Carl Small Town Center’s Tanglefoot Trail project featured on WCBI

November 20th, 2014 Comments Off


They gathered at the Tanglefoot Trailhead in Houston, near what is left of the old depot. A mix of community leaders, economic development officials and specialists in rural design, to talk about how the trail can serve the community.

“The hard work is done, the trail is here, it’s great, people are using it, but now we kind of look at, ok, how do we make this even better?” said Cynthia Nikitin, who is with the Citizens Institute on Rural Design, which picked Houston as one of four towns nationwide to help develop a plan to maximize public spaces.

There are many possibilities for development along Houston’s portion of the 44-mile-long Tanglefoot Trail which runs from New Albany south through Pontotoc into Chickasaw County. Options including recreation facilities, public spaces or other community amenities.

One of the main goals is to get visitors from the trailhead to the downtown area. A workshop set for early next year will look at ways to do just that.

MSU students from the Carl Small Town Center will help organize the workshop and will help implement ideas.

“It’s a really wonderful opportunity for them, it’s a real world project that they get to be involved in, they get to see first hand how to interact with community members and produce great results,” said Leah Kemp from the Carl Small Town Center.

Economic development officials say having a plan to draw more people to the trail and the community will benefit everyone.

“We want to develop further businesses, we want to develop the landscapes, so people are attracted into this community, it has much much potential,” said John Walden, chairman of the Chickasaw Development Foundation.

Once plans are finalized, experts will look at options to pay for the projects.

The workshop to gather ideas for development along the Tanglefoot Trail in Houston is set for mid February.

NOMAS, Fashion Board hold Trashion Show 2014

November 20th, 2014 Comments Off

Trashion 2014 [HD] (by Assistant Professor Justin Taylor)

The sixth annual NOMAS Trashion Show was held on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall.

Put on by the School of Architecture, the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students and the MSU Fashion Board, this year’s “High Trashion-” themed show featured designs created by students using recycled materials.

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Setting up for the Trashion Show:

Architecture, building construction science students establish a national model for academic collaboration

November 18th, 2014 Comments Off

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum, Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Bill Broyles visit the Collaborative Studio in Giles Hall to view models and full-scale mock-ups of the golf course facilities being designed and built by architecture and building construction science students. Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum, Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Bill Broyles visit the Collaborative Studio in Giles Hall to view models and full-scale mock-ups of the golf course facilities being designed and built by architecture and building construction science students. Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is paving the way nationally when it comes to collaboration between the fields of construction and architecture.

In the fall, CAAD’s second-year architecture and building construction science studios come together to form a joint Collaborative Studio, where students are challenged to bring knowledge from their two disciplines together.

Assistant Professor of architecture Emily McGlohn, coordinator for the studio, explained that buildings are becoming more and more complex and require construction and architecture professionals to work together – what is referred to in the industry as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).

“The students are learning the earlier the constructors and architects come together in the design process, the better the building will be and the less headaches they will encounter along the way.”

Each year, students in this studio are challenged to work together to design and construct a full-scale product from start to finish for a real client. Last year’s fall Collaborative Studio constructed two bus shelters for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. This year, students are working on two lighting shelters for the MSU Golf Course.

“Every class gets a chance to do a project like this,” said Associate Professor of architecture Hans Herrmann. “That’s rare,” he said, going on to explain how important hands-on learning is for students. “The reality of making is different from drawing. Gravity becomes a reality for them,” he laughed.

And the students have, in fact, dealt with their fair share of challenges, both with learning how to work together and actually building something they have designed.

“This is a pretty intense, hands-on learning experience for them,” said building construction science instructor Lee Carson, who said that students are learning “the idea of drawing with materials.”

This year’s project includes two separate shelters with restrooms for the golf course – one with cypress wall panels as an exterior skin and the other with a concrete skin. Both facilities will have cisterns to capture rainwater that will be used to flush the toilets.

After working on individual, small-scale designs, the 49 students split into four teams to tackle designing and building the two facilities in pieces – a wood wall panel team, a concrete wall panel team, a roof truss team and a concrete wall cistern team. This teamwork has allowed for a peer-review atmosphere, which has resulted in improved quality of design and construction.

“The students’ work has continued to impress us,” said Bill Broyles, interim vice for student affairs, who has been consulting with the group from the start.

Construction began on site with the pouring of the foundation in late September. Students are currently working on the formwork for the cistern wall while the other teams are fabricating their components off site. Construction on both buildings is set to be finished by the end of the month.

The project will wrap up with a final review on Dec. 1, where students will explain the design and construction process. A ribbon cutting ceremony and reception – open to the MSU community – will be held on the golf course in the spring.

“The students are really excited to have an investment on campus,” said Herrmann. “And we are grateful to have a project to work on,” added Michael Berk, F.L. Crane Professor and director of the School of Architecture.

According to Jim West, the college’s dean, CAAD is the only college in the country where the entire group of construction and architecture students from one year-level come together in a joint studio.

“MSU is truly reframing innovative architecture and construction education,” said the new director of the Building Construction Science Program Craig Capano, Ph.D., and Roy Anderson Professor.

“For our students, the idea of IPD and project collaboration is going to be a familiar concept,” added Berk.

“And we are setting a standard we feel will be modeled in the years to come across the country,” finished West.

NOMAS Trashion Show featured on WCBI

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MSU School of Architecture curates coast exhibit

November 3rd, 2014 Comments Off

photo by David Lewis

photo by David Lewis

(Via David Lewis)

A continuation and expansion of the “Modern Mississippi” exhibit will be on display through the end of December at the Charnley-Norwood House in Ocean Springs.

The exhibit was curated and photographed by MSU School of Architecture students Landon Kennedy and David Lewis with the help of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines, faculty coordinator and photographer; student Mary Sanders, photographer; and student Casey Walker photographer.

“The Charnley-Norwood House was designed by Louis Sullivan,” said Lewis. “At the time, Frank Llyod Wright worked for Sullivan and is believed to have worked on the house. It was recently restored after being extremely damaged during Hurricane Katrina.”

The renovation/restoration project by Albert & Associates Architects P.A. recently received an Honor Award from the Mississippi AIA.

Alpha Rho Chi students recognized with national award

November 3rd, 2014 Comments Off

(Via APX media release)

The Alpha Rho Chi Grand Council recognized the dedication and hard work of two student members from Mississippi State University (MSU) on October 18, 2014. Melinda Ingram and Sang Nguyen received the National Fraternal Service Award for their efforts developing and supporting national fraternity projects and mentoring other student members at universities across the country. The award is presented in the form a gold lapel pin modeled on the fraternity’s crest and is worn alongside the fraternity’s badge.

Ingram and Nguyen, students of MSU’s architecture program and members of the university’s Hippodamus Chapter, spent the previous year applying research, problem solving and creativity skills to formulate guidelines and plans in support of the fraternity’s ritual. Ingram was a key member of a team researching patterns and fabric types – and developing detailed sewing instructions – used for costuming. Nguyen worked with other student members to design and test materials and construction methodologies for building props. When finalized in 2015, all student chapters will use these guidelines and plans in support of the fraternity’s commitment to a safe and purposeful initiation experience.

“Melinda and Sang have made a great impact on our teams’ progress toward developing resources for the entire fraternity,” said council member and Grand Lecturer Scott Swanson. “Their responsiveness and willingness to help others exemplifies Alpha Rho Chi’s spirit of service to its members and emphasizes our focus on experiential learning.”

Ingram and Nguyen also mentored student members at three recently installed chapters, helping those students learn how to create their own materials for the first time while promoting concepts like risk management and safety. Both worked with students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in Minneapolis; NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, Calif.; and Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga. Ingram and Nguyen continue their roles working with the Grand Lecturer and other project teams.

Alpha Rho Chi, a member of the Professional Fraternity Association, is the national fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. The brotherhood unites men and women for the purpose of fellowship and lifelong friendships and mutual interest in professional development. Founded in 1914, the student and alumni brothers study and practice architecture, interior design, architectural engineering, urban planning, landscape architecture and related disciplines.
The fraternity is located at 30 schools of architecture across the United States and perpetuates through the all-volunteer services of its alumni, student and faculty members.

Read the story on MSU’s site.

Architecture student begins one-year co-op with Beard + Riser Architects

August 28th, 2014 Comments Off

Austin Robinson (via Beard + Riser website)

Austin Robinson (via Beard + Riser website)

Fifth-year architecture student Austin Robinson began a one-year co-op with Beard + Riser Architects in Greenwood this summer.

Robinson has been featured on the architecture firm’s website at!beard–riser-welcomes-intern-architect/c1mp0 and is also one of six architecture students participating in a co-op in an architecture firm this year. He joins his classmates Haley Whiteman, Ethan Warren, Jacob Johnson, Jonathan Greer and Jordan Hanson in taking this excellent opportunity to gain professional experience before graduation.

The following are the architecture firms in which the other students are working:
Jonathan Greer – Sasaki Associates – Watertown, Mass.
Jordan Hanson – Perkins + Will – New York, NY
Jacob Johnson – Seay, Seay, and Litchfield – Montgomery, Ala.
Ethan Warren – Brumfield Ward & Associates – Ridgeland
Haley Whiteman – H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC – New York, NY

Architecture student ties for first place in the Arts & Humanities Category of the MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium

August 28th, 2014 Comments Off

Jacqueline Brooke Dorman, fifth-year architecture student, tied for first place in the Arts & Humanities Category of the MSU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium was held Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. in Griffis Hall and was hosted by the Shackouls Honors College.

Dorman presented her research on the gap in building construction technology literature for architecture students titled “Exposing Gaps in Student Literature for Building Construction Technology.” This award is in addition to her award for the same research in the MSU 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium hosted by the Graduate School where she won “Best Presentation.”

Dorman conducted her research under the guidance of School of Architecture Assistant Professor Alexis D. Gregory, AIA.

Also presenting his research at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium was third-year architecture student Ryan Fierro. Fierro was funded with a 2014 Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and he worked with School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jacob Gines on his research.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

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Architecture students takes ‘Best Presentation’ at research symposium

July 1st, 2014 Comments Off

MSU senior Jacqueline "Brooke" Dorman, center, was honored this week for the best presentation at Mississippi State's 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. Extending congratulations are Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president, and Karen S. Coats, associate graduate school dean. Photo by: Keats Haupt

MSU senior Jacqueline “Brooke” Dorman, center, was honored this week for the best presentation at Mississippi State’s 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. Extending congratulations are Jerry Gilbert, provost and executive vice president, and Karen S. Coats, associate graduate school dean. Photo by: Keats Haupt

By Leah Barbour | MSU Public Affairs

Undergraduate university students from Colombia and Rwanda, along with peers from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, explained their research at Mississippi State’s 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium.

During a Monday [June 30] ceremony at McCool Hall, nine junior and senior participants presented posters and talked with judges about their recently completed research projects.

Each summer, the MSU Graduate School sponsors the student projects as part of its Summer Research Program for Undergraduate Students.

After their proposals were selected, the students began working in mid-May with MSU faculty mentors. Participants spent 20 hours each week over a seven-week period to design, conduct and conclude their respective projects.

“If you have access to research knowledge that’s happening right now, you are going to be better prepared to know about the cutting edge opportunities in your field,” Jerry Gilbert told the students and others at the awards ceremony.

Gilbert, MSU’s provost and executive vice president, reminded the students that participating in cutting-edge research “is just one of the advantages you have at a research university, and we’re encouraging all undergraduates to come and participate in the research process.”

Architecture fifth-year senior Jacqueline B. Dorman of Biloxi, the daughter of Richard Dorman of Biloxi and Kitda Dorman of Anchorage, Alaska, was honored for having the best presentation, “Exposing Gaps in Student Literature for Building Construction Technology.”

Junior biological sciences major Madison L. “Maddy” Buras of Slidell, Louisiana, the daughter of Dennis and Cheryl Buras, was runner up for “Evaluation of Multiple Paternity in Cyclura ricordii, Ricord’s Rock Iguana.”

Other 2014 participants included, by hometown:

CARROLLTON–Senior biological sciences major Tineka R. Burkhead, the daughter of Frank and Ruby Bulkhead.

FLOWOOD–Senior forestry major Andrew Z. Shaman, the son of Christopher and Felicia Shaman.

SEMMES, Alabama–Junior agricultural information sciences major Kenneth T. “Ken” Hearn, the son of Michael and Terri Perkins.

STARKVILLE–Chemical engineering major Andres F. Chaparral Sosa, a native of Columbia and the son of Mauro Chaparral and Maria Sosa, and aerospace engineering major Christian Kabana Michigan, a native of Rwanda and the son of Yvonne Kabanyana. Both are seniors.

TUSCUMBIA, Alabama–Junior industrial and systems engineering major Mary Katherine B. Beall, the daughter of Howard and Sarah Beall.

WINONA–Senior counseling and educational psychology major Brittany L. Bane, the daughter of Darren and Lisa Bane.

For more about MSU’s undergraduate research opportunities, visit

Mississippi State Alpha Rho Chi Chapter installs colony in Georgia

June 9th, 2014 Comments Off

Hippodamus, the Mississippi State University Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi, was recently invited by the fraternity’s grand council to install a new colony at Southern Polytechnic State University.

Hippodamus is the youngest chapter – just over a year established – to ever install another colony, and they were honored to help install the largest colony in the fraternity’s history.

The Hippodamus members, along with faculty advisor Justin Taylor, spent two days in Marietta, Ga., performing the installation ritual to initiate thirty-eight new members into Polyidus.

“Our members of Alpha Rho Chi did a fantastic job,” said Taylor. “The members of grand council that were there had nothing but complements for the group. On numerous occasions they said it was the best installation they had seen.”

Alpha Rho Chi is the only national coed professional/social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. The Hippodamus chapter includes 32 members representing students from architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and engineering. Their mission is academic excellence, and the group focuses on leadership, mentoring and professionalism.

“I’m super proud of all the members of Alpha Rho Chi,” said Taylor. “They are a stand-up group of students; they work hard and are continuously working on stuff around the school and for the betterment of the student body.”

For more information on how to become a member of Alpha Rho Chi, contact Justin Taylor at

Hippodamus Executive Board 2014-2015:
President – Megan Vansant
Vice-President – Amarin Montroy
Secretary – Emily Morse
Treasurer – Matthew Peugh
Superintendent – Bradford Trevino

Justin Taylor (Alumni/Faculty Advisor)
Adam Rhodes (Alumni)
Eric Lynn (Alumni)
Melinda Ingram
Cory May
Mark Riley
Megan Vansant
Stefan Balcer
Emily Morse
Lorianna Baker
Ryan Mura
Hannah Waycaster
Sang Nguyen
Patrick Brown
Daniel Torres
Tyler Warmath
Mary Whitney Evins
Elesabeth Evans
Matthew Peugh
Garrett Yelverton
Rashidat Momoh
Amarin Montroy
Lucas Posey
Zachary Busman
Chad Cordray
Bradford Trevino
Maria Germash
Zachary Henry
Nicholas Vezinaw
Gerald Wicks
Sara Peppers
Elizabeth Beuche
Taylor McKinney

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