October 14th, 2016 Comments Off on S|ARC alumnus Lance Davis named 2016 LEED Fellow
Lance Davis, AIA, LEED program manager for Design Excellence Architecture+Sustainability, in front of the U.S. General Services Administration in Washington, D.C. (photo via http://plus.usgbc.org/monumental-green/)
Via GBCI press release
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) recently announced its 2016 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. This year’s 24 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community.
“LEED would not have grown from an idea to a movement that spans more than 160 countries without the leadership and innovative thinking of professionals like our 2016 LEED Fellows,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president, GBCI, and COO, U.S. Green Building Council. “This group’s work is a clear reminder of the significant progress we’ve made to create a sustainable built environment, and it is the ideas and contributions that these individuals make that will continue to advance our mission of a green building for all within this generation.”
2016 LEED Fellows:
- Jim Chidester, senior mechanical engineer, Batson Inc.
- Lance Davis, sustainability architect, U.S. General Services Administration (MSU S|ARC Class of 1995)
- Aalok A. Deshmukh, general manager and head—energy efficiency, Schneider Electric India
- Rebecca Dunn Bryant, principal, Watershed
- Steven Guttmann, principal, Guttmann & Blaevoet
- Anne Hicks Harney, sustainability director, Ayers Saint Gross
- Elizabeth Heider, chief sustainability officer, Skanska USA Inc.
- Susan Heinking, director of high performance, Pepper Construction Company
- Julie Hendricks, vice president and director of EcoServices, Kirksey Architecture
- R. Kirk Johnson, director of sustainable design, Corgan
- Michael Kawecki, certification reviewer, GBCI
- Juzer S. Kothari, managing director, Conserve Consultants Private Limited
- Brian Lomel, principal, TLC Engineering for Architecture
- Jorge Lopez de Obeso, chairman of the board, EA Energía y Arquitectura
- Josée Lupien, president, Vertima—Green Building and Materials Experts
- Tom Marseille, senior vice president and director of Sustainability, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
- John Mlade, senior sustainability manager, YR&G
- Diana Paez, green building & sustainable materials specialist, THREE Consultoria Medioambiental
- Dana Robbins Schneider, managing director, JLL
- David Rodriguez, firm principal, BCE
- Megan Ritchie Saffitz, director of LEED support, GBCI
- Susie Spivey-Tilson, senior program manager, CBRE
- Wes Sullens, green building program manager, StopWaste
- Shigeru Urashima, regional senior staff architect, Intel
The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to honor LEED professionals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key mastery elements of LEED certification and significant contributions in teaching, mentoring or research with other industry professionals. LEED Fellows also have a strong history of highly impactful commitment, service and advocacy for green building and sustainability.
LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have at least 10 years experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI.
The recipients were honored at the 2016 USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif. The nomination period for the 2017 LEED Fellows class will open in January 2017. For more information about the LEED Fellow program, visit usgbc.org/leed/credentials/leed-fellow.
October 14th, 2016 Comments Off on Fourth-year architecture students featured at ‘State Spotlight’
Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University
MSU architecture students work on an interactive community design model they built for the residents of Eastmoor Estates, a neighborhood near Moorehead. Students are bringing the model to the community and using it to foster dialogue and ideas on what residents want their neighborhood to become. Pictured, from left to right, are MSU students Nathan Miley, a senior from Pearl, Elizabeth Bueche, a senior from Maryville, Tennessee, Taylor McKinney, a senior from Cantonment, Florida and Diondria Bingham, a senior from Pearl.
Next week the students will begin designing affordable houses that will placed in the master plan. This studio is sponsored by the College of Architecture, Art and Design and a 2015 Ottilie Schillig Special Teaching Project Grant awarded to Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn.
October 13th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture Class of 2006 holds reunion
photo via Sally Zahner
photo via Sally Zahner
The School of Architecture Class of 2006 held a reunion in Starkville the weekend of October 7-8. A total of 19 alumni plus their families attended from around the state and region and as far away as Panama and New York.
F.L. Crane Professor and Director Michael Berk kicked off the event on Friday in Giles Hall with an update on the progress and changes in the school over the past ten years.
The event continued with happy hour and dinner that night at Restaurant Tyler and a tailgate behind Giles before the MSU vs. Auburn game on Saturday.
“We had a wonderful time,” said alumna and coordinator Sally Zahner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.
The class is currently gathering donations to put toward the school’s furniture project. They have raised $2,000 so far.
The funds will be used to support the school’s need for chairs for seminar rooms, critique spaces and jury reviews in in the gallery or hallways.
“It is always amazing to see the successes and accomplishments of my former students,” said Berk. “The fact they chose to ‘reunite’ here, some traveling from other countries, speaks volumes to their continued passion and connection with our program. Furthermore,” he added, “their interest and willingness to make a financial commitment to our current students in the Giles Hall School of Architecture building in order to enhance our studio environment is very endearing.”
Anyone who would like to add to the Class of 2006’s gift can send a check directly to:
School of Architecture
Mississippi State University
Attention: Michael Berk
P.O. Box AQ
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Please make checks payable to: MSU School of Architecture Advancement fund, memo: Giles Studio Seating.
For more information about how to give to the School of Architecture, contact P.K. Thomas, director of development, at (662) 325-2542 or
October 12th, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD takes part in 2016 Imagine the Possibilities career expo
Students, staff and alumni from the Mississippi State College of Architecture, Art and Design participated in “Imagine the Possibilities,” a career expo. for Northeast Mississippi 8th graders sponsored by Create’s Toyota Wellspring Education Fund.
The event was held Oct. 4-6 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, and MSU participated in the Architecture and Construction Pathway.
MSU projects included:
- Giant “Legos”
Goal: To show the importance of teamwork and communication between architects and construction professionals
Task: Students were given a variety of projects to build throughout the event with the giant blocks, including a tiny house with one entry and a window; a chair; an arch; and a bridge.
- Giant Jenga
A giant version of JENGA built by Building Construction Science students at Mississippi State University … because, why not?!
“It’s the classic block-stacking, stack-crashing game of JENGA! How will you stack up against the law of gravity? Stack the wooden blocks in a sturdy tower, then take turns pulling out blocks one by one until the whole stack crashes down. Is your hand steady enough to pull out the last block before the tower collapses? If it is, you’ll win at JENGA!”
- 3D Houses
Students were given pieces of wood that fit together to form a 3d house. They had to work together to fit the puzzle together. Some students competed to see who could do the puzzle the fastest.
- Kit of Parts
Students were given a cardboard sheet with various shapes that popped out. They could then cut notches in the sheets to piece them together into whatever they imagined. Creations included power lines, bridges, Star Wars spaceships, catapults, and more!
MSU students also helped with Architecture South’s interior design booth, where students were challenged to piece together an interior space.
See more about the event and photos at designbuildimagine.wordpress.com or on social media with the hashtag #msitp16.
October 11th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds 2016 Advisory Board meeting
(Photos by Kelsey Brownlee)
The School of Architecture Advisory Board met on October 10 in Starkville.
The group heard a presentation from Executive Associate Vice President Julia Hodges, Ph.D, who served as the interim provost during the School’s NAAB Accreditation visit last February. Hodges provided the group with first-hand insight into the comments and exchange by the NAAB Visiting Team when they met with her and MSU President Mark Keenum, Ph.D.
More about the recent accreditation can be found here.
The group also voted to adopt new by-laws and visited with students at the School of Architecture.
October 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Architecture students return from annual Field Trip Week
All students in the school of architecture participate in an annual weeklong field trip in the fall semester.
This year, students went to the following locations:
Professors: Andrew Tripp, Francie Hankins, George Martin
(Above photos by Austin Keaton, Satchel Starling and Jessi Hines, second-year architecture students)
Second-Year (Collaborative) Studio:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
Professors: Hans Herrmann, John Poros, Briar Jones (architecture); Mohammed Mawlana, Lee Carson (building construction science)
Professors: Justin Taylor, Fred Esenwein
(Above photos by Cory Moxley, fourth-year architecture student)
Professors: Jacob Gines, Emily McGlohn
September 29th, 2016 Comments Off on Mississippi Museum of Art video features Gulf Coast Community Design Studio
David Perkes, director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, was recently featured in a video by the Mississippi Museum of Art.
The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio – a research center within in the School of Architecture and College of Architecture, Art and Design – was established on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005 to work in communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina. It has since evolved from disaster recovery work to addressing long-term issues of affordable housing, healthy communities and resilient landscapes and infrastructure.
The interview is part of the “When Modern was Contemporary” exhibit.
September 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Mississippi Museum of Art video features architecture alumni Mark and Madison Talley
Mark (2010) and Madison Talley (2011), owners of TALLstudio Architecture PLLC in Ocean Springs, were recently featured in a video by the Mississippi Museum of Art.
The interview is part of the “When Modern was Contemporary” exhibit.
September 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Freshman architecture student receives MSU Presidential Scholarship
President Mark E. Keenum (first row, center) welcomes the newest class of MSU Presidential Scholars. From left to right, they include (first row) Joy Carino, Carley Bowers, Alicia Brown, Katelyn Provine, (second) Donielle Allen, Leah Boyd, Dajaina Martin, Krishna Desai, (third) Garhett Moseley, Samuel Lucas, Seth Lenoir, Benjamin Jones and Joseph Neyland. (Photo by Russ Houston)
By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University
Nine freshmen, three sophomores and one junior from Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee are this year’s selections for Mississippi State’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarships.
The annual awards cover the current cost of university tuition, fees, books, and room and board, as well as research and study-abroad expenses.
To qualify, applicants must have a minimum 30 ACT/1330 SAT score, as well as have graduated with a minimum core or overall 3.75 high school grade-point average (based on a 4.0 scale).
Selected from more than 700 qualified applicants, the 2016-17 group joins 37 others already participating in the program, which is part of MSU’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College. They are expected to maintain an overall 3.4 GPA while in their respective academic majors.
As Presidential Scholars, they have opportunities to interact with members of the land-grant institution’s extensive research faculty and be part of the college’s Oxford University summer-study program in England, among other enhanced learning opportunities.
Tommy Anderson said he and others in the honors college welcome “the leadership these new scholars bring to the classroom, in their research and to the university as a whole.” They have the potential to serve as agents of change in their respective disciplines, he added.
An associate professor of English now in his fifth year as program mentor, Anderson also directs the university’s Office of Prestigious External Scholarships.
“The growth of the Presidential Scholars program is a tribute to the university’s commitment to attracting the nation’s top students and to the impact of the Shackouls Honors College in these students’ educational trajectory,” he said.
Over the years, a number of scholars have received additional recognitions as national Goldwater, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Truman and Udall scholars, as well as being selected for a variety of professional internships. For more on the program, visit www.honors.msstate.edu/scholars.
The 2016-17 Presidential Scholars class includes (by hometown):
BARTLETT, Tennessee—Freshman Benjamin K. Jones, an engineering major and St. Benedict at Auburndale High School graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.
BRANDON—Seth L. Lenoir, a chemical engineering major and Jackson Preparatory School graduate receiving a Hal and Linda Parker Presidential Endowed Scholarship; and Katelyn S. Provine, a biological sciences/pre-medicine major and Northwest Rankin High School graduate receiving an Alan Nunnelee Presidential Endowed Scholarship. Both are freshmen.
BYRAM—Freshman Dajaina M. Martin, a biochemistry major and St. Andrews Episcopal School graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.
COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee—Freshman Carley E. Bowers, an economics major and Collierville High School graduate receiving a Bobby and Barbara Martin Presidential Endowed Scholarship.
HATTIESBURG—Sophomore Samuel N. Lucas, a chemical engineering major and Presbyterian Christian High School graduate receiving a Malcolm and Olivia Portera Presidential Endowed Scholarship.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—Sophomore Garhett J. Moseley, a business administration/international business and foreign language/Spanish double-major, Huntsville High School graduate and recipient of a Louis Hurst Presidential Endowed Scholarship.
JACKSON—Freshman Joseph N. Neyland, an aerospace engineering/astronautics major and Murrah High School graduate receiving a Mickey and Babs Holliman Presidential Endowed Scholarship.
MADISON, Alabama—Freshman Leah A. Boyd, a music major and Bob Jones High School graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.
MCCALLA, Alabama—Junior Donielle D. Allen, a biochemistry/pre-medicine major and Brookwood High School graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.
PETAL—Freshman Alicia D. Brown, a chemical engineering major and Presbyterian Christian High School graduate receiving a John and Georgia Ann McPherson Presidential Endowed Scholarship.
RIDGELAND—Freshman Krishna D. Desai, an architecture major and Madison-Ridgeland Academy graduate receiving a Charles and Pat Lee Presidential Endowed Scholarship.
STARKVILLE—Sophomore Joy Carino, an English major and Mississippi School for Math and Science graduate receiving an Ottilie Schillig Leadership Scholarship.
Learn more about the Shackouls Honors College at www.honors.msstate.edu.
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See the story at WTVA.com.
September 18th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture hosts TIMBR Symposium
(photos by Claire Sims and Ashtyn Bryant)
Contributed to by Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University
Mississippi State’s School of Architecture recently hosted a Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined (TIMBR) Symposium on the Starkville campus.
Funded in part by a $10,000 Community Partnership Grant from internationally recognized nonprofit Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI), the event brought together architects, engineers, students, educators, researchers, timberland owners and forest product professionals, among others.
MSU Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob A. “Jake” Gines said this first-of-its-kind event focused on mass-timber innovations and their potential application in the construction industry for Mississippi and the Southern region of the U.S.
“Mississippi contains approximately 19.8 million acres of forested land, which accounts for 64 percent of the state’s total area,” he said. “The value of timber harvested in Mississippi has averaged in excess of $1 billion per year over the past 20 years and accounts for over 70,000 jobs in the state.”
Gines said funding also was provided by a $12,000 grant from the Mississippi Forestry Foundation and other industry partners. This fall, the grant is enabling fourth-year undergraduate architecture students’ participation in a wood-based design studio.
Focusing on recent innovations in wood products and construction methods, the studio will culminate with a design competition in which students will craft plans for a mid-rise wood structure that could serve as a showcase for wood building design in Mississippi and an office space for the Mississippi Forestry Association. For more, visit http://tinyurl.com/MSUArchTIMBRstudio.