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

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

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By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

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

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

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

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

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

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

News from the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

October 18th, 2016 Comments Off on News from the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

VERTICAL_WEB_maroonThe Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, a research center housed within the School of Architecture and the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University, has had a busy few months:

  • Recently, Professor David Perkes, AIA, director of the center, was asked to serve on the AIA Affordable Housing Design Awards Jury.
  • Perkes also presented an AIA webinar on flooding along with the executive director of the Baton Rouge AIA Chapter and Russell Davidson, AIA President.
  • Perkes then traveled to Colorado for the NIST Community Resilience Panel Meeting.
  • The center was one of eight MSU programs to host a table at the university’s Infinite Impact Campaign Celebration on October 7.  The event showcased research and exciting projects happening throughout the university.
  • Perkes was invited to participate in the White House “Frontiers” Conference on October 13.

Fourth-year architecture students featured at ‘State Spotlight’

October 14th, 2016 Comments Off on Fourth-year architecture students featured at ‘State Spotlight’

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Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

MSU architecture students work on an interactive community design model they built for the residents of Eastmoor Estates, a neighborhood near Moorehead. Students are bringing the model to the community and using it to foster dialogue and ideas on what residents want their neighborhood to become. Pictured, from left to right, are MSU students Nathan Miley, a senior from Pearl, Elizabeth Bueche, a senior from Maryville, Tennessee, Taylor McKinney, a senior from Cantonment, Florida and Diondria Bingham, a senior from Pearl.

Next week the students will begin designing affordable houses that will placed in the master plan. This studio is sponsored by the College of Architecture, Art and Design and a 2015 Ottilie Schillig Special Teaching Project Grant awarded to Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn.

Architecture students return from annual Field Trip Week

October 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Architecture students return from annual Field Trip Week

All students in the school of architecture participate in an annual weeklong field trip in the fall semester.

This year, students went to the following locations:

First-Year Studio:
Dallas, Texas
Professors: Andrew Tripp, Francie Hankins, George Martin


(Above photos by Austin Keaton, Satchel Starling and Jessi Hines, second-year architecture students)
Second-Year (Collaborative) Studio:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
Professors: Hans Herrmann, John Poros, Briar Jones (architecture); Mohammed Mawlana, Lee Carson (building construction science)

Third-Year Studio:
Chicago, Illinois
Professors: Justin Taylor, Fred Esenwein


(Above photos by Cory Moxley, fourth-year architecture student)
Fourth-Year Studio:
Portland, Oregon
Professors: Jacob Gines, Emily McGlohn

MSU School of Architecture featured in New York Times

October 6th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture featured in New York Times

(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s SuperUse Pavilion, a part of the museum’s rain garden program that has benefitted from the efforts of more than 100 Mississippi State undergraduate and graduate-level students, recently has been selected for exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

The exhibition, “By the People: Designing a Better America,” is now open and features 60 design projects from every region of the U.S. For more, visit http://www.cooperhewitt.org/channel/by-the-people/

School of Architecture Associate Professor Hans Herrmann is the only faculty member from Mississippi State University to exhibit at the museum.

Read the review, “In ‘By the People,’ Designing for the Underserved and Overlooked,” By Michael here.

MSU Bachelor of Architecture program again earns national accreditation

October 3rd, 2016 Comments Off on MSU Bachelor of Architecture program again earns national accreditation

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s Bachelor of Architecture degree program has been granted an eight-year term of accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Based in Washington, D.C., the NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation.

Scheduled for its next visit for continuing accreditation in 2024, the Bachelor of Architecture program offered by the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design’s School of Architecture has been continuously NAAB-accredited since its inception in 1973.

The School of Architecture also is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). Courses are taught by a faculty of professionals engaged in practice, education and research. For more information, visit www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/accreditation.

The School of Architecture in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design offers the only curriculum in the state leading to a professional degree in architecture. The school offers an intense, carefully structured and wide array of courses that constitutes a solid foundation for architectural practice.

Of the multitudes of criteria that were evaluated, all conditions for NAAB Accreditation were met, including all student performance criteria, said Michael Berk, director for the School of Architecture and F.L. Crane Endowed Professor.

“What I am most pleased about is how we excelled with distinction in the two extreme aspects of architectural education—abstract and conceptual design, and communication and thinking skills—as well as technical skills of both assembly and documentation and comprehensive integrative design,” Berk said.

“This is a truly remarkable achievement for our university, and I am very proud of our architecture program and the hard work of our faculty and staff,” Berk added.

The School of Architecture boasts a No. 25 ranking among “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools” for 2016 by the Design Futures Council’s “DesignIntelligence” publication.

MSU is home to the only architecture program in the nation that requires two semester-long collaborative studios for all architecture and building construction science students, including a design/build studio in the second year.

The School of Architecture also offers a unique practice-oriented program for all fifth-year students that takes place in an off-campus, urban setting.

Additionally, the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s SuperUse Pavilion, a part of the museum’s rain garden program that has benefitted from the efforts of more than 100 Mississippi State undergraduate and graduate-level students, is part of an exhibition opening this month at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Titled “By the People: Designing a Better America,” the exhibition features 60 design projects from every region of the U.S.

Mississippi Museum of Art video features Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

September 29th, 2016 Comments Off on Mississippi Museum of Art video features Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

David Perkes, director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, was recently featured in a video by the Mississippi Museum of Art.

The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio – a research center within in the School of Architecture and College of Architecture, Art and Design – was established on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005 to work in communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina. It has since evolved from disaster recovery work to addressing long-term issues of affordable housing, healthy communities and resilient landscapes and infrastructure.

The interview is part of the “When Modern was Contemporary” exhibit.

School of Architecture hosts TIMBR Symposium

September 18th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture hosts TIMBR Symposium

(photos by Claire Sims and Ashtyn Bryant)

Contributed to by Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s School of Architecture recently hosted a Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined (TIMBR) Symposium on the Starkville campus.

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

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

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

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

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

Register now for MSU School of Architecture’s TIMBR Symposium

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

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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School of Architecture holds fall 2016 convocation

August 17th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds fall 2016 convocation

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Fall 2016 convocation for the School of Architecture was held on Aug. 17 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, welcomed the group and gave an update on the college before Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk started with the rest of the program.

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