Harrison Lecture includes ‘Design Build Dual’

November 14th, 2016 Comments Off on Harrison Lecture includes ‘Design Build Dual’

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Speakers from two firms presented the Harrison Lecture on Nov. 11 from 3-5 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

Jesus Robles and Cade Hayes of DUST Design/Build and Jeffrey Day of Min Day Architects presented “Design Build Dual: Comparative Practices for Design/Build.”

A reception was held in their honor following the presentations.

Two LU/HSW AIA Continuing Education credits were provided.

The Harrison Lecture Series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.

For more information, caad.msstate.edu/sarc/lectureseries.

David Dowell present Harrison Lecture

October 24th, 2016 Comments Off on David Dowell present Harrison Lecture

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David Dowell, AIA, principal at El Dorado Inc., presented the Harrison Lecture on Fri., Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Dowell has been with the firm since 1998. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 followed by a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. 

HE is a REVIEW Studios patron and serves on the Nelson-Atkins Friends of Art Leadership Council, he supports the Kansas City Art Institute and has organized the biennial KCAI Auction to raise scholarship funds for current and future students.

The Harrison Lecture Series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.

WOW Atelier partners visit MSU for Harrison Lecture Series

April 20th, 2016 Comments Off on WOW Atelier partners visit MSU for Harrison Lecture Series


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Architect Gregory Walker and artist Benjamin Wiemeyer, two of the partners in the Salt Lake City, Utah-based design firm WOW Atelier, visited Mississippi State University last week for events made possible by the Harrison Lecture Series.


The School of Architecture (coordinated by Assistant Professor Jacob Gines) partnered with Wiemeyer and the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District to paint a graffiti-style mural on one of the walls in the Armstrong Middle School Gymnasium. Wiemeyer, who arrived in Starkville on April 4 unveiled his latest work with a public ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday [April 14].


Wiemeyer presented “Changing the Face of the World with Mural Painting” to art students mid-day on Friday, and the partners finished their visit with a 4 p.m. Harrison Lecture in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

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Harrison lecturers to leave lasting impression

April 13th, 2016 Comments Off on Harrison lecturers to leave lasting impression

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By Zack Plair | Mississippi State University

The upcoming speakers for the Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Harrison Lecture Series plan to leave a permanent impression of their visit to Starkville.

Architect Gregory Walker and artist Benjamin Wiemeyer, two of the partners in the Salt Lake City, Utah-based design firm WOW Atelier, will speak about their burgeoning young business at 4 p.m. Friday, April 15, in Harrison Auditorium at Giles Hall. Wiemeyer also will lecture to MSU architecture, art and design students throughout Friday on “Changing the Face of the World with Mural Painting.” (11 a.m. in Stafford 200)

Beyond that, MSU has partnered with Wiemeyer and the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District to paint a graffiti-style mural on one of the walls in the Armstrong Middle School Gymnasium. Wiemeyer, who arrived in Starkville on April 4 and has already put in dozens of hours painting the mural, will unveil his latest work with a public ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday [April 14]. He also has interacted regularly with AMS and MSU students during his visit.

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“I really like to paint, and I’m kind of excited to be painting somewhere new,” Wiemeyer said. “Everyone has been super warm and super accommodating. The kids seem to be stoked.”

The annual lecture series, which features speakers throughout the year who are professionals in architecture and related fields, is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Robert V. M. Harrison.

In 2012, Walker and Wiemeyer, along with Chimso Onwuegbu, co-founded WOW Atelier, a creative studio that specializes in a variety of areas, including architecture, graffiti, branding, exhibit design and fabrication, intermedia sculpture and painting. Walker holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah and has presented his work at Parsons New School for Design, the University of Utah’s City and Metropolitan and the AIA Western Mountain Region Conference. Wiemeyer has a degree in intermedia sculpture from the University of Utah.

Jacob Gines, assistant professor for the School of Architecture, said exposing MSU students to the work of a multi-disciplinary design studio—especially one that so heavily emphasizes art—may open their minds to more unconventional applications of architecture and design. He characterized the mural, which will grace a wall that is 100 feet long by 12 feet wide, as a dynamic piece focused on metamorphosis and featuring yellow jacket hives and swarms.

“Embedded in it will be the ideas of growth and maturity; leaving the hive to go out in the world to do something important,” Gines said.

AMS Principal Timothy Bourne said having Wiemeyer on campus has enriched his students, and he called the mural a “priceless” gift students, faculty and staff can enjoy for years to come. He even joked the experience might help some of his more mischievous students redirect some of their angst through more appropriate media.

“You know there are a lot of kids at Armstrong who like to draw on the walls, but obviously not on this level,” he said. “I want them to know from this experience that this can actually be a job.”

James Cathcart gives Harrison Lecture

April 11th, 2016 Comments Off on James Cathcart gives Harrison Lecture

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James Cathcart, author of Pamphlet Architecture 25: Gravity and project director at Appelbaum Associates, presented the Harrison Lecture on Fri., April 8.

Cathcart was born in Colombia, S.C. He was trained as an architect at the University of Florida and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. For over 25 years, he has worked on museum and exhibition design at Ralph Appelbaum Associates in New York. Cathcart’s own practice focuses on architectural investigations that explore the parallels between the social, political, cultural and tectonic structures. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. He is a founding member of the icebergproject.org collaborative. His book Gravity (Pamphlet Architecture #23) was published By Princeton Press. He currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Upcoming lectures include:

  • April 15, 4 p.m.
    Gregory Walker and Benjamin Wiemeyer
    Principals, Wow Atelier
  • May 6, 1 p.m., S|ARC Recognition Day
    (Dr. William and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture)
    Malcolm White
    Author, Little Stories
    Owner, Hal & Mal’s Restaurant

The Harrison Lecture Series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.

School of Architecture, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art hold lecture in classical design

April 1st, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art hold lecture in classical design

The School of Architecture at Mississippi State University and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) hosted the Dan and Gemma Camp Lecture in Classical Architectural Design on April 1 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

F.L. Crane Professor and Director of the School of Architecture Michael Berk welcomed guests – including students, alumni, S|ARC Advisory Board members, as well as the lecture sponsors – Dan and Gemma Camp.

Tracy Ward, a 1987 graduate of the School of Architecture, introduced the lecture. A registered architect and architectural historian as well as chairman of the Mississippi Committee of the ICAA, Ward discussed the national nonprofit group that focuses on promoting the classical arts.

Emeritus Professor of Architecture Michael W. Fazio, Ph.D., then presented the main lecture on “The Works of Benjamin Latrobe.”

Fazio is an architect and architectural historian. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University, a Master of Architecture degree from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in the history of architecture and urban development from Cornell University. He practices architecture in the southeast region, most often as a preservation and restoration consultant preparing historic structure reports. He is also an actively publishing scholar whose articles have appeared in the Society of Architectural Historians Journal, Arris (the journal of the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians), and the Journal of Architectural Education. An accomplished author, his books include Buildings Across Time: An Introduction to World Architecture, The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and Landscape of Transformations: Architecture and Birmingham, Alabama. Fazio was a professor at Mississippi State University from 1974 until 2005.

The Dan and Gemma Camp Lecture in Classical Architectural Design is sponsored by Dan and Gemma Camp (founder and developer of the Cotton District in Starkville) along with a generous gift by Briar (S|ARC Class of 1994) and Michelle Jones.

The lecture is also a part of the 2015-2016 Harrison Lecture Series lineup.

Upcoming lectures include:

  • April 8, 4 p.m.
    James Cathcart
    Author, Pamphlet Architecture 25: Gravity Project
    Project Director, Ralph Appelbaum Associates
  • April 15, 4 p.m.
    Gregory Walker and Benjamin Wiemeyer
    Principals, Wow Atelier
  • May 6, 1 p.m., S|ARC Recognition Day
    (Dr. William and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture)
    Malcolm White
    Author, Little Stories
    Owner, Hal & Mal’s Restaurant

The Harrison Lecture Series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.

Jason Steiner presents spring Harrison Lecture

March 24th, 2016 Comments Off on Jason Steiner presents spring Harrison Lecture


Jason Steiner, associate principal and digital design director at Mithun Inc., presented the second Harrison Lecture this spring for the 2015-2016 series.

Steiner discussed his firm and their Sustainability Treehouse.

Blending artistic vision with analytic expertise, Steiner leads Mithun’s visual design team in integrating digital modeling, performance analysis and visualization into the design process. With advanced degrees in environmental design and architecture, he assists clients in visually understanding and articulating their goals through the medium of graphic communication. By employing technology such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Jason creates compelling representations that bring value to clients by inspiring community consensus and excitement, garnering municipal approval and investor support; and bringing to light challenges and opportunities related to site analysis, sustainable building strategies, and concept development.

A reception, hosted by Tau Sigma Delta, was held following the lecture in the Giles Gallery, which is currently displaying work by Mithun.

Virginia San Fratello presents Harrison Lecture as part of annual NOMAS Symposium

March 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Virginia San Fratello presents Harrison Lecture as part of annual NOMAS Symposium

The annual National Organization of Minority Students (NOMAS) symposium was held on March 4.


As part of the events, students debated on analog vs. digital advantages for architecture.


Following the debate, Virginia San Fratello delivered the Harrison Lecture in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

San Fratello is an architect, artist and educator. She is a partner at Rael San Fratello and in Emerging Objects, which is a pioneering design and research company that specializes in 3D printed materials and objects for the built environment based in Oakland, Calif. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University in the city of New York. Her research focuses on the convergence of digital, ecological and creative material explorations. The research is applied through the design and fabrication of innovative buildings and their components, furniture elements and site specific installations that often look at inherent material resources and have embedded political consequences. Rael San Fratello was the recipient of the Emerging Voices Award, Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation Design Award for their Hydro Wall concept, a finalist in the WPA 2.0 design competition and winner of the Van Alen Institute’s Life at the Speed of Rail competition. Their work has been published in Architect, Metropolis Magazine, L’Arca, DOMUS, the NY Times, Interior Design Magazine and MARK Magazine among others.

David Perkes presents final fall 2015 Harrison Lecture

November 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on David Perkes presents final fall 2015 Harrison Lecture

David Perkes, founding director for Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, presented the final Harrison Lecture for the fall on Fri., Oct. 30, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Perkes discussed the work of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and how the research center got its start.

He then used seven social-ecological principals to talk about resilience: maintain diversity/redundancy, manage connectivity, manage slow variables, complex adaptive systems, encourage learning, broaden participation, and promote polycentric governance.

“The work of our time is to figure out how to make resilient communities,” said Perkes, who challenged students to figure out what that means to them and their future work as architects.

Joining School of Architecture students, faculty, staff and friends were MSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw and and Associate Vice President for Research J.A. “Drew” Hamilton Jr.

A reception was held after the lecture in the Giles Gallery, which is currently showcasing work from both of the College of Architecture, Art and Design research centers – the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and the Carl Small Town Center – as well as undergraduate research.

Design studio director to present next Harrison lecture

October 27th, 2015 Comments Off on Design studio director to present next Harrison lecture

Gulf Coast Community Design Center (GCCDS) - Biloxi Katrina recovery architecture and landscape architecture - for Foundation Annual Report

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By Zach Plair | Mississippi State University

David Perkes is looking beyond rebuilding and focusing more on resilience.

As founding director for Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, he plans to promote the studio’s forward-thinking design philosophy when he visits the Starkville campus Friday [Oct. 30] as part of the MSU School of Architecture’s Robert and Freda Harrison Endowed Visiting Lecture Series. He will speak at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium at Giles Hall.

MSU established the design studio in Biloxi as an outreach program of the College of Architecture, Art and Design in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Its staff of professional designers has worked with communities, non-profit organizations and residents to rebuild or repair hundreds of homes, as well as reclaim landscape along the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast. Through a thoughtful, design initiative that closely involves stakeholders, Perkes said, the center aims to promote community sustainability.

The studio has earned numerous regional and national awards, and has been named a National Resilience Design Studio by the American Institute of Architects and Rockefeller foundations.

“The focus isn’t just on rebuilding after Katrina,” Perkes said. “It’s about making strong, resilient coastal communities.”

Started in 2009 with a gift from the Harrisons, the visiting lecture series invites architects, academics, artists, makers and theoreticians from the U.S. and around the world to the MSU campus to present their work and interact with students, said Michael Berk, School of Architecture director and F.L. Crane Professor. The series typically hosts about 10 lecturers annually, he added.

“The intention of the visiting series is to bring cutting-edge ideas from around the world and the academy to our students and faculty in Starkville,” Berk said. “These inspiring presentations have an amazing impact on our students — it opens their eyes to the possibilities beyond the horizon. These visitors also get a glimpse of the amazing work our students and faculty are doing, helping to enhance our external reputations.”

A former director for the Jackson Community Design Center, where he taught fifth-year architecture students, Perkes won the Latrobe Prize in 2011 and served as Loeb Fellow in 2003-04.

Perkes said he hopes his lecture gives students at MSU’s Starkville campus a better understanding of the design studio’s work and inspires them to become involved.

Check out the recent video featuring Perkes and the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio.

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