School of Architecture holds 2017 Recognition Day ceremony

May 10th, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds 2017 Recognition Day ceremony

Class of 2017: Front (L to R): Aryn Phillips, Kapish Cheema, Rachel Patronas, Jarrod Robinson, Josh Johnson; Middle (L to R): Morgan Powell, David Kett, Nathan Thomas, Ryan Fierro, Walter Carter, Sam Goodwin, Zac White, Garrett Yelverton, West Pierce, Mary Sanders, Ria Bennett; Back (L to R): Cody Smith, Tyler Warmath, Kevin Flores, Aaron Ellzey, Ashton Aime, Lucas Posey, Joseph Rose, Brandon Fairbanks, Ben Marshall, Luke Marshall.

Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 5, 2017, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, welcomed everyone and thanked parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents and other guests for supporting the graduates.

Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk introduced MSU Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Peter Ryan, Ph.D.

Ryan welcomed everyone to campus.

Belinda Stewart, FAIA, principal of Belinda Stewart Architects PA presented the 27th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.

The School of Architecture faculty members were recognized before announcing the awards.

2016-2017 School of Architecture awards:

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:  Ben Webster
Faculty Advisors:  Professor Jacob Gines and 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:
Jake Gartman, Mitchell Hubbell, Matthew Lewis, Karly Morgan, Asher Paxton, Emily Turner, Leah Welborn

TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Ashton Aime, Ria Bennett, Ryan M. Fierro, Ben Marshall, West Pierce, Joseph Rose, Mary Sanders, Cody Smith

TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient:  Professor Emily McGlohn
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.

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National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President:  Diondria Bingham
Presented By:  Elizabeth Bueche
Faculty Advisor:  Professor Emily McGlohn
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 2017 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient:  Diondria Bingham
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:  Lucas Posey
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:  Hannah Hebinck
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 Jacob Gines
Recipient:  Sarah Hoing
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:  Dr. Fred Esenwein
Recipient:  Meredith Hutto
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 Emily McGlohn
Recipients:  Mitchell Hubbell and Asher Paxton
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 Hans Herrmann
Recipient:  Zachary Henry and Austin Schnitzlein
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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ARCC King Award
Presented by:  Director Michael Berk
Recipient:  West Pierce
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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Ryan Fierro

West Pierce

Fifth-Year Jurists’ Award
Presented by:  Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients:  Ryan Fierro and West Pierce
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:  Ria Bennett
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 & Doors/Marvin Windows Traveling Fellowship
($1,500) Ria Bennett
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.

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Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by:  Director Michael Berk
Recipient:  Aryn Phillips
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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Certificate: Ria Bennett

Medal: Ryan Fierro

AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal
Presented by:  Director Michael Berk
Certificate Recipient:  Ria Bennett
Medal Recipient:  Ryan Fierro
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal are considered to be the most important awards given to graduating students. They are awarded for “general excellence in architecture” throughout the course of study. The medal is awarded to the most qualified student, and the certificate is awarded to the runner-up. Selection is made by the entire faculty.

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Other Notable Student Awards, 2016-2017:

Mississippi State University Presidential Scholar
Krishna D. Desai
Krishna was one of thirteen 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. To qualify, applicants must have a minimum 30 ACT/1330 SAT score, as well as have graduated with a minimum core or overall 3.75 high school grade-point average. Selected from more than 700 qualified applicants, the 2016-17 group joins 37 others already participating in the program, which is part of MSU’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College. They are expected to maintain an overall 3.4 GPA while in their respective academic majors.

Aydelott Travel Award
Daniel Smith
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, Daniel Smith will travel this summer to Sao Paulo, Brazil; Berlin, Germany; Firminy-Vert, France; and Dhaka, Bangladesh, to study four unique buildings. He will work next semester with his faculty advisor, Dr. Fred Esenwein.

Paul Grootkerk Travel Award
Emily Turner
The Paul Grootkerk Travel Award (funded by alumnus Ted T. Porter) is awarded to the second-place recipient of the Aydelott Travel Award. The award provides $4,000 for student travel. Emily will travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil; Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France; and Tokyo, Japan, this summer.

Briar and Michelle Jones Travel Fellowship
Zachary Henry
Alumnus Briar Jones and his wife, Michelle, provided $2,000 to support Zachary’s travel to research and interview architect Glenn Murcutt in Australia in July 2016. Zachary received the Best Undergraduate Paper Award from the 2017 Building Technology Educators Society International Conference, landing him a $500 travel scholarship, free conference admission, and BTES membership. He will present the paper, “Ecological Functionalism in the Work of Glenn Murcutt,” at the conference in Des Moines, Iowa, in June 2017. (Research was conducted under the guidance of Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn’s Audit Squad.)

Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellow – Fall 2016
Omkar Prabhu
Omkar received a $3,000 stipend award and worked on research in the fall semester for Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines. Omkar was then invited (with honorarium funding) to present his research, “Launch Pads: A Generational Response to Urban Housing,” to the Sr. Leadership Team at Method Studio, Inc., in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Nov. 10, 2016. 

Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award
for Excellence in Architecture
Lara Lynn Waddell
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.

Poster – Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Anna Barr
Anna’s poster, titled “Learn & Grow – Educational and Community Garden,” was accepted to the AASHE Conference and Expo at the University of Arizona, Baltimore, Maryland, held Oct 10-11, 2016. Her work was created under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory. Anna received $750 in matching funding from the MSU Shackouls Honors College to travel and present her poster.

Merit Award: 2016 American Society of Landscape Architects
Kirby Lockard and Carter Smith
The ASLA Mississippi Chapter received a merit award in the 2016 ASLA Student Award Program for the landscape design and installation at the MSU Golf Course Storm Shelter at Hole #4. The work was completed in a 2015 Maymester landscape architecture exterior design build class led by faculty instructor: P. Summerlin with architecture advisor Associate Professor Hans Herrmann.

Harrison Lecture
Lara Lynn Waddell
Lara Lynn was invited to present the February 2017 Harrison Lecture. Waddell presented her research resulting from travel funded by the 2016 Aydelott Travel Award. Her research was guided by her mentor,   Emeritus Professor Michael Fazio.

Office of Research and Economic Development 2017 Undergraduate Student Research Award
Cody Smith
Cody was recognized at ORED’s annual Research Awards Banquet on April 27, 2017.

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2017-2018 Scholarships:

McCarty Architects Student Housing Team Architecture Scholarship
($2,500) Rashida Momoh, Damion Hardy
Candidates must be third, fourth, or fifth-year architecture students in good standing.

Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Annual Scholarship
($2,000) Omkar Prabhu
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) Anna Barr
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.

Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Donald Murray
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.

Erin Remerow Parsons Loyalty Scholarship
($1,000/year) De’Vion Dingle, Danny Osman, Mattison Ping, Calvin Smith, Caley Watts
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) Austin Keaton
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.

Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Cory Moxley
Students must be entering their third-year; have a 2.80+ GPA; be of good moral character; have demonstrated leadership; can show financial need; and a resident of: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, or Yazoo Counties.

Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Endowed Scholarship
($1,000) Maria Degtyareva, Hannah Hebinck, Rashidat Momoh, Yerix Morel
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
($1,000) Jake Gartman
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.

Joseph L. Echols Scholars Program
($850) Patrick Greene, Rashida Momoh
($500) McKenzie Johnson
Candidates for the Joseph L. Echols Scholarship must: be a current undergraduate and underrepresented architecture student; show strong work ethic by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA; present a satisfactory work portfolio; demonstrate financial need.

Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500) Diondria Bingham, Maria Degtyareva, Patrick Greene, Damion Hardy, Sarah Hoing, Austin Keaton,
              Donald Murray, Hannah Strider
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) Sarah Hoing, McKenzie Johnson, Hannah Strider
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, 2017 here.

Download the program here.

School of Architecture holds 2017 Final Reviews

May 4th, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds 2017 Final Reviews

Mississippi State University School of Architecture Final Reviews were held April 21-28 in Giles Hall.

photo by Kelsey Brownlee

First-Year: Friday, April 21: Foundational ‘sacred space’ project
Faculty: Assistant Professor Jacob A. Gines, coordinator; Visiting Assistant Professor Francesca Hankins; Visiting Associate Professor George Joseph Martin

photo by Kelsey Brownlee

Second-Year: Mon., April 24: Natchez Trace Residential project
Faculty: Assistant Professor Fred Esenwein, Ph.D., coordinator; Associate Professor Alexis Gregory; Assistant Clinical Professor Justin Taylor


(photos by Zachary Henry)
Third-Year: Tues., April 25: Collaborative Studio w/ BCS; Starkville Armory renovation
Faculty: Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn; Associate Professor John Poros; Lecturer David Beatty (building construction science)

Photo by Kelsey Brownlee

Fourth-Year: Wed., April  26: Birmingham Library project
Faculty: Associate Professor Hans Herrmann, coordinator; Assistant Professor Andrew Tripp, Ph.D.

Photo by Kelsey Brownlee

Fifth-Year: Thurs. – Fri, April 27-28: DowntownJackson Individual Comprehensive projects
Director: Jassen Callender

Mississippi State celebrates research success with annual banquet

April 28th, 2017 Comments Off on Mississippi State celebrates research success with annual banquet

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By Jim Laird | Mississippi State University

More than 50 Mississippi State students, faculty and staff are 2017 selections for exceptional research and leadership honors.

The honorees, their guests and senior administrators celebrated the university’s research achievements during a campus awards luncheon today [April 27] in the Hunter Henry Center’s Hal and Linda Parker Ballroom.

Dr. Henry Wan was recognized with the afternoon’s top honor: the 2017 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award.

Wan is a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Basic Sciences. Currently, he has seven active grants totaling more than $4.5 million. Most of these funding awards are highly competitive, including a National Institutes of Health R01 grant for which funding rates are generally less than 10 percent.

“Dr. Wan is internationally recognized by leading scientists for his innovative laboratory and computational approaches to understanding and developing more effective and efficient approaches that prevent and treat influenza,” said Greg Bohach, vice president for MSU’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

The program and banquet are co-sponsored by the offices of the vice presidents for Research and Economic Development and the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

Wan has published 105 peer-reviewed papers, and he has developed 14 software programs, including widely used antigenic cartography software. He has presented more than 100 posters and almost 150 oral presentations at prestigious venues all over the world. He has mentored 69 trainees ranging from high school students to visiting faculty members.

He also serves on editorial boards of three journals, including Nature’s Scientific Reports. He has been invited to serve on several grant review panels for agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, CDC and Food and Drug Administration. He has organized several major scientific meetings and symposia, including the First Animal-Human Interface Symposium in Shanghai, China.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine from Jiangxi Agricultural University in Nanchang, China. He earned a master’s degree in avian medicine from the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, China. He earned a master’s degree in computer science at Mississippi State, and a Ph.D. in veterinary medical sciences at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Powe Award is a memorial to the MSU alumnus and longtime research vice president who died in 1996. It is selected at the university level from nominations received from the MSU community.

The annual research awards program honors individuals who contribute significantly to MSU’s mission of research. In addition to faculty, it recognizes and rewards students and staff for accomplishments and creative endeavors, as well as for increasing awareness of the university’s many research programs and capabilities.

“This annual awards banquet brings together researchers from across campus and from a wide range of programs to showcase the depth and reach of our overall research enterprise,” Bohach said.

David Shaw, vice president for research and economic development, echoed that assessment.

“The collaborative culture we have at MSU and the wide-ranging interests of our researchers are two of the key components in our success, and we look forward to celebrating our research achievements and the outstanding work of our faculty, staff and students every spring,” he said.

Other 2017 research award winners include (alphabetically, by academic unit):

–Bagley College of Engineering: Tom Lacy, faculty; Sheri Johnson, research support; Mohammad Mathtabi, graduate student; and Alex Calhoun, undergraduate student.

–College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station: Jeff Gore, faculty; Jesse Morrison, research support; Zhenghong Bao, graduate student; and Lucas Ferguson, undergraduate student.

–College of Architecture, Art and Design: Jacob Gines, faculty; Lori Neuenfeldt, research support; and Cody Smith, undergraduate student.

–College of Arts and Sciences: Sam Winer, faculty; Kimberly Rayborn, research support; Fadi Sun, graduate student; and Taylor Prislovsky, undergraduate student.

–College of Business: Brandon Cline, faculty; Andrew Dhaenens, graduate student; and Josh Bedi, undergraduate student.

–College of Education: Kun Huang, faculty; Tiffany Middleton, research support; Jeffrey Simpson, graduate student; and Alana Joy Turner, undergraduate student.

–College of Forest Resources: Jilei Zhang, faculty; Florent Bled, research support; Austin Omer, graduate student; an Jacob Jones, undergraduate student.

–College of Veterinary Medicine: Chinling Wang, faculty; Shirley Guo-Ross, research support; and Stephen R. Reichley, graduate student.

–MSU-Meridian: Lyle Wallace, graduate student.

–Office of Research and Economic Development: Jennifer Sappington, undergraduate student.

–University Centers and Institutes: Renee Brannon, research support.

Also honored were new graduates of the university’s 2016-2017 Benjamin F. Hilbun Faculty Leadership Program:

–Amy Crumpton, associate professor, interior design.

–Darrin Dodds, associate extension/research professor, plant and soil sciences.

–Deborah Eakin, associate professor, psychology.

–Jeffrey Eells, associate professor, CVM Basic Science Department.

–Yong Fu, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering.

–Jeffrey Haupt, professor, art.

–Alexandra Hui, associate professor, history.

–Melissa Moore, professor and department head, marketing, quantitative analysis and business law.

–Andy Perkins, associate professor, computer science and engineering.

–Edwin Webster, professor, chemistry.

Mississippi State’s success with developing intellectual property and licensing new technology also was part of the day’s celebration as nine inventors were recognized for obtaining patents in Fiscal Year 2016:

–Janice Chambers, Giles Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine and director, Center for Environmental Health Sciences.

–Howard Chambers, a professor in MSU’s Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology until his death last December.

–Attila Karsi, associate professor, CVM Basic Science Department.

–Leland Lanford, farm manager, Delta Research and Extension Center.

–Mark Lawrence, associate dean and professor, CVM Basic Science Department.

–Edward Meek, laboratory manager, CVM Basic Science Department.

–Philip Steele, Warren S. Thompson Professor Emeritus of Wood Science and Technology, College of Forest Resources.

–Qiangu Yan, assistant research professor, Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

–Fei Yu, associate professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

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Senior MSU architecture student receives $20,000 travel award

April 24th, 2017 Comments Off on Senior MSU architecture student receives $20,000 travel award

Daniel Smith (Photo by Megan Bean)

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

Daniel P. Smith, a graduate of Canton Academy and son of Clark and Rai Smith, will use the endowed Aydelott Travel Award to visit and research four late modern buildings this summer. They include: the São Paulo Museum of Art designed by Lina Bo Bardi located in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Neue Nationalgalerie designed by Mies Van der Rohe located in Berlin, Germany; Church of Saint-Pierre designed by Le Corbusier located in Firminy-Vert, France; and the National Assembly Building designed by Louis Kahn located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

“The quality and rigor of this year’s Aydelott applications made by our undergraduate students conceivably rivals the submissions made at the graduate school level,” said F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk, director of Mississippi State’s School of Architecture. “Daniel’s focus on ‘urban space’ and its contextual fit to the four selected buildings truly impressed the jury.”

Junior Emily Turner, a graduate of Starkville High School and daughter of Steve and Jenny Turner, was runner-up and received $4,000 to support her research and international travel on modern architecture. The 2017 Paul Grootkerk 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.

Smith, who plans to pursue a career as a professor, agreed.

“This award is a great opportunity to kickstart my research career,” he said, adding that he has always been fascinated with how modern architecture came about and how it began to relate to humans and cultures.

“My research will focus on trying to understand how buildings relate on two scales – macro and micro,” he said. “How people move through and use the spaces and how the buildings relate to the city itself.”

The architecture student will return to MSU in the fall to work with his faculty adviser, Assistant Professor Fred Esenwein, to compile his 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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School of Architecture announces 2017 Recognition Day Speaker

March 28th, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces 2017 Recognition Day Speaker

Belinda Stewart, FAIA, will present the annual Dr. William L. and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture for the School of Architecture’s 2017 Recognition Day.

 

Recognition Day honors Mississippi State University School of Architecture students and faculty and will be held in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium on Fri., May 5 at 1 p.m.

Stewart is principal of Belinda Stewart Architects PA, a rural architectural firm specializing in historic preservation and in new construction in historically significant environments. Stewart, a graduate of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, moved back to her hometown area 27 years ago and established her firm in the small town of Eupora. She firmly believes in the power of our small towns to inspire, that family roots can build an ethic that weaves through a profession, and that architecture can see beauty in our history and hope in our future. Her firm understands that their work is more than architecture but a way to make a positive difference in the life of a person and their community. They are people connected to place. They have helped plan, seek funding and/or implement many successful projects throughout the region, and in so doing have received more than 70 design/preservation awards primarily for new and rehabilitated public facilities. The firm’s portfolio includes courthouses, downtown commercial buildings, municipal buildings, university buildings, museums, visitor centers, train depots and theaters.

This is the final lecture in an annual series made possible through a generous gift by Dr. Robert V. M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI, and his wife, Freda. See past Harrison Lectures.

MSU architecture students participate in Mississippi Light Festival

February 26th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU architecture students participate in Mississippi Light Festival

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By | Jacob Threadgill | The Clarion Ledger.com

Mississippi State University student Zac White began his involvement with the first-ever Mississippi Light Festival with the idea that it would be a nice line on his resumé.

He quickly found the festival’s mission, to combine science and art to inspire a new generation of Mississippians, making its impact on his own life.

Working in collaboration with England-based artist Polly Lane, White has created a pair of installations that will be among many to light up downtown Jackson Friday for the European-style light festival, a free event that’s open to all.

“It’s about using light as an embodiment of life that a city should have,” White said from Jackson’s College of Architecture, where he is a fifth-year MSU student. “With all of the aspects of light that I’ve learned, it’s one aspect of architecture that fades into the background, especially here in Jackson, where everyone vacates at night.”

Using inspiration from Enlightenment thinkers Thomas Newton and Johann Goethe, combined with artists Christian Marclay and James Turrell — and through guidance from Lane — White has created a pair of installations that will be on display in the Arts Center of Mississippi, located next to the Mississippi Museum of Art.

White’s largest installation uses reclaimed florescent lights to create a finished product inspired by Andy Warhol.

White is among six fifth-year architecture students participating in the light festival, which will also feature the work of 14 local and international artists, including Jackson native Josh Hailey and a permanent installation from Christopher Rees and Michael Roy, better known as Ninjacat & Birdcap.

The Mississippi Museum of Art will serve as the anchor for the festival, with surrounding buildings, including the Jackson Convention Complex and Thalia Mara Hall, featuring interactive installations that will run on a loop from 6 to 11 p.m.

From 6 to 8 p.m., a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lab will be held in the Arts Center. The Mississippi Light Collaborative is raising money to promote STEM education throughout the state through different initiatives between now and next year’s light festival.

“If you go to the (Canton) Nissan plant, it’s all robots,” said Mississippi Light Collaborative director Anik Kurkjian. “It’s the problem solvers and true creatives, both engineers and designers, where the true healthy workforce lies.”

Kurkjian said the collaborative hosted an open house for volunteers over the weekend and was excited to meet an 8-year-old who discovered a passion for origami, which the group is connecting to light and electricity.

It’s a moment that Kurkjian hopes is repeated Friday and beyond. The Light Collaborative plans to create permanent light installations around Jackson over the next year in poorly lit areas that she said are viewed as “dangerous.”

“(We) want to facilitate the concept, talk to the community and help them design (an installation) that will make them feel better, feel proud,” Kurkjian said.

Jackson resident William Dalton makes his money in the information technology field, but his real passion is working with electronics.

“I’ve had a soldering iron in my hand since I was 6,” Dalton said.

He got involved with the Light Festival in recent weeks by volunteering his expertise with architectural students, including White. Dalton said working with the festival has been an inspiration for him, but he’s excited for what it will mean for the youngest generation.

“If you’re thinking out of the box and you’re 8 years old, you’ve (got) an engineer at a young age,” Dalton said. “The festival will help to incorporate and teach kids, which is building engineers in a state that can really use them.”

 

MSU retired faculty group honors architecture student

January 20th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU retired faculty group honors architecture student

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Four current students and a December graduate of Mississippi State are receiving honors from the university’s Association of Retired Faculty.

This year’s group includes Sara A. “Abi” Barnes of Louisville; Emily M. Farrar, a civil engineering/environmental engineering major from Pass Christian; Morgan Hydrick, an English and communication/public relations double-major from Brandon; Caroline E. Kelsoe, an environmental economics and management major from Moody, Alabama; and Lara Lynn Waddell, an architecture major from Marietta.

All are seniors but Barnes, who last month received a cum laude degree in sociology.

This year’s student winners were recognized formally at the organization’s recent undergraduate banquet.

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

—Waddell received the William L. Giles Award for Excellence in Architecture. She is a member of Tau Sigma Delta national honor society and National Organization of Minority Architecture Students. She has interned with Archimania, a Memphis, Tennessee-based, award-winning architecture firm and currently is a drawing and teaching assistant in the College of Architecture, Art and Design. Among other college honors, she was selected for the School of Architecture’s 2016 William Giles Award for design excellence and a $20,000 Aydelott Travel Award.

The ARF awards are memorials to Giles, MSU’s 13th president; Lindley, dean of the then-College of Agriculture and Home Economics; Simrall, dean of the then-College of Engineering; and Williams, an English professor, editor of the campus-based Mississippi Quarterly and first president of the ARF.

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Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio builds Boy Scout cabin

December 19th, 2016 Comments Off on Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio builds Boy Scout cabin

MSU Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio – Boy Scout Cabin BUILD time lapse from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Final model of the Boy Scout cabin from CAADatMSU on Vimeo. (Model by Honors students: Daniel Ruff and Abby Jackson)

The fall 2016 Collaborative Tectonics Studio, which consisted of second-year students studying architecture (41 students) and building construction science (40 students), spent the semester building a cabin for the Hood Boy Scout Reservation in Hazelhurst, Miss., approximately 180 miles from the MSU main campus in Starkville.

Architecture faculty members for the studio included Associate Professor Hans Herrmann, Briar Jones (visiting practitioner) and Associate Professor John Poros.

Building construction science faculty included Lee Carson, lecturer, and Visiting Assistant Professor Mohammed Mawlana, Ph.D. 

Herrmann, who served as studio coordinator and project P.I., worked closley with Larry Cagle, field director and lead contact for the Hood Reservation for the project. He also worked closely with School of Architecture alumnus and architect John McBride with the Boy Scouts. 

Additional Boy Scout supports/sponsors for the project included:
Andrew Jackson, Council
Tony Haines, Scout Executive/ CEO
Dr. Steve Zachow, Council Executive Board President
Property and Maintenance Committee:
Billy Boykin
Robby Bush
Ken Echols
Stephen Heard
Joe Lewis
Tim Rooks
Charlie Smith
Col. David Smith
Steve Smith
Joe Stamper
Jim Ulmer

The project was funded by the Boy Scouts with a partial match by the School of Architecture and College of Architecture, Art and Design. 


Students present their final projects. (images via Hans Herrmann) 

Aside from the prototype Steep Slope Cabin (referring to the typical hillside site condition the cabins are designed to fit on) that students built in the first half of the term, each student also generated an individual proposal for a second prototype cabin.

Master planning a second grouping of 16 cabins, or what’s known as a “village” on the reservation, these cabins were designed to accommodate a different user group for corporate retreat style events. (Above images show students presenting these projects at the final review).

See some of the students’ final portfolios, which outline their final project in assembly sequence drawings:
Abby Jackson Portfolio
Maria Ory Portfolio
Daniel Ruff Portfolio

MSU architecture students recognized for design studio plans that showcase mid‑rise wood buildings

December 15th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU architecture students recognized for design studio plans that showcase mid‑rise wood buildings

Pictured: Front Row from left: Jacob Gines, Omkar Prabhu, Curtis Reed, Keith Ward, Mark Power and Jarred Creel; Back Row: Anna Kendall, Ian Munn, Tedrick Ratcliff and Robby Toombs (Image via MFA)

Pictured: Front Row from left: Jacob Gines, Omkar Prabhu, Curtis Reed, Keith Ward, Mark Power and Jarred Creel; Back Row: Anna Kendall, Ian Munn, Tedrick Ratcliff and Robby Toombs (Image via MFA)

Via msforestry.site-ym.com

Using innovative wood technologies on the inside and exterior of a proposed mid-rise design studio earned architecture student Curtis Reed a $500 prize and – more importantly – an appreciation for mass-timber technologies.

“Mississippi needs a tall wood building because people need to see it. As people see these students’ designs, I believe it will draw businesses and other entities to want these kinds of buildings for themselves,” said Tedrick Ratcliff, Executive Vice President of the Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA).

The competition was facilitated by TIMB(R): Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined Studio. This studio was taught by Mississippi State University (MSU) Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob Gines and was open to fourth-year architecture students.

Students were judged based on their design’s ability to promote MFA’s mission as well as for practicality and innovation. The projects used innovative mass-timber technologies, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT).

“It doesn’t mean the winning design will necessarily be built, but it will provide MFA an opportunity to conjure interest and investment for such a project in Mississippi. We love the idea of being able to facilitate that process,” said Gines.

TIMB(R) held a symposium that featured expert speakers in the green building field from across the country. Students also went to Oregon to be exposed to some of the most influential research and projects on mass-timber in the United States.

Funding for the TIMB(R) Studio was provided by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), Mississippi Forestry Foundation, and Weyerhaeuser through the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. Learn more at sfiprogram.org.

“The TIMB(R) Studio has garnered a lot of excitement about the possibility of mass-timber buildings in Mississippi. Through the programs and projects made possible by the SFI grant, we feel confident that these future architects are prepared to incorporate innovative wood technologies into their work,” Ratcliff said.

Additional support for the project was provided by Shuqualak Lumber, the MSU Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, the MSU College of Art, Architecture and Design, and other private partners.

MFA’s vision is to serve as the “Voice of Forestry” in Mississippi. MFA’s mission is leading diverse groups to promote landowner rights, environmental stewardship, member prosperity, and community understanding. MFA members and staff work to accomplish the mission by conducting public affairs, communication, and education programs that will foster better understanding and appreciation of conservation, development, and use of forestland and resources. Learn more at msforestry.net.

School of Architecture holds fall 2016 semester Final Reviews

December 8th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds fall 2016 semester Final Reviews

Final Reviews for MSU architecture students were recently held in Starkville for first through fourth-year and in Jackson for fifth-year students.


The final project for the first-year architecture studio was to design and build a chair for listening. Over the course of the two final weeks of the semester, students worked in teams of two to create a full-size proposal for a chair made only of wood and cardboard to be sited on the Giles Hall grand stair. The final review was held on Mon., Nov. 21.
Professors: Francie Hankins, George Martin, Andrew Tripp


Second-year
architecture students in the Collaborative Studio with Building Construction Science students spent the semester building a sleeping shelter prototype for the Hood Boy Scout Reservation in Jackson. Their final project assignment was to design and model a luxury sleeping shelter for camp councilors or corporate retreats. Individuals were asked to design trusses that would accommodate a skylight, then come up with a comprehensive design around it, keeping passive notions in mind. Their final review was held on Mon., Nov. 28.
Professors: Hans Herrmann, Briar Jones, John Poros (architecture); Lee Carson, Mohammed Mawlana, Ph.D. (building construction science)


Third-year
students presented their final projects on Tues., Nov. 29. The project was to design multi-family housing in Chicago, Ill.
Professors: Fred Esenwein, Ph.D.; Alexis Gregory; Justin Taylor


The final reviews for fourth-year students were held on Wed., Nov. 30. Students in Professor Jacob Gines’s studio showcased design proposals for a new mass-timber mid-rise commercial building in Jackson. Students in Professor Emily McGlohn’s studio designed affordable houses to be placed in the master plan for Eastmoor Estates, a neighborhood near Moorehead.

Fifth-year reviews were held on Nov. 18 and 19 before students headed out for their annual field trip study abroad to Rome.

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