School of Architecture holds 2017 Recognition Day ceremony

May 10th, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds 2017 Recognition Day ceremony

Class of 2017: Front (L to R): Aryn Phillips, Kapish Cheema, Rachel Patronas, Jarrod Robinson, Josh Johnson; Middle (L to R): Morgan Powell, David Kett, Nathan Thomas, Ryan Fierro, Walter Carter, Sam Goodwin, Zac White, Garrett Yelverton, West Pierce, Mary Sanders, Ria Bennett; Back (L to R): Cody Smith, Tyler Warmath, Kevin Flores, Aaron Ellzey, Ashton Aime, Lucas Posey, Joseph Rose, Brandon Fairbanks, Ben Marshall, Luke Marshall.

Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 5, 2017, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, welcomed everyone and thanked parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents and other guests for supporting the graduates.

Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk introduced MSU Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Peter Ryan, Ph.D.

Ryan welcomed everyone to campus.

Belinda Stewart, FAIA, principal of Belinda Stewart Architects PA presented the 27th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.

The School of Architecture faculty members were recognized before announcing the awards.

2016-2017 School of Architecture awards:

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:  Ben Webster
Faculty Advisors:  Professor Jacob Gines and 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:
Jake Gartman, Mitchell Hubbell, Matthew Lewis, Karly Morgan, Asher Paxton, Emily Turner, Leah Welborn

TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Ashton Aime, Ria Bennett, Ryan M. Fierro, Ben Marshall, West Pierce, Joseph Rose, Mary Sanders, Cody Smith

TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient:  Professor Emily McGlohn
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.

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National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President:  Diondria Bingham
Presented By:  Elizabeth Bueche
Faculty Advisor:  Professor Emily McGlohn
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 2017 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient:  Diondria Bingham
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:  Lucas Posey
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:  Hannah Hebinck
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 Jacob Gines
Recipient:  Sarah Hoing
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:  Dr. Fred Esenwein
Recipient:  Meredith Hutto
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 Emily McGlohn
Recipients:  Mitchell Hubbell and Asher Paxton
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 Hans Herrmann
Recipient:  Zachary Henry and Austin Schnitzlein
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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ARCC King Award
Presented by:  Director Michael Berk
Recipient:  West Pierce
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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Ryan Fierro

West Pierce

Fifth-Year Jurists’ Award
Presented by:  Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients:  Ryan Fierro and West Pierce
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:  Ria Bennett
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 & Doors/Marvin Windows Traveling Fellowship
($1,500) Ria Bennett
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.

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Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by:  Director Michael Berk
Recipient:  Aryn Phillips
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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Certificate: Ria Bennett

Medal: Ryan Fierro

AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal
Presented by:  Director Michael Berk
Certificate Recipient:  Ria Bennett
Medal Recipient:  Ryan Fierro
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.

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Other Notable Student Awards, 2016-2017:

Mississippi State University Presidential Scholar
Krishna D. Desai
Krishna was one of thirteen 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. 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. 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.

Aydelott Travel Award
Daniel Smith
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, Daniel Smith will travel this summer to Sao Paulo, Brazil; Berlin, Germany; Firminy-Vert, France; and Dhaka, Bangladesh, to study four unique buildings. He will work next semester with his faculty advisor, Dr. Fred Esenwein.

Paul Grootkerk Travel Award
Emily Turner
The Paul Grootkerk Travel Award (funded by alumnus Ted T. Porter) is awarded to the second-place recipient of the Aydelott Travel Award. The award provides $4,000 for student travel. Emily will travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil; Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France; and Tokyo, Japan, this summer.

Briar and Michelle Jones Travel Fellowship
Zachary Henry
Alumnus Briar Jones and his wife, Michelle, provided $2,000 to support Zachary’s travel to research and interview architect Glenn Murcutt in Australia in July 2016. Zachary received the Best Undergraduate Paper Award from the 2017 Building Technology Educators Society International Conference, landing him a $500 travel scholarship, free conference admission, and BTES membership. He will present the paper, “Ecological Functionalism in the Work of Glenn Murcutt,” at the conference in Des Moines, Iowa, in June 2017. (Research was conducted under the guidance of Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn’s Audit Squad.)

Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellow – Fall 2016
Omkar Prabhu
Omkar received a $3,000 stipend award and worked on research in the fall semester for Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines. Omkar was then invited (with honorarium funding) to present his research, “Launch Pads: A Generational Response to Urban Housing,” to the Sr. Leadership Team at Method Studio, Inc., in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Nov. 10, 2016. 

Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award
for Excellence in Architecture
Lara Lynn Waddell
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.

Poster – Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Anna Barr
Anna’s poster, titled “Learn & Grow – Educational and Community Garden,” was accepted to the AASHE Conference and Expo at the University of Arizona, Baltimore, Maryland, held Oct 10-11, 2016. Her work was created under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory. Anna received $750 in matching funding from the MSU Shackouls Honors College to travel and present her poster.

Merit Award: 2016 American Society of Landscape Architects
Kirby Lockard and Carter Smith
The ASLA Mississippi Chapter received a merit award in the 2016 ASLA Student Award Program for the landscape design and installation at the MSU Golf Course Storm Shelter at Hole #4. The work was completed in a 2015 Maymester landscape architecture exterior design build class led by faculty instructor: P. Summerlin with architecture advisor Associate Professor Hans Herrmann.

Harrison Lecture
Lara Lynn Waddell
Lara Lynn was invited to present the February 2017 Harrison Lecture. Waddell presented her research resulting from travel funded by the 2016 Aydelott Travel Award. Her research was guided by her mentor,   Emeritus Professor Michael Fazio.

Office of Research and Economic Development 2017 Undergraduate Student Research Award
Cody Smith
Cody was recognized at ORED’s annual Research Awards Banquet on April 27, 2017.

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2017-2018 Scholarships:

McCarty Architects Student Housing Team Architecture Scholarship
($2,500) Rashida Momoh, Damion Hardy
Candidates must be third, fourth, or fifth-year architecture students in good standing.

Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Annual Scholarship
($2,000) Omkar Prabhu
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) Anna Barr
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.

Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Donald Murray
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.

Erin Remerow Parsons Loyalty Scholarship
($1,000/year) De’Vion Dingle, Danny Osman, Mattison Ping, Calvin Smith, Caley Watts
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) Austin Keaton
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.

Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Cory Moxley
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 Endowed Scholarship
($1,000) Maria Degtyareva, Hannah Hebinck, Rashidat Momoh, Yerix Morel
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
($1,000) Jake Gartman
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.

Joseph L. Echols Scholars Program
($850) Patrick Greene, Rashida Momoh
($500) McKenzie Johnson
Candidates for the Joseph L. Echols Scholarship must: be a current undergraduate and underrepresented architecture student; show strong work ethic by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA; present a satisfactory work portfolio; demonstrate financial need.

Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500) Diondria Bingham, Maria Degtyareva, Patrick Greene, Damion Hardy, Sarah Hoing, Austin Keaton,
              Donald Murray, Hannah Strider
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) Sarah Hoing, McKenzie Johnson, Hannah Strider
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, 2017 here.

Download the program here.

AIA video features Duvall Decker

May 8th, 2017 Comments Off on AIA video features Duvall Decker

“The American Institute of Architects presents a short documentary film on the positive changes in Midtown, a neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi. Duvall Decker, (alumna Anne Marie Decker) a Jackson architecture firm, worked alongside residents and community leaders to transform a struggling area into an example of healthy community revitalization. This film launches the 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge and introduces this year’s theme, Blueprint for Better. The AIA invites filmmakers and architects to team up and tell stories of architects making a positive impact on a community. Learn more and register for the challenge by June 26: www.ilookup.org.” Watch the video on YouTube.

‘Sharing Experience’ helps promote diversity, inclusion at MSU

May 5th, 2017 Comments Off on ‘Sharing Experience’ helps promote diversity, inclusion at MSU

Marion Sansing of Starkville, an authority on international culinary traditions, prepared all rice, maize and wheat dishes served during the “Shared Experience: Heritage, Home and History” spring workshop at Mississippi State. (Photos by Megan Bean)

Assistant history professor Muey Saeteurn discusses the global history of rice during “Sharing Experience: Heritage, Home and History,” a recent workshop for students at Mississippi State.

Renée Matich serves a rice dish to students during a “Sharing Experience: Heritage, Home and History” workshop recently held at Mississippi State University. She was an organizer of the multi-cultural, interdisciplinary project that included meals featuring rice, maize and wheat dishes.

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Organizers of a special spring-semester workshop at Mississippi State are deeming successful the multi-part cultural experience that brought together a diverse group of university students.

“Sharing Experience: Heritage, Home and History” was the title of the research project made possible by an interdisciplinary grant from MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development. Co-principal investigators were School of Architecture assistant professors Emily McGlohn and Andreea Mihalache. Mihalache now teaches at Clemson University.

Other co-principal investigators included two faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ food science, nutrition and health promotion department—Renée Matich, who coordinates the expanded food and nutrition education program, and assistant professor Terezie Mosby, who directs dietetic internships. Also participating was assistant professor Muey Saeteurn of the College of Arts and Sciences’ history department.

To launch examinations of culture and diversity, the nearly two dozen students brought along personal recipes from their respective homes. With them, each began researching the origins and foodways—the cultural, social and economic practices of production and consumption—of their recipes’ various ingredients.

Each of the workshop’s three sessions involved a “focus food”; in this case, rice, maize and wheat. At each session, an informational lecture by a workshop’s organizer was followed by a multi-course meal of cultural dishes featuring the “focus food” of the day.

All meals were organized and prepared by Marion Sansing of Starkville, a recognized authority on international culinary traditions.

Bringing together students from diverse backgrounds to share personal memories, recipes and a meal in the context of their unique cultural backgrounds proved a fun and enriching way to build empathy and promote cultural and global awareness, McGlohn said.

“Sharing a meal is a sensitive, respectful way to understand, learn and start a conversation about our heritage, home and history,” she explained. “We gained a better understanding of each other’s heritage through our culinary traditions, and we also learned about each other’s history and background through stories shared around the table.”

Using the “wheat” session as an example, McGlohn said the main dish was lamb tagine with couscous. For dessert, students enjoyed topfenpalatschinken, a sweet, filled pancake of Austrian heritage that is similar to a French crèpe. Workshop participants also were served mote con huesillo, the national drink of Chile made from a blending of wheat berries and dried peaches in water flavored with cinnamon and lemon rind.

The nationally accredited School of Architecture in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design offers the only curriculum in the state leading to a professional degree in architecture.

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School of Architecture holds 2017 Final Reviews

May 4th, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds 2017 Final Reviews

Mississippi State University School of Architecture Final Reviews were held April 21-28 in Giles Hall.

photo by Kelsey Brownlee

First-Year: Friday, April 21: Foundational ‘sacred space’ project
Faculty: Assistant Professor Jacob A. Gines, coordinator; Visiting Assistant Professor Francesca Hankins; Visiting Associate Professor George Joseph Martin

photo by Kelsey Brownlee

Second-Year: Mon., April 24: Natchez Trace Residential project
Faculty: Assistant Professor Fred Esenwein, Ph.D., coordinator; Associate Professor Alexis Gregory; Assistant Clinical Professor Justin Taylor


(photos by Zachary Henry)
Third-Year: Tues., April 25: Collaborative Studio w/ BCS; Starkville Armory renovation
Faculty: Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn; Associate Professor John Poros; Lecturer David Beatty (building construction science)

Photo by Kelsey Brownlee

Fourth-Year: Wed., April  26: Birmingham Library project
Faculty: Associate Professor Hans Herrmann, coordinator; Assistant Professor Andrew Tripp, Ph.D.

Photo by Kelsey Brownlee

Fifth-Year: Thurs. – Fri, April 27-28: DowntownJackson Individual Comprehensive projects
Director: Jassen Callender

Senior MSU architecture student receives $20,000 travel award

April 24th, 2017 Comments Off on Senior MSU architecture student receives $20,000 travel award

Daniel Smith (Photo by Megan Bean)

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

Daniel P. Smith, a graduate of Canton Academy and son of Clark and Rai Smith, will use the endowed Aydelott Travel Award to visit and research four late modern buildings this summer. They include: the São Paulo Museum of Art designed by Lina Bo Bardi located in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Neue Nationalgalerie designed by Mies Van der Rohe located in Berlin, Germany; Church of Saint-Pierre designed by Le Corbusier located in Firminy-Vert, France; and the National Assembly Building designed by Louis Kahn located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

“The quality and rigor of this year’s Aydelott applications made by our undergraduate students conceivably rivals the submissions made at the graduate school level,” said F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk, director of Mississippi State’s School of Architecture. “Daniel’s focus on ‘urban space’ and its contextual fit to the four selected buildings truly impressed the jury.”

Junior Emily Turner, a graduate of Starkville High School and daughter of Steve and Jenny Turner, was runner-up and received $4,000 to support her research and international travel on modern architecture. The 2017 Paul Grootkerk 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.

Smith, who plans to pursue a career as a professor, agreed.

“This award is a great opportunity to kickstart my research career,” he said, adding that he has always been fascinated with how modern architecture came about and how it began to relate to humans and cultures.

“My research will focus on trying to understand how buildings relate on two scales – macro and micro,” he said. “How people move through and use the spaces and how the buildings relate to the city itself.”

The architecture student will return to MSU in the fall to work with his faculty adviser, Assistant Professor Fred Esenwein, to compile his 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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AIA College of Fellows Class of 2017 includes two MSU S|ARC alumnae

April 7th, 2017 Comments Off on AIA College of Fellows Class of 2017 includes two MSU S|ARC alumnae

Two Mississippi State University School of Architecture alumnae were elected to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows for 2017.

Election is awarded by a jury of peers and recognizes achievements of national significance in advancing the architectural profession.

The 2017 AIA Jury of Fellows elevated 178 members out of a total membership of more than 90,000. Fewer than 3% of members have been distinguished with elevation to fellowship nationally.

The newly elected Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2017 National AIA Convention in Orlando, Fla., on April 21.

Anne Marie Decker, FAIA, principal of Duvall Decker Architects, P.A., a Jackson architectural firm, was granted Fellowship in the category of Design, which is granted to architects who have produced distinguished bodies of work through design. Her elevation represents the third elevation of a female architect from Mississippi and the only member elevated from the state this year. Decker founded Duvall Decker in 1998 with her partner, Roy Decker. Her architectural experience ranges from community planning, K-12 schools, state institutions, university buildings and affordable housing. She is recognized as a contributor to the advancement of the profession and is often invited to share her expertise as a lecturer, teacher, design jury chair and published author. She has been an adjunct instructor in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. She is a 1994 summa cum laude graduate of Mississippi State University where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. In 2004 she was honored by the Mississippi State University School of Architecture with the Alumni Fellow Award for her achievements in practice. In 2015, she was selected to serve as Eminent Architect of Practice for Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture and Design. She is currently serving as a member of the AIA Trust Board of Trustees.

Daria F. Pizzetta, FAIA, was born and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University. After receiving her degree, Pizzetta worked in Gulfport for Shaw Walker Architects. She relocated to New York City in 1984, working first for Ferrenz Taylor Clark Architects and then at Soo Kim Associates, Inc., where she was a partner from 1988 to 1992. In 1992, Pizzetta joined Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates and was named to the position of Senior Associate in 2000. When HHPA dissolved in August of 2004, Hugh Hardy asked Pizzetta to join a select group of staff to form H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture. She is now a principal at H3, where her projects have included the Botanical Research Institute of Texas’ facility in Fort Worth and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fisher Building. Her project for the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi received a MS/AIA Honor Award in 2015. She chaired the American Institute of Architects/New York Chapter Interiors Committee from 1998 until 2002 and was on the Board of Directors for the AIA/NYC. Pizzetta is a member of the American Library Association and the Library Administration and Management Association. She was named the 1998‐1999 Alumni Fellow for Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, and she continues to support the School of Architecture with a merit scholarship and by sponsoring co‐op students for yearlong tenures in H3’s New York office. She is also a member of the MSU School of Architecture’s Advisory Board, advising the school on student curriculum and funding opportunities. Pizzetta and her husband, Charlie Brown, live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with their daughters, Stephanie and Charlotte.


School of Architecture announces 2017 Recognition Day Speaker

March 28th, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces 2017 Recognition Day Speaker

Belinda Stewart, FAIA, will present the annual Dr. William L. and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture for the School of Architecture’s 2017 Recognition Day.

 

Recognition Day honors Mississippi State University School of Architecture students and faculty and will be held in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium on Fri., May 5 at 1 p.m.

Stewart is principal of Belinda Stewart Architects PA, a rural architectural firm specializing in historic preservation and in new construction in historically significant environments. Stewart, a graduate of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, moved back to her hometown area 27 years ago and established her firm in the small town of Eupora. She firmly believes in the power of our small towns to inspire, that family roots can build an ethic that weaves through a profession, and that architecture can see beauty in our history and hope in our future. Her firm understands that their work is more than architecture but a way to make a positive difference in the life of a person and their community. They are people connected to place. They have helped plan, seek funding and/or implement many successful projects throughout the region, and in so doing have received more than 70 design/preservation awards primarily for new and rehabilitated public facilities. The firm’s portfolio includes courthouses, downtown commercial buildings, municipal buildings, university buildings, museums, visitor centers, train depots and theaters.

This is the final lecture in an annual series made possible through a generous gift by Dr. Robert V. M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI, and his wife, Freda. See past Harrison Lectures.

School of Architecture holds third Dan and Gemma Camp Classical Workshop

March 27th, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds third Dan and Gemma Camp Classical Workshop


The third annual Dan and Gemma Camp Classical Workshop was held on Fri., March 24 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

A two-part lecture discussing history/design context and restoration of the Mississippi Capitol was led by Jennifer Baughn, chief architectural historian with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the School of Architecture’s own architect Lawson Newman with WFT Architects in Jackson.

A reception followed hosted by Alpha Rho Chi.

The program was made possible by an endowed gift from founder and developer of Starkville’s Cotton District development Dan and his wife Gemma, as well as generous gifts from Briar (S|ARC Class of 1994) and Michelle Jones.

See the full Harrison Lecture series schedule.

MSU retired faculty group honors architecture student

January 20th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU retired faculty group honors architecture student

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Four current students and a December graduate of Mississippi State are receiving honors from the university’s Association of Retired Faculty.

This year’s group includes Sara A. “Abi” Barnes of Louisville; Emily M. Farrar, a civil engineering/environmental engineering major from Pass Christian; Morgan Hydrick, an English and communication/public relations double-major from Brandon; Caroline E. Kelsoe, an environmental economics and management major from Moody, Alabama; and Lara Lynn Waddell, an architecture major from Marietta.

All are seniors but Barnes, who last month received a cum laude degree in sociology.

This year’s student winners were recognized formally at the organization’s recent undergraduate banquet.

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

—Waddell received the William L. Giles Award for Excellence in Architecture. She is a member of Tau Sigma Delta national honor society and National Organization of Minority Architecture Students. She has interned with Archimania, a Memphis, Tennessee-based, award-winning architecture firm and currently is a drawing and teaching assistant in the College of Architecture, Art and Design. Among other college honors, she was selected for the School of Architecture’s 2016 William Giles Award for design excellence and a $20,000 Aydelott Travel Award.

The ARF awards are memorials to Giles, MSU’s 13th president; Lindley, dean of the then-College of Agriculture and Home Economics; Simrall, dean of the then-College of Engineering; and Williams, an English professor, editor of the campus-based Mississippi Quarterly and first president of the ARF.

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Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio builds Boy Scout cabin

December 19th, 2016 Comments Off on Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio builds Boy Scout cabin

MSU Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio – Boy Scout Cabin BUILD time lapse from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Final model of the Boy Scout cabin from CAADatMSU on Vimeo. (Model by Honors students: Daniel Ruff and Abby Jackson)

The fall 2016 Collaborative Tectonics Studio, which consisted of second-year students studying architecture (41 students) and building construction science (40 students), spent the semester building a cabin for the Hood Boy Scout Reservation in Hazelhurst, Miss., approximately 180 miles from the MSU main campus in Starkville.

Architecture faculty members for the studio included Associate Professor Hans Herrmann, Briar Jones (visiting practitioner) and Associate Professor John Poros.

Building construction science faculty included Lee Carson, lecturer, and Visiting Assistant Professor Mohammed Mawlana, Ph.D. 

Herrmann, who served as studio coordinator and project P.I., worked closley with Larry Cagle, field director and lead contact for the Hood Reservation for the project. He also worked closely with School of Architecture alumnus and architect John McBride with the Boy Scouts. 

Additional Boy Scout supports/sponsors for the project included:
Andrew Jackson, Council
Tony Haines, Scout Executive/ CEO
Dr. Steve Zachow, Council Executive Board President
Property and Maintenance Committee:
Billy Boykin
Robby Bush
Ken Echols
Stephen Heard
Joe Lewis
Tim Rooks
Charlie Smith
Col. David Smith
Steve Smith
Joe Stamper
Jim Ulmer

The project was funded by the Boy Scouts with a partial match by the School of Architecture and College of Architecture, Art and Design. 


Students present their final projects. (images via Hans Herrmann) 

Aside from the prototype Steep Slope Cabin (referring to the typical hillside site condition the cabins are designed to fit on) that students built in the first half of the term, each student also generated an individual proposal for a second prototype cabin.

Master planning a second grouping of 16 cabins, or what’s known as a “village” on the reservation, these cabins were designed to accommodate a different user group for corporate retreat style events. (Above images show students presenting these projects at the final review).

See some of the students’ final portfolios, which outline their final project in assembly sequence drawings:
Abby Jackson Portfolio
Maria Ory Portfolio
Daniel Ruff Portfolio

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