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.
February 24th, 2014 Comments Off
The CAAD Career Fair was held on Feb. 19 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Fourteen firms were represented.
A panel discussion was also held before the fair. One representative from each of the four various units of study within the college (architecture, art, interior design and building construction science) made up the panel.
The panelists included Tom Howorth of Howorth & Associates, Darren Swindaman of Creative Distillery, Matt Pringle of Broadmoor LLC, and John Moores of Gensler – Atlanta.
The discussions gave students a chance to get their questions answered regarding what firms are looking for in a potential employee as well as tips for interviewing.
The CAAD Career fair is held at Giles Hall each spring. For more information or to get involved with next year’s fair, contact Ryan Colvin, senior coordinator with the MSU Career Center, at 662-325-3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 12th, 2014 Comments Off
Due to a flight cancellation, this lecture has been canceled.
Architect Julie Eizenberg, representing the American Institute of Architects, speaks Friday [Feb. 14] at Mississippi State.
The latest guest for the School of Architecture’s 2013-14 Harrison Lecture Series, Eizenberg begins her presentation at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium of the university’s Giles Hall. The event is free and open to all.
She is founding principal of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Koning Eizenberg Architecture, a firm honored, to date, with more than 100 awards for design, sustainability and historic preservation.
Eizenberg, who leads the firm’s design and master planning efforts, was recognized in 2012 with the AIA’s Los Angeles Gold Medal for her influence on the theory and practice of architecture.
Sponsored by Robert and Freda Harrison of Jackson, the speaker series regularly brings national and international architects, as well as other designers, to share their knowledge and expertise with MSU architecture students, faculty and alumni, as well as interested members of the local community.
Robert Harrison is a retired architect, consultant and founding partner of JH&H Architects.
For more information, contact assistant professor Alexis Gregory at 662-325-0722 or email@example.com.
February 10th, 2014 Comments Off
The fourth-year School of Architecture studios have partnered with the Mississippi Maritime Museum in Pascagoula for their 2014 capstone project.
The thirty-four architecture students are working on a conceptual vision of how Lowery Island might be developed. The students’ visions include how the Mississippi Maritime Museum might become a part of Lowery Island over the long term.
The visions were shared with the museum’s Board of Directors on Feb. 1 for future consideration along with members of the city of Pascagoula’s Planning Department.
The project is a follow-up to MSU’s earlier visit in January for the suggestions of design and functional use of the Museum’s two facilities on 611 DuPont street in Pascagoula. The Maritime Museum acquired the old PHS Math & Science building and Band Hall in 2013, and plans are underway to convert these facilities into a Maritime Museum that will reflect the state of Mississippi’s 300 years of maritime history. Read more about this part of the project.
The Museum Board of Directors expressed their appreciation for the applications of ideas from MSU and welcomes their continued input for the future.
February 4th, 2014 Comments Off
The competition is open to all interested students.
(via AIA MS)
DESIGN A MULTI FUNCTIONAL SEATING PROTOTYPE.
Competition instructions are as follows:
Include a 24″x 36″ poster mounted on foam core
Model (if applicable)
CD with .pdf of poster and 5 max. jpegs of model
Applicant’s name should NOT be on front of
submission; name should only be on back of poster as appears on entry form.
Include name on CD.
Students (proof required) $30.00
Additional $10 added to registration fee if
received after Feb.
February 1, 2014 Competition announcement + acceptance of questions.
February 24, 2014 Deadline for submitting questions & Answers to questions posted on FaceBook page
Feb. 24, 2014(11:59 pm CDT) Early Registration Closes
February 25, 2014 (12:00am CDT) - March 3, 2014 (5:00pm CDT) Late Registration
March 3, 2014 (5:00 pm CDT) All Materials Due + Registration Closes
March 7, 2014 Winners’ selected and notified
Physical materials to be submitted to:
Jacob Gines (240 Giles Hall)
899 Collegview St
Post Office Box AQ
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Up to 5 winners will be selected and notified.
Winners will be allowed a $200 construction
stipend to build prototype for display at the gallery show.
Receipts to be remitted to AIA\MS for
Charlotte Martin AIA Mississippi Associate
Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or
The Installation(5) Competition is sponsored by the joint efforts of AIA MS’s Young Architects Forum (YAF), the National Organization for Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) and Tau Sigma Delta (TSD). This collaboration is a first for the groups involved in an effort to bring awareness to the creative efforts of young designers and architects throughout the state. The competition selects five winners to build their design and display the final product in the Giles Gallery in the School of Architecture. The gallery will also display selected entrant posters alongside the winners, curated by Tau Sigma Delta. A reception will follow the gallery opening celebrating the gallery and the NOMAS Symposium speaker, Xena Howard of The Freelon Group. The event is hosted by the School of Architecture. Make sure to attend, and support the collaborative efforts of YAF, NOMAS and TSD!
For updates check www.facebook.com/yafms
Competition Entry Form
January 30th, 2014 Comments Off
TSD student curator Jake Johnson introduces Bellinda Stewart.
A reception was held on Wed., Jan. 29, for the Belinda Stewart Architects P.A. exhibition, “Preserve Nation: An Exhibit on Historical Preservation and Vernacular Design,” in the Giles Gallery.
Many of the firm’s architects came to the reception, including owner Belinda Stewart, FAIA.
Stewart gave a brief history about her career and the firm and left the students with the message to “Do what you love where you love.”
The work will be on display through Fri., Jan. 31.
January 29th, 2014 Comments Off
The Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art, and Design will hold a career fair on Feb. 19 and 2 in Giles Hall.
The fair is open to all companies interested in speaking to students in the college’s four disciplines: architecture, art, interior design and building construction science. This event will be a great opportunity for firms to get exposure to students and have a presence on MSU’s campus for future recruiting needs.
To register, visit the MSU Career Center website, and click “Employer Registration” under “Architecture, Art & Design Fair” listed at the bottom of the “events” page. A username and password will be emailed to you after you fill out the information form.
If you have any questions about registration, contact Angie Chrestman at email@example.com or 662-325-3823 or Jan Fitzgerald at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 19
3:30 – 5:00: Panel Discussion (optional)
5:00 – 6:30: Career Fair Giles (refreshments provided)
Thursday, February 20
We have rooms available if you want to stay over and interview candidates that you met at the fair. Listed below are the times available for interviewing:
8:30 – 11:30: Interviews (Montgomery Hall – Career Center)
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 4:30 : Interviews Resume
January 27th, 2014 Comments Off
True renaissance woman: Architecture alumna named first African- American female U.S. District Judge in Miss.
by David Lewis | The Reflector
With a unanimous vote of 90-0, the U.S. Senate appointed Mississippi State University alumna Debra Brown as the new U.S. District Judge presiding over north Mississippi. Brown is the first African-American female U.S. District Judge in Mississippi. Brown fills the position previously held by U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. who passed away in 2012.
The importance of her appointment lies not only in the racial boundaries that are torn down but also in her incredible work ethic. In an article by the Associated Press on GulfLive.com, a “thrilled” and “honored” Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker said Brown has worked hard in all areas of her career so far.
“Ms. Brown is a proven trailblazer,” he said.
Wicker said Brown’s record proves her hard-working nature and paints her as a politician who cares about the public.
“(She has a) record of professional excellence, integrity and public service,” he said.
Wicker also said he is excited to have an architect as a judge.
“(Greenville is) in desperate need of a new state-of-the-art courthouse,” he said.
MSU President Mark Keenum told Leah Barbour in an MSU news release that many MSU alumni have had successful judicial careers. MSU alumnus Bill Waller Jr. currently resides as Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court. Three of the nine justices who reside on the Mississippi Supreme Court are MSU graduates.
Though Brown works in politics, she did not study political science, pre-law or any subject typically associated with politics at MSU. Brown actually received her bachelor degree in architecture in 1987, and she made an impact in the department of architecture during her time at MSU.
She still serves on the School of Architecture Advisory Council. Michael Berk, director of the School of Architecture, said Brown focuses on students and keeping them first on the council.
“Debra Brown’s impact on the School of Architecture Advisory Council mostly centered on issues related to student scholarships and support,” he said. “She was, and still is, a strong advocate for students.”
Berk said though architecture is not a subject directly linked to politics, Brown’s success working with law and politics builds on the foundation of her architecture education.
“The pedagogy of architectural design education emphasizes and teaches organizational principles and hierarchical skills, enabling a student to rationally and logically analyze and solve complex problems — both socially and technically. It also balances this rationalism with intuition and compassion,” he said. “This type of renaissance knowledge (and unique balance of science and art) is of paramount importance in most fields and disciplines.”
Berk said with an education in architecture, the possibilities are endless. There are MSU architecture graduates in filmmaking, computer design with Apple, teaching, set design, graphic design, working with PBS and working with national major league baseball teams, just to name a few.
After Brown graduated from MSU, she began to work in the field of architecture and, ultimately, landed a job in Washington, D.C. There she worked on a myriad of projects involving commercial, residential and historical renovation work.
Brown then came back to Mississippi to pursue a law degree at the University of Mississippi and finished the degree in 1997. After graduation, much of her work included civil litigation and construction-related issues that tied back to her architectural education. Brown worked at several firms in Jackson as a partner at Phelps Dunbar and as a shareholder at Wise Carter Child & Caraway.
If Brown’s future in the Supreme Court follows the same trajectory as her professional life thus far, she will take Mississippi nowhere but up.
January 23rd, 2014 Comments Off
The School of Architecture and Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD) are excited to feature the work of Belinda Stewart Architects.
“Preserve Nation: An Exhibit on Historical Preservation and Vernacular Design,” will be on display in the Giles Hall Gallery through Jan. 31. A reception will be held on Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.
Student curator for the event was Jake Johnson, and the faculty curator for the TSD exhibits is Professor Jacob Gines.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Click here to see the full 2013-2014 TSD Exhibit Schedule.