September 28th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture awards first Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Maria Degtyareva, a third-year architecture student at Mississippi State University, is the fall 2015 recipient of the newly established Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
Degtyareva, daughter of Grigoriy and Larisa Degtyareva of Novosibirks, Russia, will receive $3,000 and will spend the semester conducting research with Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.
Gines, who is in his fourth year of teaching in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, also serves as the vice president of research and design at Method, a full-service architectural and design firm based in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.
Gines said the firm hopes to establish itself as “thought leaders” in the architectural community – both to generate and disseminate knowledge.
“There is a lot of support for connecting academia to the profession of architecture,” he added. “With this fellowship there is a unique opportunity to strengthen that connection between the Mississippi State School of Architecture and Method Studio, which is a leader around the area for architecture and design.”
“We are honored to be working with Method Studio and value the confidence they have placed in the School of Architecture,” added F.L. Crane Professor and Director of the school Michael Berk. “This research collaboration is an important endorsement of our faculty expertise and will provide our faculty with research assistants, enabling us to continue to push the boundaries of cutting-edge tectonic research.”
While the firm may not be local, Degtyareva and future fellows will be conducting research on issues that are transportable across regions.
“There is strength and value in connecting not just locally but at a distance as well,” said Gines.
The fellowship will also provide students a unique opportunity to interface with professionals with a possibility to present at Method Studio.
“Maria will start to understand at a deeper level the concerns, opportunities and issues that the profession is facing right now,” said Gines. “It’s really great for her to play this critical role in formulating some research – not just for a firm but for the architectural community.”
Degtyareva has already started on her first research assignment – to compare and document design trends in student housing across the U.S.
September 14th, 2015 Comments Off on Annual collaborative student competition held
The Fifth Annual Brasfield & Gorrie Student Design Competition was held from Mon., Aug. 17 through Fri., Aug. 28.
Ten teams composed of students from the four departments in the College of Architecture, Art and Design worked together over these two intensive weeks to create a branding, interior design, architectural design and construction strategy for a new local brewery, SweetGum Brewing Company.
The students presented their final work at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on Fri., Aug. 28 from 1:30 – 4 p.m. Reviewers from Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, Fuscia Architects and Brewworks and SweetGum Brewing Company attended to review the student work and to choose teams for the top three design awards.
The winning teams were:
- Michael Carraway – Building Construction Science
- Brent Gaudé – Building Construction Science
- Vanessa Holden – Interior Design
- Edward Holmes V – Architecture
- Casey Jennings – Graphic Design
- Ben Marshall – Architecture
- Jared Robinson – Architecture
- Ashton Aime – Architecture
- Caleb Fearing – Architecture
- Liz Grantham – Interior Design
- Robby Keifer – Building Construction Science
- Keith Kellum- Graphic Design
- Anna Strohm – Interior Design
- Nathan Thomas – Architecture
- Kyle Alford – Building Construction Science
- Kaiyla Barber – Graphic Design
- Ria Bennett – Architecture
- Josh Johnson – Architecture
- Kalyn Johnson – Interior Design
- Luke Marshall – Architecture
- Cheyenne Underwood – Interior Design
Click here to view the winning team projects on our student work site.
Students hard at work:
Q&A by Marissa Landon:Click here to download the PDF file.
September 2nd, 2015 Comments Off on CAAD project featured as ‘State Spotlight’
Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University
The Green Building Demonstration Pavilion, with its 600 square-foot green roof, is a public use space that forms the centerpiece for the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s rain garden. Over five years, more than 200 undergraduate- and graduate-level landscape architecture, landscape contracting, architecture, art, building science and graphic design students designed and built the museum’s green infrastructure and sustainable building technologies. The garden project has earned several awards, most recently winning the 2015 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4’s Rain Catcher Award in the neighborhood/community-level.
August 11th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU student architecture exhibit featured in Jackson
via David Lewis
A photography exhibit by four Mississippi State students highlighting the state’s distinctive modern architecture is being featured through Nov. 15 at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.
Displayed in the historic downtown building’s main hall, the images captured by current and just-graduated university architecture majors pay homage to a wealth of modern structures, some of which are in disrepair and danger of being demolished.
“The diversity of projects and range of work is the most fascinating part of the exhibit,” said May School of Architecture graduate David Lewis of Jackson. “From schools to homes, from Durant to Jackson, the exhibit expresses the breadth of the modern footprint in Mississippi.”
Along with Lewis, the exhibit represents the efforts of seniors Mary K. Sanders of Indian Springs, Ala., and Casey A. Walker of Brandon, along with Landon G. Kennedy of Clinton, a May cume laude School of Architecture graduate.
All are current or former members of the campus chapter of Tau Sigma Delta national honor society.
Assistant professor Jacob Gines provided guidance and also photographed one of the buildings for the project that debuted last year at MSU’s Giles Hall, home of the school and College of Architecture, Art and Design.
The exhibit then traveled to Greenwood before being on special display in Ocean Springs at the Sullivan-Wright/Charnley-Norwood home. The latter location represented a collaboration with the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s “Mississippi MAD MOD” website and celebration.
The trust and Mississippi Department of Archives and History are assisting with the exhibit.
“It was a privilege for our office to be able to provide seed funding for this entrepreneurial effort two years ago,” said Michael A. Berk, the school’s director and F. L. Crane Professor.
Observing that the exhibit “has truly taken on a life of its own,” Berk expressed hope that it “will continue to make the rounds in our state with future aspirations of a national exhibition down the road.”
Gines said both Lewis and Kennedy were instrumental in getting the exhibit into the Old Capitol Museum.
“With the exhibit being in my hometown of Jackson, it is very surreal to see my work up and having my friends and family go see the exhibit,” said Lewis. “It’s great to continue the conversation and education with folks from home.”
“The greatest satisfaction came by opening the eyes of other Mississippians about the importance of this modern movement within their own state,” added Kennedy. “Some people knew where some of these buildings were, but a lot did not, which was neat because it would often solicit a response of ‘oh I didn’t know that was in Mississippi.'”
To view the exhibit, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Capitol -Museum/124269894286616.
Question and Answer with graduates David Lewis and Landon Kennedy
What is your favorite part of the exhibit?
LK: My favorite part of the exhibit was getting to collaborate with, not only the school and the resources that the faculty brings, but also the ability to see a project emerge from something in the Giles gallery to traveling around the state. It’s a big deal to see projects, and in this case an exhibit, be appreciated outside of Giles. It really encourages current and future students in the School of Architecture to use the knowledge already gained in classes and apply them to work that can be appreciated outside of school.
What was a challenge you faced in putting together the exhibit?
DL:The layout of the exhibit. Landon and I spent a lot of time evaluating and redesigning the layout of the photos. It was something that was modular in design, in order to adjust to each space it would be housed in. In a way, the layout reflects principles of modern architecture design.
LK: A challenge faced in putting the exhibit together was a sacrifice of time. Obviously, we did this project in our spare time (which is quite difficult to come by as an architecture major). But it was enjoyable spending the extra hours in studio assembling the pieces or printing images because we knew the work would be realized, whether in the Charley Norwood House or in the Old Capitol Museum.
How MSU/the School of Architecture prepared you to curate this exhibit?
DL: MSU School of Architecture has helped us tremendously with this exhibit. First, they encouraged and enabled us to put together the exhibit. Then, they have continued to provide resources to make this exhibit continue to this day.
LK: The School of Architecture has prepared us to curate the exhibit by giving us the resources to find the information we needed and place the exhibit where it should go. The school also has taught me to put forth thought and time into a project to develop it into something that surprises you in the end. This exhibit has done just that.
Read the story in the Clarion Ledger about the event.
See the story in the Starkville Daily News.
August 7th, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture students get inspired at national AIAS leadership conference
MSU Freedom by Design Director Rashida Momoh (center, green dress) and MSU AIAS 2015-2016 President (to her right) at Grassroots 2015
(left to right) Ben Webster, Rashida Momoh, Elizabeth Beutche and Emily Turner
Four Mississippi State architecture students, along with CAAD Associate Dean Greg G. Hall, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, recently attended the 2015 national American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., from July 23-26.
Emily Turner, who was elected to serve as this year’s president of Mississippi State’s chapter of AIAS, approached the associate dean last semester about attending the annual convention, which works to develop future leaders in architecture by bringing together AIAS chapter leaders, AIAS Freedom By Design program leaders and emerging professionals.
“Freedom by Design was part of my campaign when I ran for president,” said Turner, who explained Freedom by Design to be an AIAS service project that uses student talent to help out the community. “Mississippi State AIAS has participated in the past, but it has been several years since we’ve had a project. And you have to attend Grassroots to host a Freedom by Design Project,” she added.
Turner said the associate dean, who serves as the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Liaison to the AIAS Board, was excited about both the prospect of starting back Freedom by Design at MSU as well as students attending the national convention.
“The national convention is a huge opportunity for students to network and meet national board members,” said Hall, who helped prepare Turner and three other students for convention – Elizabeth Beuche, Rashida Momoh and Ben Webster.
While Turner attended the leadership workshops, Beuche, Momoh and Webster soaked up everything they could at Freedom by Design workshops – learning how to get started and what other schools have done in the past.
“Their projects were so fantastic,” said Momoh, who said other schools had done everything from large projects: community parks and full houses, to small projects: a bridge and a ramp for a house. “We got a lot of ideas and are currently in the process of looking for a client and a project.”
“We were also just really inspired by being with people who had such great ideas about how to improve the community,” said Momoh. “And we not only came home with ideas to help us improve our outside community through Freedom by Design but also the studio culture in Giles.”
The group came up with an idea to create a waste room where architecture students can store materials they are done with that can be re-used by others. If the project is a success, they hope to implement similar rooms across campus.
The students were also able to take advantage of their time in D.C. during the conference.
“It was great to go see the city,” said Momoh. “I think everyone needs to go to a conference like this, so they can get out and see the world and see what’s around you. It’s so important to be able to get out and see good architecture.”
All the students said they are making plans to attend the 2015 AIAS Forum in San Francisco on New Years and are planning to get more AIAS members to attend as well.
“I want everyone to get to experience this,” said Turner. “It was great meeting architecture students from across the country and realizing it’s one big collective experience – that you are not by yourself. And, I really enjoyed getting to know my classmates personally without the stress of school,” she added.
“And just seeing how motivated people were and how much they wanted to help you to become better with what you are already doing and make sure you are on a track of progression,” added Momoh. “The atmosphere was just fantastic!”
Additional MSU Involvement
In addition to attending the national board meeting as (ACSA) Liaison, Hall was awarded an AIAS Legacy Citation; participated in a panel discussion, “Leadership: Working with Components and Administration;” organized a second meeting for AIAS faculty advisors and guests; and attended the AIA Gold Medal Exhibition reception.
2015-2016 MSU AIAS Officers:
President: Emily Turner
Vice President: Zac White
Treasurer: Ben Webster
Secretary: Kelli Weiland
Event Coordinators: Hannah Hebinck and Lucas Posey
Public Relations: Zach Henry
New Member Involvement: Anna Belle Neville
2015-2016 Freedom by Design Board:
Director: Rashidat Momoh
Project Manager: Yerix Morel
Fundraising Manager: Elizabeth Bueche
Public Relations/Historians: Ben Webster and Hannah Hebinck
Construction and Design Mentors: Professors John Poros and Leah Kemp
June 22nd, 2015 Comments Off on Heritage Museum project lands EPA award
Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State
A rain garden project in Starkville has been awarded a regional award from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mississippi State received the 2015 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Neighborhood/Community Category for the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s rain garden program.
The five-year project was designed and constructed by MSU students, faculty and volunteers.
The project included a rain garden, public use pavilion, cistern and sand filter and education signage to explain the elements of the project.
Over 200 MSU students from various fields of study worked on the garden which now serves as a demonstration site for North Mississippi.
The Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence for using natural or man-made systems to manage stormwater and reduce water impacts.
The work helps reduce the volume of stormwater discharges and removes pollutants present in runoff.
Additional information on Mississippi State University’s stormwater project can be found at: http://oktibbehaheritagemuseum.com/wordpress/.
Read the story at WCBI.com.
Read the story by the Sun Herald.
Read the story on MSU’s website.
The Green Building Technology Demonstration Pavilion project was realized under the guidance School of Architecture assistant professor Hans C. Herrmann, AIA, LEED Green Associate, and assistant professor of landscape architecture W. Cory Gallo, ASLA, with special assistance by extension associate Brian Tempelton, ASLA.
It was featured by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as a 2013 Year of Public Service Project and was awarded an American Society of Landscape Architects, Mississippi Chapter, Merit Award.
The project also received an ASLA Professional and Student Award of Excellence in the category of Student Collaboration. (Click here to see the full article)
Faculty Advisors included Brian Templeton, ASLA; Cory Gallo, ASLA; Wayne Wilkerson; Tim Schauwecker; Hans Hermann, AIA; Justin Taylor; and Suzanne Powney.
Students who worked on the project include: (architecture) Jared Barnett, Amy Bragg, Reed Bradford, Katherine Ernst, Jonathon Greer, Scott Polley, Nick Purvis, Salena Tew and John Thomas; (building construction science) Lake Jackson; and (art) Johnathan Nowell.
June 11th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture to co-host 2015 International BTES Conference
This summer, the Mississippi State University School of Architecture will be co-hosting the 2015 International Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES) Conference with the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The conference theme is “Intersections and Adjacencies” and will be held June 24-27.
MSU School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jacob Gines is a co-chair for the conference along with Assistant Professor Erin Carraher and Professor Jose Galarza from the University of Utah.
MSU School of Architecture Associate Professor Hans C. Herrmann and Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn are also serving on the conference organizing committee.
Multiple MSU architecture faculty will make presentations, and two MSU architecture students, Ria Bennett and Cody Smith, will be receiving international BTES awards for their research paper, “The Leaky American Dream: A Study of Air Infiltration Rates of Residential Construction Over Forty Years.”
June 8th, 2015 Comments Off on ‘Audit Squad’ wins national award
Three Mississippi State University Students were recently honored with the inaugural Building Technology Educators Society Student Award.
Senior architecture students Cody Smith and Aaron “Ria” Bennett and building construction science major William “Bill” Plott made up an independent study class taught by Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn.
The group, dubbed “The Audit Squad,” worked throughout the year with McGlohn studying the relationship between energy efficiency and the quality of construction.
In the fall, the Audit Squad traveled to Greenwood to test air infiltration rates of the new Katrina cottages in the Baptist Town neighborhood. They also paid a visit to the Auburn University’s Rural Studio to perform tests on some of their projects.
“The best way to understand how a building performs is to actually test it with tools,” said McGlohn, who explained that the lower the air infiltration rate, the better the envelope. “A high air infiltration rate signifies a leaky building.”
After analyzing their results, the squad began working on their own independent research project in which they tested the air infiltration rates of a variety of student rental properties built in Starkville over the last 40 years to see if age has anything to do with the rates.
The results of their findings make up their award-winning paper, “The Leaky American Dream: A Study of Air Infiltration Rates of Residential Construction Over Forty Years.”
Bennett and Smith have also been awarded the School of Architecture’s Jason Labutka Travel Scholarship, which will fund their trip to accept the group award and a $1,000 check at the 2015 BTES Conference in Utah at the end of June.
This summer, the research will continue in Greenwood.
Teaming up with the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Enterprise Rose Fellow, Emily Roush Elliott, McGlohn and new Audit Squad members will test the air infiltration rates of a variety of low-income housing in the Greenwood area to compare the typical rental property with more modern low-incoming housing.
The data will be analyzed next fall to try to quantify the monetary and health burdens that can come from leaky, low-income housing.
The findings and suggestions for improvement will be shared in a brochure for distribution to nonprofit organizations that could benefit from the data.
“The overall main goal,” said McGlohn, “is to create a baseline metric of energy efficiency rates for low-income housing in the Mississippi Delta.”
May 27th, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture student awarded ICAA fellowship for summer program
Scott Polley, entering fifth-year architecture student, has been awarded an Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) Fellowship for the institute’s summer program in New York City.
Polley was one of 18 students selected out of 50 applicants.
The ICAA Summer Studio in Classical Architecture is a four-week, immersive program introducing students to skills, knowledge and resources essential to the practice and appreciation of classical design.
Students build a foundation in classical Architectural Design and Composition, the Elements of the Classical Language, Proportion, the Literature of Classical Design, Drawing & Rendering, and Traditional Materials.
May 22nd, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds annual 2015 Recognition Day
(Front row, left to right): Robert Ledet, Landon Kennedy, Trey Symington, Melinda Ingram, KeAirra Williams, Ashlyn Temple, Anna Lyle, Samantha King, J. Brooke Dorman, Sanjay Rajput, Nick Purvis, Will Commarato, Anthony Penny, Will Tonos; (back row, left to right): Katherine Ernst, Kyle Stover, John Taylor Schaffhauser, Michael Davis, David Lewis, Cory May, Rusty McInnis, Emily Lysek, Byron Belle, Nick Dodd, Jared Barnett, Rachel McKinley, Mark Riley, Colton Stephens, McKenzie Moran, Alex Reeves, Larry Travis, Clay Cottingham and John Thomas (photo: Justin Taylor)
Dean West introduces Dr. Peter Ryan.
Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 8, 2015 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.
Dr. Peter Ryan
Dr. Peter Ryan, associate provost for Academic Affairs, welcomed everyone to campus.
F.L. Crane Professor and Director welcomes his former student Anne Marie Decker.
Anne Marie Decker
Alumna Anne Marie Decker gave the 25th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.
Faculty was recognized before announcing the awards.
2014-2015 School of Architecture Awards:
Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Recipient: Associate Professor 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. ______________________________________________________
Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD)
Chapter President: Mary Sanders
Faculty Advisors: Hans Herrmann, Associate Professor
Jacob Gines, Assistant Professor
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.
Ashton Aime, Ria Bennett, Caleb Fearing, Ryan Fiero,
TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Richard Cottingham, J. Brooke Dorman, Landon Kennedy,
David Lewis, Rusty McInnis, Alex Reeves,
John Taylor Schaffhauser, Larry Travis
TSD First-Year Design Award
Recipient: Matthew Lewis
The Tau Sigma Delta First-Year Design Award is presented to the first-year design student who has exhibited excellence in design. This is a book award.
TSD Bronze Award
Recipient: Jared Barnett
The Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal is presented by the third- and fourth-year student membership of the society to a fifth-year student who, in his/her thesis
project, has expanded the students’ insight and awareness of architecture.
TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient: Erik Herman
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
TSD Charles Calvo Digital Media Award
Recipient: Ryan Mura
In fall 2000, Tau Sigma Delta established this book award in memory of a School of Architecture faculty member, Charles Calvo, and his contribution to the field of digital media in architecture. This award goes to a fourth-year student who, like Charles, has exemplified an incredible knowledge and skill in digital media and has continually educated other students in this field. A copy of the book given to the award winner is also given to the library in memory of Charles.
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President: Aryn Phillips
Faculty Advisors: Emily McGlohn, Assistant Professor
Erik Herman, Visiting Assistant Professor
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 2015 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient: Kapish Cheema
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.
Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Chapter President: Megan Vansant
Faculty Advisor: Justin Taylor, Assistant Clinical Professor
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: Melinda Ingram
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.
American Institute of Architecture Students
Chapter President (2015-2016): Emily Turner
Faculty Advisor: Alexis Gregory, Assistant Professor
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.
(Anna Barr not pictured)
AIAS Member of the Year Award
Recipient: Anna Barr
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.”
Mississippi Chapter AIA Book Award
Presented by: Michael Berk, Director
Recipient: Alex Reeves
This inaugural award is funded by the Mississippi Chapter of the American
Institute of Architects. It recognizes a high-achieving student who holds a
leadership position within the MSU chapter of the American Institute of
(Rayce Belton and Tahir Khan not pictured)
First-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Andrew R. Tripp, Assistant Professor
Recipient: Rayce Belton, Tahir Khan
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’.
Second-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Justin Taylor, Assistant Clinical Professor
Recipient: Lara Lynn Waddell
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’.
Third-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Alexis Gregory, Assistant Professor
Recipients: Ashton Aime, Ria Bennett
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’.
Fourth-Year Capstone Awards:
Fourth-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Hans Herrmann, Associate Professor
Recipients: Cody Smith, Haley Whiteman
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’.
Fourth-Year Jurists’ Award
Recipients: Hannah Waycaster, Haley Whiteman
The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by visiting jurors and critics 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 fourth-year Design Studio.
ARCC King Award
Presented by: John Poros, CSTC Director
Recipient: Anthony Penny
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.
Fifth-Year Jurists’ Award
Presented by: Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients: Jared Barnett, Will Commarato
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.
Academic Achievement Award
Recipient: John Taylor Schaffhauser
The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average.
Creative Windows & Doors/Marvin Windows Traveling Fellowship
($2,500) Recipient: J. Brooke Dorman
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.
Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by: Dean Jim West
Recipient: David Lewis
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.
John Taylor Schaffhauser
AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal
Presented by: Professor Michael Berk
Certificate Recipient: Clay Cottingham
Medal Recipient: John Taylor Schaffhauser
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.
Other Notable Student Awards, 2014-2015
Second Place, Gensler Diversity Award
Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm, has awarded nearly $200,000 in academic scholarship over the last 15 years. The Gensler Diversity Scholarship is a juried program recognizing emerging talent among African-American college students enrolled in an accredited architecture program. As a second place winner, Aryn will receive $5,000 and has accepted a paid internship this summer with Gensler in Washington, D.C.
Best Undergraduate Paper, Building Technology Educators Society
Ria Bennett, Cody Smith, Bill Plott
The student group, dubbed the “Audit Squad,” received a $1,000 award for their paper, “The Leaky American Dream: A Study of Air Infiltration Rates of Residential Construction Over Forty Years,” which was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn. Ria and Cody have each been awarded the Jason Labutka Travel Scholarship ($1,500 each), which will fund their trip to the 2015 BTES Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, this summer to accept the award.
Alpha Rho Chi National Fraternal Service Award
Melinda Ingram, Sang Nguyen
Melinda and Sang were recognized by the Alpha Rho Chi Grand Council for their efforts developing and supporting national fraternity projects and mentoring other student members at universities across the country. Faculty Advisor: Assistant Clinical Professor Justin Taylor
Mississippi Modern Exhibit at Charnley-Norwood House, Ocean Springs
Mary Sanders, Landon Kennedy, David Lewis
These Tau Sigma Delta students curated this photography exhibition, which was part of the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s MOD educational program.
Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award
for Excellence in Architecture
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.
First Place, MSU S3 Innovation Challenge
Emily received a $500 cash prize and prototyping stipend for her project titled, “Emergency Homeless Shelter.” Faculty Advisor: Visiting Assistant Professor Erik Herman
First Place, 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
J. Brooke Dorman
Brooke’s project, titled “Technical Publications Detailing,” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.
First Place (tie), Arts and Humanities Category, 2014 MSU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
J. Brooke Dorman
Brooke’s project, titled “Exposing Gaps in Student Literature for Building Construction Technology,” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.
Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Ryan received $1,900 for his proposal, “Regional Material sand Sustainability.” He conducted his research under faculty mentor Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.
Honors Undergraduate Research Program Travel Award
Ryan received $750 in funding to present two accepted posters, “Material Stewardship and Sustainable Practices” and “Mapping the Regional Landscape of Building Materials” at the 6th North American Materials Education Symposium hosted at Ohio State University. Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Jacob Gines
Second Place, Arts and Humanities Category, Spring 2015 MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium
Team: Anna Barr, Patrick Brown, Lucas Posey
“Improving on Outreach Design” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.
Second Place, Service Learning Category, Spring 2015 MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium
Team: Anna Barr, Patrick Brown, Lucas Posey
“Improving on Outreach Design” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.
2015 Office of Research and Economic Development Undergraduate Research Assistant Award
J. Brooke Dorman
Brooke was honored for her work with Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory on her book, Comprehensive Tectonics: Technical Building Assemblies from the Ground to the Sky
Paul Grootkerk Travel Award
($4,000) Yerix Morel
The Paul Grootkerk Travel Award (funded by Ted T. Porter) is available to full-time students who will have completed their second year of study. Candidates must have a minimum MSU 2.5 GPA, be hard working, and can demonstrate financial need.
Rowan Taylor Endowed Scholarship
($2,500) Cody Smith
Applicants must be entering the fifth year of architectural study within the school; have maintained a minimum MSU 3.0 GPA; have demonstrated exceptional design work and ability to achieve exceptional design; and have demonstrated financial need.
Acme Brick Company Scholarship
($2,000) Aryn Phillips
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 and strong overall academic performance.
Duvall Decker Minority Travel Scholarship
($2,000) Danielle Griffin
Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time student and be a member of an under-represented minority group in the practice of architecture and also meet the following criteria: 1)self motivated learner; 2)high GPA; 3)demonstrate financial need.
Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Annual Scholarship
($2,000) Devin Carr, Megan Vansant
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.
Lyndall Gail Wood Memorial Scholarship
($2,000) Sara Peppers
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.
Fred Carl, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
($1,500) Mary Holland
Applicants must be entering the first-year design studio; residents of Mississippi; have achieved a minimum composite ACT score of 28, and can demonstrate financial need.
Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Edward Holmes
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.
Creig B. Hoskins Architects Scholarship
($1,000) Tony D. Coleman, Sierra Gillion
Applicants must be entering the first-year design studio in the School of Architecture; be a resident of one of the following Mississippi counties: Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Coahoma, Grenada, Humphreys, Leflore, Montgomery, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Washington, Yalobusha; and can demonstrate financial need.
Interior Elements Annual Scholarship
($1,000) Edward Holmes
Applicants must be full-time students entering the fourth-year design studio, be in excellent academic standing, and be a student with exceptional design ability.
Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Aryn Phillips
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 Annual Scholarship
($1,000) Maria Degtyareva,
Caleb Fearing, Zachary Henry, Yerix Morel, Lara Lynn Waddell
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.
Boral Bricks, Inc. Loyalty Scholarship
($500) Danielle Mason
Applicants must be majoring in Building Construction Science or Architecture, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be an entering freshman.
Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500) Diondria Bingham,
Kapish Cheema, Savannah Ingram, Haley Whiteman
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
(CAAD software) Richard Bryant, Shelby Christian,
Jake Gartman, Patrick Greene, Alan Pittman
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) 4 Awards, To Be Determined
Applicants must be from Leflore County, or be an under-represented minority group in architecture; and be interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines.
Joseph L. Echols D2 Scholarships (Design Discovery)
($600) 3 Awards, To Be Determined
Candidates 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.
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2015 Recognition Day Program