School of Architecture holds annual Jury Reviews

May 14th, 2018 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds annual Jury Reviews

The School of Architecture hosted Spring 2018 Jury Reviews in Giles Hall from Fri., April 20 through Fri., April 27:

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First-Year: Foundational project

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Second- Year: Scholar Housing – North Farm

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Third-Year: Collaborative Studio w/ building construction science studio — Meridian Police Station Re-use & Renovation

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Fourth-Year: Mississippi Winery – North Farm

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Fifth-Year: Individual Comprehensive projects in urban Jackson

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us!

School of Architecture holds annual Recognition Day honoring the class of 2018

May 11th, 2018 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds annual Recognition Day honoring the class of 2018

Class of 2018: (left to right): Anna Barr, Charles Barlow, Ebony Batchelor, Ashtyn Bryant, Claire Sims, Abbigail Raper, Zachary Henry, Zach Busman, Caleb Fearing, Kimball Hansard, Nick Vezinaw, Bradford Trevino, Rashidat Momoh, Edward Holmes, Kirby Lockard, Omkar Prabhu, Yerix Morel, Danielle Nail, Ben Webster, Spencer Powell, Maria Vaghani, Ian Omar Smart

Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 3, 2018, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk welcomed everyone and thanked parents, spouses, partners, siblings, grandparents and other guests for supporting the graduates before introducing MSU Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Peter Ryan, Ph.D.Ryan welcomed everyone to campus.

College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West, AIA, presented the 28th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.The School of Architecture faculty members were recognized before announcing the awards.

2017-2018 School of Architecture awards:

Director’s Award
Recipient: Jim West
This special award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the built environment and beyond.

_____________________________________________________ Annual Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Recipient: Jassen Callender
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.

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Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD)
Chapter President: Leah Ballard Welborn 
Faculty Advisors: Professor Jacob Gines, Professor Hans Herrmann
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.

TSD Initiates:
Trey Box, Tony Coleman, Meredith Hutto, Abby Jackson, Matthew Murphy, Maria Ory, Duncan Thomas, Daniel Wikoff (Interior Design: Lauren Bean, Laura Katherine Goodman, Sam Graham, Kaitlynn Harness, Carlie Teffeteller, Natalie Watson)

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TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Caleb Fearing, Zachary Henry, Edward Holmes, Omkar Prabhu, Bradford Treviño, Maria Vaghani, Ben Webster, (Interior Design: Lauren Bean, Natalie Watson)

TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient: Dr. Fred Esenwein
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 to excellence.TSD Bronze Medal
Recipient: Edward Holmes V
The Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal is presented by the third- and fourth-year 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.

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National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President: Damion Hardy
Faculty Advisor: Professor Francesca Hankins
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 2018 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient: Leandra Santos
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.

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Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Chapter President: Asher Paxton
Faculty Advisor: Professor Justin Taylor
Alpha Rho Chi is the only national co-ed professional/social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. MSU’s Hippodamus chapter includes members representing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering. Their mission is academic excellence, and the group focuses on leadership, mentoring and professionalism.

Alpha Rho Chi Student Book Award
Recipient: Ashtyn Belle Bryant
The Alpha Rho Chi student book award is given to a graduating fifth-year
architecture student who is an active member of Alpha Rho Chi who has
furthered the mission of the fraternity through service.

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American Institute of Architecture Students
Chapter President: Hannah Hebinck
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Fred Esenwein
American Institute of Architecture Students is the student counterpart of the American Institute of Architects. The chapter works closely with professional architects in the state through the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

AIAS Member of the Year Award
Recipient: Baron Necaise
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.”

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First-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Professor Hans Herrmann
Recipients: Trent Little, Grace Sheridan, Caley Watts
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’.

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Second-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Professor Justin Taylor
Recipient: Mariah Green 
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’.

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Third-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Professor John Poros
Recipient: Trey Box
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’.

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Fourth-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Professor Jacob GInes
Recipient: Rayce Belton
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’.

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Herrington Architects Student Design Capstone Award
Recipient: Tahir Khan
This $1,500 award is selected by an outside Jury Committee, including Bruce Herrington and Tim Nichols, to recognize exceptional design work among 4th-year students.

Herrington Architects Student Design Jurists’ Award
Recipient: Amanda Kotecki
This $750 award is selected by an outside Jury Committee, including Bruce Herrington and Tim Nichols, to recognize exceptional design work among fourth-year students. The recipient is runner-up to the Capstone Award.

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ARCC King Award
Presented by: Director Michael Berk
Recipient: Edward Holmes V
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.


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Fifth-Year Jurists’ Awards
Presented by: Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients: Kirby Lockard, Rashida Momoh
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.

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Academic Achievement Award
Recipient: Zachary Henry
The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average. 

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Creative Windows And Doors/Marvin Windows 5th-Year Design Travel Award
($1,500) Ebony Batchelor
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. Creative Windows & Doors established a new agreement in 2017 to continue and enhance the award.

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Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by: Director Michael Berk
Recipient: Ebony Batchelor
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.

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AIA Henry Adams Medal
Presented by: Director Michael Berk
Medal Recipient: Zachary Henry
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Henry Adams Medal is considered to be the most important award given to graduating students. It is awarded for “general excellence in architecture” throughout the course of study. The medal is awarded to the most qualified student, and selection is made by the entire faculty.

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Other Notable Student Awards, 2017-2018

Honorable Mention: ACSA/AIA CRAN HERE + NOW Housing Competition
Zachary Henry
Zachary Henry received Honorable Mention in the HERE + NOW Housing Competition – sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Architects Custom Residential Architects Network (AIA CRAN) – for his project, “Affordable Housing for the 21st Century: A Housing Solution for Poverty in the Neglected Mississippi Delta,” under the guidance of Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn.

2017 NELMA Sustainable Versatility Awards
First Place ($1,500): Omkar Prabhu; Second Place ($750): Curtis Reed
Omkar Prabhu received first place in the highly competitive 2017 Sustainable Versatility Awards – sponsored by NELMA (Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association) – for his project, “Exploring Avenues in Timber: A New Mass Timber Building for Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.” His winning submission was published in the White Pine Architectural Monographs and featured at the NELMA Annual Meeting. Curtis Reed’s second place project was titled ““Mississippi State University EXO.” Both students were under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

Mississippi State University Presidential Scholars
Nada A. Abdel-Aziz and Jasmine E. Topps
Nada Abdel-Aziz and Jasmine Topps were two of fourteen students selected for Mississippi State’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship. The annual award covers the current cost of university tuition, fees, books, and room and board, as well as research and study-abroad expenses. Selected from more than 500 qualified applicants, the 2017-18 group joins 39 others already participating in the program, which is part of MSU’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College.

Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellows
Fall 2017: Christopher Kyle Murphy; Spring 2018: Jake Gartman   
Method Studio Research Fellows received a stipend award and work on research during the semester for Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

Burris Wagnon Study Abroad Travel Award
Zachary Henry, Rashida Momoh, Yerix Morel, Omkar Prabhu, Bradford Treviño
Bill Burris and Stan Wagnon, principals of Burris/Wagon Architects, P.A., established the Burris Wagnon Study Abroad Travel Award to fulfill a desire to assist students traveling abroad to experience architecture. Candidates for the award were fifth-year architecture students in good standing who demonstrated an interest in architectural history and theory coursework.

Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award for Excellence in Architecture
Leah Ballard Welborn
This $500 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. Funding for the award comes from a contribution by Ms. Hazel Presson, aunt of Ginger Giles Jones, Dr. Giles’ daughter.

Aydelott Travel Award
Maria Ory
A $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott, FAIA, and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides a $20,000 award each year to four architecture students currently enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; Mississippi State University; and the University of Tennessee. As MSU’s recipient, Maria Ory will travel this summer to research buildings in Spain, Austria, Mexico, and China. She will work next semester with her faculty mentor, Assistant Professor Dr. Andrew Reed Tripp.

Trussel Travel Award 
Charles “Trey” Box III
The Trussel Travel Award (funded by alumnus Ted T. Porter) is awarded to the second-place recipient of the Aydelott Travel Award. The award provides $4,800 for student travel. Trey’s proposal included housing complexes in England, the Netherlands, and Spain.

Harrison Lecture
Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith was invited to present the March 2018 Harrison Lecture. Smith presented his research resulting from travel funded by the 2017 Aydelott Travel Award. His research was guided by his mentor, Assistant Professor Dr. Fred Esenwein.

Competitive Co-Ops

  • Asher Paxton was selected from an international competition for a co-op at Olson-Kundig.
  • Clay Stocker was selected to co-op at Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (CMPBS).
  • Rayce Belton was selected to co-op at Gensler Dallas.

First Place, Arts & Humanities, 2018 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium
Emily Turner
Emily’s project, “Eileen Gray and Lina Bo Bardi: Modernism and the Patriarchal Tendencies of Architecture,” was completed under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory.

Selected for Inclusion, 2018 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • William Jordan’s project, “Working in Hand,” was co-authored by Baron Necaise, Olivia Baker, and Felipe Olivera and was completed under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory.
  • Duncan Thomas’s poster, “Post-Occupancy Analysis – Learning From the Existing and Fixing for the Future,” was co-authored by McKenzie Johnson, Madison Holbrook, and Blake Farrar and was completed under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory.

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2018-2019 Scholarships

Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Annual Scholarship
($1,500) Mitchell Hubbell
In May 2007, Taylor Guild III and David Hardy established this scholarship to assist talented students in their fifth-year of study in the architecture program.

Mockbee Hall & Drake Annual Scholarship
($1,350) Diondria Bingham, Hannah Hebinck
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.

Erin Remerow Parsons Loyalty Scholarship
($1,000/year) LaTorrance Bernard, Howard Brown, Elisa Castaneda, Jessica Kiger, Amy Kwas
Open to incoming freshman and transfer students majoring in the College of Architecture, Art & Design with a minimum 3.0 GPA; transfer students must have a minimum of 48 transferable community college credit hours.

Lyndall Gail Wood Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Abby Jackson
This scholarship was established by the Wood family to honor Lyndall Gail’s passion as an MSU architecture student. Applicants must be full-time students entering the fourth-year design studio in the School of Architecture, be in excellent academic standing with the university, and be a student with exceptional design ability.

Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Endowed Scholarship
($1,000) McKenzie Johnson
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 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.

Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Annual Scholarship
($850) Breanna Richeson
Candidates must be full-time students; have completed their second-year in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.

Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($800) Tony Coleman
Any full-time MSU students in their third- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Applicants must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.

Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500) Patrick Greene, Damion Hardy, Madison Holbrook, Danielle Leclercq, Matthew Lewis, Connor Padgett, Hannah Strider, Caley Watts
Any full-time MSU students in their second- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Students must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.

Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship
(software) Matthew Churchill, Spencer Cummings, Pace Dempsey, Marika Dunne, Savannah Gilham, Kayla Perez, John Sparberry, Caley Watts
Applicants must be full-time MSU students entering the second-year design studio in the School of Architecture; and can demonstrate financial need.

Johnson-McAdams Design Discovery Scholarships
($600) To Be Determined  
Applicants must be from Leflore County, or be an under-represented minority group in architecture; and high school students interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines.

Joseph L. Echols D2 Scholarships (Design Discovery)
($600) To Be Determined  
Candidate must: be a high school student who shows an interest in majoring in architecture by taking college preparatory math and science courses and demonstrating ability; show strong work ethic and satisfactory performance; be a minority student from the Marshall County area; demonstrate financial need.

Photos from the event can be downloaded until July 30, 2018 here.

Download the event program here.

CAAD dean encourages newest MSU School of Architecture grads to ‘go make a difference’

May 10th, 2018 Comments Off on CAAD dean encourages newest MSU School of Architecture grads to ‘go make a difference’

Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West encouraged new graduates to work hard and be kind to others during the School of Architecture’s recent Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture. (Photo by Megan Bean)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

“Work hard. Build your craft with an attitude. Guard your words and character. Remember, how you work with and treat people matters.”

These are some of the wise words that Jim West, dean of Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, recently shared with new university graduates during the School of Architecture’s annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.

“Hard work is an indispensable component of a meaningful life. It affords dignity and is good for us and those around us. It helps us understand and develop our gifts, abilities and interests, all of which are really different, major components of our identity,” said West, CAAD’s founding dean who is resuming full-time teaching duties this summer.

One of DesignIntelligence’s 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016, West said he has learned many important lessons while working a total of 16 full-time jobs since high school. He encouraged the graduating seniors to invest their time, put forth their best effort, learn how to listen and always treat people with kindness.

“We should never make our moments of inspiration our standard. Our standard must be in the work and our attitude about the work over time,” he said. “I think it’s true in architecture and in life that the work in small things, in the midst of uncertainty, is where we all live and move and have our meaning.”

Peter Ryan, MSU associate provost for academic affairs, also commended the graduating seniors for successful completion of the state’s only curriculum leading to a professional degree in architecture.

“These students are not only brilliant, but they’re excellent because they understand the meaning of commitment and working hard,” Ryan said. “They’ve shown grit and determination. When they have failed, they’ve picked themselves up and tried again, and I really admire that.”

MSU F.L. Crane Professor and School of Architecture Director Michael A. Berk said witnessing the students’ growth through their MSU education has been “a remarkable thing to experience.”

“The seriousness demonstrated by these young architects is unwavering. Their honesty, ruggedness and inquisitive nature are relentless. Their intellect is unsurpassed,” Berk said. “I am confident these attributes and their experiences here at Mississippi State will serve them well in their careers and lives.

Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design and its School of Architecture at www.caad.msstate.edu and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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Fourth-year architecture students present Friday Morning Serial at Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

May 8th, 2018 Comments Off on Fourth-year architecture students present Friday Morning Serial at Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

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Mississippi State University fourth-year architecture students Zachary Kelly and Tyler Scott and group members Patrick Greene and Assistant Professor Jacob Gines presented the Friday Morning Serial titled “Resilience in Mass Timber: A Proposal for a Disaster Relief House” at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi on Fri., May 4. 

 In their words:

“The Mississippi Gulf Coast is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes and severe weather systems affecting the populated coastlines. Disaster relief housing that is deployed to impacted areas must be designed to address the long-term issues of durability, mobility, constructability, and quality of life. Over the past couple of decades, Mass Timber building systems have emerged in Europe and North America as the construction technology of the future, and it is proving to be an extremely viable and sustainable alternative to our current construction technologies. Utilizing innovative engineered wood products like Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), wood buildings are filling our skylines, addressing issues of public safety, and inspiring a generation of architects to think differently about the way we build and what we build with. Resilient Mass Timber House (RMTH) no. 01 is designed to be prefabricated and mounted on a chassis for easy deployment to the building lot.Because of this, RMTH no. 01 is ideal as a disaster relief house – deployable to affected communities in the region.The interior is designed to be simple and contemporary in layout, function, and aesthetic. The project team collaborated with academic partners from the MSU Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, industry partners at the Mississippi Forestry Association, and the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio.”

 

 

Academic exploration: MSU undergraduate research featured at interdisciplinary symposium

April 26th, 2018 Comments Off on Academic exploration: MSU undergraduate research featured at interdisciplinary symposium

(left to right) Back Row: Baron Necaise, Felipe Olvera, Duncan Thomas, Blake Farrar, Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory, Will Jordan, Emily Turner, Bailey McDaniel; Front Row: Olivia Baker, Madison Holbrook, McKenzie Johnson (photos by Alexis Gregory)

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Hosted by the university’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, the annual Mississippi State University Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium received 165 submissions from students conducting faculty-guided research. Projects were assigned to one of four categories—arts and humanities, biological sciences and engineering, physical sciences and engineering, and social sciences. Certain categories had multiple award winners due to the large number of submissions.In recognition of the university’s Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, a community engagement track also was included.

A team of 46 campus faculty and graduate students representing a cross-section of academic areas served as competition judges. Featured speaker for the symposium was John Bickle, professor and head of MSU’s Department of Philosophy and Religion.

David Shaw, vice president for research and economic development, said undergraduate students are an integral part of the multi-faceted research underway at MSU.

“Pursuing research opportunities is a critical part of academic life on our campus, and our students are recognized for their commitment to discovery, creation and exploration in our labs, studios, library, research farms and beyond,” Shaw said. “We are pleased that members of our faculty are committed to providing undergraduates with meaningful roles in the overall research enterprise and promoting interdisciplinary research as an important component of scholarly activity.”

Taking first place in the oral presentation, arts and humanities category was Emily E. Turner of Starkville, a senior architecture major mentored by Alexis Gregory, associate professor of architecture.

Also selected for inclusion:

  • William Jordan’s project, “Working in Hand,” was co-authored by Baron Necaise, Olivia Baker, and Felipe Olivera and was completed under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory.
  • Duncan Thomas’s poster, “Post-Occupancy Analysis – Learning From the Existing and Fixing for the Future,” was co-authored by McKenzie Johnson, Madison Holbrook, and Blake Farrar and was completed under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory.

For more on MSU’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, visit www.honors.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ShackoulsHonors.

 

Junior MSU architecture student receives $20,000 travel award

February 20th, 2018 Comments Off on Junior MSU architecture student receives $20,000 travel award

Maria I. Ory (Photo by Megan Bean)

A junior architecture student is the third at Mississippi State University to receive a $20,000 award for travel and research.

Maria I. Ory of Destrehan, La., and daughter of Paul Joseph Ory and Tanya Ann Ibieta, will use the endowed Aydelott Travel Award to visit and research the following buildings – Casa Batllo by Antoni Guadi in Barcelona, Spain; Palace Portois & Fix by Max Fabiani in Vienna, Austria; Cuadra San Cristobal by Luis Barragan in Mexico City, Mexico; and Linked Hybrid by Steven Holl in Beijing, China. Her research will focus on how these four architects integrate color into their designs, which she will document through paintings, among other methods.

“The review committee was very impressed with Maria’s unique approach to analyzing buildings by focusing on the integration of color and design in 20th century architecture,” said F.L. Crane Professor and Director of the School of Architecture Michael Berk. “The jury was also very impressed with the professionalism of her proposal; it clearly demonstrated a high-level response to the goals of the Aydelott Travel Award. My office will look forward to reviewing the results of Maria’s research and travel.”

Charles “Trey” Box III (Photo by Megan Bean)

Junior Charles “Trey” Box III of Jackson, son of Chuck and Amanda Box, was runner-up and received $4,800 to support his international research and travel this summer on experimental housing in the 1970s. His proposal includes housing complexes in London, England; Deft, Netherlands; and Barcelona, Spain. The Trussel Travel Award is funded by alumnus Ted T. Porter.

“The Aydelott Travel Award offers a student an opportunity that can and should change the trajectory of their architectural career,” said MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West.

Ory agreed, saying, “I cannot thank the Aydelotts enough for this award and the MSU School of Architecture for affording me this opportunity. I feel as though the school has really given a solid foundation for me to proceed with this endeavor and have it end in success.”

The architecture student will return to MSU in the fall to work with her faculty adviser, School of Architecture Professor Andrew Reed Tripp, to compile her research and observations into a report to be judged against his fellow Aydelott Travel Award recipients.

One student will receive the Aydelott Prize and an additional $5,000.

“This award enables students to research, visit, study and comprehend four visionary pieces of architecture in a way never available to them before. I look forward to observing a true transformation in the recipients of this award,” West said.

The $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides an award each year to four architecture students currently enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at Mississippi State and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; and the University of Tennessee.

For more information about the Aydelott Travel Award and other fellowships in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, visit www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/fellowshipsandawards.

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Fall 2017 Collaborative Studio booklet

January 15th, 2018 Comments Off on Fall 2017 Collaborative Studio booklet

Honors students in the Fall 2017 Collaborative Studio created a booklet showcasing work from the semester.

Forty-four architecture and 39 building construction science students collaborated on the design and construction of benches used by 13 American Utopian communities and also built benches of their own design.

Professors:
Associate Professor Alexis Gregory (architecture)
Briar Jones, lecturer (building construction science)
Visiting Associate Professor George Martin (building construction science)
Professor John Poros (architecture)

Check it out on ISSUU.

MSU architecture majors make Oktoc Community Club more accessible

December 21st, 2017 Comments Off on MSU architecture majors make Oktoc Community Club more accessible

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Efforts by nearly 20 Mississippi State architecture majors are making the Magnolia State’s oldest community club more accessible.

A new wooden ramp at the Oktoc Community Club recently was designed and constructed by the university’s Freedom by Design team. Now meeting federal accessibility standards, the entranceway on the historic building’s eastern side is situated near a primary parking area.

Freedom by Design is the community service arm of the American Institute of Architecture’s student chapter in the MSU School of Architecture.

Established in 1927, the community club was among many launched statewide by what now is the MSU Extension Service to share current information on subjects related to farm production and food preparation and delivery. Members of the south Oktibbeha organization pride themselves for having held monthly meetings without fail over the entire 90-year period.

“The building is your traditional white rural church style and has steps at each entrance,” explained Larry Box, chairman of the club’s house and grounds committee.

After several members commented on “a need for a ramp to facilitate entrance,” Box said he was encouraged by wife Florence to reach out to the MSU architecture school.

“This project fit really well with the Freedom by Design spirit,” said Emily Turner, a fourth-year student and FBD co-director. A Starkville resident, she attends MSU as a Presidential Scholar.

A trade-marked title, Freedom by Design was created to “provide real-world experience through working with clients, learning from local licensed architects and contractors and experiencing the practical impacts of architecture and design.” Its members focus on finding professional solutions to address physical and other major societal barriers. For more, visit www.aias.org/freedom-by-design.

As they will following graduation and required licensure, the MSU architecture students began the project with a design charrette to brainstorm preliminary concepts. After completing research to ascertain their design complied with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 and was within budget, they developed a virtual model to present to the client.

The project took two weeks to complete. The rigorous demands of daily class schedules led team members to complete much of the work at night, Turner said. She gave special credit for meeting the deadline to Pablo Vargas of Ridgeland, a second-year architecture student and the project’s construction manager.

She also praised support provided by the Boxes, both retired public school employees. “Dr. Box was a great partner to have for our second project; he stayed late to help us and his wife baked treats.” she said.

Turner said the project was much larger than the group’s first venture, the design and construction of compost bins for the Starkville Boys and Girls Club community garden.

She also noted how the Oktoc project involved a number of first-year majors that “didn’t have a lot of experience in building.” Nonetheless, she said the freshmen “took advantage of this opportunity to learn how to interact with a real-world client. We learned some really important skills that most students just don’t get in architecture school.”

Box said he and other club members are “very pleased” with the outcome. “It looks good and is very functional,” he added. “These kids worked hard and I was impressed with their work ethic.”

In addition to Turner and Vargas, the FBD team included (by hometown):

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Sophomore Jacob B. “Jake” Haasl.
CORDOVA, Tenn.—Freshman Aaron M. Jones.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga.—Sophomore McKenzie R. “Kenzie” Johnson, project manager
FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Freshman Audrey Eisner.
HARVEST, Ala.—Sophomore Breanna H. “Bre” Richeson.
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.—Freshman Pace M. Dempsey.
LINDALE, Texas—Freshman De’Vion L. Dingle.
MADISON—Junior Alexander D. “Alex” Boyd, publicity co-chair; and sophomore Ashley E. Casteel, director.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Senior Felipe M. Olvera, publicity co-chair.
NEW ALBANY—Freshman Daisy Huerta.
SOUTHAVEN—Sophomore Mariah J. Green.
STEENS—Sophomore Madison C. Holbrook.
SUMRALL—Sophomore Hannah C. Strider.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—Sophomore Jose Solorzano.
WIGGINS—Junior Kaitlyn R. Breland.

For more about MSU’s Freedom by Design chapter, contact Turner at eet84@msstate.edu or find the group on Instagram at fbd_msstate.

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MSU students propose innovative designs for metro area forestry and wildlife outreach center

December 21st, 2017 Comments Off on MSU students propose innovative designs for metro area forestry and wildlife outreach center

Mississippi State University senior architecture students Maxwell J. “Max” Wilson of Spring Hill, Tennessee, left, and Shelby G. Christian of Vancleave discuss their proposal for a forestry and wildlife outreach center in Flowood with Mississippi Forestry Association Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. The project was part of MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines’ fall-semester introduction to mass timber studio course that is made possible with support from the Mississippi Forestry Foundation, the fundraising arm of the MFA. (Photo by Russ Houston)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Eighteen architecture students in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design recently presented master plan and building proposals for a forestry and wildlife outreach center in Mississippi’s largest urban natural area.

The student projects were part of MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines’s fall-semester introduction to mass timber studio course supported by the Mississippi Forestry Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Mississippi Forestry Association.

The Mississippi Forestry Foundation has long provided financial support to MSU on behalf of the Mississippi Forestry Association. In 2016, the MFF created the TIMB(R) Fund, to assist the School of Architecture in educating students on the value and benefits of building with wood through the design of a proposed state-of-the-art wood structure for public outreach and education. TIMB(R) is an acronym that stands for Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined.

In 2017, the MFF committed $50,000 for continued work with the university’s colleges of Architecture, Art and Design, and Forest Resources. $37,500 of the MFF’s TIMB(R) Fund gift is benefiting the School of Architecture’s fourth-year studio course planned for five separate semesters. A total of $12,500 of the MFF gift supports the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts’ Advancement Fund, assisting with travel, research, conference participation and hosting, and other activities furthering work in the areas of cross-laminated timber and mass timber-related technology.

As part of Gines’ fall-semester mass timber studio course, nine student teams each designed a state-of-the-art forestry and wildlife outreach center located on the Fannye Cook Natural Area, a 2,700-acre site along the Pearl River in Flowood that is named for the late Mississippi pioneer conservationist and scientist and owned by nonprofit Wildlife Mississippi. Wildlife Mississippi plans to develop approximately 25 miles of trails for recreation and exercise, create wildlife and forest interpretive areas and viewing platforms/towers, construct educational venues such as a pavilion and amphitheater and provide direct access to the Pearl River. In addition to the forestry center, structures planned at the entry of the area include a visitor center, comfort station and pad site for future development.

In their project proposals, students were required to use mass timber building technologies as the primary structural system. Water management, energy and forestry conservation, and promotion of physical wellness in terms of outdoor activity also were top design priorities.

During a recent event in Giles Hall, each student team gave a presentation that left MFA and Wildlife Mississippi representatives with the challenging task of selecting three winning proposals. The building proposals also will be submitted to the Innovation 2030 student design competition sponsored by Santa Fe, New Mexico-based nonprofit Architecture 2030.

MFA Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. presented first and second places with a monetary prize and copy of Kenneth Frampton’s book “Labour, Work and Architecture.”

Ratcliff also thanked the entire class of students for working together on a project that will help promote “mass timber as a viable option for construction in Mississippi” and “the value of forests and forestry products to our state.”

Mississippi State University senior architecture students Barnes Brown of Franklin, Tennessee, second from left, and Patrick T. Greene of Southaven, second from right, received first place for their forestry and wildlife outreach center master plan and building proposal. Congratulating them are (left) Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU College of Forest Resources’ Department of Sustainable Bioproducts; (center) MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines; and (right) Mississippi Forestry Association Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. (Photo by Allison Matthews)

Seniors Barnes Brown of Franklin, Tennessee, and Patrick T. Greene of Southaven made up the first place team. Each received a copy of Bryan Nash Gill’s book “Woodcut” in addition to the aforementioned prizes.

“We wanted to showcase forestry in Mississippi through the landscaping you see as you go throughout the building,” Brown said. “The raised atrium space we proposed would provide visitors with a nice moment where they could see the construction of cross-laminated timber. As they walk in, our hope would be for them to say ‘Wow, this building is all wood.’”

Greene said features in his and Brown’s proposed 14,300-square-foot building design include a catering kitchen, classroom, social space, executive and accounting offices, multipurpose room, conference center and boardroom. The center itself would be built using materials harvested on-site and Mississippi-sourced softwoods, Brown added.

“Our overall and driving concept of this site is to establish a respectful relationship between the intervention of man and the untouched wilderness,” Greene said. “The method that we propose is a datum, or concrete/gravel walkway established perpendicular to the existing road, which determines the orientation of each building adjacent to it. The datum ties the tranquil essence of the lake with the natural canopy provided by the trees.”

Gines praised the students for “raising the bar and putting in a tremendous amount of work for this exciting project focused on mass timber as a renewable, locally-sourced construction material.”

“The School of Architecture is proud to be at the forefront of construction education. We want to be leaders of mass timber in Mississippi, and I believe that starts here at Mississippi State University,” Gines said. “We are thankful for the support of the Mississippi Forestry Foundation in providing funding for this architecture studio and being advocates for the wonderful work our students have done and will continue to do.”

Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU College of Forest Resources’ Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, also offered words of gratitude for the students’ efforts.

“I’m an unabashed advocate for wood and timber products, and the architectural buildings, structures and thoughts you all have developed will inspire people and create a market for our creative material of choice – wood,” Shmulsky said.

Learn more about the Mississippi Forestry Association at www.msforestry.net; and Wildlife Mississippi at www.wildlifemiss.org.

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Mississippi State University senior architecture students David N. “Nate” Johnson of Meridian, second from left, and Kelli R. Weiland of Coahoma, second from right, received second place for their forestry and wildlife outreach center master plan and building proposal. Congratulating them are (left) Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU College of Forest Resources’ Department of Sustainable Bioproducts; (center) MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines; and (right) Mississippi Forestry Association Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. (Photo by Allison Matthews)

Mississippi State University senior architecture students Alan C. Pittman of Pelahatchie, second from left, and Lee Bryant of Starkville, second from right, received honorable mention for their forestry and wildlife outreach center master plan and building proposal. Congratulating them are (left) Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU College of Forest Resources’ Department of Sustainable Bioproducts; (center) MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines; and (right) Mississippi Forestry Association Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. (Photo by Allison Matthews)

 

Association of Retired Faculty presents MSU students with achievement awards

December 21st, 2017 Comments Off on Association of Retired Faculty presents MSU students with achievement awards

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Four Mississippi State students are receiving awards for outstanding achievement from the university’s Association of Retired Faculty.

Founded in 1986, the ARF presents outstanding student achievement awards that serve as tributes or memorials to colleagues and association members who made major contributions to student development over their careers at the 139-year-old land-grant institution.

All MSU seniors, this year’s student winners were recognized formally at the organization’s recent end-of-the-year banquet. Receiving $500 and a special awards plaque, honorees include:

—Kennedy J. Brown, an industrial engineering major from Columbus, receiving the Harry Charles F. Simrall Award for Engineering Excellence. Brown served as vice president of communications for Delta Gamma sorority. As systems safety engineering manager for MSU’s EcoCAR 3 team, she earned second place for her systems safety presentation in the 2016 national EcoCAR competition. Under her leadership as president, the local chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers won a Gold Award for outstanding chapter activity.

—Meredith A. Hilliard, an English and foreign language/Spanish double-major from Hernando, receiving the Peyton Ward Williams Jr. Distinguished Writing Award. A Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College student, Hilliard is an MSU John and Renée Grisham Presidential Scholar and Society of Scholars inductee. Her research has been recognized with a first place award in the Arts and Humanities Division of the Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the honors college. She also is a fourth-year member of the State Singers, MSU’s premier choral ensemble.

—Anne Larrah Johnson, a biochemistry/pre-dental major from Dyersburg, Tennessee, receiving the Charles E. Lindley Leadership in Agriculture Award. Along with memberships in Pi Beta Phi sorority, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Professional Health Club, Pre-Dental Society, Physicians on the Rise and the Student Association’s Bulldog Bash Committee, Johnson has assisted with alumni and recruiting events as an MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador. Outside of the university, she tutors children at Ms. Smith’s Educational Services in Starkville.

—Leah S. Ballard Welborn, an architecture major from Mathiston, receiving the William L. Giles Award for Excellence in Architecture. An MSU communication/pre-law bachelor’s graduate, Welborn currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of BARNworks, the School of Architecture’s nationally distributed publication showcasing top student work. Her other leadership roles include president of Tau Sigma Delta architecture honor society; executive board superintendent of Alpha Rho Chi architecture fraternity; and freedom by design historian for the American Institute of Architecture Students campus chapter.

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