MSU architecture students recognized for design studio plans that showcase mid‑rise wood buildings

December 15th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU architecture students recognized for design studio plans that showcase mid‑rise wood buildings

Pictured: Front Row from left: Jacob Gines, Omkar Prabhu, Curtis Reed, Keith Ward, Mark Power and Jarred Creel; Back Row: Anna Kendall, Ian Munn, Tedrick Ratcliff and Robby Toombs (Image via MFA)

Pictured: Front Row from left: Jacob Gines, Omkar Prabhu, Curtis Reed, Keith Ward, Mark Power and Jarred Creel; Back Row: Anna Kendall, Ian Munn, Tedrick Ratcliff and Robby Toombs (Image via MFA)

Via msforestry.site-ym.com Using innovative wood technologies on the inside and exterior of a proposed mid-rise design studio earned architecture student Curtis Reed a $500 prize and – more importantly – an appreciation for mass-timber technologies. “Mississippi needs a tall wood building because people need to see it. As people see these students’ designs, I believe it will draw businesses and other entities to want these kinds of buildings for themselves,” said Tedrick Ratcliff, Executive Vice President of the Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA). The competition was facilitated by TIMB(R): Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined Studio. This studio was taught by Mississippi State University (MSU) Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob Gines and was open to fourth-year architecture students. Students were judged based on their design’s ability to promote MFA’s mission as well as for practicality and innovation. The projects used innovative mass-timber technologies, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT). “It doesn’t mean the winning design will necessarily be built, but it will provide MFA an opportunity to conjure interest and investment for such a project in Mississippi. We love the idea of being able to facilitate that process,” said Gines. TIMB(R) held a symposium that featured expert speakers in the green building field from across the country. Students also went to Oregon to be exposed to some of the most influential research and projects on mass-timber in the United States. Funding for the TIMB(R) Studio was provided by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), Mississippi Forestry Foundation, and Weyerhaeuser through the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. Learn more at sfiprogram.org. “The TIMB(R) Studio has garnered a lot of excitement about the possibility of mass-timber buildings in Mississippi. Through the programs and projects made possible by the SFI grant, we feel confident that these future architects are prepared to incorporate innovative wood technologies into their work,” Ratcliff said. Additional support for the project was provided by Shuqualak Lumber, the MSU Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, the MSU College of Art, Architecture and Design, and other private partners. MFA’s vision is to serve as the “Voice of Forestry” in Mississippi. MFA’s mission is leading diverse groups to promote landowner rights, environmental stewardship, member prosperity, and community understanding. MFA members and staff work to accomplish the mission by conducting public affairs, communication, and education programs that will foster better understanding and appreciation of conservation, development, and use of forestland and resources. Learn more at msforestry.net.

MSU faculty honored by American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter

December 13th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU faculty honored by American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University Three faculty members in Mississippi State’s School of Architecture are receiving statewide honors for their role in advancing the architecture profession. Associate professors John Poros, Hans Herrmann and Alexis Gregory were formally recognized by the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter during the organization’s recent Public, Design, Community and Membership Awards Celebration at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. The AIA MS awards programs recognize extraordinary efforts and achievements to encourage excellence and elevate the engagement of architecture within Mississippi. For more, visit http://aiamississippi.org.
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Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture John Poros, right, accepts a Community Service Membership Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. Presenting the honor were, from left, AIA MS President John Beard and Secretary/Treasurer Brian Cabunac. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

Specifically, Poros is a 2016 recipient of the AIA MS Community Service Membership Award, honoring his commitment to fostering sustainable rural development throughout the state of Mississippi. He is past director of the Carl Small Town Center, a community design and outreach component of MSU’s School of Architecture. The center is nationally recognized with awards from the AIA, as well as the American Planning Association.
Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture Hans Herrmann, center, accepts a Merit Design Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. Pictured with Herrmann are Jim West, dean of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, left, and AIA MS President John Beard. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture Hans Herrmann, center, accepts a Merit Design Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. Pictured with Herrmann are Jim West, dean of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, left, and AIA MS President John Beard. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

Herrmann also accepted an AIA MS Merit Design Award for the MSU Golf Course Storm Shelters Project, a collaborative effort between second-year students of the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s School of Architecture and building construction science academic program. The work was completed during the 2014 fall semester collaborative studio, coordinated by Herrmann and Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn of the architecture school, along with Assistant Professor Tom Leathem and Lecturer Lee Carson of building construction science and Assistant Professor Peter Summerlin of the landscape architecture department.
Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture Alexis Gregory, center, accepts an Education Commendation Membership Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. AIA MS Secretary/Treasurer Brian Cabunac, left, and President John Beard presented the award on behalf of the organization. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture Alexis Gregory, center, accepts an Education Commendation Membership Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. AIA MS Secretary/Treasurer Brian Cabunac, left, and President John Beard presented the award on behalf of the organization. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

In recognition of her role in encouraging excellence in architectural education within the state, the AIA MS Chapter also presented Alexis Gregory with its Education Commendation Membership Award. “The School of Architecture is incredibly proud of its faculty accomplishments and acknowledgements within the professional community,” said Michael Berk, director for the School of Architecture and F.L. Crane Endowed Professor.  “Winning AIA awards demonstrates that we are not only engaged in high-level academic activities with our research and students, but also value the practice of architecture and its outreach within our state, region and the nation.” The nationally accredited 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. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu. MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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

image001 new 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’

_20161005_M4B9699 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.

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