March 6th, 2014 Comments Off
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
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February 12th, 2014 Comments Off
Due to a flight cancellation, this lecture has been canceled.
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 email@example.com.
October 21st, 2013 Comments Off
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.
September 18th, 2013 Comments Off
(Photos by Professor Emily McGlohn)
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)
September 16th, 2013 Comments Off
photos by Melinda Ingram
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.
August 26th, 2013 Comments Off
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April 25th, 2013 Comments Off
(By Sammy McDavid | University Relations)
STARKVILLE – Janet Marie Smith, a Mississippi State alumna and architect internationally recognized for her innovative baseball stadium designs, will be commencement speaker next month for both of the university’s spring graduations.
Also during the May 10 and 11 public programs in Humphrey Coliseum, MSU will bestow honorary doctoral degrees on, respectively, former governor William F. Winter and Madison architect Robert V.M. Harrison. Winter’s degree will be in public service; Harrison’s, in science.
More than 2,400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students are candidates for 2013 spring semester diplomas.
Smith, a Jackson native who last year was named senior vice president of planning and development for the Los Angeles Dodgers, speaks first at the 7 p.m. ceremony on the 10th for graduates of the Bagley College of Engineering and its Swalm School of Chemical Engineering; College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its School of Human Sciences; and colleges of Education, Forest Resources and Veterinary Medicine.
Her second address will be at 10 a.m. on the 11th to graduates of the colleges of Architecture, Art and Design and its School of Architecture; Arts and Sciences; and Business and its Adkerson School of Accountancy.
Smith is a 1981 MSU architecture graduate who also holds a master’s degree in urban planning from City College of New York. In 1994, she was named the architecture school’s alumna of the year; in 2011, the inaugural class of the Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business.”
Before being hired last summer by the Dodgers organization, Smith was vice president of planning and development for the Baltimore Orioles, a position she had held previously in the early 1990s. Prior to returning to Baltimore, she was in similar leaderships positions with the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves. With the Braves, she also was president of Turner Sports and Entertainment Development, a division of the Turner Broadcasting System.
During her first stint in Baltimore, Smith oversaw the design and construction of Camden Yards and, in the process, created a model for other downtown ball parks around the country. In Atlanta, she led in transforming Olympic Stadium into Turner Field; in Boston, she was responsible for transforming venerable Fenway Park and leading the program that placed the ballpark on the National Historic Register.
Winter, Mississippi’s chief executive 1980-84, is nationally recognized for leadership in helping bring about the state’s education reform act that created the Magnolia State’s first public kindergartens, among other school improvements. A former state legislator who later was elected state tax collector, treasurer and lieutenant governor, he has been honored with a Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the 2009 Mississippi Medal of Service by his home state.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi and its law school, the Grenada native also holds a Mississippi Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award and is a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. He currently is special counsel for the Jones Walker firm’s Government Relations Practice Group in Jackson.
Winter is a World War II veteran who continually has been praised for a lifetime of work involving efforts to expand opportunities for others. He is the namesake of Ole Miss’ racial reconciliation institute and the state’s teacher scholar loan program.
Harrison is a former two-term president of the state chapter of the American Institute of Architects and former member of the national AIA board. A partner for more than three decades in the Jackson architectural firm of JH&H, he was instrumental in helping establish MSU’s architecture academic program. Additionally, he served on the architecture school faculty for 13 years, and continues two decades of service on the school’s advisory council.
An intern development program for architecture graduates that Harrison proposed in his University of Florida master’s degree thesis was adopted, after being pilot tested, by Mississippi as the model in 1978. It now is mandatory for architectural registration in all 50 states.
He helped found the state chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and served as its president. He remains among only a few professionals to hold the distinguished rank as a Fellow of both the AIA and CSI.
Harrison’s continuing support of the MSU architecture program includes endowment of a lecture series, gifts for scholarships and facilities in both architecture and landscape architecture and fundraising assistance. The popular campus auditorium in Giles Hall, home of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, is named for him and his wife Freda.
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April 8th, 2013 Comments Off
Lisa Iwamoto presents on “The Culture of Craft”
Lisa Iwamoto, principal with Craig Scott at Iwamoto Scott Architecture, discussed her arena of craft – digital fabrication – at the final Harrison Lecture for the year.
Iwamoto said her teaching and research at the University of California, Berkely, led to a book, Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques, that celebrates the design ingenuity made possible by digital fabrication techniques and explores the methods architects use to calibrate digital designs with physical forms.
Throughout the presentation, Iwamoto focused on material type, folding and buildings. She walked the audience through several projects in which she played with using ordinary materials in extraordinary ways and also showcased some of her students’ work.
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March 27th, 2013 Comments Off
On Friday, March 22, David J. Lewis, architect and professor, delivered a lecture as part of the Harrison Lecture Series in Jackson. Students and alumni turned out for the event, and a reception and open house was held afterward at the MSU School of Architecture’s fifth-year building.
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The final Harrison Lecture for the year will be Lisa Iwamoto on April 5 at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall. Iwamoto is principal at Iwamoto Scott Architecture and an associate professor at the University of Califorinia, Berkeley. The lecture will be in conjunction with the NOMAS symposium.
March 8th, 2013 Comments Off
(images by Prakash Patel)
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David J. Lewis, AIA
David J. Lewis, AIA, will present a lecture at the War Memorial in Jackson as part of the Harrison Lecture Series on March 22 at 4 p.m.
Attendance to the lecture will provide 1 hour of HSW continuing education credit from the AIA. Please be sure to bring your AIA number to register at the lecture.
A reception and open house will be held immediately following the lecture at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture’s fifth-year building, the Stuart C. Irby Jr. Studios just around the corner on Capitol Street.
All are invited! Contact Janine Davis at 601-354-6480 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lewis is a principal at LTL Architects in New York. He holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, a Master of Arts in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College.
He is an Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design and currently serves as the Interim Dean of the School of Constructed Environments. At Parsons, he directed the Design Workshop program from 2007 to 2010 and was on the faculty for the Solar Decathlon project in 2011.
He has also taught at Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Limerick and Ohio State University.
Lewis is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the School of Architecture at the University of Limerick, Ireland.
The next lecture in The Culture of Craft Harrison Lecture Series will be by Lisa Iwamoto on April 5.
Click here to view the Harrison Lecture Series Poster.