Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 16, 2014 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.
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 Hodges, associate vice president for academic affairs, welcomed everyone to campus.
Robert V. M. Harrison and his wife, Freda, were honored for their many contributions to the school, including the Harrison Lecture Series.
James 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
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.
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 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 (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
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
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.
The 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.
The 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’.
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’.
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.
Fourth-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’.
John Taylor Schaffhauser
Mississippi Maritime Museum Capstone Awards (Fourth-Year)* Winners ($500 each): Landon Kennedy and John Taylor Schaffhauser
Honorable 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 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.
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
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 & 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
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 – Certificate
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
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
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.
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.
Photo by Alessio Boni
Architect Charles Renfro, AIA, will present a lecture at the War Memorial in Jackson on March 21.
Renfro, a partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an award winning, 90-person interdisciplinary design studio that integrates the performing arts, visual arts and architecture, is one of eight lecturers who make up the 2013-2014 Mississippi State University School of Architecture endowed Harrison Lecture Series line-up.
The annual series, sponsored by Robert and Freda Harrison of Jackson, brings in national and international architects and others in the trade to speak to School of Architecture alumni, faculty and students as well as the MSU community.
“This particular lecture affords us the opportunity to have an internationally recognized firm make a presentation in the Jackson Metro area, which focuses on the ‘practice’ of architecture,” said Michael Berk, director of the school. “The work of these firms is intended to connect more readily with the professionals and locally interested community members in the state.”
Renfro will speak at 3:30 p.m. at the War Memorial (120 North State Street, Jackson 39201), and a reception will immediately follow at the fifth-year facilities for the MSU School of Architecture, the Stuart C. Irby Jr. Studios (509 East Capitol Street, Jackson 39201). Both the lecture and reception are open to the public.
“The School of Architecture will be busing down students and faculty from Starkville to also participate and celebrate this unique event,” said Berk.
Renfro lectures frequently both in the United States and abroad. His work with DS+R has been exhibited worldwide at many museums and institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Centre Pompidou. Prior to joining the firm, his independent art and architectural work had been exhibited in galleries nationwide, including the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York.
For more information, contact Alexis Gregory at 662.325.0722 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lecture attendance is worth 1 AIA CES credit.
More on Charles Renfro (Bio)
See the lecture poster.
Read the story on MSU’s website.