Lunch, lecture concludes 2013-2014 Harrison Lecture Series

April 15th, 2014 Comments Off

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The School of Architecture Lecture Committee hosted a cookout reception for all School of Architecture students and faculty on Fri., April 1, in honor of Bob Harris.

The reception, held in the Giles Hall Courtyard, was coordinated and run by students from all four architecture student organizations including AIAS, Alpha Rho Chi, NOMAS and Tau Sigma Delta.

Immediately following the cookout, Harris presented the final Harrison Lecture of the 2013-2014 Harrison Lecture Series. (Harris’ lecture, originally scheduled for Jan. 31, was postponed due to a flight cancellation.)

School of Architecture holds annual NOMAS Symposium, Harrison Lecture

April 15th, 2014 Comments Off

Zena Howard, fourth from left (Photo by Casey Walker)

Zena Howard, fourth from left (Photo by Casey Walker)

The School of Architecture held the annual National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) Symposium on April 4.

The symposium included two panel discussion with various College of Architecture, Art and Design professors and students as well as featured guest Zena Howard. The topic of the discussions was “Design for the Body,” design in relationship to the body (based on the book, World of Perception, by Maurice Merleau-Ponty).

Following the panel discussions, Zena Howard presented a Harrison Lecture, “The Freelon Group – Cultural & Civic.” One of the largest African American-owned architecture firms in the country, The Freelon Group recently joined with Perkins + Will. The firm works on various project types, such as public and private institutions such as libraries, research science and laboratory projects and healthcare.

Howard discussed several projects, including:
• Anacostia Public Library in Washington, D.C.
• Tenley-Friendship Public Library in Washington, D.C.
• Durham County Human Services Complex in Durham, N.C.
• Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, N.C.
• International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, N.C.
• National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

School of Architecture to host lunch reception for Harrison Lecturer

April 9th, 2014 Comments Off

The School of Architecture Lecture Committee is hosting a free lunch reception for all School of Architecture students and faculty on Fri., April 1, starting at 11:30 a.m. in honor of Bob Harris, the final speaker in the 2013-2014 Harrison Lecture Series.(Harris’ lecture, originally scheduled for Jan. 31, was postponed due to a flight cancellation.)

The reception will be coordinated and run by students from all four architecture student organizations including AIAS, Alpha Rho Chi, NOMAS and Tau Sigma Delta.

The lunch reception will be held in the Giles Hall Courtyard, where students and faculty will have the opportunity to chat with Harris.

The lecture will be held immediately following in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium at 1 p.m.

School of Architecture to hold annual NOMAS Symposium

March 26th, 2014 Comments Off

The annual National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) will hold their annual symposium on Fri., April 4.

The symposium will include a panel discussion that includes various College of Architecture, Art and Design professors and students as well as featured guest Zena Howard. The panel discussions will be held in the Robert in Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles hall from 1:10 – 2:10 p.m. and from 2:20 – 3:20 p.m. The topic of the discussions will be “Design for the Body,” design in relationship to the body (based on the book, World of Perception, by Maurice Merleau-Ponty).

Howard, an associate principal architect with The Freelon Group, will also present a lecture in the auditorium beginning at 4 p.m. as part of the annual Harrison Lecture Series. Click here to view Howard’s biography.

All CAAD students are encouraged to attend the panel discussions and lecture.

For questions, contact Aryn Phillips, NOMAS secretary, at asp166@msstate.edu.

Architect Charles Renfro lectures at War Memorial in Jackson

March 25th, 2014 Comments Off

Charles Renfro, AIA, lectures at the War Memorial. (photo by David Lewis)

Charles Renfro, AIA, lectures at the War Memorial. (photo by David Lewis)

Charles Renfro, AIA, a partner at Diller Scofido + Renfro (DS+R), presented a selection of works designed by the architecture firm based on the theme of “Civic Service” on Fri., March 21 at the War Memorial in Jackson.

Renfro discussed the work of architects as a service to the communities in which they work. He used various DS+R projects such as the High Line in New York, N.Y., and The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Mass., as examples of this civic architecture.

Students were able to discuss the presentation and the work of DS+R with Renfro at the reception following the lecture in the fifth-year facilities for the MSU School of Architecture.

Architect Charles Renfro to speak at War Memorial in Jackson

March 6th, 2014 Comments Off

Photo by Alessio Boni

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 agregory@caad.msstate.edu.  Lecture attendance is worth 1 AIA CES credit.

More on Charles Renfro (Bio)

See the lecture poster.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Canceled: Honored architect Julie Eizenberg to speak Friday

February 12th, 2014 Comments Off

Julie Eizenberg HeadshotDue to a flight cancellation, this lecture has been canceled. 

Via msstate.edu.

Architect Julie Eizenberg, representing the American Institute of Architects, speaks Friday [Feb. 14] at Mississippi State.

The latest guest for the School of Architecture’s 2013-14 Harrison Lecture Series, Eizenberg begins her presentation at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium of the university’s Giles Hall. The event is free and open to all.

She is founding principal of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Koning Eizenberg Architecture, a firm honored, to date, with more than 100 awards for design, sustainability and historic preservation.

Eizenberg, who leads the firm’s design and master planning efforts, was recognized in 2012 with the AIA’s Los Angeles Gold Medal for her influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

Sponsored by Robert and Freda Harrison of Jackson, the speaker series regularly brings national and international architects, as well as other designers, to share their knowledge and expertise with MSU architecture students, faculty and alumni, as well as interested members of the local community.

Robert Harrison is a retired architect, consultant and founding partner of JH&H Architects.

For more information, contact assistant professor Alexis Gregory at 662-325-0722 or agregory@caad.msstate.edu.

Jennifer Bonner presents Harrison Lecture

October 21st, 2013 Comments Off

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Jennifer Bonner, assistant professor at Georgia Tech and director of Studio Bonner, presented the second Harrison Lecture for the semester on Oct. 18.

In Bonner’s presentation, “Misbehaving in Architecture (And Other Nonsensical Devices for Practice and Teaching),” she showed several images of architecture “misbehaving.” Bonner discussed “misbehaving” to not mean breaking building codes or being irresponsible but to mean doing unexpected things. Some examples she gave included leaving a ceiling unfinished in a nice building, using the look of an enlarged composition notebook as the skin of a building in an Atlanta suburb and the using concrete cinder blocks for a house in an upscale neighborhood.

The architect also discussed what a post-2008 practice might look like and gave several examples of what her firm had done in recent years.

She finished up the lecture with examples of some of her work.

Bonner received a bachelor of architecture from Auburn University and a master of architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she was awarded the James Templeton Kelley Prize for the top graduating project. Her undergraduate thesis project, the Cedar Pavilion, was designed and constructed at the Rural Studio in Perry County, Ala. She has received numerous awards including an AR Award for Emerging Architecture in 2005 and has exhibited at institutions in London; Istanbul; Washington, D.C.; Austria; Barcelona; and Cincinnati. Previously, Bonner has taught design studios and seminars at Woodbury University, Auburn University, the Architectural Association and Lund University. Her research and work has been published in journals including Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Wallpaper, a+t, DAMn, Art Papers and GSD Platform. Her professional experience includes work in the offices of Foster + Partners and David Chipperfield Architects in London.

Gordon Watkinson hosts photography workshop

September 18th, 2013 Comments Off

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The first Harrison Lecturer, photographer Gordon Watkinson, offered a short workshop on how to photograph a building to students in the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Collaborative Tectonics Studio.

Watkinson taught architecture and building construction science students how to use several pieces of equipment including a wide-angle lens.

The workshop’s subject was Giles Hall, and the resulting photographs will be used in the School of Architecture’s yearly publication of student work, BARNworks.

Students who participated in the workshop include:
Kapish Cheema (Architecture)
Robby Keifer (Building Construction Science)
Brent Gaude (Building Construction Science)
Rashidat Momoh (Architecture)
Ryan Fierro (Architecture)
Anna Barr (Architecture)
David Lewis (Architecture)
Cory  May (Architecture)
Katherine Ernst (Architecture)

Gordon Watkinson presents first Harrison Lecture

September 16th, 2013 Comments Off

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Gordon Watkinson presented the first Harrison Lecture on Friday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

The photographer discussed his work as a commercial photographer, which includes a broad range of clients from the fields of advertising, architecture, design and fashion.

During a trip to the Bauhaus School in Dessau/Germany in the late 1990s, Watkinson said he was introduced to the role of design as a solution to social issues, which became the catalyst for an intense and ongoing interaction with modernist design and its different iterations in and outside of Europe.

Watkinson has lectured internationally, most notably at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo/Norway and at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar/Germany.

His work is in the permanent collection of the German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt/Germany and in various private collections.

Watkinson also hosted a photography workshop for architecture students during his visit to Starkville. (See more.)

Tau Sigma Delta hosted a reception following the lecture.

The next lecture will be on held Oct. 18 with Jennifer Bonner. 

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