strategy. The site is located on an island in the Pascagoula Riverway. *This year, the studio funding and awards are sponsored by the Mississippi Maritime Museum Board of Directors in Pascagoula, MS.

ARCC King Taylor KeeferARCC King Award
Presented by: Professor John Poros, CSTC Director
Recipient: Taylor Keefer
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.

Brief description Taylor’s work:
“King Cotton: Mapping Mississippi’s Post-Industrial Landscape”
During the summer of 2013, Taylor Keefer was awarded the inaugural Belinda Stewart Fellowship in the school’s Carl Small Town Center, providing her the opportunity to conduct adaptive-reuse and preservation research appertaining to Mississippi’s industrial cotton past. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Jake Gines, Keefer identified over 250 cotton mills, gins, compresses, and other significant cotton-related facilities throughout the state, as well as conducting precedent studies that sought after procedural devices for the developmental best practices of these industrial/historically significant structures.


Chance Stokes

Chance Stokes

Michael McKinnon

Michael McKinnon

Chelsea Pierce

Chelsea Pierce

Fifth-Year Jurists’ Award
Presented by: Professor Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients: Michael McKinnon, Chelsea Pierce, and Chance Stokes
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.

Academic Achievement Award Danielle GlassAcademic Achievement Award
Recipient: Danielle Glass
The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average.

Creative Windows fellowship Mack BradenCreative Windows & Doors/Marvin Windows Traveling Fellowship
($2,000) Recipient: Mack Braden
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.

Alpha Rho Chi Medal Mack BradenAlpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by: Dean Jim West
Recipient: Mack Braden
Since 1931, Alpha Rho Chi, a national professional fraternity for architecture and the allied arts, has been awarding the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. 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.

Tyler Baumann

Tyler Baumann – Certificate

Danielle Glass

Danielle Glass – Medal

AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal
Presented by: Professor Michael Berk
Certificate Recipient: Tyler Baumann
Medal Recipient: Danielle Glass
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, 2013-2014
2014 Office of Research and Economic Development Undergraduate Research Assistant Award
Chelsea Pierce
For her work in the Carl Small Town Center on Rural Sustainability

Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award
for Excellence in Architecture
John Taylor Schaffhauser
This 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. The student selected is presented with a framed certificate and a check for $500 at the annual ARF Christmas banquet. Funding for the award comes from a contribution by Ms. Hazel Presson, aunt of Ginger Giles
Jones, Dr. Giles’ daughter.

First Place, Gensler Diversity Award
Larry Travis
The Gensler Diversity Scholarship is a juried program recognizing emerging talent among African-American college students enrolled in an accredited architecture program. Three winners will receive an academic scholarship and are offered a Gensler internship. The judges, representing a range of design professions, selected the winners from numerous applications across the nation.


2014-2015 Scholarships
Paul Grootkerk Travel Award
($4,000)    Cody Smith
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.

Burris Wagnon Architects Scholarship
($2,500)    John Taylor Schaffhauser
Applicants must be a full-time student entering their fifth year of study in the School of Architecture; have demonstrated academic achievement, and maintained a minimum MSU 3.0 GPA; have demonstrated exceptional design work or the work ethic and ability to achieve exceptional design work; and have demonstrated financial need.

Acme Brick Company Scholarship
($2,000)    John Taylor Schaffhauser
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)    Yerix Morel
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.

Interior Elements Annual Scholarship
($2,000)    Cody Smith, Aryn Phillips
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.

Mockbee Hall & Drake Scholarships
($2,000)        Katherine Ernst
($1,350)        Jonathan Greer
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.

Boral Bricks, Inc. Loyalty Scholarship
($1,000*)    Micah Dear
Applicants must be majoring in Building Construction Science or Architecture and have a minimum 3.0 GPA and an entering freshman. * renewable up to five years.

Columbus Brick Company Loyalty Scholarship
($1,000)    Micajah Tucker
Applicants must be entering freshmen or transfer students in the School of Architecture or the Department of Art; have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Candidates should demonstrate leadership ability/potential and may be considered to receive the award for up to four years, provided they maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Creig B. Hoskins Architects Scholarship
($1,000)    Whitney White
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.

Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial Scholarship
($1,000)    Aryn Phillips
Students must be entering the third-year (or higher) of design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 2.80 overall grade point average; be of good moral character; have demonstrated leadership; can demonstrate financial need; and be a resident of one of the following Mississippi Delta counties: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, Yazoo.

McCarty Company Loyalty Scholarship
($1,000)    Mitchell Hubbell, Kaitlyn Hoover
Applicants must be entering Freshman at MSU with a minimum 3.0 high school GPA.

Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Annual Scholarship
($1,000)    Caleb Fearing
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 grade point average of 3.0; and can demonstrate financial need.

Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500)    Kevin Flores, Nenyatta Smith
Any students in their second- through fifth-year of design studio may apply; are full-time students at Mississippi State University; have completed their first-year design studio in the School of Architecture; are residents of Mississippi; and can demonstrate financial need.

Johnson-McAdams Design Discovery Scholarships
($595): Jasmine Dennis, Marcus Graves, Zahria Towns
Applicants must be from Leflore County, Mississippi, or be a member of an under-represented minority group in the practice of architecture; be sixteen years of age or older; and be genuinely interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines. This scholarship funds students to attend this eight-day summer camp and workshop..

Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship
(CAAD software): Diondria Bingham, Maria Degtyareva,
Savannah Ingram, Gerald Wicks
Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students at Mississippi State University; entering the second-year design studio in the School of Architecture; and can demonstrate financial need.

Class of 2014
Samuel “Sam” Jerome Ball, Jr.
Tyler Paul Baumann
Michael “Mack” Thomas McKinney Braden
Jared Allen Brown
Kristin Alise Brown
Anthony Ryan Callahan (not present)
Zachary “Zach” Marion Carnegie
Benjamin Blake Clanton
London Newvon Evans
Michael Wesley Ford
Jordan Leigh Gill
Danielle Alyssa Glass
Kelsey Taylor Keefer
Sam McLean Krusee
Eric James Lynn
Joseph “Joe” Michael Mangialardi
Michael Lee McKinnon
Jacob Aaron Owens
Chelsea Marie Pierce
Brennan Bailey Plunkett
Adam Gregory Rhoades
Christopher Edusada Rivera
Dustin Taylor Stewart (not present)
Chance Anthony Stokes
Salena Kathryn Tew
Michael Joseph Varhalla
Ariel Nicole Westmark

More award photos and reception:

Click here to see and download the program.

Architecture student accepted to Summer Undergraduate Research Program

May 6th, 2014 Comments Off

dorman_jacquelineBrooke Dorman, a fourth-year architecture student, was one of only ten students accepted out of thirty-eight applicants (a 26% acceptance rate) for the Mississippi State University Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Dorman will be working with School of Architecture Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory to research a gap in the architectural technical literature for students on detailing buildings.

She will present the findings of this research at the Research Symposium and Awards Luncheon on Mon., June 30.

Reception held for ‘Transparent Reflections’ exhibit

April 21st, 2014 Comments Off

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A reception was held on April 16 for “Transparent Reflections,” an exhibit sponsored by Tau Sigma Delta (TSD), that features the photography of David C. Lewis, Ph.D.

Lewis is the current interim director of the Building Construction Science Program.

School of Architecture director named 2014 University of Florida distinguished Architecture Alumnus

April 17th, 2014 Comments Off

Michael Berk with Green Mobile project - ArchitectureMichael A. Berk, AIA, has been selected by the University of Florida to receive the 2014 Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award.

Berk, director of the MSU School of Architecture and F.L. Crane Endowed Professor, is a 1981 graduate of the University of Florida.

Florida’s College of Design,
 Construction and Planning honors recipients in each
 of its five units – architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, building construction, and urban and regional planning – annually with this award.

The architecture awards are chosen by faculty
 for the recipient’s outstanding contributions to the School of Architecture, academia and the profession of architecture.

“To receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from an institution of the caliber and with the national reputation that the School of Architecture at the University of Florida caries is an award of the very highest level,” said Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. “This award is one given by your peers, architects and professors who have followed your work and achievements for many years.  These awards are given to individuals who have had a notable impact on the profession of architecture and in the case of Michael Berk have also left a recognizable and indelible imprint on countless students who have worked and studied under his guidance in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State.  I can think of no alumnus more deserving of this recognition.”

Berk was honored at an awards ceremony on March 
31 at the University of Florida, where he also participated in the school’s Masters Research Projects (MRP) final presentations jury review with fellow critics Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Berk is a registered architect with an extensive practice as a design partner in the West Palm Beach firm (AOA) prior to his return to the academy. Berk teaches and researches in the areas of Information Design and Factory-built Housing (GreenMobile®). He is considered by many to be an expert in the area of ecological design; recent lecture invitations include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Hearst Lecture Series Cal Poly, Rural Studio and the National Building Museum. Berk has been responsible for more than $7 million in funded research. He was also a pioneer in design studio pedagogies; his Digital Nomads (1992) program created the first student-owned laptop requirement (breaking the machine out of the traditional computer lab) and strategically placed it along-side power saws and drawing boards to complement traditional analog design processes.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Tau Sigma Delta presents ‘Transparent Reflections’ exhibit, reception

April 15th, 2014 Comments Off

“Transparent Reflections,” an exhibit sponsored by Tau Sigma Delta (TSD), features the photography of David C. Lewis, Ph.D.

Lewis is the current interim director of the Building Construction Science Program.

The exhibit will be on display in the Giles Gallery from April 15-22, and a reception will be held at 5 p.m. on April 16.

See the full TSD Gallery schedule.

School of Architecture assistant professor exhibits, leads design charette in Ohio

March 28th, 2014 Comments Off

(Photo by Julie Ames)

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(Photo by Julie Ames)

Tim Frank, RA, LEED AP, was recently invited to exhibit his work in Coshocton, Ohio. The exhibit, “Returning to First-Principles,” will be on display through April 26 at the Pomerene Center for the Arts. Click here to read more and see some of the work.

The MSU School of Architecture assistant professor was also asked to lead a two-day design charette for a park in the center of town. ArtPARK will be built at 325 Main Street and will serve as a place to display temporary public works of art, show movies and present performances, as well serve as an anchor for the revitalization of downtown Coshocton.

During the charette, three spatial schemes were developed

led by Anne Cornell – THE COMMUNITY STUDIO Artist, Artistic Director, Pomerene Center for the Arts
Geni Devens – Graphic Designer, Interior Decorator
Byron Brenneman – Sophomore at Otterbein University, downtown historian
Jon Cotterman – CHS Tech Prep Teacher, Musician, Craftsman
Connie Miller – Head Gardner Roscoe Village, Coshocton is Blooming
Leah Bashover-Nichols – Mechanical Engineer, Artist
Mike Stiers – Graphic Artist, Masotherapist

Click here to read more about the charette outcomes.

Click here to read the recent story published on the front page of the Coshocton Tribune.



Fourth-year architecture students work on capstone project in Pascagoula

February 10th, 2014 Comments Off

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The fourth-year School of Architecture studios have partnered with the Mississippi Maritime Museum in Pascagoula for their 2014 capstone project.

The thirty-four architecture students are working on a conceptual vision of how Lowery Island might be developed. The students’ visions include how the Mississippi Maritime Museum might become a part of Lowery Island over the long term.

The visions were shared with the museum’s Board of Directors on Feb. 1 for future consideration along with members of the city of Pascagoula’s Planning Department.

The project is a follow-up to MSU’s earlier visit in January for the suggestions of design and functional use of the Museum’s two facilities on 611 DuPont street in Pascagoula.  The Maritime Museum acquired the old PHS Math & Science building and Band Hall in 2013, and plans are underway to convert these facilities into a Maritime Museum that will reflect the state of Mississippi’s 300 years of maritime history. Read more about this part of the project.

The Museum Board of Directors expressed their appreciation for the applications of ideas from MSU and welcomes their continued input for the future.


School of architecture alumnus, professors author poster accepted to ASC Conference

January 23rd, 2014 Comments Off

School of Architecture Assistant Professors Alexis Gregory, AIA, and Emily McGlohn, along with architecture alumnus and former Building Construction Science faculty member Chris Cosper, had a poster accepted to the 50th International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC).

The poster is titled “Teaching Today’s Master Builder:  A Collaborative Studio in Architecture and Construction Management.”

The poster explores the spring 2013 combined architecture-construction management studio at Mississippi State University.  Surveys were given to both groups of students, and the results and recommendations are explored in the poster.

From the abstract’s ‘research impact:’ “Assuming the Architecture-CM studios develop as planned, the integrated studios at MSU may be of interest to other universities who have architecture and construction management programs and wish to address the critical issues surrounding fragmented design and construction practice.”

The 2014 ASC conference will be held from March 26 – 28 in Washington, D.C.


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