Alumnus Todd Walker’s firm, archimania, receives numerous honors at AIA National Convention

August 20th, 2018 Comments Off on Alumnus Todd Walker’s firm, archimania, receives numerous honors at AIA National Convention

A Memphis architecture firm employing numerous Mississippi State School of Architecture students and alumni including Todd Walker, FAIA, founding partner and principal – archimania – received numerous honors at the AIA National Convention, held June 21-23 in New York.

More than 25,000 architects from around the world attended the convention, and archimania received 9 regional, national, and international design awards:

  • AIA Education Facility Design Awards (a possible first award for a Tennessee building). There were 10 winning projects out of 130 submissions around the country.  
    • Memphis Teacher Residency – archimania
    • Ballet Memphis – archimania
  • AIA Faith & Form Religious Art & Architecture Awards (another possible first award for a Tennessee building) There were 27 winning projects out of 120 submissions from around the world.  
    • Methodist University Hospital – Garden Pavilion – archimania
    • Redeemer Presbyterian Church – archimania
  • American Architecture Awards There were over 100 winners from over 300 shortlisted projects around the world.  
    • Woodard Residence – archimania
    • Redeemer Presbyterian Church – archimania
    • Memphis Teacher Residency – archimania 
  • AIA Gulf States Region Design Awards There were 14 winning projects out of 136 submissions from our Gulf States Region.  
    • Sullivan Branding – archimania
    • Ballet Memphis – archimania

Mississippi State architecture students selected as finalists in national masonry competition

July 17th, 2018 Comments Off on Mississippi State architecture students selected as finalists in national masonry competition

In preparation for the local Unit Design Competition, MSU Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob A. Gines’s materials class traveled to Saturn Materials LLC in Columbus to see the manufacturing process firsthand and research the parameters and restraints of making a concrete masonry unit. (Photos submitted)

A team of three Mississippi State architecture students is a top three finalist for a national masonry competition.

Designers of “The Pulse” custom-brick entry in the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) 2018 Unit Design Competition include juniors Madison C. Holbrook of Steens; McKenzie R. Johnson of Fayetteville, Georgia; and Baron O. Necaise of Gulfport.

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of NCMA and the first year that the MSU School of Architecture has been involved in the Unit Design Competition, so it’s exciting to be a part of that legacy,” said the team’s faculty adviser and Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob A. Gines.

As a finalist, the team is invited—expenses paid—to NCMA’s mid-year conference in Chicago, Illinois, to present its design on August 1, along with the other two finalist teams from Ball State University and Iowa State University.

“We are beyond grateful for this opportunity and for all of the support and help from the faculty here at State,” Johnson said. “Professor Gines, Professor Justin Taylor and (Building Services Coordinator) Scott Hudspeth have encouraged and helped us through this process, and just making it to nationals is enough in itself.”

“It has been such an amazing experience working with our professors to learn how to design, make and use bricks,” Necaise said. “To apply this knowledge in real life as a part of a competition is even better.”

“I believe that this is a testament to the opportunities that CAAD presents us,” added Holbrook.

“The Pulse” was completed in Gines’s spring 2018 materials course and took first place in the local Unit Design Competition sponsored by Saturn Materials LLC of Columbus. Holbrook, Johnson and Necaise won $250 as a team, making their project eligible for the national competition.

For the project, Holbrook, Johnson and Necaise produced a set of eight concrete masonry units based on a single design, with each brick measuring 3-5/8 inches by 3-5/8 inches by 8 inches. The student team considered use of light and shadow, composition, orientation, usefulness and configuration while following a very specific digital fabrication process for the design and development of their custom brick.

“The design team of ‘The Pulse’ has worked tirelessly to design a concrete masonry unit that is beautiful, economic, durable and poetic,” Gines said.

The local competition consisted of submissions from 14 teams of three students each. The jury included Gines; Fred Dunand, president of Saturn Materials; Belinda Stewart, founding principal at Belinda Stewart Architects; and Neil Couvillion, landscape architect at Couvillion Design + Build.

The team of juniors Davis S. Beasley of Houston, Texas; Rory C. Fitzpatrick of Bossier City, Louisiana; and senior Felipe M. Olvera of Memphis, Tennessee, won second place and $150. Seniors Alexander “Alex” D. Boyd of Madison and Kaitlyn R. Breland of Wiggins and junior Mariah J. Green of Southaven placed third, receiving $100.

“Professor Gines’s students have demonstrated skills and knowledge way beyond the typical skill set of a second-year architecture student’s ability,” said School of Architecture Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk. “Our collaboration with Saturn Materials in Columbus has been invaluable. I am confident that Saturn was most integral to both the students’ understanding of the process and their ultimate success in this national competition.”

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Carl Small Town Center Director shows multi-modal interpretive trail to Martin Luther King III

May 30th, 2018 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center Director shows multi-modal interpretive trail to Martin Luther King III

Contributed to by Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Martin Luther King III visited Marks in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Marks Mule Train and his father’s Poor People’s Campaign for a week of events from May 7-13.

Mississippi State University Carl Small Town Center (CSTC) Director Leah Kemp was invited to the celebration to tour King through the multi-modal interpretive trail designed by the research center. The trail highlights the Marks Mule Train Civil Rights campaign, a vision of his father in the 1960s.

The Carl Small Town Center recently received two statewide awards for its “Marking the Mule” project, which focused on advancing citizen engagement in the Marks community – a 2017 Public Outreach Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association and an AIA Design Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

In July 2015, the CSTC was awarded a $25,000 Our Town grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to work with the community to vision a way to commemorate the historic civil rights campaign.

The yearlong public outreach campaign project engaged local residents, historians, architects and planners. The CSTC developed interpretive pedestrian and vehicle trails along with corresponding signage highlighting Civil Rights-related sites in Marks. They also designed a master plan for the designated Trailhead Park and built a welcome sign showing interactive maps for new trails.

Fred E. Carl Jr., a major Mississippi State benefactor and the Carl Small Town Center’s namesake, is a Greenwood resident who founded and served as the first president and CEO of nationally recognized Viking Range Corp. A one-time architecture major at MSU, he endowed the university’s statewide community design outreach program in 2004.

The Carl Small Town Center, a community design center at Mississippi State University within the School of Architecture, was founded in 1979 to help address issues faced by Mississippi’s small towns.

Read more about “Marking the Mule” and the Carl Small Town Center.

School of Architecture holds annual Jury Reviews

May 14th, 2018 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds annual Jury Reviews

The School of Architecture hosted Spring 2018 Jury Reviews in Giles Hall from Fri., April 20 through Fri., April 27:

First-Year: Foundational project

Second- Year: Scholar Housing – North Farm

Third-Year: Collaborative Studio w/ building construction science studio — Meridian Police Station Re-use & Renovation

Fourth-Year: Mississippi Winery – North Farm

Fifth-Year: Individual Comprehensive projects in urban Jackson

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us!

School of Architecture holds annual Recognition Day honoring the class of 2018

May 11th, 2018 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds annual Recognition Day honoring the class of 2018

Class of 2018: (left to right): Anna Barr, Charles Barlow, Ebony Batchelor, Ashtyn Bryant, Claire Sims, Abbigail Raper, Zachary Henry, Zach Busman, Caleb Fearing, Kimball Hansard, Nick Vezinaw, Bradford Trevino, Rashidat Momoh, Edward Holmes, Kirby Lockard, Omkar Prabhu, Yerix Morel, Danielle Nail, Ben Webster, Spencer Powell, Maria Vaghani, Ian Omar Smart

Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 3, 2018, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk welcomed everyone and thanked parents, spouses, partners, siblings, grandparents and other guests for supporting the graduates before introducing MSU Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Peter Ryan, Ph.D.Ryan welcomed everyone to campus.

College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West, AIA, presented the 28th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.The School of Architecture faculty members were recognized before announcing the awards.

2017-2018 School of Architecture awards:

Director’s Award
Recipient: Jim West
This special award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the built environment and beyond.

_____________________________________________________ Annual Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Recipient: Jassen Callender
The architectural firm of Allen & Hoshall of Jackson, Mississippi, has established a $500 annual award to a faculty member “who has demonstrated excellence in teaching.” The award winners are selected by the fifth-year graduating class.

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Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD)
Chapter President: Leah Ballard Welborn 
Faculty Advisors: Professor Jacob Gines, Professor Hans Herrmann
Tau Sigma Delta is the architectural (and allied programs) honor society open to top academic students in design disciplines. Induction does not occur until the student consistently demonstrates high academic standards and is in the third-year.

TSD Initiates:
Trey Box, Tony Coleman, Meredith Hutto, Abby Jackson, Matthew Murphy, Maria Ory, Duncan Thomas, Daniel Wikoff (Interior Design: Lauren Bean, Laura Katherine Goodman, Sam Graham, Kaitlynn Harness, Carlie Teffeteller, Natalie Watson)

TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Caleb Fearing, Zachary Henry, Edward Holmes, Omkar Prabhu, Bradford Treviño, Maria Vaghani, Ben Webster, (Interior Design: Lauren Bean, Natalie Watson)

TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient: Dr. Fred Esenwein
The Tau Sigma Delta Faculty Book Award is presented by the third- and fourth-year student members to the faculty member who has inspired them to excellence.TSD Bronze Medal
Recipient: Edward Holmes V
The Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal is presented by the third- and fourth-year membership of the society to a graduating fifth-year student who in his/her thesis project has expanded the students’ insight and awareness of architecture.

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National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President: Damion Hardy
Faculty Advisor: Professor Francesca Hankins
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 2018 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient: Leandra Santos
Chosen by the NOMAS membership, the NOMAS Diversity Award is given to a
student who has shown outstanding initiative and leadership in promoting diversity within the School and the larger community.

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Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Chapter President: Asher Paxton
Faculty Advisor: Professor Justin Taylor
Alpha Rho Chi is the only national co-ed professional/social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. MSU’s Hippodamus chapter includes members representing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering. Their mission is academic excellence, and the group focuses on leadership, mentoring and professionalism.

Alpha Rho Chi Student Book Award
Recipient: Ashtyn Belle Bryant
The Alpha Rho Chi student book award is given to a graduating fifth-year
architecture student who is an active member of Alpha Rho Chi who has
furthered the mission of the fraternity through service.

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American Institute of Architecture Students
Chapter President: Hannah Hebinck
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Fred Esenwein
American Institute of Architecture Students is the student counterpart of the American Institute of Architects. The chapter works closely with professional architects in the state through the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

AIAS Member of the Year Award
Recipient: Baron Necaise
The recipient of the AIAS Award is chosen by the AIAS membership. The qualifications for this award are:  “…that the student goes above and beyond what has been asked of him/her; has shown initiative and leadership qualities; has been an AIAS leader within his/her year level; and does well academically.”

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First-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Professor Hans Herrmann
Recipients: Trent Little, Grace Sheridan, Caley Watts
This award is a book selected by the first-year faculty and is presented to a first-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

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Second-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Professor Justin Taylor
Recipient: Mariah Green 
This award is a book selected by the second-year faculty and is presented to a second-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

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Third-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Professor John Poros
Recipient: Trey Box
This award is a book selected by the third-year faculty and is presented to a third-year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

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Fourth-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Professor Jacob GInes
Recipient: Rayce Belton
This award is a book selected by the fourth-year faculty and is presented to a fourth- 
year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

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Herrington Architects Student Design Capstone Award
Recipient: Tahir Khan
This $1,500 award is selected by an outside Jury Committee, including Bruce Herrington and Tim Nichols, to recognize exceptional design work among 4th-year students.

Herrington Architects Student Design Jurists’ Award
Recipient: Amanda Kotecki
This $750 award is selected by an outside Jury Committee, including Bruce Herrington and Tim Nichols, to recognize exceptional design work among fourth-year students. The recipient is runner-up to the Capstone Award.

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ARCC King Award
Presented by: Director Michael Berk
Recipient: Edward Holmes V
Selection for this award is made by the entire faculty.  Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), this award is presented to one student per ARCC-member school. Selection of the recipient is based upon criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.


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Fifth-Year Jurists’ Awards
Presented by: Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients: Kirby Lockard, Rashida Momoh
The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by the fifth-year design faculty upon the student(s) who has achieved the greatest personal growth as a designer and whose work has contributed to the overall success of the fifth-year Design Studio.

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Academic Achievement Award
Recipient: Zachary Henry
The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average. 

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Creative Windows And Doors/Marvin Windows 5th-Year Design Travel Award
($1,500) Ebony Batchelor
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. Creative Windows & Doors established a new agreement in 2017 to continue and enhance the award.

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Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by: Director Michael Berk
Recipient: Ebony Batchelor
The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded to the graduating fifth-year student who has shown an ability for leadership, performed willing service for the school, and gives promise of professional merit through attitude and personality. The medal is offered each year to every NAAB fully accredited school of architecture. The recipient is chosen by the entire faculty of the school.

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AIA Henry Adams Medal
Presented by: Director Michael Berk
Medal Recipient: Zachary Henry
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Henry Adams Medal is considered to be the most important award given to graduating students. It is awarded for “general excellence in architecture” throughout the course of study. The medal is awarded to the most qualified student, and selection is made by the entire faculty.

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Other Notable Student Awards, 2017-2018

Honorable Mention: ACSA/AIA CRAN HERE + NOW Housing Competition
Zachary Henry
Zachary Henry received Honorable Mention in the HERE + NOW Housing Competition – sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Architects Custom Residential Architects Network (AIA CRAN) – for his project, “Affordable Housing for the 21st Century: A Housing Solution for Poverty in the Neglected Mississippi Delta,” under the guidance of Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn.

2017 NELMA Sustainable Versatility Awards
First Place ($1,500): Omkar Prabhu; Second Place ($750): Curtis Reed
Omkar Prabhu received first place in the highly competitive 2017 Sustainable Versatility Awards – sponsored by NELMA (Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association) – for his project, “Exploring Avenues in Timber: A New Mass Timber Building for Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.” His winning submission was published in the White Pine Architectural Monographs and featured at the NELMA Annual Meeting. Curtis Reed’s second place project was titled ““Mississippi State University EXO.” Both students were under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

Mississippi State University Presidential Scholars
Nada A. Abdel-Aziz and Jasmine E. Topps
Nada Abdel-Aziz and Jasmine Topps were two of fourteen students selected for Mississippi State’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship. The annual award covers the current cost of university tuition, fees, books, and room and board, as well as research and study-abroad expenses. Selected from more than 500 qualified applicants, the 2017-18 group joins 39 others already participating in the program, which is part of MSU’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College.

Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellows
Fall 2017: Christopher Kyle Murphy; Spring 2018: Jake Gartman   
Method Studio Research Fellows received a stipend award and work on research during the semester for Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

Burris Wagnon Study Abroad Travel Award
Zachary Henry, Rashida Momoh, Yerix Morel, Omkar Prabhu, Bradford Treviño
Bill Burris and Stan Wagnon, principals of Burris/Wagon Architects, P.A., established the Burris Wagnon Study Abroad Travel Award to fulfill a desire to assist students traveling abroad to experience architecture. Candidates for the award were fifth-year architecture students in good standing who demonstrated an interest in architectural history and theory coursework.

Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award for Excellence in Architecture
Leah Ballard Welborn
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.

Aydelott Travel Award
Maria Ory
A $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott, FAIA, and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides a $20,000 award each year to four architecture students currently enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; Mississippi State University; and the University of Tennessee. As MSU’s recipient, Maria Ory will travel this summer to research buildings in Spain, Austria, Mexico, and China. She will work next semester with her faculty mentor, Assistant Professor Dr. Andrew Reed Tripp.

Trussel Travel Award 
Charles “Trey” Box III
The Trussel Travel Award (funded by alumnus Ted T. Porter) is awarded to the second-place recipient of the Aydelott Travel Award. The award provides $4,800 for student travel. Trey’s proposal included housing complexes in England, the Netherlands, and Spain.

Harrison Lecture
Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith was invited to present the March 2018 Harrison Lecture. Smith presented his research resulting from travel funded by the 2017 Aydelott Travel Award. His research was guided by his mentor, Assistant Professor Dr. Fred Esenwein.

Competitive Co-Ops

  • Asher Paxton was selected from an international competition for a co-op at Olson-Kundig.
  • Clay Stocker was selected to co-op at Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (CMPBS).
  • Rayce Belton was selected to co-op at Gensler Dallas.

First Place, Arts & Humanities, 2018 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium
Emily Turner
Emily’s project, “Eileen Gray and Lina Bo Bardi: Modernism and the Patriarchal Tendencies of Architecture,” was completed under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory.

Selected for Inclusion, 2018 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • William Jordan’s project, “Working in Hand,” was co-authored by Baron Necaise, Olivia Baker, and Felipe Olivera and was completed under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory.
  • Duncan Thomas’s poster, “Post-Occupancy Analysis – Learning From the Existing and Fixing for the Future,” was co-authored by McKenzie Johnson, Madison Holbrook, and Blake Farrar and was completed under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory.

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2018-2019 Scholarships

Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Annual Scholarship
($1,500) Mitchell Hubbell
In May 2007, Taylor Guild III and David Hardy established this scholarship to assist talented students in their fifth-year of study in the architecture program.

Mockbee Hall & Drake Annual Scholarship
($1,350) Diondria Bingham, Hannah Hebinck
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.

Erin Remerow Parsons Loyalty Scholarship
($1,000/year) LaTorrance Bernard, Howard Brown, Elisa Castaneda, Jessica Kiger, Amy Kwas
Open to incoming freshman and transfer students majoring in the College of Architecture, Art & Design with a minimum 3.0 GPA; transfer students must have a minimum of 48 transferable community college credit hours.

Lyndall Gail Wood Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Abby Jackson
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.

Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Endowed Scholarship
($1,000) McKenzie Johnson
Candidates must be full-time students at Mississippi State University; have completed their second-year of design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.

Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Annual Scholarship
($850) Breanna Richeson
Candidates must be full-time students; have completed their second-year in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.

Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($800) Tony Coleman
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.

Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500) Patrick Greene, Damion Hardy, Madison Holbrook, Danielle Leclercq, Matthew Lewis, Connor Padgett, Hannah Strider, Caley Watts
Any full-time MSU students in their second- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Students must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.

Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship
(software) Matthew Churchill, Spencer Cummings, Pace Dempsey, Marika Dunne, Savannah Gilham, Kayla Perez, John Sparberry, Caley Watts
Applicants must be full-time MSU students entering the second-year design studio in the School of Architecture; and can demonstrate financial need.

Johnson-McAdams Design Discovery Scholarships
($600) To Be Determined  
Applicants must be from Leflore County, or be an under-represented minority group in architecture; and high school students interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines.

Joseph L. Echols D2 Scholarships (Design Discovery)
($600) To Be Determined  
Candidate must: be a high school student who shows an interest in majoring in architecture by taking college preparatory math and science courses and demonstrating ability; show strong work ethic and satisfactory performance; be a minority student from the Marshall County area; demonstrate financial need.

Photos from the event can be downloaded until July 30, 2018 here.

Download the event program here.

CAAD dean encourages newest MSU School of Architecture grads to ‘go make a difference’

May 10th, 2018 Comments Off on CAAD dean encourages newest MSU School of Architecture grads to ‘go make a difference’

Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West encouraged new graduates to work hard and be kind to others during the School of Architecture’s recent Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture. (Photo by Megan Bean)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

“Work hard. Build your craft with an attitude. Guard your words and character. Remember, how you work with and treat people matters.”

These are some of the wise words that Jim West, dean of Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, recently shared with new university graduates during the School of Architecture’s annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.

“Hard work is an indispensable component of a meaningful life. It affords dignity and is good for us and those around us. It helps us understand and develop our gifts, abilities and interests, all of which are really different, major components of our identity,” said West, CAAD’s founding dean who is resuming full-time teaching duties this summer.

One of DesignIntelligence’s 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016, West said he has learned many important lessons while working a total of 16 full-time jobs since high school. He encouraged the graduating seniors to invest their time, put forth their best effort, learn how to listen and always treat people with kindness.

“We should never make our moments of inspiration our standard. Our standard must be in the work and our attitude about the work over time,” he said. “I think it’s true in architecture and in life that the work in small things, in the midst of uncertainty, is where we all live and move and have our meaning.”

Peter Ryan, MSU associate provost for academic affairs, also commended the graduating seniors for successful completion of the state’s only curriculum leading to a professional degree in architecture.

“These students are not only brilliant, but they’re excellent because they understand the meaning of commitment and working hard,” Ryan said. “They’ve shown grit and determination. When they have failed, they’ve picked themselves up and tried again, and I really admire that.”

MSU F.L. Crane Professor and School of Architecture Director Michael A. Berk said witnessing the students’ growth through their MSU education has been “a remarkable thing to experience.”

“The seriousness demonstrated by these young architects is unwavering. Their honesty, ruggedness and inquisitive nature are relentless. Their intellect is unsurpassed,” Berk said. “I am confident these attributes and their experiences here at Mississippi State will serve them well in their careers and lives.

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First-year architecture students travel to Georgia

April 9th, 2018 Comments Off on First-year architecture students travel to Georgia

First-year architecture students (ARC 1546 Studio IB) recently traveled to Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., with Associate Professor Hans Herrmann, Assistant Professor Silvina Lopez Barrera and Visiting Assistant Professor Francesca Hankins.

In Atlanta, students visiting the following:

  • High Museum of Modern Art
  • Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
  • A downtown walking tour that included:
    • Hyatt Regency
    • Marriott Marquis
    • Westin Peachtree Plaza
  • Atlanta Central Library
  • Mack Scogin + Merril Elam – office tour

In Savannah, students experienced:

  • A downtown walking tour, including:
    • City Market
    • Johnson Square
    • Wright Square
    • Oglethorpe Square
    • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist 
    • Lafayette Square
    • Madison Square
    • Jepson Center for the Arts
    • Telfair Academy
    • Owens-Thomas House
  • Graveyard(s) tour /talk

Mississippi Business Journal article features MSU School of Architecture director

March 28th, 2018 Comments Off on Mississippi Business Journal article features MSU School of Architecture director

By | Becky Gillette | Mississippi Business Journal

“Green design” in architecture is far more than a buzz word or a fad. It is increasingly just the way things are done to not only preserve the environment, but the value of the owner’s investments.

BERK

Green architecture as a phrase may be a fad, said Michael Berk, AIA, director of the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. The word he prefers is ecological design, that is designing in concert and in balance with the natural systems around us, working with these systems instead of against them.

The U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines are now used by many federal projects, as well as state and local governmental projects and private developments.

“The purpose of the guidelines is to minimize energy use, maximize resources, minimize land use and create healthier, sustainable construction and living environments,” Berk said. “In and of itself, it is not going to solve the world’s problems. But it is a good minimum standard like the building code is a good minimum standard. LEED guidelines are now fundamentally a standardized practice for building design, construction and commissioning. Homes are probably the largest investment most people will ever make, and green building techniques maximize the return on investment because buildings are designed to last and perform efficiently and economically.”

In the future, major changes will be coming in how buildings are powered. Berk said at present, electricity comes from large, centralized power plants many miles away, and approximately 40 to 60 percent of the energy is lost through friction and heat dissipation in the grid before it gets to the end user.

“That is not a good economic model,” Berk said. “We now have the solar technology that makes it possible for every building to take care of its own energy needs. The future could be based on a ‘distributed power model’ for localized energy generation. A comparison is the Internet and stand-alone computers versus the mainframe computer and dumb terminals. Currently we have buildings that rely on central power plants. We could use the energy grid in the same way that the Internet operates and allow each building on the grid to make its own energy and send excess energy to other places when there is excess and purchase additional energy from the grid when it is needed. Photo-voltaic collection makes economic sense right now.”

Berk said internationally the clean energy sector is growing at a phenomenal rate in terms of jobs and economic development.

“Japan, Germany, China and South Korea have figured it out, and they are leaving us in the dust,” he said. “The U.S. led the world in solar and wind technology 15 years ago and it now appears that many nations are leapfrogging ahead of us.”

Green architecture applies not just to new but existing buildings, said Allison H. Anderson, FAIA, LEED-AP, unabridged Architecture PLLC, Bay St. Louis, who in 2002 became the first architect in Mississippi to be LEED accredited.

“One principal is the greenest building is an already existing building, if you can keep it in a functional condition,” she said. “If you have a building that can be renovated, that is the best situation. You have already fired the bricks and cut down the trees. Those are resources that have already been extracted or harvested.”

For existing buildings, Anderson recommends better insulation, upgrading windows and doors to reflect the heat rather than absorbing it and “cool roofs.”

“Roofs are really important in this climate,” she said. “If you are going to replace your roof, you should look at cool roofs which are very bright white that reflects the heat instead of absorbing it.”

She recommends covered spaces outdoors to reduce the urban heat island effect. An example is trees shading permeable parking lots. For a really green building, install low-flow toilets, sinks and showers, and upgrade mechanical equipment. Replace lights with LEDs bulbs, and install motion occupancy sensors so lights turn off automatically when people are not in the room.

Even before Hurricane Katrina, Anderson stressed to clients that sustainability is really important. After Katrina, they realized it wasn’t just sustainability that was important, but resilience. That involves making buildings safe for occupancy before and after a storm event like a hurricane on the Coast or a tornado in the Delta. She said buildings need to be prepared for climate change that is resulting in more severe weather events.

Anderson said resilience is about the entire design of communities, not just individual buildings. After Hurricane Sandy, the 2012 Atlantic hurricane that caused an estimated $69 billion in damages, Anderson’s firm won a competition sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) called Rebuild by Design. Ten international teams were chosen to come up with ideas to make the Northeast more resilient because they weren’t prepared for Hurricane Sandy.

“Surprisingly, some of their buildings are only three feet above sea level, which is kind of shocking to us on the Gulf Coast,” Anderson said. “This project took about a year. I led a team from the Gulf Coast including the MSU Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and another firm from New Orleans. We designed city scale improvements in Bridgeport, Conn., and were successfully in getting Bridgeport $75 million in awards from HUD to improve their resilience.”

Anderson said it became apparent after Hurricane Katrina that communities must be prepared for bigger storms, higher temperatures and greater sea level change—more severe climate challenges all the way around. She did a lot of research and ended up writing an entry in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia about adapting to climate sensitive hazards through architecture.

“We talk a lot about adaption because we are going to have to adapt our buildings and behaviors to climate change,” she said. “Right now, here on the Coast, we have about 82 days a year that are more than 90 degrees. By the 2020, we will have about 100 days more than 90 degrees, and by 2080, 120 to 155 days that are more than 90 degrees. We need to prepare for that. Think how our air conditioners strain in the peak months. Think how our electrical grid is strained over peak summer afternoons.”

Anderson said it is also important to be prepared for more severe rainstorms by having less impermeable surfaces and more places for the water to go where it doesn’t cause flooding. Options include permeable paving options for parking areas and detection swales or ponds.

A good example is the Depot pond in Bay St. Louis. It stores storm water while creating a scenic spot for visitors.

“Green infrastructure can be a really beneficial attraction for cities,” Anderson said. “It doesn’t have to just be a ditch. And this isn’t just a coastal issue. There are just as many problems in Jackson or any other city that has a lot of concrete.”

MSU S|ARC to hold alumni reception during 2018 AIA National Convention (NYC)

February 26th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU S|ARC to hold alumni reception during 2018 AIA National Convention (NYC)

The Mississippi State University School of Architecture Director’s Office – along with alumni Daria Pizzetta and Ted T. Porter – will host an alumni reception on Thurs., June 21, 2018, in New York, NY.

Held at the office of Ted Porter Architecture and coinciding with the 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention, this informal gathering will be a time for S|ARC alumni and friends to reconnect, visit and network as well as get updates on what is currently happening within the school. Alumni and friends don’t have to register for the AIA convention to attend this free event.

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Who: S|ARC alumni, friends and invited guests

What: A time to catch up with classmates, reconnect, and network with friends

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Ted Porter Architecture
45 West 21 Street, Suite 4A
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, New York 10010

RSVP:  http://bit.ly/sarc18nyc

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Contact the School of Architecture at 662-325-2202 with questions.

 

Junior MSU architecture student receives $20,000 travel award

February 20th, 2018 Comments Off on Junior MSU architecture student receives $20,000 travel award

Maria I. Ory (Photo by Megan Bean)

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

Maria I. Ory of Destrehan, La., and daughter of Paul Joseph Ory and Tanya Ann Ibieta, will use the endowed Aydelott Travel Award to visit and research the following buildings – Casa Batllo by Antoni Guadi in Barcelona, Spain; Palace Portois & Fix by Max Fabiani in Vienna, Austria; Cuadra San Cristobal by Luis Barragan in Mexico City, Mexico; and Linked Hybrid by Steven Holl in Beijing, China. Her research will focus on how these four architects integrate color into their designs, which she will document through paintings, among other methods.

“The review committee was very impressed with Maria’s unique approach to analyzing buildings by focusing on the integration of color and design in 20th century architecture,” said F.L. Crane Professor and Director of the School of Architecture Michael Berk. “The jury was also very impressed with the professionalism of her proposal; it clearly demonstrated a high-level response to the goals of the Aydelott Travel Award. My office will look forward to reviewing the results of Maria’s research and travel.”

Charles “Trey” Box III (Photo by Megan Bean)

Junior Charles “Trey” Box III of Jackson, son of Chuck and Amanda Box, was runner-up and received $4,800 to support his international research and travel this summer on experimental housing in the 1970s. His proposal includes housing complexes in London, England; Deft, Netherlands; and Barcelona, Spain. The Trussel Travel Award is funded by alumnus Ted T. Porter.

“The Aydelott Travel Award offers a student an opportunity that can and should change the trajectory of their architectural career,” said MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West.

Ory agreed, saying, “I cannot thank the Aydelotts enough for this award and the MSU School of Architecture for affording me this opportunity. I feel as though the school has really given a solid foundation for me to proceed with this endeavor and have it end in success.”

The architecture student will return to MSU in the fall to work with her faculty adviser, School of Architecture Professor Andrew Reed Tripp, to compile her research and observations into a report to be judged against his fellow Aydelott Travel Award recipients.

One student will receive the Aydelott Prize and an additional $5,000.

“This award enables students to research, visit, study and comprehend four visionary pieces of architecture in a way never available to them before. I look forward to observing a true transformation in the recipients of this award,” West said.

The $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides an award each year to four architecture students currently enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at Mississippi State and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; and the University of Tennessee.

For more information about the Aydelott Travel Award and other fellowships in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, visit www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/fellowshipsandawards.

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