MSU School of Architecture to host TIMBR exhibit, student design award reception

December 5th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture to host TIMBR exhibit, student design award reception

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By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s School of Architecture is hosting a Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined (TIMBR) exhibit and student design award reception Wednesday [Dec. 7] on the Starkville campus.

Free to all, the 6-7 p.m. reception will be held in the Architecture Gallery at Giles Hall, home to the university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. Light refreshments will be served.

Undergraduate students from MSU Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob A. “Jake” Gines’ fourth-year architecture wood-based design studio will showcase design proposals for a new mass-timber mid-rise commercial building in Jackson.

Designed for the Mississippi Forestry Association, the proposals incorporate innovative mass-timber technologies, such as Cross-Laminated Timber. For more, visit http://tinyurl.com/MSUArchTIMBRstudio.

Support for the TIMBR studio was provided by internationally recognized nonprofit Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., the Mississippi Forestry Foundation, and Weyerhaeuser, among other industry partners.

For complete details on the TIMBR studio, visit the above-mentioned website or contact Gines at 662-325-0094 or jgines@caad.msstate.edu.

MSU student selected for architectural research fellowship

November 14th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU student selected for architectural research fellowship

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By Addison Arledge | Mississippi State University

A Mississippi State senior is the latest selection for the Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Omkar H. Prabhu, a Mumbai, India, native currently residing in Starkville, is the third architecture major at the university to be honored with the recently established recognition.

His research with Method Studio, a Utah-based architectural design firm, will be supervised by Jacob Gines, an assistant professor in MSU’s School of Architecture who also is Method Studio’s research and design vice president.

Maria Degtyareva of Starkville and Novosibirks, Russia, and Edward Holmes V of Decatur were previous MSU Method Fellows.

“This research relationship provides incredible educational and applied research experiences for our students,” said Michael Berk, F.L. Crane Professor and director of MSU’s School of Architecture. “This out-of-state connection and support is a validation and testament to the talents of our faculty and students.”

Located in Salt Lake City, Method Studio specializes in creative solutions that allow collaborations between clients and professional designers. For more about the firm, visit www.method-studio.com.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Trash transformed into fashion at MSU Trashion Show

November 10th, 2016 Comments Off on Trash transformed into fashion at MSU Trashion Show

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The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), in collaboration with MSU fashion design and merchandising students, worked together to design custom outfits made of recycled goods and modeled by MSU’s Fashion Board.

This year’s Trashion Show, held onWed., Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall, had a theme of “Diametric Parallels” and encouraged designers to discover something common between two seemingly opposite materials.

The event had a great turn out and all of the pieces shown were each unique in their own way.

Trash to be transformed into fashion at MSU Trashion Show

November 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Trash to be transformed into fashion at MSU Trashion Show

Mississippi State’s eighth annual NOMAS Trashion Show will be held Nov. 9 at Giles Hall. (Photo by Taylor Howell)

Mississippi State’s eighth annual NOMAS Trashion Show will be held Nov. 9 at Giles Hall. (Photo by Taylor Howell)

By Addison Arledge | Mississippi State University

Trash is “in” at Mississippi State University’s eighth annual Trashion Show.

Free and open to the public, the event takes place Wednesday [Nov. 9] at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall.

The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), in collaboration with MSU fashion design and merchandising students, will work to design custom outfits made of recycled goods and modeled by MSU’s Fashion Board.

The event’s theme, “Diametric Parallels,” encourages designers to discover something common between two seemingly opposite materials.

Past creations have been assembled from bottle caps, straws, soda cans, newspaper, playing cards and more.

“It’s a creative look at design elements with the incorporation of unconventional materials that promote sustainability,” said Diondria Bingham, senior architecture major from Pearl who is serving as NOMAS president.

For questions or further information about the show, contact Bingham at dmb514@msstate.edu

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Reception held for TSD’s ‘International Viewfinds’ exhibit

October 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Reception held for TSD’s ‘International Viewfinds’ exhibit

The reception for the School of Architecture’s “International Viewfinds” exhibit was held by Tau Sigma Delta and took place at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.


(Images by Kelsey Brownlee)

Fourth-year architecture students featured at ‘State Spotlight’

October 14th, 2016 Comments Off on Fourth-year architecture students featured at ‘State Spotlight’

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Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University

MSU architecture students work on an interactive community design model they built for the residents of Eastmoor Estates, a neighborhood near Moorehead. Students are bringing the model to the community and using it to foster dialogue and ideas on what residents want their neighborhood to become. Pictured, from left to right, are MSU students Nathan Miley, a senior from Pearl, Elizabeth Bueche, a senior from Maryville, Tennessee, Taylor McKinney, a senior from Cantonment, Florida and Diondria Bingham, a senior from Pearl.

Next week the students will begin designing affordable houses that will placed in the master plan. This studio is sponsored by the College of Architecture, Art and Design and a 2015 Ottilie Schillig Special Teaching Project Grant awarded to Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn.

MSU School of Architecture featured in New York Times

October 6th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture featured in New York Times

(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

(photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s SuperUse Pavilion, a part of the museum’s rain garden program that has benefitted from the efforts of more than 100 Mississippi State undergraduate and graduate-level students, recently has been selected for exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

The exhibition, “By the People: Designing a Better America,” is now open and features 60 design projects from every region of the U.S. For more, visit http://www.cooperhewitt.org/channel/by-the-people/

School of Architecture Associate Professor Hans Herrmann is the only faculty member from Mississippi State University to exhibit at the museum.

Read the review, “In ‘By the People,’ Designing for the Underserved and Overlooked,” By Michael here.

MSU Bachelor of Architecture program again earns national accreditation

October 3rd, 2016 Comments Off on MSU Bachelor of Architecture program again earns national accreditation

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s Bachelor of Architecture degree program has been granted an eight-year term of accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Based in Washington, D.C., the NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation.

Scheduled for its next visit for continuing accreditation in 2024, the Bachelor of Architecture program offered by the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design’s School of Architecture has been continuously NAAB-accredited since its inception in 1973.

The School of Architecture also is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). Courses are taught by a faculty of professionals engaged in practice, education and research. For more information, visit www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/accreditation.

The School of Architecture in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design offers the only curriculum in the state leading to a professional degree in architecture. The school offers an intense, carefully structured and wide array of courses that constitutes a solid foundation for architectural practice.

Of the multitudes of criteria that were evaluated, all conditions for NAAB Accreditation were met, including all student performance criteria, said Michael Berk, director for the School of Architecture and F.L. Crane Endowed Professor.

“What I am most pleased about is how we excelled with distinction in the two extreme aspects of architectural education—abstract and conceptual design, and communication and thinking skills—as well as technical skills of both assembly and documentation and comprehensive integrative design,” Berk said.

“This is a truly remarkable achievement for our university, and I am very proud of our architecture program and the hard work of our faculty and staff,” Berk added.

The School of Architecture boasts a No. 25 ranking among “America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools” for 2016 by the Design Futures Council’s “DesignIntelligence” publication.

MSU is home to the only architecture program in the nation that requires two semester-long collaborative studios for all architecture and building construction science students, including a design/build studio in the second year.

The School of Architecture also offers a unique practice-oriented program for all fifth-year students that takes place in an off-campus, urban setting.

Additionally, the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s SuperUse Pavilion, a part of the museum’s rain garden program that has benefitted from the efforts of more than 100 Mississippi State undergraduate and graduate-level students, is part of an exhibition opening this month at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Titled “By the People: Designing a Better America,” the exhibition features 60 design projects from every region of the U.S.

Freshman architecture student receives MSU Presidential Scholarship

September 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Freshman architecture student receives MSU Presidential Scholarship

President Mark E. Keenum (first row, center) welcomes the newest class of MSU Presidential Scholars. From left to right, they include (first row) Joy Carino, Carley Bowers, Alicia Brown, Katelyn Provine, (second) Donielle Allen, Leah Boyd, Dajaina Martin, Krishna Desai, (third) Garhett Moseley, Samuel Lucas, Seth Lenoir, Benjamin Jones and Joseph Neyland. (Photo by Russ Houston)

President Mark E. Keenum (first row, center) welcomes the newest class of MSU Presidential Scholars. From left to right, they include (first row) Joy Carino, Carley Bowers, Alicia Brown, Katelyn Provine, (second) Donielle Allen, Leah Boyd, Dajaina Martin, Krishna Desai, (third) Garhett Moseley, Samuel Lucas, Seth Lenoir, Benjamin Jones and Joseph Neyland. (Photo by Russ Houston)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Nine freshmen, three sophomores and one junior from Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee are this year’s selections for Mississippi State’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarships.

The annual awards cover 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 (based on a 4.0 scale).

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.

As Presidential Scholars, they have opportunities to interact with members of the land-grant institution’s extensive research faculty and be part of the college’s Oxford University summer-study program in England, among other enhanced learning opportunities.

Tommy Anderson said he and others in the honors college welcome “the leadership these new scholars bring to the classroom, in their research and to the university as a whole.” They have the potential to serve as agents of change in their respective disciplines, he added.

An associate professor of English now in his fifth year as program mentor, Anderson also directs the university’s Office of Prestigious External Scholarships.

“The growth of the Presidential Scholars program is a tribute to the university’s commitment to attracting the nation’s top students and to the impact of the Shackouls Honors College in these students’ educational trajectory,” he said.

Over the years, a number of scholars have received additional recognitions as national Goldwater, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Truman and Udall scholars, as well as being selected for a variety of professional internships. For more on the program, visit www.honors.msstate.edu/scholars.

The 2016-17 Presidential Scholars class includes (by hometown):

BARTLETT, Tennessee—Freshman Benjamin K. Jones, an engineering major and St. Benedict at Auburndale High School graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.

BRANDON—Seth L. Lenoir, a chemical engineering major and Jackson Preparatory School graduate receiving a Hal and Linda Parker Presidential Endowed Scholarship; and Katelyn S. Provine, a biological sciences/pre-medicine major and Northwest Rankin High School graduate receiving an Alan Nunnelee Presidential Endowed Scholarship. Both are freshmen.

BYRAM—Freshman Dajaina M. Martin, a biochemistry major and St. Andrews Episcopal School graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee—Freshman Carley E. Bowers, an economics major and Collierville High School graduate receiving a Bobby and Barbara Martin Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

HATTIESBURG—Sophomore Samuel N. Lucas, a chemical engineering major and Presbyterian Christian High School graduate receiving a Malcolm and Olivia Portera Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—Sophomore Garhett J. Moseley, a business administration/international business and foreign language/Spanish double-major, Huntsville High School graduate and recipient of a Louis Hurst Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

JACKSON—Freshman Joseph N. Neyland, an aerospace engineering/astronautics major and Murrah High School graduate receiving a Mickey and Babs Holliman Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

MADISON, Alabama—Freshman Leah A. Boyd, a music major and Bob Jones High School graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.

MCCALLA, Alabama—Junior Donielle D. Allen, a biochemistry/pre-medicine major and Brookwood High School graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.

PETAL—Freshman Alicia D. Brown, a chemical engineering major and Presbyterian Christian High School graduate receiving a John and Georgia Ann McPherson Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

RIDGELAND—Freshman Krishna D. Desai, an architecture major and Madison-Ridgeland Academy graduate receiving a Charles and Pat Lee Presidential Endowed Scholarship.

STARKVILLE—Sophomore Joy Carino, an English major and Mississippi School for Math and Science graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.

Learn more about the Shackouls Honors College at www.honors.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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Annual Brasfield and Gorrie design competition wraps up

September 13th, 2016 Comments Off on Annual Brasfield and Gorrie design competition wraps up

(Photos and story by Kelsey Brownlee)

Students in the College of Architecture, Art and Design participate in the Brasfield & Gorrie Student Design Competition every year at Mississippi State University. The interdisciplinary design competition includes teams of students from each department in college (architecture, art, interior design and building construction science).

The goal is to expose students to an interdisciplinary project delivery system to facilitate the design of a structure that incorporates sustainability, innovation and LEED construction principles. It is the goal of the competition to overcome preconceived ideas of the roles traditionally assumed by the various disciplines in the college. Teams will implement into their design solutions current issues that are impacting the design and construction industry.

Student teams work on the project the first two weeks of the fall semester. This year’s presentations were held on Wed., Aug. 31.

For this year’s competition, students were challenged to design and create a renovation and construction plan for two existing buildings, as well as a means of connecting the buildings, for the tenancy of the pop-up retail space. Located on University Drive at the edge of the MSU campus, the existing buildings were constructed during the 1930s as part of the Public Works Administration and originally served as faculty housing.

Students were asked to

  1. incorporate accessory spaces such as offices, a receiving area and a catering kitchen in addition to the retail and gallery spaces;
  2. bring the buildings into compliance with current zoning and building codes;
  3. design signage and wayfinding that will direct attention to the building from University Avenue; and
  4. incorporate aspects of sustainability that would allow the project to be designated LEED certified.

 

First Place (tie):
Team Bazaar:
Annah Pennebaker, interior design
Nick Vezinaw, architecture
Omkar Prabhu, architecture
Lara Lynn Waddell, architecture
Tanner Wallace, building construction science
Sarah Prater, graphic design

Team Expo:
Catherine Conner, interior design
Katie Hughes, interior design
Cory Moxley, architecture
Claire Sims, architecture
Matt Bowen, building construction science
Morgan Donour, graphic design

Third Place:
Team Vertex:
Tori Reynolds, interior design
Ana Miller, interior design
Curtis Reed, architecture
Charles Barlow, architecture
Ben Webster, architecture
Davis Byrd, building construction science
Lauren Lewis, graphic design

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