CAAD hosts design summer camp in downtown Jackson

July 28th, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD hosts design summer camp in downtown Jackson

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(above photos by Lori Neuenfeldt)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design recently hosted a design camp for students from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.

Held June 20–24, the five-day summer experience in Jackson had a goal of helping students in the Greater Jackson community develop their interests in architecture, art, community development, design, engineering, planning, social justice and related professional fields.

Students gained knowledge of design tools and media through individual and group workshops focused on design, sketching, photography, graphic design, model building, sculpture and construction, among other skills. Collaboration, leadership and communication skills were developed, which will help students increase their self-confidence in these areas, leaders said.

Faculty of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design—as well as those from the university’s College of Business—led students in collaborative and creative activities focused on design education. MSU alumni are led discussions on design-related career opportunities and provided information about their educational and professional experiences.

CAAD Associate Dean and Professor Greg Hall said the camp was designed to help expose students to the wide variety and scope of educational and career opportunities in design fields ranging from architecture to graphic design and interior design to fashion, as well as related fields such as engineering and construction.

“One of our primary goals is to help students form educational and professional goals that they can continue to develop during their high school education, regardless of their eventual career choice,” Hall said.

In addition to being funded in part by a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, this year’s camp is supported by MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, its School of Architecture and Department of Art, the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center and Office of the Registrar.

Lori Neuenfeldt, MSU art instructor and gallery director, and architect Emily Roush-Elliott of the university’s Carl Small Town Center, served as camp co-directors.

The college plans to host sessions for teachers this fall and expects to expand the camp into other areas in the future.

For additional camp information, contact Hall at 662-325-2509 or ghall@caad.msstate.edu.

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State Spotlight: Architecture project provides Boys and Girls Club garden

July 25th, 2016 Comments Off on State Spotlight: Architecture project provides Boys and Girls Club garden

(Photos by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)

Starkville Boys and Girls Club youth are benefitting from a community garden designed by Mississippi State University architecture students.

Featuring six raised beds and a shade area built by students during the spring semester, the project has continued through the summer with MSU student, faculty and staff volunteers working with the youth to plant and grow vegetables.

In addition to faculty and students from MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, collaboration has come from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Education and the university’s Horticulture Club.

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Book edited by fifth-year philosophy of architecture lecturer to be released in September

July 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Book edited by fifth-year philosophy of architecture lecturer to be released in September

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David Bowie and Philosophy: Rebel, Rebel – edited by Theodore “Ted” G. Ammon, Ph.D. – is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. The book will go on sale Sept. 6.

Jackson-native Ammon, an associate professor of philosophy at Millsaps College, teaches the philosophy of architecture course at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture’s Jackson Center.

The associate professor has also edited Conversations with William H. Gass as well as authored Imagine U.

“As one can see, the quality of the adjunct faculty teaching in our Jackson Center fifth-year program is stellar,” said Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk. “We are so fortunate to have a nationally-recognized philosopher engaging with our students in their final year of study.” 

About the book – via amazon.com:

“The philosophically rich David Bowie is an artist of wide and continuing influence. The theatrical antics of Bowie ushered in a new rock aesthetic, but there is much more to Bowie than mere spectacle. The visual belies the increasing depths of his concerns, even at his lowest personal moments. We never know what lies in store in a Bowie song, for there is no point in his nearly 30 albums at which one can say, “That’s typical Bowie!” Who else has combined techno and hard rock, switched to R&B love songs (with accompanying gospel) to funk to jazz-rock fusion and back again?

Among the topics explored in David Bowie and Philosophy are the nature of Bowie as an institution and a cult; Bowie’s work in many platforms, including movies and TV; Bowie’s spanning of low and high art; his relation to Andy Warhol; the influence of Buddhism and Kabuki theater; the recurring theme of Bowie as a space alien; the dystopian element in Bowie’s thinking; the role of fashion in Bowie’s creativity; the aesthetics of theatrical rock and glam rock; and Bowie’s public identification with bisexuality and his influence within the LGBTQ community.”

See the announcement in MSU’s Maroon Memo.

Booneville junior at MSU receives $20,000 architecture travel award

June 10th, 2016 Comments Off on Booneville junior at MSU receives $20,000 architecture travel award

(Above photos from Waddell’s trip to Uruguay.)

A Mississippi State junior is among the first four students at southeastern architecture schools to receive the newly endowed Aydelott Travel Award.

Lara Lynn Waddell, a graduate of Booneville High School and daughter of George and Julie Waddell from Marietta, has been awarded $20,000 to travel and research four unique buildings she believes possess qualities that rank them among the best in the world.

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

“I cannot think of a more deserving student,” said School of Architecture Director and F.L Crane Endowed Professor Michael Berk. “The intensity, discipline and rigor of Lara Lynn’s studio and coursework is unparalleled. Her submission proposal for the Aydelott fellowship had the maturity and gravity of a professional historian.”

The $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides an award each year to four architecture students currently enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; Mississippi State University; and the University of Tennessee.

“The Aydelott Travel Award offers a student an opportunity that can and should change the trajectory of their architectural career,” said MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West.

Waddell agrees and credits assistant professor of architecture Zulaikha Ayub for starting her on that path.

It was in Ayub’s studio where Waddell first discovered her interest in brick buildings.

“We studied proportions and how it relates to the human body,” she said, explaining what sparked that curiosity and led to helping her choose her top buildings for the Aydelott Award.

Waddell’s buildings include:

—The Church of Cristo Obrero designed by Eladio Dieste located in Atlantida, Uruguay;

—Casa Baldi by Paolo Portoghesi in Rome, Italy;

—Muuratsalo Experimental House by Alvar Aalto in Muuratsalo, Jyvaskyla, Finland; and

—National Arts Schools Cuba by Ricardo Porro, Roberto Gottardi and Vittorio Garatti in Havana, Cuba.

Waddell is traveling to each of these locales this summer to study the buildings first-hand and conduct interviews for her research.

“This award enables students to research, visit, study and comprehend four visionary pieces of architecture in a way never available to them before. I look forward to observing a true transformation in the recipients of this award,” West said.

Waddell will return to MSU in the fall to work with her faculty adviser, Professor Emeritus Michael Fazio, to compile her research and observations into a report to be judged against her fellow Aydelott Travel Award recipients. One student will receive the Aydelott Prize and an additional $5,000.

“Dr. Fazio already has been such a great help through this process because he has so much knowledge in the architectural field. I have gained a new friend and lifelong mentor and look forward to the opportunities this experience is going to bring,” Waddell said.

For more information about the Aydelott Travel Award at Mississippi State, visit http://www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/aydelotttravelaward.php.

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Carl Small Town Center director to co-teach workshop at UNC

June 2nd, 2016 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center director to co-teach workshop at UNC

John Poros (Photo by Megan Bean)

John Poros (Photo by Megan Bean)

Upcoming STRIDE Workshop Introduce Planning Tools for Linking Rural Development and Transportation

Via stride.ce.ufl.edu

Dr. Brian J. Morton of UNC-Chapel Hill and John Poros, director of the Carl Small Town Center at MSU, will be co-teaching a technical workshop related to their STRIDE-funded project, “A Regional Land-Use Transportation Decision Support Tool for Mississippi” (project #2012-003S), during the National Regional Transportation Conference on June 13-15, 2016 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

via Stride website

via Stride website

“Transportation planners and economic development staff working in small towns or rural communities make strategic decisions about the projects that would best enhance the transportation infrastructure and the strategies that would best promote growth and revitalization,” said Morton, lead PI.  “John Poros, Joe Huegy (of NCSU) and I have developed a suite of tools that inform planning for bicycle travel, preservation of community character and regional development.”

Using a case study set in four counties (see image at right) in Northeast Mississippi (a mostly rural area), the STRIDE project generated an easy-to-use tool for assessing bicycle suitability and a land use model integrated with a household-level travel demand model. The project also generated build-out analyses and renderings showing how infill development could increase density while preserving the existing small town feel.

“Community-Viz projected build-outs along with on the ground visualizations provide rural communities with the tools to assess their options for future growth and development,” Poros said. “Combined with transportation modeling that includes bicycling, rural communities can better position themselves to be the green, sustainable communities of tomorrow.”

The workshop will provide an introduction to a suite of tools for rural transportation planning.

A three-hour workshop is scheduled for Tues., June 14. First, Morton will relate the project to current planning initiatives in small towns and rural areas, including heritage and active tourism, livability and sustainability. Poros will then describe the Community Viz®-based build-out analyses and the bicycle suitability assessments, and he will show photo-realistic visualizations of reimagined streetscapes. In the last hour of the workshop, Morton will discuss the integrated land-use/travel-demand model and an application that investigates how to coordinate growth for an area with both automobile manufacturing and heritage tourism.

What can participants expect from this workshop?: How higher density, pedestrian/bike friendly development can be achieved in small towns. How the land-use/travel-demand model works and how different tools can work together.

Information on the conference and workshop is available at the website of the National Association of Development Organizations: http://www.nado.org/events/rpo2016/.

Emeritus professor featured in The Anniston Star

June 1st, 2016 Comments Off on Emeritus professor featured in The Anniston Star

Josh Gray and Rachel McCann (photo via annistonstar.com)

Josh Gray and Rachel McCann (photo via annistonstar.com)

After 26 years of teaching architecture, Rachel McCann is now a jazz singer

By Erin Williams | The Anniston Star

Five years ago, Rachel McCann was living the adult American dream. She was married with two adult children, and had spent more than two decades as a professor of architecture at Mississippi State University in Starkville.

Then she came in contact with John Grisham. The award, that is.

“I had been just really kind of running myself crazy with working so hard,” McCann said about that time in her life. She was given the Grisham Master Teacher award, the highest teaching honor that one can receive at Mississippi State, which came with $10,000 in prize money.

 As a reward to herself, McCann used the prize money to fund a five-week yoga teacher training session in Sedona, Ariz.

“And when I came out of it,” she said, “I kind of knew I wanted to make a change.”

Change, she did.

When she returned from yoga training, she was asked to sing backup on an album for fellow professor Bob Damm. During the session, she met fellow musician and future husband Josh Gray, who is the frontman of his own band, The Graysmiths.

Around this time, the urge to write more songs came back full force – but it would be another four years before she retired from Mississippi State, after 26 years of teaching and moved to Nashville.

In 2015, she married Gray and officially started her own band, Carnal Echo. Their music is a blend of jazz and R&B, with echoes of the styles of Norah Jones and Diana Krall.

The band also includes her husband and, on this tour, will feature pianist Katarina Pejak.

Looking back at her life, McCann’s path has been writing itself almost all her life. At age 10, she started playing piano for her church. At 16, she learned how to play the guitar. During her undergraduate years, she got into songwriting and played in a duo, but chose to major in architecture instead.

By the time she had established her family, her music was confined to playing guitar and singing in the choir at church, and tinkering a bit at home.

“I remember every time I walked up and down the stairs, I would sing, or if I was hanging up laundry, I would sing. I would just do it all of the time as kind of an outlet.”

This year, McCann released a four-song EP and is touring through Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Her song “Everyday I Leave You,” a smooth, mellow tune, is currently getting airplay on local public radio stations around Alabama.

Her performance on Friday at Caldwell Tavern in Anniston will actually be a three-band showcase, starting with The Graysmiths (McCann and Gray), then Carnal Echo (McCann, Gray and Pejak), then Pejak in a duo with drummer Slaven Ljulich.

“We’re the same four people, but we’re in three different bands,” McCann said.

Though it took her a while to get there, McCann knows this stage of her life was worth the wait.

“The yoga trainers were always at me to live less in my head and more in my heart, and if you think about it, that’s exactly what I’d just done,” she said. “I’d left a teaching career that’s all about knowledge and research, and moved into songwriting and singing – which has to come straight from the heart.”

MSU-led design project selected for prominent New York exhibition

May 26th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU-led design project selected for prominent New York exhibition

More than 100 Mississippi State students contributed to the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s SuperUse Pavilion, a part of the museum’s rain garden program that recently has been selected for exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City beginning in late September. (Photo by Megan Bean)

More than 100 Mississippi State students contributed to the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s SuperUse Pavilion, a part of the museum’s rain garden program that recently has been selected for exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City beginning in late September. (Photo by Megan Bean)

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

The exhibition, “By the People: Designing a Better America,” will open in late September and showcases the innovative and impactful actions generated through design. Organized by Cynthia E. Smith, Cooper Hewitt’s curator of socially responsible design, the exhibition features 60 design projects from every region across the U.S. For more, visit http://www.cooperhewitt.org/events/current-exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/.

The SuperUse Pavilion was selected in recognition of the efforts of MSU students studying architecture, art, building construction science, graphic design, landscape architecture and landscape contracting who designed and built the museum’s new event and exhibition pavilion.

The site also will be featured in a forthcoming book published by Cooper Hewitt. Hans C. Herrmann, MSU associate professor of architecture, and Cory Gallo, MSU associate professor of landscape architecture, will represent the project team during the museum’s press event this fall.

Marked by the adaptive reuse of a former gas station pump canopy, once positioned adjacent to Stromboli’s Pizzeria in downtown Starkville, the SuperUse Pavilion offers occupants a working example of how sustainable design and construction may be achieved using low-cost and readily available materials that often are regarded as waste rather than raw material.

The steel frame of the gas station canopy was reinforced and reconfigured to accommodate an extensive living roof system, made accessible by the repurposing of a circular staircase salvaged from a church slated for demolition in Memphis, Tennessee. The SuperUse Pavilion employs LED lighting technology along with high durability materials to demonstrate a low-tech response to the sustainable design demands of the future, Herrmann said.

“The exhibition is a fantastic recognition of the design and construction that has been taking place here at MSU under the guidance of both the architecture and landscape architecture programs,” Herrmann said. Herrmann, Gallo and other team members expressed appreciation for the contributions of MSU students, faculty, extension services, local business supporters and community volunteers who helped make the SuperUse Pavilion and Heritage Museum Rain Garden Project possible.

As a component of the larger museum grounds improvement project, the pavilion joins additional sustainable design features, including a 700 square-foot rain garden, 200 square-foot sand filter, 1,000-gallon rainwater cistern, an American Disabilities Act-compliant museum entrance, along with more than 1,000 square feet of new landscape plantings.

The museum pavilion, rain garden and MSU faculty involved have received eight national and regional awards for teaching, collaborative practice and design. Most recently, the SuperUse Pavilion was recognized by the American Institute of Architects, Mississippi Chapter, with one of only two chapter Honor Awards granted in 2015.

The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum is located at 206 Fellowship Street in Starkville. Museum hours are 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, and by appointment. While admission is free, donations are encouraged. Learn more at http://oktibbehaheritagemuseum.com/wordpress/.

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 rich array of courses that constitute a solid foundation for architectural practice. For more, visit http://www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/home.php.

The Department of Landscape Architecture in MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences fosters the will and ability to plan, design, build and manage regenerative communities. Students explore the design process, storm water design, energy flow, native landscapes and plant materials, green infrastructure, sustainability, community planning and regional planning. For more, visit http://www.lalc.msstate.edu/.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Cooper Hewitt aims to educate, inspire and empower people through design by presenting exhibitions and educational programs and maintaining active publications.

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College of Architecture, Art and Design names 2016 faculty, staff awards

May 16th, 2016 Comments Off on College of Architecture, Art and Design names 2016 faculty, staff awards

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The College of Architecture, Art and Design annually honors faculty and staff with monetary awards recognizing excellence in teaching, service and dedication. The recipients are selected by an awards committee, which includes the dean, associate dean, department heads and a faculty member from each unit.

Faculty are chosen for the award based on demonstrated excellence in teaching as evaluated by a statement of personal pedagogy or philosophy, student work, a self-critique of their own work and teaching evaluations.

 

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The 2016 CAAD Tenured Faculty Teaching Excellence Award went to Associate Professor Hans Herrmann in the School of Architecture.

Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo in the Department of Art received the 2016 CAAD Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

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The 2016 CAAD Staff Award went to Pandora Prater, staff assistant in the School of Architecture. The award honors a staff member in the college who exemplifies professionalism and dedication by performing above and beyond the job description; takes initiative on tasks; relates to others on the staff or faculty; and has demonstrated innovation or creativity in his/her job.

The 2016 awards were announced at the faculty retreat in May.

Herrmann leads Maymester sketching course

May 13th, 2016 Comments Off on Herrmann leads Maymester sketching course

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Students work on an elevation study drawing of Montgomery Hall. (Photos by Hans Herrmann)

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Associate Professor Hans Herrmann, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc., is leading ARC 4990/6000, Exploratory Sketching for Architects during Maymester.

Open to graduate and undergraduate architecture and landscape architecture students, the course will enable students to decipher and document works of architecture, interior design, art/sculpture, landscape architecture and construction through the language of drawing.

Techniques of orthographic and paraline project including Isometric, Axonometric and Plan/Section drawings will be taught and used in the completion of the course.

School of Architecture holds annual 2016 Recognition Day

May 9th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds annual 2016 Recognition Day

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Class of 2016: (Front row, left to right): Devin A. Carr, Casey A. Walker, Lorianna J. Baker, Hannah C. Waycaster, Larry A. McMahan, Jacob L. Johnson, Jordan L. Hanson; (Second row, left to right): Ryan M. Bridges, Haley Whiteman, Jonathan Greer, Sang V. Nguyen, Emily K. Morse, Nenyatta K. Smith, Patrick D. Brown; (Back row, left to right): Carter V. Brown, Ethan D. Warren, Scott M. Polley , Stefan K. Balcer, Ryan L. Mura, Megan R. Vansant, Ericia L. Cox, Cody M. Skinner, Daniela G. Bustillos, Austin T. Robinson

Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 6, 2016, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Recognition Day 2016_6Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, introduced MSU Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Peter Ryan, Ph.D.

Recognition Day 2016_8Ryan welcomed everyone to campus.

Recognition Day 2016_18Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) and owner of Hal and Mal’s Restaurant, presented the 26th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.

Recognition Day 2016_22The School of Architecture faculty members were recognized before announcing the awards.

2015-2016 School of Architecture awards:

Recognition Day 2016_2320th Annual Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Recipient: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory
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: Ashton Aime
Faculty Advisors: Assistant Professor Jacob Gines, Associate Professor Hans Herrmann
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:
Maria Degtyareva, Zachary Henry, Omkar Prahbu, Lara Lynn Waddell, Ben Webster

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Hannah Waycaster

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Jake Johnson

TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Hannah Waycaster, Casey Walker, Jake Johnson

TSD First-Year Design Award
Recipient: Trey Box
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 2016_25TSD Bronze Award
Recipient: Devin Carr
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 2016_26TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient: Assistant Professor Zulaikha Ayub
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 2016_28TSD Charles Calvo Digital Media Award
Recipient: Tyler Warmath
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.

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National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President: Kapish Cheema
Faculty Advisors: Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn, Assistant Professor Andreea Mihalache
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 2016_32The 2016 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient: Diondria Bingham
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.

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Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Chapter President: Sara Peppers
Faculty Advisor: Assistant Clinical Professor Justin Taylor
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 2016_34Alpha Rho Chi Student Book Award
Recipient: Stefan Balcer
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.

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American Institute of Architecture Students
Chapter President: Emily Turner
Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory
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.

Recognition Day 2016_36AIAS Member of the Year Award
Recipient: Zachary White
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.”

Mississippi Chapter AIA Book Award
Presented by: Jim West
Recipient: Anna Barr
This 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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Recognition Day 2016_41First-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Jeffery Roberson, Instructor
Recipient: Davis Byars
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’.

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Second-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Justin Taylor, Assistant Clinical Professor
Recipient: Matthew Lewis
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’.

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Recognition Day 2016_45Third-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Emily McGlohn, Assistant Professor
Recipients: Lara Lynn Waddell and Zachary Henry
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’.

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Fourth-Year Capstone Awards:
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Fourth-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Hans Herrmann, Associate Professor
Recipient: Ashton Aime
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’.

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Ryan Fierro

Fourth-Year Jurists’ Award
Recipients: Ryan Fierro and Morgan Powell
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.

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Recognition Day 2016_51ARCC King Award
Presented by: Jacob Gines, Assistant Professor
Recipient: Ryan Fierro
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.

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Jonathan Greer

Jonathan Greer

Devin Carr

Devin Carr

Fifth-Year Jurists’ Award
Presented by: Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients: Devin Carr and Jonathan Greer
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.

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Recognition Day 2016_57Academic Achievement Award
Recipient: Jacob Johnson
The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average.

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Recognition Day 2016_58Creative Windows & Doors/Marvin Windows Traveling Fellowship
Recipient: Hannah Waycaster ($1,600)
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.

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Recognition Day 2016_60Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by: Dean Jim West
Recipient: Patrick Brown

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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Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson

Haley Whiteman

Haley Whiteman

AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal
Presented by: Dean Jim West
Certificate Recipient: Jacob Johnson
Medal Recipient: Haley Whiteman
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.

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Other Notable Student Awards, 2015-2016:

Aydelott Travel Award
Lara Lynn Waddell
A $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott, FAIA, and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides a $20,000 award each year to four architecture students currently enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; Mississippi State University; and the University of Tennessee. As MSU’s recipient, Lara Lynn Waddell will travel this summer to Atlantida, Uruguay; Rome, Italy; Muuratsalo, Jyvaskyla, Finland; and Havana, Cuba, to study four unique buildings. She will work next semester with her faculty advisory, Emeritus Professor Dr. Michael Fazio to compile a report.

Second Place, Gensler Diversity Award
Rashidat “Mo” Momoh
Gensler, a global firm, has awarded more than $200,000 in academic scholarship over the last 16 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, Mo has accepted a paid internship this summer with Gensler in Boston.

Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award
for Excellence in Architecture
Ria Bennett
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, Arts & Humanities, 2016 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium
Emily Turner
Emily’s project, “The Application of Architectural Theory to Multifamily Housing Through a Feminist Lens,” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.

Second Place, Community Engagement, 2016 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium
Anna Barr
Anna’s project, “Continuing to Improve on Outreach Design,” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.

Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Emily Turner
Emily received funding to conduct research under faculty mentor Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory. Topic: Feminist architectural literature to write a scholarly paper on this topic in regards to design/build and community engagement.

Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Anna Barr
Anna received funding to conduct research under faculty mentor Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory. Topic: Construction drawings for the Oxford-Lafayette Habitat for Humanity house designs.

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art New York City Summer Program Fellowship
Scott Polley
Scott was one of 18 students selected out of 50 applicants to attend the ICAA Summer Studio in Classical Architecture – a four-week, immersive program introducing students to skills, knowledge and resources essential to the practice and appreciation of classical design.

Second Place & People’s Choice Award, MSU Investing in Innovation E-Commerce Competition
Jared C. Creel
Jared’s project for the prototype startup competition, “StruggleBusBox.com” was a project with Taylor A. Lee, a business administration major, under the guidance of Visiting Assistant Professor Erik Herman.

AIA St. Louis Chapter Scholarship
Curtis Reed
Curtis received a $500 scholarship from the chapter.

2015 Epting/Mathews MSU  Co-op Student of the Year
Jacob Johnson
This award recognizes one outstanding co-op student at Mississippi State each year for academic excellence, exhibited professionalism in the work place and leadership in respective organizations. Johnson received a $500 scholarship sponsored by Huntington Ingalls and a recognition plaque.

Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellow – Fall 2015
Maria Degtyareva
Maria received a $3,000 Stipend Award and worked on research for Method Studio, a full-service architectural and design firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Research was conducted under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellow – Spring 2016
Edward Holmes
Edward received a $3,000 Stipend Award and worked on research in the spring semester for Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

2016-2017 Scholarships:

Paul Grootkerk Travel Award
($4,000) Kirkland Webber
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.

Acme Brick Company Scholarship
($2,000) Kapish Cheema, Caleb Fearing
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) Diondria Bingham
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) Brandon Fairbanks
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.

Rowan Taylor Endowed Scholarship
($1,250) Olivia Baker, Isaac Galindo, Chester Mitchell
Applicants must be entering freshmen with a minimum 3.0 GPA; have demonstrated exceptional design work and ability to achieve exceptional design; and have demonstrated financial need.

Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Jared Robinson, Lara Lynn Waddell
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.

Lyndall Gail Wood Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Rashidat Momoh
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.

Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Patrick Greene, Kelli Weiland
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) Ashton Aime, Maria Degtyareva, Caleb Fearing, Zachary Henry, Rashidat Momoh
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.

Joseph L. Echols Scholars Program
($850) Diondria Bingham, Damion Hardy
($600) Quintarius Brown, Myles Jeffries
Candidates for the Joseph L. Echols Scholarship must: be a current undergraduate and underrepresented architecture student; show strong work ethic by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA; present a satisfactory work portfolio; demonstrate financial need.

Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500) De’Andre Gaskin, Damion Hardy, David Kett, Kirkland Webber
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
($195) Tony Coleman, Damion Hardy, Danielle Mason, Donald Murray
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) 3 Awards, To Be Determined  
Applicants must be from Leflore County, or be an under-represented minority group in architecture; and high school students interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines.

Joseph L. Echols D2 Scholarships (Design Discovery)
($600) 3 Awards, To Be Determined  
Candidate 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.

Class of 2016

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