April 21st, 2014 Comments Off
Recognition Day for the School of Architecture will be held on Fri., May 16 at 1 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.
Graduating fifth-year architecture students will be honored along with students in each year level receiving scholarships and other awards.
The Annual Jean Giles Memorial Lecture will be given by James P. Cramer.
(Via DesignIntelligence) “James P. Cramer is the founding editor and publisher of DesignIntelligence as well as the founder and CEO of the Greenway Group. He researches, consults, and gives seminars for leading professional firms around the world. He is the author of several hundred articles and several books, including the critically acclaimed Design Plus Enterprise: Seeking a New Reality in Architecture. He is co-author of How Firms Succeed: A Field Guide to Management Solutions, and the editor of the Almanac of Architecture and Design. Cramer is the former chief executive of the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C. (1988-94), the recipient of more than 80 awards and honors, a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the AIA, and a Fellow of the International Leadership Forum in La Jolla, Calif. He is currently the president of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Design Futures Council. An educator, futurist, and business adviser, he is often leading strategic retreats and facilitating sessions about “futures invention” and value migration changes in the design professions.”
For more information about Recognition Day, contact the School of Architecture at 662-325-2202.
April 15th, 2014 Comments Off
Zena Howard, fourth from left (Photo by Casey Walker)
The School of Architecture held the annual National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) Symposium on April 4.
The symposium included two panel discussion with various College of Architecture, Art and Design professors and students as well as featured guest Zena Howard. The topic of the discussions was “Design for the Body,” design in relationship to the body (based on the book, World of Perception, by Maurice Merleau-Ponty).
Following the panel discussions, Zena Howard presented a Harrison Lecture, “The Freelon Group – Cultural & Civic.” One of the largest African American-owned architecture firms in the country, The Freelon Group recently joined with Perkins + Will. The firm works on various project types, such as public and private institutions such as libraries, research science and laboratory projects and healthcare.
Howard discussed several projects, including:
• Anacostia Public Library in Washington, D.C.
• Tenley-Friendship Public Library in Washington, D.C.
• Durham County Human Services Complex in Durham, N.C.
• Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, N.C.
• International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, N.C.
• National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
April 10th, 2014 Comments Off
Claire M. Sims of Hernando was among high school graduates attending last year’s Design Discovery Camp at Mississippi State. The daughter of Denise and Alan Sims, she now is a freshman architecture major at the university. Registration for the 2014 camp now is open. Photo by: Nikki McKenzie
Via MSU website:
STARKVILLE – For prospective students considering an academic major in architecture, Mississippi State is announcing the dates of its summer introductory program.
Taking place June 6-13, the 2014 Design Discovery Workshop Camp is offered by the university’s School of Architecture, part of College of Architecture, Art and Design.
The annual session was created specifically for high school students age 16 and older–especially entering MSU freshmen–with an interest in architecture or related design fields. Activities simulate the levels of information processing, individual skills and focused intensity required of students enrolled in the state’s only accredited architecture program.
The 45 camper slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The total cost of $595 includes a $100 non-refundable application processing fee.
Design Discovery coincides with MSU’s summer orientation sessions. Since incoming freshmen may pre-enroll for fall classes during orientation, prospective architecture majors are encouraged to attend both the camp and an orientation session.
With support of Johnson-McAdams P.A., a Greenwood architectural firm, a limited number of scholarships are available to either Leflore County residents or members of minorities under-represented in higher education. Scholarship application forms are available at http://www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/designdiscovery.php
Scholarships also are available for students in Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties, thanks to the Toyota Wellspring Education Fund. Visit www.diveintocamps.com to learn more.
For more on Design Discovery or the scholarships, contact Phyllis Davis-Webber at 662-325-2202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 9th, 2014 Comments Off
The School of Architecture Lecture Committee is hosting a free lunch reception for all School of Architecture students and faculty on Fri., April 1, starting at 11:30 a.m. in honor of Bob Harris, the final speaker in the 2013-2014 Harrison Lecture Series.(Harris’ lecture, originally scheduled for Jan. 31, was postponed due to a flight cancellation.)
The reception will be coordinated and run by students from all four architecture student organizations including AIAS, Alpha Rho Chi, NOMAS and Tau Sigma Delta.
The lunch reception will be held in the Giles Hall Courtyard, where students and faculty will have the opportunity to chat with Harris.
The lecture will be held immediately following in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium at 1 p.m.
April 4th, 2014 Comments Off
See this story and more at WTVA.com
NEW HOULKA (WTVA) — MSU architectural professor Emily Roush Eliott and her student Katherine Ernst are on their way to making the square around the New Houlka City Hall just a little bit brighter.
“I’m really excited about it because we have worked really hard on this,” said Ernst.
She’s excited because she is putting into practice what she has learned in class at Mississippi State.
Her professor is not there to just watch, she’s working too.
They are practicing what’s called public interest architecture.
They’ve chosen New Houlka to create a bike path around the town that leads from the increasingly popular Tanglefoot
“The big need that we heard was that the community of New Houlka wants more people, more activity, more business downtown, ” said Eliott.” As a group of architecture students and professors, we’re not going to open a new restaurant. But what we can do is try to help attract people,” she continued.
And it appears they’ve come up with a way to do just that.
“Now we are at the very beginning phase of a bike path because we wanted to start with the Tanglefoot and then bring a path that runs all around the square,” said Ernst.
They presented their idea to city leaders who welcomed them with open arms.
“The yellow part going around the trail is for bikes,” explained New Houlka Mayor Jimmy Kelly. “And then the white is for walking people who are walking around the trail. And then every so often, there will be circles, little signs pointing out things in town like an ice cream parlor,” he concluded.
As you might imagine, officials here in New Houlka are thrilled with the project saying that it will only enhance what has been a good thing for the City and that is the Tanglefoot Trail.
“I’ve heard from the people of Houlka that its been so busy. I heard that last Saturday the deli that opened just next to the Trail sold out completely,” the MSU professor said, smiling.
“The Trail has been more of a draw than I though it would be when we first started talking about it,” said Kelly.
The “Paint the Square Project” is expected to be done by the end of April and is a project of the Create Foundation’s Create Class program.
It is also supported by the MSU College of Art, Architecture and Design as well as the Greenwood-Leflore Economic Development Foundation.
March 25th, 2014 Comments Off
Charles Renfro, AIA, lectures at the War Memorial. (photo by David Lewis)
Charles Renfro, AIA, a partner at Diller Scofido + Renfro (DS+R), presented a selection of works designed by the architecture firm based on the theme of “Civic Service” on Fri., March 21 at the War Memorial in Jackson.
Renfro discussed the work of architects as a service to the communities in which they work. He used various DS+R projects such as the High Line in New York, N.Y., and The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Mass., as examples of this civic architecture.
Students were able to discuss the presentation and the work of DS+R with Renfro at the reception following the lecture in the fifth-year facilities for the MSU School of Architecture.
March 18th, 2014 Comments Off
Dan Camp, founder and developer of the nationally recognized Cotton District development in Starkville, recently made a gift to establish an endowed fund to support a workshop in classical architecture. The gift is part of MSU’s current Infinite Impact Campaign, a $600 million comprehensive capital campaign.
The Dan and Gemma Camp Workshop in Classical Architecture will be an annual, multi-day workshop held at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture. The initial gift will be used to establish the first workshop next academic year, and Camp has pledged gifts over the next five years to establish an endowment to support future workshops in perpetuity.
The workshop will engage MSU students, practicing architects in the southeast region, and the Starkville community in classical architecture and the impact classical architecture has on the built, social and economic environments of communities – all things Camp is very passionate about.
“Classical studies is an expertise that only a couple of schools in the USA currently teach,” said Michael Berk, F.L. Crane Professor and director of the School of Architecture, “And this annual workshop is a way to enhance MSU’s curriculum and broaden the options for our students.”
The workshop will be run by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, a growing nonprofit organization with 15 chapters nationwide. The ICAA is dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture, new urbanism and the arts through education, publication and advocacy.
“We are very excited by this opportunity to partner with MSU. MSU joins a growing number of architecture schools that are enhancing the capabilities of their graduates by introducing them to the fundamentals of classical composition. These lessons have the greatest impact on future careers when they are offered early,” said Mark Ferguson, chairman of the Board of the ICAA.
School of Architecture students that participate in the workshop will earn a certificate from the ICAA.
“Preservation issues along with an understanding of classical architecture are both significant elements in cities around the country, and particularly in towns around our state – certainly, concerns that most Mississippi architects will be addressing in their practice,” said Berk. “And this workshop will give MSU students an understanding and a credential which will better position them as they move into the job market . . . as well as help communities to make better connections with the past.”
The Dan and Gemma Camp Workshop in Classical Architecture will be the first partnership between the School of Architecture and the ICAA. Also, progress has been in the works for a couple of years to organize an official chapter in Mississippi, spearheaded by architect and 1987 graduate of the MSU School of Architecture, Tracy Ward.
“This joint academic venture with the ICAA and Dan Camp is an incredible opportunity for Mississippi State University,” said Berk, “And we look forward to our future partnership.”
Read the story on MSU’s website.
March 17th, 2014 Comments Off
Mississippi State hosted the national Enterprise Rose Fellows on Tuesday, March 4.
Fifty current and past fellows met in the Baptist Town neighborhood of Greenwood, current fellow Emily Roush Elliott’s project location.
(Elliott is co-hosted for her three-year stint in Greenwood by the Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation and the Carl Small Town Center of the School of Architecture at Mississippi State).
Afterwards, the current fellows headed to Starkville to work with Elliot’s class – co-taught with Leah Faulk Kemp, assistant director for the Carl Small Town Center – and present their projects before a larger group of MSU architecture students.
A “Fat Tuesday Feast” was held after the presentations for the fellows, faculty and students.
See the photos.
March 6th, 2014 Comments Off
Photo by Alexis Gregory
By Alexis Gregory
The Third-Year Collaborative Studio conducted their midterm presentation on the design of a new fire station in Caledonia for the Lowndes County Volunteer Fire Department on Wed., March 5, in the Michael Fazio Jury Room in Giles Hall.
Twelve student teams composed of students from the School of Architecture and the Building Construction Science Program presented their work to a collection of volunteer fire fighters, professional architects, professional constructors and faculty from both departments.
Guest reviewers included John Beard and Dale Riser from Beard + Riser Architects in Greenwood; Ryan Florreich from JBHM Architects PA in Jackson; Michael Grote from the MSU Gulf Coast Community Design Studio; Dan Whatley, construction administrator at MSU; and Tim Younger and Sammy Fondren from the Lowndes County Fire Service.
The Third-Year Collaborative Studio will present their final work on Wed., April 30 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Giles Hall Gallery.
March 3rd, 2014 Comments Off
photo by David Lewis
A reception was held at 5 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 26 for Tau Sigma Delta’s “Graphic Design” exhibit.
The designer, John Schaffhauser with Schaffhauser Design, briefly discussed his work and background with students before allowing them to ask questions about particular pieces.