November 30th, 2015 Comments Off on Gregory’s fourth-year architecture studio featured on WTVA news
Unique project offers many forms of learning
An unusual architecture project in Starkville may turn into a gift that lasts a lifetime and teaches in so many ways.
Fourth-year architecture students at Mississippi State are building raised gardens at the Boys and Girls Club in Starkville. The new beds — which feature gravel bottoms, cardboard linings and special material to keep out weeds and moles while allowing dainage, benches and other features — will be more efficient than existing smaller beds at the center on Lynn Lane.
The students designed the garden as well as a ramp that will allow a handicapped volunteer, who also is a Master Gardener, to be more involved. The ramp even will have access to an herb garden.
The college students are learning things they never fully realized from what several say is the most gratifying thing they’ve done.
“To help them understand what it’s like to work with a real client, and also to see the impact of their design and construction in the community. So want them to be able to see that architecture doesn’t end with a building that has air conditioning and heating but that it is actually creating space and places that people can use,” Professor Alexis Gregory said of some of the goals she had when the class took up the project, which also counts as a service-learning project.
Gregory is familiar with the community service and non-profit side, previously having worked for non-profits in Washington D.C.
Architecture students aren’t the only ones involved.
Horticulture classes are planning fruits and vegetables for the gardens and will help teach the kids and their families next spring. Education students are working on lesson plans for teachers to link the garden to every day learning. Nutrition students are planning lessons as well for the students and their amilies.
“I’m really excited to see the kids come out and play with the benches, to start planting things and see them grow,” Gregory said of the anticipation of what’s ahead.
Kids grew tomatoes, pumpkins, radishes, lettuce and cabbage this fall and winter in their smaller boxes. But this takes learning to a new level.
“Some of our kids play and interact with the architecture students and they’ve never been exposed to hands-on building objects so to see them get excited gets me excited. I know our kids aren’t exposed to nutrition and gardening and they should be,” BGC Unit Director Jeffery Johnson said of the experience for the kids.
One major goal is to get entire families and community groups involved so the experience carries on.
“We can work with the Boys and Girls Club to make this a longer lasting project so this becomes good lessons for the kids, hopefully to take home to their parents, and their community as well and really spread this throughout the area,” Gregory xplained.
The project also will include shade structures, rain barrels, vegetable cubicles inside the Boys and Girls Club so the kids can store their produce and other items. Those will be built next semester.
Lowe’s, Oktibbeha County, Bell Building Supply, the Oktibbeha County Coop and others have donated materials. The project also has a Go Fund Me account. Anyone wishing to donate materials can contact the Boys and Girls Club.
November 18th, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture student receives AIA St Louis Scholarship Award
By Marissa Landon
Third-year architecture student Curtis Reed recently received a $500 AIA St Louis Scholarship Award.
According to the AIA St. Louis website, the scholarship fund was founded in 1965 to assist students from the greater St. Louis region enrolled in an architecture program accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). Today the AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund is one of the largest scholarship programs in the country. Financial support is provided to students entering their third, fourth or fifth-year of studies.
“I’d like to give a big thanks to Bob Winters and the rest of the AIA Saint Louis board of directors for having chosen me to receive the summer scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year,” Reed said. “The cost of school these days is outrageous, but with the help from scholarships like this, I can continue to pursue this passion.”
November 12th, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture student honored as 2015 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year
(left to right): Joel Myers, Huntington Ingalls rep.; Ryan Colvin, senior coordinator at the MSU Career Center; Michael Berk, F.L. Crane Professor and director of the School of Architecture; Jake Johnson; Alexis Gregory, assistant professor and School of Architecture co-op coordinator; and Bryan Moore, Huntington Ingalls rep.
By Marrisa Landon
Jacob “Jake” Johnson, a fifth-year architecture student, has been named the 2015 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year. This award recognizes one outstanding co-op student at Mississippi State each year for academic excellence, exhibited professionalism in the work place and leadership in respective organizations.
Johnson received a $500 scholarship sponsored by Huntington Ingalls and a recognition plaque. This marks the first year a non-engineering student has been selected as the Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year.
Johnson completed a thirteen-month co-op with Seay, Seay & Litchfield Architects in Montgomery, Ala..
This co-op “allowed me to experience projects at every stage of development and to see first-hand the many roles that architects play,” said Johnson. “My time there greatly challenged my abilities, helped me understand my future goals within the field and has since impacted my work in the classroom.”
November 6th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds 2015 NOMAS Trashion Show
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Mississippi State University’s seventh annual NOMAS Trashion Show was held on Wednesday [Nov. 4] at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall.
MSU Fashion Board models sported fashionable outfits designed by architecture, fashion design and merchandising students.
This years fashions were made from soda cans, water bottle labels, dryer sheets, straws, newspapers, bottle caps and other recycled goods.
November 4th, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture studio helps improve local community garden
By Zack Plair | Mississippi State University
Several Mississippi State groups are working with the Starkville Boys and Girls Club to help promote long-term healthy eating habits among local youths.
First, university students in a fourth-year School of Architecture design studio are making plans to transform the club’s community garden into a larger, more accessible and efficient horticultural space.
The class is taught by assistant professor Alexis Gregory, who said the team soon will begin construction of six raised garden beds, two shaded pavilions and a storage space for tools. An Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible ramp leading from the club’s main building on Lynn Lane to the back garden area also will be built.
Gregory estimated that the project should be complete by mid-spring, weather permitting.
The architecture majors are joining with others on campus to organize a sustainable program in which club members learn to maintain the garden and take home vegetables they grow.
The larger effort involves the MSU Horticulture Club, assistant professor Brittney Oliver of School of Human Sciences’ food science, nutrition and health promotion department and assistant professor Kenneth Anthony of the College of Education’s curriculum, instruction and special education department.
“We’re wanting to educate children on healthy eating and food sustainability,” Gregory explained. “Hopefully, through this program, these ideas will transfer to their parents.”
After determining total project costs at approximately $10,000, Gregory said the team opened a GoFundMe account. Members also are soliciting material donations from local businesses, she added.
A mini-grant provided by MSU’s Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence is enabling senior Lorianna A. Livingston of Columbus, a CASLE Service-Learning Scholar, to provide graphic design services.
An art/graphic design major, Livingston said that in addition to finding new ways for incorporating various building materials into her creations, the project has provided many positive interactions with a diverse group of clients and project team members.
“It is extremely rewarding to work collaboratively with groups of students and faculty from all over campus to serve our community,” Livingston said. “The faculty and staff at the Boys and Girls Club have been very appreciative of our efforts, and we are so excited to be able to complete this project for them.”
Once the new beds are built and ready for planting, students in the MSU Horticulture Club will supply and recommend plant materials, conduct educational sessions on gardening preparation and maintenance, and help guide Boys and Girls Club members through the planting process.
Richard Harkess, horticulture club faculty adviser, said the highly coordinated approach that all involved have brought to the project ultimately will help make a positive difference in the lives of many Starkville families.
“When children pull radishes out of the ground that they grew from seeds, they are more likely to take a bite of one than they would be if their mom brought it home from the grocery store and put it on their plate,” the professor of plant and soil sciences observed. “This will help give these kids a better idea of where their food comes from.”
According to Gregory, a Healthy Hometown grant in 2011 funded the club’s first community garden project, with volunteers from the community and MSU helping maintain it since that time.
Healthy Hometown grants are provided by the Jackson-based Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.
Boys and Girls Club director Jeffrey Johnson said the current construction project, when combined with curriculum and support provided by the Mississippi State academic partnership, should help the organization’s young members become even more involved.
“We’ll have programs that will promote health and nutrition, boost the kids’ self-confidence, and also this garden is going to look great,” Johnson said. “This is a great example of how the club can branch out to better connect with Starkville and MSU.”
Follow Gregory’s fourth-year studio and their design and construction of the Educational Garden project for the Boys & Girls Club in Starkville on Twitter, Facebook and on Instagram under “MSU Learn & Grow.”
Click here to view the architecture studio’s project board.
November 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on Models to showcase trash transformations at NOMAS Trashion Show
By Georgia Clarke | Mississippi State University
MSU Fashion Board models will stroll the runway Wednesday [Nov. 4] at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall. The models will be sporting fashionable outfits made of materials varying from soda cans, water bottle labels, dryer sheets and straws, to newspapers, bottle caps, and other recycled goods. (via msstate.edu)
Trash will be transformed into fashion at Mississippi State University’s seventh annual NOMAS Trashion Show.
MSU Fashion Board models will stroll the runway Wednesday [Nov. 4] at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall. Free and open to the public, the show is anticipated to fill quickly, so early arrival is advised.
The models will be sporting fashionable outfits made of materials varying from soda cans, water bottle labels, dryer sheets and straws, to newspapers, bottle caps, and other recycled goods, said Elizabeth Bueche, treasurer of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students. The masterminds behind the designs are architecture and fashion design and merchandising students.
“Each year we challenge ourselves by pushing for new ideas,” said Bueche, a third year architecture student from Maryville, Tennessee.
“Designers and members have been working diligently for this year’s Trashion Show, and we can’t wait for everyone to come out and see the designs,” she added.
In addition to the show, Junk to Funk also will return, but with a twist. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., just before the Trashion show, guests can receive a makeover by a Fashion Board member, a custom made-to-order “Trashion” accessory and two professional photographs for $20. The whole process is anticipated to take less than 10 minutes.
Both the Trashion show and Junk to Funk are sponsored by MSU’s School of Architecture, School of Human Sciences, Fashion Board and the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS).
On Instagram, follow NOMAS @msunomas and Fashion Board @msufashionboard. When posting or searching photos from the show, use #msutrashion2k15.
November 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on David Perkes presents final fall 2015 Harrison Lecture
David Perkes, founding director for Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, presented the final Harrison Lecture for the fall on Fri., Oct. 30, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.
Perkes discussed the work of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and how the research center got its start.
He then used seven social-ecological principals to talk about resilience: maintain diversity/redundancy, manage connectivity, manage slow variables, complex adaptive systems, encourage learning, broaden participation, and promote polycentric governance.
“The work of our time is to figure out how to make resilient communities,” said Perkes, who challenged students to figure out what that means to them and their future work as architects.
Joining School of Architecture students, faculty, staff and friends were MSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development David Shaw and and Associate Vice President for Research J.A. “Drew” Hamilton Jr.
A reception was held after the lecture in the Giles Gallery, which is currently showcasing work from both of the College of Architecture, Art and Design research centers – the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and the Carl Small Town Center – as well as undergraduate research.
October 27th, 2015 Comments Off on Fourth-year architecture studio holds review
(Via Jake Gines)
Assistant Professor Jacob Gines’ fourth-year studio recently held a review this coming in the Giles Hall Gallery.
This semester, the studio is examining the role of heavy timber tectonics in contemporary architecture – primarily focusing on structure as scaffolding and façade as skin.
Students are engaging this topic from a historic perspective and researching the significance and varied application of these tectonic manifestations through an introduction to some tectonic theory and precedent.
The scholarly study of the tekton (carpenter or builder) and the discourse surrounding the notion of tectonics received much attention throughout the late 1800’s and continues to exist as a critical endeavor today. It can be argued that at the heart of tectonic inquiry is the idea and application of poesis, ‘to make’. This constructed attitude will motivate the students to express their research and design attitude through a series of iterative exercises, which will be visualized using palimpsestic drawing and additive modeling.
Proposals are for a speculative building sited in Manhattan, NY at 104 West 57th Street.
Topics addressed in this review include:
- Tectonics: Mass. Plane, Frame
- Frampton: Studies in Tectonic Culture
The final review for this studio will be held on Tues., Dec. 1 from 9-6 p.m. Please call the school at 662-325-2202 if you plan to attend and to confirm times.
October 27th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces fall 2015 jury schedule
All are invited to the School of Architecture’s fall 2015 Jury Reviews.
NOTE: All times are subject to a bit of change (due to the nature of the review process) along with breaks for lunch. Please call to confirm and let us know you are coming. Giles: 662-325-2202; Jackson Center: 601-354-6480
Fifth-Year Final Jury Schedule (Jackson)
NOTE: Jury to be in the 5th-Year Jackson Center, 509 Capitol Street. Please call first to confirm times. 601-354-6480
- Thurs., Nov. 19 9-6 p.m. (w/ possible evening session)
“Stitching the Urban Fabric” | Jackson Center Director: Jassen Callender
Project #1: Constructing a Civic Artifact. (Teams of two) Students designed and construct full-scale sheet metal doors for an unprogrammed but significant civic building. Through this work, students were expected to formulate a response to the question, “how do individual things join into a larger, more meaningful, whole.”
Project #2: Conceiving a Patch. (Teams of four to five) Students conducted site analyses, documented the figure-ground relationships, and constructed a digital site model that accurately represents the area bounded by Amite Street (north), Adams Street (west), Pearl Street (south), and Roach Street (east). At the conclusion of the Theory of Urban Design intensive course, students worked to develop master plan proposals for this rail viaduct district. These proposals should address issues of program, form, and social justice.
Project #3: Stitching. (Individual) Each student will select a site within his or her team’s master plan for the design of an Archive for the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. This is not a destination for tourists. The facility is intended to serve local, national, and international scholars, provide community meeting spaces, and, of course, house the state’s most significant Civil Rights artifacts. The latter function as well as the building’s symbolic importance demands a robust response, both structurally and perceptually. These designs must incorporate the student’s sheet metal door, without modification, and serve as a test of his or her thesis statement on the role of architecture in the making of a city.
- Fri., Nov. 20 9-6 p.m. (w/ possible evening session)
“Stitching the Urban Fabric” (continued)
First through Fourth-Year Final Jury Schedule (Starkville)
NOTE: Jury to be in Giles Hall, Starkville (Giles Gallery and/or Fazio Jury Room) Please call first to confirm times. 662-325-2202
- Mon., Nov. 23, 9-6 p.m. (w/ possible evening session)
- Tues., Nov. 24, 9-6 p.m. (w/ possible evening session)
Third-Year Studio | Coordinator: Justin Taylor
Urban Chicago Medium Density Housing
The third-year studio’s final project is the design of a mixed-use, multi-family housing project on a site in Chicago, Ill. The project teaches students what’s involved in building housing in a metropolitan city.
- Mon., Nov. 30, 8-6 p.m. (w/ possible evening session)
Second-Year Studio | Coordinator: Hans Herrmann
Collaborative Studio ‘Build/Design’
The second-year Collaborative Tectonics Studio presents BUILD/DESIGN a full-scale study of wood frame materials and methods in service of heightened design education. This fall, 62 architecture and building construction science students participated in a detailed project planning, cost estimating, scheduling and construction exercise. The 11-week effort resulted in the construction of two unique structures on the MSU campus. The structures form part of a home garden demonstration site located adjacent to the Landscape Architecture buildings just off Bully Blvd. on the MSU main campus. Realized by students as a kit-of-parts which feature hand built Shou Sugi Ban cypress partitions and a gull wing kinetic folding wall system the project focused students foundational materials and methods issues.
The detailing and assembly logic learned in the BUILD portion of the semester will be presented by students in their DESIGN term-project, a Tea House. Students will present original Tea House designs based upon the recast kit of parts they previously deployed for the MSU Landscape Architecture BUILD project. Detailed assembly diagrams, materials estimates, and design models/renderings will be presented as evidence of the students newly forged knowledge of architectural tectonics.
- Tues., Dec. 1, 9-6 p.m. (w/ possible evening session)
Fourth-Studio (two studios)
Studio One: Timber Hi-Rise in NYC | Coordinator: Jacob Gines
“Scaffolding + Skin”
BACKGROUND – This studio will examine the role of heavy timber tectonics in contemporary architecture – primarily focusing on structure as scaffolding and façade as skin. Students will engage this topic from a historic perspective and research the significance and varied application of these tectonic manifestations through an introduction to some tectonic theory and precedent. The scholarly study of the tekton (carpenter or builder) and the discourse surrounding the notion of tectonics received much attention throughout the late 1800’s and continues to exist as a critical endeavor today. It can be argued that at the heart of tectonic inquiry is the idea and application of poesis, ‘to make’. This constructed attitude will motivate the students to express their research and design attitude through a series of iterative exercises which will be visualized using palimpsestic drawing and additive modeling.
Final proposals will be of a speculative building sited in Manhattan, NY at 104 West 57th Street.
SUSTAINABLE STRATEGY – Utilize heavy timber and/or engineered wood construction in innovative and experimental ways to develop a proposal for a tall wood building (15-20 stories) in Midtown Manhattan.
Benefits of using wood in tall wood buildings include…
• Renewable natural resource
• Reduction of carbon emissions
• Carbon sequestering / carbon sink
• Expedited erection schedules – 20%±
• Reduction of overall project costs – 4%±
• Innovative applications
Studio Two: Boys & Girls Club Educational Garden | Coordinator: Alexis Gregory
The School of Architecture, Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, Horticulture Club, and Graphic Design have joined together with the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville to design and construct an Educational Garden. The hope in constructing the garden is to get the kids at the Boys and Girls Club excited about growing and cooking with homegrown foods. This project intends to educate children on how to grow multiple different foods appropriate for the Starkville climate. The phases in the project intend to lay out a full plan for the construction of the gardens as well as intentions for future building changes. The building changes set up an educational kitchen to teach the kids how to prepare the food they grow. This educational garden will be an example of a community garden that will hopefully grow through the city of Starkville.
October 22nd, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture students attend MSU Women in Leadership luncheon
(l to r) Anna Barr, MSU Director of Student Housing Ann Bailey, and Alexis Gregory (photo by Laura Daniels)
Anna Barr, left, and Emily Turner, right (Photo by Alexis Gregory)
(Story via Alexis Gregory)
Fourth-year architecture student Anna Barr and second-year architecture student Emily Turner were nominated by Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory to attend the MSU Women in Leadership luncheon on Wed., Oct. 21.
Speakers included the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Julia Hodges, and other female leaders from across campus.
The speakers discussed various issues such as work/life balance and gave advice on how to be a woman in a leadership position.
Turner is currently serving as president of the Mississippi State chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), and Barr is the past president.